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Class notes: Make-A-Wish award now named for UNG student

POSTED: August 3, 2014 10:25 p.m.

For the fourth year in a row, students at the University of North Georgia have raised more funds for Make-A-Wish than any other in their conference, and the award they received for doing so has been renamed for one of their own.

The University of North Georgia Student Athlete Advisory Committee earned the Peach Belt Conference Make-A-Wish award that will now be called the LeeAnn Noble Most Funds Raised Make-A-Wish Award.

Noble, a student athlete who died in March, played golf for UNG and was both a Make-A-Wish recipient and an active participant in the school’s Make-A-Wish initiative. She received a heart transplant at age 12, and suffered a fatal heart attack in January.

The Most Improved Make-A-Wish Award has also been renamed for Noble.

The committee earned the Most Funds Raised award after raising $17,000 for the Make-A-Wish foundation during the 2013-2014 school year, which is the highest total reached in one school year by any Peach Belt Conference school. The conference includes schools throughout the Southeast.

It is the fourth year UNG has raised $10,000 or more for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Gainesville approves new personnel

The Gainesville City School District held a specially called meeting Tuesday to approve this year’s personnel roster, which included seven new faculty members: one at New Holland Core Knowledge Academy, one at Gainesville Middle School and five at Gainesville High School.

The board also approved the hiring of a bus driver, a receptionist and three paraprofessionals.

This year’s budget allows for 20 new certified personnel, two new bus drivers and one new speech and language pathologist.

The board will hold a work session today at 5 p.m., at which it will discuss new infrastructure for school computer servers and career cluster pathways for Career, Technical and Agricultural Education.

The meeting will be at the school board office, 508 Oak St., Gainesville.

UNG ranked by Money Magazine

The University of North Georgia was ranked No. 451 in Money Magazine’s "Best Colleges For Your Money" list. It was fifth among public institutions in Georgia.

Other Georgia schools, both public and private, that made the top 500 are the Georgia Institute of Technology, which, at No. 42, was the only Georgia college to make the top 50; the University of Georgia at No. 62; Emory University at No. 156; Agnes Scott College at No. 307; Georgia College and State University at No. 359; Georgia State University at No. 382; Mercer University at No. 445; and Georgia Southern University, which ranked below UNG at No. 465.

The rankings were determined based on affordability, post-graduation earnings and factors such as graduation rates that were used to determine quality of education. At UNG, Money determined the average cost of a degree is $87,340, and the average salary within five years is $38,600.

Jennifer Jacob Brown covers education issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with her:


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