Student Programs

POLICY: 2.1
Effective Date:
Last Updated: 05/20/2010

Student Programs

Student Programs was put in place to engage current UGA students in the activities, programs and events of the UGA Alumni Association.

Student Alumni Association

Students are encouraged to make a minimum gift of $20 to the Georgia Fund during their freshman, sophomore, and junior year and a contribution to Senior Signature during their senior year.  Students making academic contributions in any given year are considered to be part of the Student Alumni Association.

Programs

SAA has provided programming for students to help them adjust to college life away from home in a Relocation Seminar and programming to teach students how to network through Networking Works.

Events

Welcome Back Party

Dinner with a Dozen Dawgs - hosted by an alum, free for students.

Ring Week

Ring Ceremony

Wear your shirt day - member recognition.  Students who wear their SAA shirts receive a gift.

Beat T-shirt giveaways

100 Days Event - Partnership with Senior Signature counting down to May graduation.

Got Finals - Last day of class during Fall and Spring Semester. Students receive free massages, coffee and Breakfast.

Marketing

The SAA uses Facebook, banners, the Student Alumni Council, student organization visits, Red and Black Ads, tabling and t-shirt days to market the Student Alumni Association. 

Communication

Monthly SAA newsletter created by Secretary of the Student Alumni Council, Listserv communication as well as Facebook.

G-Book

An old tradition, the newly resurrected G Book includes tradition of the Univeristy of Georgia and its students.

Student Alumni Council

The Student Alumni Council is a 28 member student leadership group that oversees and implements SAA programs and events, and participates in Alumni Association events.  Open enrollment is held every March for current SAA members.  The Application is available online during this month and applicants must submit a resume, give references and answer questions during an interview.  The interview is given by a panel of returning members of SAC.  The SAC panel meets to select new members with the help of the Student Programs' Graduate Assistant and Staff Advisor. A mandatory new member orientation is held the Thursday before the SAC retreat.  A mandatory SAC Retreat is held over a weekend at the end of August for all SAC members and provides a learning opportunity and bonding/social activities.  Monthly meetings are held as well as bonding activities throughout the year.  CASE ASAP conference is held yearly and SAC members are encouraged to participate.

Executive Committee

A President, Vice President and secretary are elected from the SAC.

Full Exec Committee

This committee includes the president, vice president, secretary, a SAC Member Chair, Events Committee and a Programs Committee.

Young Alumni Programs

Young Alumni Programs is put in place to engage Young Alumni (ten years out) in activities, programs and events the Metro-Atlanta Area.

Marketing

Facebook, the UGA Alumni Association Enewsletter, UGA Alumni Association Metro Mail, and e-vites are used to communicate events and news to young alumni.

Young Alumni Council

Open enrollment is in November every two years.  The council is in place January after open enrollment.  Selection is made by an internal committee and is based on participation and connection to UGA.  An Events Committee is set up for Quarterly Events like Networking and a Holiday Social.  They also do Community Service Outreach as well as Professional and Leadership Development including the Top 30 under 30.  A Marketing/PR Committee is put in place to market the group, membership and the events.

UGA Official Class Ring Program

The Official Class Ring Program is to engage students in a lifelong relationship as demonstrated through the purchase of their class ring.

Ring Week

Ring week is held every fall and spring semesters.  A table is set up for one week at the bookstore and a second location on campus with Balfour representatives available to assist in the selection and purchase of the official class rings.

Ring Ceremony

The Ring Ceremony is held every spring to present students with their class rings and introduce them to the ring tradition.  Balfour representatives are available for any issues that may arise when receiving the rings.