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Class Notes: UNG asks for input on identity
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A series of town hall meetings has been scheduled for early March to get input from alumni and community members as the University of North Georgia continues to carve an identity for itself.

Faculty, staff, students and other interested stakeholders have been in the process of developing a five-year strategic plan for the past few months. J.B. Sharma and Andrew Leavitt are co-chairmen of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee.

“Our university has a major impact on the economy, workforce and culture of this region, and we need to be proactive in meeting the needs of the state, this region and the country,” President Bonita Jacobs said in a news release.

“As we seek to provide a high-quality education to our students and serve the northeast Georgia region, it is vital that our faculty, staff and students and the members of the community have opportunities to provide their input and share their opinions.”

Community meetings are scheduled as follows:

  • March 3, Dahlonega, in the Hoag Auditorium
  • March 4, Gainesville, in the Continuing Education/Performing Arts building, room 108
  • March 6, Cumming, in room 125
  • March 10, Oconee, in the Student Resources Center, room 522

All meetings begin at 6 p.m. and should last around an hour.

For those who are unable to make any of the brick-and-mortar sites, plans are in motion to hold an online meeting. Comments also can be submitted online.

“A strategic plan without community input is only half a plan,” Leavitt said. “Gathering input from people outside of the university will be critical for the committee to develop a strategic plan that best serves the university and our communities.”

The five-year strategic plan is expected to be complete by April 30.

The former Gainesville State College and North Georgia College & State University merged to form the University of North Georgia in January 2013.

Two schools receive Dollar General grant

Sugar Hill Elementary School and New Holland Core Knowledge Academy have each been awarded $5,000 by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

“Dollar General is proud to support these local literacy initiatives that will have a strong and direct impact on the Gainesville community,” said Denine Torr, Dollar General’s director of community initiatives.

Dollar General’s commitment to literacy is part of the company’s culture. Co-founder J.L. Turner received only a third-grade education. Through hard work and perseverance, Turner was able to launch a successful business. In honor of his legacy, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation was established in 1993. Since its inception, more than $85 million has been awarded, affecting more than 4.9 million people’s lives. The foundation provides funding to nonprofit organizations, schools and libraries dedicated to the advancement of literacy for adults, families and youth.

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