University of North Georgia (UNG) students, faculty, staff, and community members will have a chance to meet new
UNG President Michael Shannon and members of UNG’s national champion softball team at the annual Starlight Celebration and fireworks event on Aug. 26.
Gates will open at 6 p.m. with fireworks at dark. All activities will take place in the G.W. Bailey Amphitheater.
Shannon started at UNG on July 1.
“I look forward to taking part in this longtime UNG tradition and meeting more of our UNG family,” Shannon said. “We invite students, faculty, staff, and community members to enjoy this special evening on the Gainesville Campus.”
The UNG softball program
won its second NCAA Division II national championship May 31, completing a 64-win season in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Head coach Mike Davenport and returning players for the Nighthawks will be in attendance at Starlight with their championship trophy to meet fans and help kick off the 2023-24 academic year.
Northeast Georgia Health System is the presenting sponsor for Starlight.
(Photo: Fireworks at last year’s Starlight)
Click here to read more about what to expect
Starlight welcomes students, community (ung.edu)
About the Author
Ken Stanford is Online News Editor for GLORY 97.5, a position he has held since August 2022.
Ken was born in Moultrie, Georgia, and says he knew from the time he was 5 or 6 he wanted to be a “radio announcer.” That dream was realized when he was hired by Moultrie radio station WMTM in 1960 at the age of 15 as a weekend disc jockey. A 1963 graduate of Moultrie (now Colquitt County) High School, he has spent his whole career in Georgia working for stations in Atlanta, Marietta, and Gainesville – most recently as News Director for 40 years at WDUN in Gainesville. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force Reserves.
Ken retired in 2011 but came out of retirement last year to help GLORY, on a part-time basis, beef-up its online news presence.
He is the recipient of many Associated Press awards and is a former judge of state and national Associated Press broadcast news contests. In 2005, he was presented with the Georgia Associated Press Broadcasters Association’s President’s Award for Excellence in Journalism and in 2019 was inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame.
He lives in Gainesville with his wife of 52 years, the former Sandra McKnight of Clio, Alabama, and they have one child, a daughter, Lisa, who lives in Cumming with her family.