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.
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
October 31, 2010
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.
September 15, 2009
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.
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.
November 06, 2000
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.