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Class Notes: Award-winning author to read her poetry at UNG
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Xánath Caraza, a linguist and award-winning poet and fiction writer, will visit the University of North Georgia’s Dahlonega and Gainesville campuses this week to read from her books “Conjuro” and “Silabas de viento.”

Caraza will read from the works in Spanish, English and the Aztec language Nahuatl. The presentation, “Exploring Linguistic Diversity among Latinas,” will also include a discussion of multiculturalism and gender.

“For students at UNG, having the benefit to experience poetry not just through reading it, but by hearing it from the original author, makes poetry come alive. Many of my poems are performance pieces that become tridimensional on the stage,” Caraza said in a news release. “As a female Chicana/Latina poet, I also love to share with students that dreams come true, one by one, with discipline, creativity and especially a lot of heart. I’m looking forward to this opportunity to share poetry, culture, and heart with the students of UNG.”

The Gainesville campus reading will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Nesbitt Building. Caraza will read at the Dahlonega campus at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Library Technology Center.

Caraza was a finalist in the 2013 International Book Awards, and “Conjuro” won second place in its category at the 2013 International Latino Book Awards.

Big Red Machine band takes competition

The Gainesville High School Big Red Machine Marching Band students scored the highest possible scores in three of four categories during the West Forsyth Wolverine Classic on Sept. 27.

The high scores were for drum majors, drumline and overall band.

GHS competed against 17 other bands.

The band will compete in two more events this month. On Saturday, it will travel to Fannin County for the Blue Ridge Marching Festival, and the following weekend it will compete in the Hart County Invitational in  Hartwell.

“That particular event features only the best of the best from around the state,” GHS Band Director Larry Miller said in a written statement. “Bands that compete in the Hartwell contest have been invited based on previous successes.”

University to hold open houses in October

The University of North Georgia will hold open houses for prospective students at all four of its campuses over the next month.

The open houses will include information about the university and campus tours. The university will also hold an information session for adults considering a return to college.

The open houses will include information from faculty, staff and student organizations, and the tours will be conducted by “student ambassadors.”

“Prospective students and families leave with a better understanding of how UNG can help them accomplish their goals and dreams,” said Keith Antonia, executive director of undergraduate admissions. “Open house thus provides more informed decisions about college choice.”

Open house will be held on the Gainesville campus from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, on the Cumming campus from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 23, on the Oconee campus from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 25 and on the Dahlonega campus from 8:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 8.

The information session for adults will be held at the Gainesville campus from 7-9 p.m. on Oct. 13. It will include information on class options such as online or evening classes, and on credits from prior work or school experience.

For more information or to register, visit

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