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GAA Student Program Sets Record, Growing to 6,000 Members

Every day, the GAA serves students, but the beginning of the school year is especially packed with programs and opportunities.

Nearly 6,000 students are now members of the GAA’s student membership program, representing a record, and a number of them helped welcome Carolina students and their families to campus in August. Opening events included a welcome dinner at Rams Head co-sponsored with Student Affairs; support of Fall Fest, which is a pan-University after-dark gathering held the first Sunday students are on campus; a GAA Breezeway Breakfast on the first day of classes; and a student membership barbecue that served more than 1,000 students in the Pit.

In addition to offering benefits to student members, including special programming and events, the GAA offers sponsorship and support to several student organizations: the Clef Hangers, an all-male a cappella singing group, and the Loreleis, an all-female group, both sponsored by the GAA; the Order of the Bell Tower; and the senior class marshals.

Also, about six incoming students a year benefit from the GAA Scholars program, established in 2001 with a $500,000 scholarship endowment that provides the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid a means to help attract top students.

Next week is full for GAA student members:

  • Sunset Serenade, featuring some of Carolina’s best a cappella groups, will be Sunday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. on the steps of Wilson Library.
  • T-Shirt Day is Wednesday in the Pit, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and Rams Head, 6-8 p.m. Student members who wear their student member T-shirts on campus will have a chance to win great prizes.
  • Majors Expo is Wednesday, Sept. 27 in the Great Hall, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. All undergraduates are invited to explore and find out more about a variety of academic departments; representatives from those departments will be on hand to help students who are choosing a major or minor.

Details about the GAA student membership program are available online.


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