UNG women’s basketball sophomore named Player of the Week

University of North Georgia

DAHLONEGA, GA

University of North Georgia women’s basketball sophomore, Julianne Sutton, was named the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week Monday afternoon.

In two games, Sutton averaged 19.5 points and 16.0 rebounds while shooting a 69% from the field. Sutton also scored 14 with 16 rebounds agains Lander, scoring 25 with another 16 against Georgia Southwestern.

Sutton is currently fifth in the PBC in rebounding, second in blocks, third in field goal percentage and 12th in scoring.

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UNG President visits LC Library to discuss her new children’s book

Community, Education

DAHLONEGA, GA

University of North Georgia President, Dr. Bonita Jacobs, visited the Lumpkin County Library for a book reading/signing of her new book, “UNG The Gold I See!” on Thursday. The children’s book is one of five that will be released by Dr. Jacobs and the UNG Press.

Dr. Bonita Jacobs visits Lumpkin County Library

Dr. Jacobs told FYN that she was inspired to write the children’s books after she was gifted a copy of Barbara Walsh’s “The Poppy Lady.” “I loved the idea of using a children’s book to tell the history of North Georgia.” She also explains that the “genesis” of the book was to raise money for scholarships, “I’m very passionate about scholarships.” Dr. Jacobs explained, “and all profits from my books go straight to scholarship funds.” Jillian Murphy, Assistant Managing Editor with UNG Press added the book has sold enough copies to fund a few scholarships already.

Dr. Bonita Jacobs visits Lumpkin County Library

 

 

Dr. Jacobs also expressed gratitude for the book’s illustrator, J’anell Short, who is also Dr. Jacob’s sister, “We were able to save a lot on costs and also have a quick release date, thanks to her willingness to help.” She also added, “I’m very heartened by how well the book has been received.”

Dr. Bonita Jacobs visits Lumpkin County Library

Copies of “UNG The Gold I See!” are available at the UNG Bookstore.

UNG men’s basketball team falls short to Lander in overtime

University of North Georgia

DAHLONEGA, GA

According to a press release from the University of North Georgia Athletic Department, Shawn Hopkins, guard for the UNG men’s basketball team, scored 29 points for the Nighthawks during their game against Lander Wednesday night, held at Finis Horne Arena.

The Nighthawks fell in overtime, 107-104, after holding a seven-point advantage at halftime.  UNG battled back, scoring the next eight points to retake the lead before LU held on to a two-point lead with just 15 seconds left in regulation. UNG took an early lead in the extra frame, but Lander stretched a lead out to six points, too far away for a late comeback attempt from UNG.

 

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“UNG The Gold I See!” Author meet-and-greet at Lumpkin County Library

University of North Georgia

Dahlonega, GA

The Lumpkin County Library will host a meet-and-greet with University of North Georgia President, Dr. Bonita Jacobs, author of, “UNG The Gold I See! The Legacy of UNG’s Dahlonega Campus” on Thursday, January 31, from 4-5pm. Copies of Dr. Jacobs’ book will be available for purchase, and she will be available for book-signing.

“UNG The Gold I See! The Legacy of UNG’s Dahlonega Campus” is the first of five children’s books written by Dr. Jacobs, regarding each of the five UNG campuses. It is published by the University of North Georgia Press, and celebrates the history, heritage, and contributions by the college in Lumpkin County.

According to the UNG website the story tells a multi-generational story, “Benjamin Smith, his daughter Jamie, and grandson Tommy each have a different goal during Visitor’s Day at UNG’s Dahlonega Campus. The grandfather wants to recall the memories of his years in the Corps of Cadets. The mother wants to remember her years in the nursing program. And the grandson wants to find UNG Dahlonega’s legendary treasure: the gold hidden somewhere on campus.”

 

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UNG women’s basketball athlete celebrates 1,000th career point

Business

Dahlonega, GA

According to the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, UNG’s Tamera Thorpe scored her 1,000th career point during their game against Flagler; however, the No. 20 UNG women’s basketball team fell to their opponent in overtime, 74-70.

With a jumper at the 4:15 mark in the third quarter, the senior transfer notched point No. 1,001 with her 14th point of the game to put UNG up, 43-42, at that point. From there, the two teams went back and forth before Flagler took a four-point lead with 40 seconds to play in regulation.

Flagler controlled the overtime period, though, retaking the lead right away and never relinquishing it.

 

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UNG rifle team wins sixth consecutive Georgia State Championship

University of North Georgia

STATESBORO, Ga.

According to the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, the No. 19 UNG rifle team took home their sixth consecutive victory at the Georgia State Championship over Georgia Southern and Georgia Military. The Nighthawks fired a 4575 aggregate score to finish 57 points clear of the second place Eagles.

Photo courtesy UNG Athletics

UNG’s Ricky Medina earned second best shooter in the event, just one point behind GS’s Rosemary Kramer for the top shooter honor. Medina was the top smallbore shooter, firing a 574 with no string going for less than 95 points. Tobin Sanctuary was third-best in the smallbore discipline, using a perfect 100 string in the prone position to earn a 571.

Photo courtesy UNG Athletics

Kimberlee Nettles finished in fourth place in the overall shooting, using a 583 in the air rifle discipline that included two 99 strings and two 98 strings.

Kramer was the top shot in the air rifle discipline, firing a 595 that included two perfect 100 strings.

 

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UNG will host NCAA Division II Showcase on ESPN3

University of North Georgia

LUMPKIN CO., GA

According to the University of North Georgia Athletic Department, UNG will host the NCAA Division II Showcase in front of a national audience, as both Nighthawks basketball teams receive Columbus State on Wednesday, January 9, in the Peach Belt Conference. The games will broadcast on ESPN3 and are scheduled for 5:30pm and 7:30pm.

As established in the NCAA’s Showcase agreement, UNG will have five different sports broadcasting nationally from their home campus, which makes them the first school in Division II to accomplish this achievement.

The nationally televised doubleheader is part of the reward for winning the NCAA Award of Excellence for the Operation Nighthawks of Honor initiative back in 2017. As part of Wednesday’s doubleheader, the UNG athletic department will hold its annual ceremony at halftime of the women’s game honoring those who were killed during, or associated with, the Korean War. Each of the university’s teams was assigned a UNG graduate or former student that were killed in action while serving the country.

The game will serve as a “blue-out,” with games and contests throughout the night for fans to enjoy. The UNG Dahlonega Student Government Association will give out 1,000 free t-shirts, and there will also be a raffle throughout the night to benefit UNG’s Make-A-Wish initiative.

 

 

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UNG Athletics releases 2019 track and field schedule

Team FYN Sports

DAHLONEGA, GA
Tom Williams, head coach of the University of North Georgia track and field team, has announced the 2019 Nighthawks schedule of events.

The Fifth Annual Cougar Invitational will kick off the season on February 23 and will be hosted by Columbus State. The Nighthawks will then travel to Berry College for the Victor Icebreaker Duals held on March 2.

UNG will then go to Columbus for the Adonica Ferguson Classic on March 9, before going to Emory the weekend of March 22-23 and also March 29-30. The final regular season meet will be in Jacksonville, Alabama, at the JSU Invitational on April 6.

The Nighthawks will then head down to Daytona Beach for the Peach Belt Conference Championships from April 17-19.

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