First-year student Dylan Melisaratos speaks briefly about his uncle, Chirstopher Quackenbush, who was a victim in the 9/11 terrorist attack in Memorial Garden near the Alumni Center on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2018.

General Alumni Association honors alumni who died on 9/11

First-year Dylan Melisaratos spoke of his uncle, one of the UNC alums lost on Sept. 11, at the ceremony. 

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.

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Scott Jacobson, UNC alum, is a writer for "Bob's Burgers" and has won multiple Emmys for his comedy writing. Photo courtesy of Scott Jacobson.

Q&A with UNC graduate and "Bob's Burgers" writer, Scott Jacobson

UNC graduate Scott Jacobson is a writer and co-executive producer of "Bob's Burgers." He also previously wrote for "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and has won six Emmys for his work in comedy writing.  Staff writer Eva Ellenburg spoke with Jacobson about his journey to success in the comedy writing industry. 

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Q&A with MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, UNC alum Nikole Hannah-Jones

UNC alum and The New York Times magazine writer, Nikole Hannah-Jones, was named a MacArthur Genius Grant fellow for her work and documentation on resegregation of the United States, particularly rooted in housing and education. Her work has received vast recognition, winning her a National Magazine, Peabody Award and George Polk Award. 

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

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.