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Affordable Learning Georgia to Provide Grants to USG Schools

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By , August 12, 2014 3:12 pm

Textbook Transformation Grants


Thirty grant awards to be made to support adoption and use of no-cost or low-cost learning materials in USG courses in Spring Semester 2015 in amounts of $10,800 each.

Apply by September 8, 2014.

Announcing the ALG Textbook Transformation Grants Request for Proposals,  for USG faculty who would like to replace their existing textbook or course pack with a no-or-low-cost-to-students alternative.  The deadline for application is September 8, 2014.  
The full details can be found at ALG Calls for Proposals.

This initial call covers thirty grant awards to be made to support adoption and use of no- or low-cost learning materials in USG courses in Spring semester 2015 in amounts of $10,800 each, in three categories: No-Cost-to-Students Learning Materials, OpenStax Textbooks, and Course Pack Pilots.

All USG institutions, libraries, and faculty are eligible and encouraged to submit proposals. A maximum of three per campus will be awarded in this round.


Please plan to attend one of the two upcoming information webinars, in which the application materials and process will be reviewed and any questions will be answered.


August 14, 2014 Meeting Information
Topic: ALG Textbook Transformation Grants
Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014
Time: 4:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Meeting Number: 647 381 815
Meeting Password: textbook
August 15, 2014 Meeting Information
Topic: ALG Textbook Transformation Grants
Date: Friday, August 15, 2014
Time: 11:00 am, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Meeting Number: 648 538 757
Meeting Password: textbook
To start or join the online meeting go to:

Please click here for official press release from the University Press of North Georgia

Need for Speed

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By , February 5, 2014 12:48 pm

The publishing industry, like all other capitalistic ones, is subject to the increasing demand for accessibility from the consumer. This translates into more information, faster. Thanks to technology more and more consumers can get what they want, now!

  1. Though there are still people who love the feel of a paperback in their hands, e-readers are encroaching on the territory of traditional books with the guarantees of speed, accessibility, and performance against which traditional books simply can’t compete. Writers, as a result, have discovered a way to personalize their digital copies.

    David Beckham takes his place as a pioneer of the “digital book signing.”

  2. Get in tune with your “dog-eat-dog” competitive side. Take the quiz to see where your reading and comprehension speeds stack up against the average 3rd grader, college student, and working adult. 
  3. Don’t have time to read a book?–Go see the movie! (Blasphemy!) The Fault in our Stars is definitely worth getting acquainted with before date-night. For Valentine’s Day ask for the novel; the movie debuts June 6 of this year.
  4. Writing a book may give you illusions of fame and success, but publishing is truly a marathon not a sprint. Deborah Plummer, author of both self-published and traditionally published works, offers candid and valuable insight into the realities of publishing today.

Fact or Fiction: How “true” are the things we know? What about the things we read?

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By , January 27, 2014 1:34 pm

How much of what we’re told is true reality (not as redundant as it sounds)? Where is the line between speculation and evidence? In writing and living, where is the line between fiction and nonfiction? In light of Miley’s ongoing shenanigans, Justin Beiber’s arrest, and other events making tweens everywhere swoon for obviously altered images, I’ve gathered a few novels that will make you think about what separates reality from fiction and how writers toe that line to create riveting characters and story lines. They’re as good as the tabloids with a little more substance.

1. Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer (biography)















You may be familiar with the story of Christopher McCandless (if you’re not you can go read the bio in the link above) and his complete rejection of the material world. The kicker with this story is that we can only know what Krakauer, the author, could uncover about the young man’s four month journey and, more interestingly, what made him do it. Fact or fiction, this book makes you think. And, for that, it’s one book worth reading and re-reading.


2. Lies we Tell Ourselves, Robin Talley (historical fiction)

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This book has yet to be published, so by definition it’s still fictitious, but the story is perfectly suited for this post and it’s on my “To Read” list. Set in the late 1950s amidst segregation, two girls of different races discover they’re more alike than they originally thought. History and tradition are important, but it takes education and courage to stand up to those precedents when they’ve become outdated. Once again, it makes the reader think about their circumstances, and realize that what is “reality” may not be “true.”


3.Ghost on Black Mountain, Ann Hite (regional fiction)















Ann Hite is a regionalist writer of Appalachia, if you believe in regionalism. Her novels and short stories (one, “Wiggle Room,” is featured in our publication Stonepile Writers Anthology Vol. 3) are all centered in mountain communities and draw on the culture, tradition, folk-lore, and even dialects of a region whose influence on the people is as strong as the people’s influence on the land. This novel may be hard to relate to if you’re not from the south, but, whether or not your roots took hold in red clay, the fantastic beauty in Hite’s language is the real deal, which is enough to make you believe in ghosts.


