GAA Programs Win Grand Award in CASE District

The UNC General Alumni Association has received seven awards for its programs and communications for 2010, including a Grand Award in Overall Alumni Relations Programs, in a competition sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education for the Southeastern district of the U.S.

The awards, presented in late February, include recognition of two GAA student-related programs.

The GAA’s alumni relations programs’ Grand Award recognizes the GAA’s offerings related to career services, travel, lifelong learning, reunions, Carolina Clubs, athletics, admissions, Family Camp, legislative advocacy, and programs and events for young alumni and current students and their families.

The GAA’s programs have been recognized with national or district CASE awards for 13 years in a row, including 12 consecutive years in the district’s Overall Alumni Relations Programs category.

The GAA’s Records Department and the Carolina Alumni Review also won a joint Award of Excellence in institutional relations projects for their work creating and maintaining the online companion to the Carolina Alumni Memorial in Memory of Those Lost in Military Service. The online edition, launched in July 2010, includes a biographical page for each of the 715 alumni who lost their lives in battle. This information was researched by the Records Department, which began work on this project in 2002, and assembled and edited by members of the Review staff.

The GAA’s website,, was recognized with a Special Merit Award in the category of World Wide Web and Electronic Communication for overall website design and implementation. The website was redesigned in 2010, with a fresh look that offers more multimedia and photography as well as personalization features, which let alumni check and update their contact information and see a tailored list of events hosted by their area Carolina Club.

The GAA’s communications and publications have been recognized with national or district CASE awards each year since 1996.

The Morehead Planetarium and Science Center also won a CASE Award of Excellence in the category of printed publications for its UNC Morehead Field Trip Guide for 2010, and Kenan-Flagler Business School won a Special Merit Award for its MBA Experience videos in the category of audiovisual communication.

In separate competition, two GAA student programs — the Student Membership Leadership Council and the Order of the Bell Tower — won awards from CASE’s Affiliated Student Advancement Programs.

The GAA’s student membership program, led by its Student Membership Leadership Council, was recognized for its “Tried and True Program – Exam Study Break”; and C. Hawkins ’00, the GAA’s coordinator of student membership, was recognized as the Outstanding Adviser.

The Order of the Bell Tower won Outstanding Internal Program for its “Histories and Mysteries” program; and Chelsea Phillips, president of the Order of the Bell Tower, also won for Outstanding Student Leader.

In the same competition, UNC’s Office of University Development’s Heelraisers’ program, which works with students, won two awards: for Outstanding External Program, for its Tuition Stop Day program; and for Outstanding Student Organization.

CASE is an international organization that works with educational institutions to enhance their alumni relations, communications and development efforts.

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