UNG rolls out inaugural HawkEm 101 Student-Athlete Mentor Program

Community, University of North Georgia

DAHLONEGA, GA

According to a press release by University of North Georgia Athletics, UNG announced that the university has rolled out the HawkEm 101 Student-Athlete Mentor Program, which will give incoming freshman and transfer student-athletes the opportunity to engage and learn from experienced UNG student-athletes.

The athletic administration graduate assistant, Ashley Beaton, stated that, “Not only is HawkEm 101 in place to help promote education on responsible alcohol usage and overall student-athlete wellbeing, but to also encourage cross team collaboration and foster authentic relationships between the student-athletes.” She also points out that, “Shayna (Lawrence), Derrick (Pickvet) and Steven (Bower) have had such a positive impact on this program and they are a big reason why HawkEm 101 has been such a success in its first year. Also, the support from our administration has propelled us to take this initiative and run with it. I really do believe that this program will help enhance the student-athlete experience here at UNG and add to the championship culture we have, not only in athletics but in life.”

HawkEm 101 was inspiredly a group of UNG student-athletes and administrators after they attended the Division II APPLE Training Institute in September 2017 in Reston, Va. UNG baseball player, Steven Bower, explained that, “After having the opportunity to go to the Apple Conference with Sydney (Sprague), Derrick, and Shayna, I realized how much more information there was about drugs and alcohol than we knew about,”

The intent is that the program will not only help educate our new student-athletes about life as a UNG student-athlete, but also foster relationships across all teams and student-athletes.

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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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UNG men’s basketball team took eighth in PCB Preseason Poll

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AUGUSTA, GA

According to a press release from the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, the UNG men’s basketball team was picked to finish in a tie for eighth in the Peach Belt Conference Preseason Coaches Poll.

University of North Carolina Pembroke earned nine first place votes to take the top spot in the poll, followed by Clayton State, who took three first place votes. Augusta, University of South Carolina Aiken and Georgia Southwestern rounded out the top five.

The Nighthawks are tied with Georgia College at 49 points in the poll. UNG finished last year in sixth in the Peach Belt after a 12-17 season. The Nighthawks will take to the floor for the first time Sunday night at the UNG Convocation Center in an exhibition against Emory. Tip time is set for 7 p.m.

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UNG women’s soccer seniors announced to All-Peach Belt Conference team

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AUGUSTA, Ga. –

According to the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, UNG women’s soccer seniors Renee VanHorn and Asa Thorsen were picked to the All-Peach Belt Conference First Team. The announcement was made at the tournament banquet on Thursday night.

Photo courtesy of UNG Athletics

VanHorn finished in fourth place in the league with 12 goals on the season. She added three assists as well to total 27 points. Six of her 12 goals were game winners.

Thorsen put two goals in the back of the net and assisted on three others this season as a key player in the midfield for the Nighthawks. VanHorn and Thorsen were two of just four players on UNG’s side to play and start in all 16 matches this season.

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UNG women’s cross-country team runners up at PCB Championship

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BEECH ISLAND, S.C.

According to a press release from the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, the UNG women’s cross-country team finished in second place on Saturday at the PCB Championship.

UNG junior, Aleah Johnson, led three All-Conference runners to second place behind Flagler Saturday morning at Redcliffe Plantation. Johnson finished in fourth place overall after running a 5K time of 18:40. UNG junior, Bree Hammond, finished in sixth place at 18:51, while sophomore, Kaylee Haake, finished in 15th at 19:09. All three earned All-Conference honors.

Flagler won the race, finishing with 46 points, followed by UNG at 60 points. Columbus State, Georgia College and Augusta rounded out the top five.

This is UNG’s fifth top-2 finish in a row after claiming runner-up honors in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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Nine UNG cross-country runners chosen for All-Academic team by Peach Belt Conference

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AUGUSTA, GA

According to the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, the Peach Belt Conference named nine UNG cross-country runners to the All-Academic team on Friday, October 26. The nine Nighthawks are a part of the 36-runner team. UNG had the most runners honored, followed by Georgia College with eight.

The Nighthawk honorees are: Emma Brown, Sarah Buckler, Maria Coughlin, Makayla Ellis, Bree Hammond, Aleah Johnson, Jordan Mund, Kenedi Rodney and Olivia Terwilliger.

To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must 1) participate in at least half of his/her team’s events and be either a starter or significant contributor; 2) achieved a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and 3) completed at least one full academic year at his or her current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility. The Peach Belt Conference Sports Information Directors oversee the program.

 

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UNG junior in top ten for men’s golf after Matt Days Invitational

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Lumpkin Co., GA

According to a press release from the University of North Georgia Athletic Department, the men’s golf team holds ninth place in the Matt Days Invitational at Oak Mountain Gold Club after UNG junior, Tanner Merck, “carded a two-under 70 in the second round of the day.”

UNG junior Tanner Merck. Photo courtesy of UNG Athletics

Merck had six birdies in the two rounds Monday, including four in the second 18 of the day. His one-under 143 is good for a tie for ninth individually in the tournament.

As a team, UNG shot back-to-back scores of 292 and sits 10 shots out of a three-way tie for second place after the first day of competition. Young Harris leads the tournament with a 36-hole total of 563. The Mountain Lions are 11 strokes ahead of Clayton State, Montevallo and West Georgia, who are all tied for second. Lee rounds out the top five.

Individually, YHC’s John Bolger shot a second-round score of six-under 66 to take the lead by one stroke over his teammate Cameron Kellett and Lee’s Dylan Lillard.

The Nighthawks will wrap up the tournament tomorrow with tee time set for 9am.

 

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UNG cross country runner earns top six

Sports, University of North Georgia

DAHLONEGA, GA

Nighthawk Cross-Country freshman, Kaylee Haake

According to a press release from the University of Georgia Athletic Department, Nighthawk Cross-Country freshman, Kaylee Haake, earned 20th place out of 292 runners at the Sand Shark Invitational on Saturday, October 20.

The UNG cross-country team finished in sixth place, beating out every southeast region team. They also finished in third place in the Division II category. Savannah College of Art and Design won overall, followed by Embry-Riddle and Florida Southern.

Haake is a Union Grove High School graduate, and she ran a 19:04, pacing the Nighthawks in the 5k race. UNG sophomore, Aleah Johnson, finished in 26th, with a 19:15. Sophomore Bree Hammond, was only three seconds behind Johnson, finishing in 29th. Nighthawks, Maria Coughlin and Makayla Ellis, also scored for UNG; Coughlin finished in 33rd, and Ellis finished in 45th, respectively.

UNG will travel to Redcliffe Plantation on Beech Island in South Carolina on November 3, to race in the PBC Championship.

 

 

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