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Class Notes: UNG to form young alumni group
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The Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at the University of North Georgia is forming a Young Alumni Board, a news release reports.

Those eligible for participation include any graduate of Gainesville State College, North Georgia College & State University or the University of North Georgia over the past 10 years. Graduates can apply to be on the Young Alumni Board, serving a two-year term. Selection is based on the number of applicants, and desire for an equal representation board. All applications must be received by Aug. 5, and can be found on the ung.edu website.

The first UNG Young Alumni Happy Hour is scheduled for Sept. 6 at Terrapin Beer Co. in Athens. Online registration will be open soon.

For more information regarding the Young Alumni Board or other alumni-related inquiries, contact sarah.dunlap@ung.edu, or 706-864-1562

Student loan rates increase

Subsidized federal student loan rates doubled July 1, to 6.8 percent from the previous 3.4.

The Associated Press reported that members of Congress have said they will address the issue when they return from the July Fourth holiday. The article said that the Democratic-led Senate will bring up as soon as July 10 a measure to retroactively restore the rates for another year.

If the rates are lowered again, the increase might not have much of an effect on students, who don’t typically take out these types of loans in July or early August.

Loans taken out prior to Monday are still under the 3.4 percent interest rates.

School offices to close for July 4

Both local school systems will have altered hours over the Fourth of July holiday.

Both Gainesville City and Hall County schools central offices will be closed Thursday. Hall County will reopen Friday, while Gainesville City offices will remain closed.

Both offices will be open for regular business hours Monday.

Dawson student named FBLA president

Dawson County High School’s Cole Simmons was elected the national president of the Future Business Leaders of America during the organization’s national conference in California on Sunday.

Simmons, a rising high school senior, is the first from Georgia to hold the position in 41 years. He had previously served as the 2012-13 Georgia FBLA Northwest Area vice president and the 2013-14 Georgia FBLA state president. Simmons said that he does not believe there will be a conflict between the state and national positions, but if there is, he will give up the state position.

“I want to focus overall on making the organization better than when I started,” he said.

From Dawson Community News

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