UNG junior breaks record for career steals-mark

Sports, University of North Georgia

DAHLONEGA, GA

According to a press release from the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, Ephraim Tshimanga broke the UNG career steals-mark, as the University of North Georgia men’s basketball team earned its first win of the season over Erskine, 89-64.

Tshimanga had six steals on the night, breaking the record held by former UNG point-guard Travis Core, who now has 113 career steals.

North Georgia jumped out quickly against the Flying Fleet, scoring the first 11 points of the contest to take the lead for good. The Nighthawks led by as many as 31 points en route to the 25 point win.

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New children’s book celebrates UNG Dahlonega

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DAHLONEGA, GA

The University of North Georgia President, Bonita Jacobs, has written the first of five children’s book that will pay homage to each UNG campus. The book was published by UNG Press, and is titled, “UNG The Gold I See.”

According to a press release from UNG, the children’s book is designed to engage readers, “Of all ages through its multi-generational main characters. Benjamin Brown, daughter Jamie, and grandson Tommy each have a different goal during Visitors Day at the Dahlonega Campus. The grandfather wants to recall the memories of his years in the Corps of Cadets, while Tommy’s mother wants to remember her years in UNG’s nursing program. Tommy wants to find the legendary treasure: the gold hidden somewhere on campus. He has Nigel the Nighthawk, UNG’s mascot, and a treasure map to guide him; his grandfather and mother have their memories.”

“UNG The Gold I See” will be available November 2018, in hardback copies and will be priced at $29.99.

The next book of the series, featuring the Gainesville campus, is scheduled to be released in 2019.

 

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Dr. Hardee named dean of College of Education

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Dr. Sheri Hardee has been named the new dean of the College of Education at the University of North Georgia (UNG), Dr. Tom Ormond, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, announced Wednesday.

Hardee has served as associate dean of the College of Education since 2015 and has worked at UNG since 2009.

As the College of Education’s chief academic officer, Hardee will provide leadership in the planning and implementation of its academic programs, defining the strategic priorities and building strong relationships with private- and public-sector partners to support those priorities.

She will also be responsible for all matters related to the College of Education’s internal management, including recruiting and retaining talented faculty and overseeing operations and budgeting.

Hardee replaces Dr. Susan Ayres, who is retiring Jan. 1. Hardee will begin her new role Jan. 2.

“We congratulate Dr. Hardee on this appointment and wish her all the best as she transitions into the role,” Ormond said. “We thank Susan for her many years of exemplary service to this institution.”

Hardee is looking forward to serving as College of Education dean.

“We have such a talented faculty and staff in the College of Education, and I am truly excited to have the privilege of working with them in this new capacity,” Hardee said. “I also look forward to collaborating with our faculty and staff across offices and colleges at UNG to focus on strengthening our already robust programs and developing new initiatives for our students.”

Hardee has a doctorate in social foundations in education, a Master of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of South Carolina. She has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in the social foundations of education and has published articles in journals such as Teaching Education, The Journal of Education Foundations, Critical Questions in Education, and Thresholds in Education.

UNG women’s basketball team announced as Peach Belt Conference winners

Sports, University of North Georgia
AUGUSTA, GA
According to the University of North Georgia Athletic Department, the Peach Belt Conference announced the No. 16 UNG women’s basketball team as conference winners on Wednesday, October 31.

The Nighthawks claimed all possible first place votes to earn a maximum point total of 121 in the poll. Columbus State was second in the voting with Lander third and a tie for fourth between Flagler and Francis Marion. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own team.

UNG claimed their second-ever PBC regular season championship and their first PBC Tournament title in 2017-18. UNG also made their second NCAA Tournament appearance, advancing to the round of 16 and the regional championship game. The Nighthawks will return three of their top four scorers from last year’s team including All-Conference senior guards Amber Skidgel and Vanessa Agrusa. Also returning is 2017-18 PBC Freshman of the Year Abbie Franklin.

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UNG athlete selected for Preseason All-Conference team

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AUGUSTA, GA.

According to the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, the Peach Belt office announced UNG senior guard, Amber Skidgel of the No. 16 women’s basketball team, to the Preseason All-Conference team Tuesday afternoon.
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UNG junior, Amber Skidgel. Photo Courtesy: UNG Athletics

Skidgel is from Bethlehem, GA and was named a first team All-Conference selection last year after leading the Nighthawks to a PBC Regular Season and Tournament Championship. She led UNG with 12.6 points per outing and was seventh in the league in points and eighth in blocks. She also led the league in made-threes with 68 and was fifth in the PBC in three-point percentage, shooting just over 36 percent.

Skidgel was joined on the team by Francis Marion’s Shaunice Fulmore, Lander’s Mylea McKenith, Flagler’s Tabitha Odabe and Columbus State’s Tatiana Wayne.

 

 

 

 

 

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UNG freshman sets new rifling record as No. 19

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DAHLONEGA, GA

According to a press release from the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, UNG freshman, Ricky Medina, shot an aggregate score of 1170, beating the previous aggregate scoring record by four points as the No. 19 UNG rifle team defeated the University of Alabama Saturday at the COL Raymond C. Hamilton Rifle Range. Clemson also shot in the event, but they do not count in the results, due to the Tigers competing as a club sport.

Medina tied the smallbore scoring record, firing a 584 in the discipline. He was perfect in the prone position, scoring two perfect 100 strings in the process. He coupled that with a 586 in the air rifle discipline to defeat the field by 19 points in the aggregate scoring.

UNG shot a season-high 4617 as a team, finishing just five points off the school record in aggregate, and had the top three shooters with Medina, Tobin Sanctuary and Kimberlee Nettles.

Other highlights from the event were personal records for Veronica Stanley in smallbore (567), Eric Azotea in air rifle (573) and Lucas Gilliland in air rifle (582).

UNG women’s soccer team endures loss to No. 3 Columbus State

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DAHLONEGA,GA

According to a press release from the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, the women’s soccer team lost 4-1, to No. 3 Columbus State Saturday night at the UNG Soccer Complex. The game was broadcast as part of the NCAA Division II Showcase.

Columbus State junior, Riley Clark, netted her first two goals within two minutes of one another starting at the 24th minute, when she took a cross from Kimmy May to put CSU up, 1-0. Clark struck with her second in the 26th minute with a back heel kick after Annie Mayo sent a low cross into the box.

In the 52nd minute, Clark capped off her hat trick with another goal off a May assist. Three minutes later, Columbus State scored their final goal of the contest when Brooke Nail beat her defender one-on-one and pushed the ball to the back of the net to put the Cougars up, 4-0.

North Georgia got on the scoreboard when Bailey Swindell, just seconds after checking into the game for the first time, headed in a corner kick from Rosie Embley.

 

 

 

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UNG men’s soccer defeat Georgia Southwestern 3-1

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DAHLONEGA, GA

According to a press release from the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, the men’s soccer team walked away with a 3-1 victory over Georgia Southwestern Saturday night.

The Nighthawks scored twice in the first 20 minutes, with Adam Dowdy gaining the first goal in the 12th minute, off a Jarrod Smalley free kick. Just seven minutes later, Smalley put home a goal to double the Nighthawk lead off a pass from Till Lammertz.

The ‘Canes cut the lead in half in the 29th minute when Chris Avery scored, but UNG put the game away in the 56th minute off a Matheus Abreu to Prince Domafriyie connection that pushed the match to its final score.

The Nighthawks are scheduled to play Clayton State in the PBC quarterfinals on Tuesday, at the UNG Soccer Complex.

 

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