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UNG employees compose a new alma mater
Joe Chapman composes tune, Nancy Hanson pens lyrics
Joe Chapman plays the tune of the new alma mater for the University of North Georgia. He composed the music. - photo by J.K. Devine
When Gainesville State College and North Georgia College and State University consolidated to become the University of North Georgia earlier this year, the need for a new school song became clear. And after working as a music professor at the same institution for 31 years, Joe Chapmam took the task of writing the school’s alma mater very seriously. He said the idea made sense since both schools had their own unique alma mater and choosing one over the other felt “inappropriate.”