Membership in UNC’s Faculty-Staff Recreation Association, also known as “The Farm,” has been added to the menu of discounts available to GAA members.
The new membership benefit follows the recent introduction of several other membership discounts related to retailers, including Brooks Brothers and Jos. A. Bank. Also, discounts related to educational prep courses have been increased, and members can save money on UNC’s Olympic sports passes for attending many of Carolina’s nonrevenue sports events.
The Farm, a member-only, 28-acre facility, is on the outskirts of Chapel Hill. It includes tennis courts, swimming pools, woods, fields and playgrounds for faculty, staff and, as of 2005, alumni.
Beginning this year, GAA members began receiving a 10 percent discount off the Farm’s $600 initiation fee for permanent members.
Though the Farm might seem wild when day camps are in session, no animals or agricultural endeavors occupy the premises. The facility, which UNC trustees signed over to the recreation association in 1967, got its nickname because the property once housed an old farmhouse. The rural feel remains today, despite a new recreation center with a yoga studio, weight room, tennis shop and offices. The Farm installed new playground equipment in February and soon will install a Frisbee golf course and a volleyball court.
In addition to fitness opportunities, the Farm provides activities and day camps for the children of its 600 member families. “A lot of our staff were Farm kids, so it’s an institution that is self-perpetuating,” noted Steve Reznick ’73, professor of psychology and FSRA board chair. He’s excited about boosting alumni membership at the Farm. “We’re looking forward to what we see as a win-win situation.”
On the retail side, GAA members now have an extra incentive to be well-dressed, well-prepared – and well-heeled.
Beginning last fall, GAA members can take advantage of several new discounts for clothing, test preparation and Carolina sporting events.
A 15 percent discount off regularly priced merchandise at Brooks Brothers, Adrienne Vittadini and Carolee retail stores is available to GAA members with a special corporate discount card. To obtain a card, GAA members will need to retrieve a GAA ID code at alumni.unc.edu/memberdiscounts or by calling the GAA at (800) 962-7042. After a code has been secured, members can request a card at (866) 515-4747 or membership.brooksbrothers.com.
GAA members, their spouses and dependents can receive a 20 percent discount off regularly priced merchandise by presenting a GAA membership card at Jos. A. Bank retail stores. Online or catalog shoppers must use a special corporate discount card which also requires a GAA ID code before requesting the card by phone (800) 285-2265 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
To prepare for admission to undergraduate and graduate programs, GAA members and their immediate families now receive a greater discount – $100, up from $50 to $75 – on all prep courses for tests such as the SAT or GRE from Kaplan Educational Centers. Obtain a GAA discount code at alumni.unc.edu/memberdiscounts.
GAA members save $25 off the purchase of an Olympic sports pass from the UNC Department of Athletics to attend all men’s and women’s soccer, women’s basketball, men’s lacrosse and baseball regular season home games during 2006-07.