I could go on for days, but other honorable mentions who weave fantasy with reality include:

Running With Scissors, Augusten Burroughs (memoir/humor)











Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel (fantastic realism)


Beloved, Toni Morrison (post-modernist fiction)











Now accepting Papers and Pubs submissions

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By , January 8, 2014 11:48 am

Attention Undergrads!

Papers and Pubs is now accepting submissions for its third issue. The deadline for submission is February 15, 2014.

Papers and Pub(lication)s is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal of undergraduate research of the Southeast region published by the University Press of North Georgia and supported by the Center of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities at the University of North Georgia. Publication in a scholarly journal of this type can be very beneficial for a career résumé or a graduate school application. Papers and Pubs promotes student learning by disseminating undergraduate research and creative works that make an intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline or to applied practice. Its Editor-in-Chief is Dr. BJ Robinson, and its subject-area editors are Dr. Tanya Bennett, Dr. Frank Corotto, Craig Wilson, Gloria Bennett, and Susann Doyle-Portillo.

Submission Guidelines

Original work submitted by students must have been presented at a conference, showcase, or capstone course either on their own campus or at a regional/national conference site. The work must have been completed while the student was an undergraduate; the student may submit research within one year after graduating. Faculty members serve as mentors but may also be listed as co-authors if desired. The student’s faculty mentor must also sign the Author Agreement and Faculty Mentor Approval form. The faculty mentor should have guided the student during completion of the research project and be available for guidance during the manuscript submission and peer-review process. In addition, faculty mentors should provide their mentees with suggestions for experts who can review the submission. This information will be requested during the submission process.

Original research papers and creative works are welcome from all departments and disciplines, including fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry (providing the creative work has been presented at a conference or in a class). Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: “publication” in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Papers and Publications: Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Research, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Papers and Publications: Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Research. If you have concerns about these submission terms, please contact the editors.

Manuscripts should be submitted as Word files. They should be typed, single-spaced, fully justified, with one-inch margins, 12 point Times New Roman font, and numbered pages. Illustrations, tables, and figure legends should be embedded within the text at the locations preferred by the authors. Length: 5,000 words maximum. Citations should be formatted in the most recent editions of the citation style appropriate to their academic disciplines e.g. MLA, Chicago, APA, etc. The chosen format must be used consistently throughout the manuscript. Submissions must include an abstract of 250 words (maximum) and a student author biography of 300 words (maximum). Append the biography to the manuscript itself.

Submission procedure:

Submit your article electronically through the journal web portal:  Click “Submit Article” on the right, and then follow the instructions.

Authors and mentors must sign and mail our Author Agreement and Faculty Mentor Approval form within two weeks of manuscript submission. Manuscripts and works without an author agreement form will not be reviewed.

Please mail this form to us at:           University Press of North Georgia
University of North Georgia
P.O. Box 5032
Dahlonega, GA 30597

Deadline for receipt of manuscripts: February 15, 2014

Tentative Publication Date: June 2014

For questions about this process, please contact Heather Bretschneider at

Student Spotlight: Imaad Hakim

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By , September 19, 2013 6:46 pm


My name is Imaad Hakim and I am a sophomore at UNG. I was a Biology major last year and am currently a Business Management Major and am looking forward to learning a lot from working in this office. I am a very outgoing person and love spending time with friends and family. I have an eighteen-year-old brother and a twenty-seven-year-old sister. I was born in Chattanooga, TN and moved to Lawrenceville, GA when I was five. I graduated from Mountain View High School. My family is originally from Kashmir, a small state between India and Pakistan. My hobbies include working out, going out with friends, playing basketball and tennis, and traveling. I love meeting new people and am fascinated with all different cultures. I also love animals and am currently volunteering, weekly, at the TLC Humane Society.

Ever since I can remember I’ve always wanted to be a doctor. I love kids and have a certain, unexplainable passion for helping people. That drive has led me to become a pediatrician or a dentist. I have two cousins who have greatly influenced my career path. One is an interventional cardiologist and the other is a radiologist; they have both been incredibly supportive and helpful with college thus far. The reason I changed majors was because I would also like to open my own medical practice and with only a biology degree I wouldn’t get very far.

Being with University Press this year, I hope to gradually understand the marketing behind the selling and distributing of books. This field of work is completely new to me and I am looking forward to taking as much from this job as I possibly can.



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