GAA Student Membership Program Wins National Award

The GAA’s Student Membership Program has won a national award for promoting cultural awareness and communication among its members and alumni.

The student group received a 2010 Outstanding Organization award this month from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s Affiliated Student Advancement Programs (CASE ASAP) at its annual Network Convention in Kansas City.

CASE ASAP noted the publication the SMP student leaders developed and distributed to student-leader alumni and the cultural concert that brought together local residents, students and community business organizations to raise money for Relay for Life and toys for the Boys and Girls Home of North Carolina.

The GAA Student Membership Program is available to all current UNC students and provides benefits and services, such as exam study breaks, special seating and prizes at some sports events, and discounts on merchandise. It also provides opportunities for service projects and networking with UNC alumni.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., CASE is the professional organization for advancement professionals at all levels who work in alumni relations, communications, fundraising, marketing and other areas. The CASE ASAP annual awards recognize outstanding student and adviser leadership and achievements as well as outstanding student educational advancement programming by member organizations.

More than 500 students, advisers and volunteers from nearly 90 student organizations participated in this year’s CASE ASAP convention. The GAA was represented by C. Hawkins ’00, coordinator of student member and adviser to the SMP; Kat Butler ’07, coordinator of student programs; and Order of the Bell Tower students Olivia Hammill and Megan Hunt. Other recipients of 2010 Outstanding Organization awards were the University of Florida’s Florida Cicerones/Student Alumni Association; and the University of Northern Iowa Student Admissions Ambassadors.

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