Topics: General Alumni Association

The General Alumni Association was formed in 1843 by 31 UNC graduates, including former Gov. John Motley Morehead. Their goals were to extend collegiate friendships and support UNC.

GAA membership is open to former undergraduate and graduate students (including those who did not earn degrees), those who completed certificate programs, internships and residencies, as well as staff and faculty. Student memberships are also available. There are more than 67,000 GAA members and 100 alumni clubs worldwide.

The group publishes the Carolina Alumni Review and offers career services, travel opportunities with other alums and social clubs. It is also responsible for organizing UNC’s homecoming each year. The GAA makes its home in the George Watts Hill Alumni Center, located near Kenan Stadium.

Seniors learn basic etiquette skills at GAA dinner

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After the Senior Etiquette Dinner on Wednesday, seniors crossed good manners off their lists of things to learn before graduation.


UNC seniors climb bell tower, embrace their last week

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It takes eight semesters to make it to the top of the Bell Tower to sign your name to a brick.


The annual Tar Heel camp is canceled this year

The annual Tar Heel Camp has been canceled this year. The camp, hosted by the General Alumni Association, takes care of alumni’s children on the Friday and Saturday night of Homecoming weekend. The camp was canceled because only 12 people signed up, said Laura Sheppard, coordinator of Homecoming and affinity reunions.
She said the camp usually averages about 20 children. - From staff and wire reports


Alumni panel talks about jobs for graduating seniors

Many seniors have no idea what they’re going to do after graduation — but alumni said they shouldn’t be too worried.


CUAB and CAA ask for student input in planning 2012 Homecoming concert

Plans for UNC’s 2012 Homecoming concert have already begun. And Tom Low, incoming president of the Carolina Union Activities Board, wants to make them more transparent.


3 pairs run for senior class co-presidents

Three pairs of candidates are running for senior class co-presidents, hoping to represent their peers — and have a good time — in their last year at UNC.


CUAB announces homecoming concert featuring The New Pornographers

The Carolina Union Activities Board has announced the headlining group for the Homecoming concert on October 29.


Students grapple for prizes at GAA Homecoming event

More than 500 wrapped boxes stuffed with various prizes and UNC gear filled the Pit on Friday. For several hours, cheers from bystanders encouraged students to be aggressive and rip apart the boxes, one of which included a laptop. The General Alumni Association, which used money built into its budget to purchase the prizes, ran the event.


UNC alumni to reunite at Top of the Hill

Carolina graduates are expected to return in droves for the William and Mary football game Oct. 30. However, alumni are not coming home just for a football game. The General Alumni Association is hosting an Alumni Milestone Mixer at Top of the Hill’s new Back Bar on Oct. 29 from 8 to 10 p.m.


Alumni network to attract strongest students

Even years after they graduate, UNC’s alumni still play a vital role in bringing top students to campus.

The General Alumni Association, primarily charged with providing a network of support for graduates, also plays an aggressive role in working with UNC’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions to recruit the nation’s best undergraduate students.


Alumni usher in new class of graduates

A few Tar Heels clad in caps and gowns on Sunday weren't seniors and weren't at Kenan Stadium to graduate. After a weekend spent celebrating their 50th reunion, the class of 1957 topped off their festivities by leading in the procession of graduating seniors.


GAA Prepares for Alumni

Students can expect to see plenty of alumni at parties and even in some classes trying to relive their UNC experiences during this year's Homecoming weekend.

Alumni are already getting nostalgic by printing up their old class T-shirts and making plans for weekend poker games with old UNC buddies.


Homecoming Doubles as UNC `Alumni Weekend'

For many fans this Homecoming weekend, the game will be as much about nostalgia as victory.

The General Alumni Association and alumni volunteers have made an effort this Homecoming weekend to get as many old Carolina hands as possible into the stands and the town.