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03.20.2014

Wisdom from Athens

This past February, the Athens Area Chapter of the UGA Alumni Association won Chapter of the Year during the Alumni Leadership Assembly. I had the opportunity to interview some of the chapter leaders following their impressive win. Here is what they had to say:

What did your chapter do to win this award?

"It certainly wasn't easy, but we had a core group full of ideas and energy that stuck together! We worked to gain interest and exposure by hosting different types of events and meetings to attract a diverse group. We couldn't have done it without the leadership of the team at the Alumni Association." -Theresa Silcox (BBA '08), Athens Chapter Communications and Events Coordinator

Do you think you have an advantage by being located in Athens?

"In many ways, being in Athens is actually a disadvantage. Typical programming such as game watching parties are not possible here. Also, everyone is local and feels an immediate tie to UGA; they don't feel the need to connect via the Alumni Association. We have had to determine how we fit into the community." -Kim Metcalf (BSEH '93, MS '96), Athens Chapter Vice President

What was the most unique event your chapter hosted this year?

"Our holiday event was awesome! Lee Epting (BBA '67) was gracious enough to host our event a The Hill and it was a perfect evening. There were so many connections made and a great time was had by all." -Caroll Williams (BBA '72), Athens Chapter President

What was the most important thing you have learned about engaging alumni with the chapter?

"You have to constantly reevaluate your approach and come up with new ideas to reach different groups of alumni. This year, we branched out into the Athens community by becoming more involved with other young alumni groups, which has led to more contacts. You have to always be looking for new ways to reach individuals and grow your chapter network." -Mike McConnell (AB '07), Athens Chapter Young Alumni Representative 

What tips would you give other chapter leaders?

"The strength of UGA is dependent on the support and involvement of its alumni. The work of the chapter leaders is so important to set the stage for creating enthusiasm and involvement in their area." -Carol Williams (BBA '72), Athens Chapter President

"My biggest tip is perserverance. It took our chapter a long time to gain traction and become successful. It took getting a solid and energetic core team of leaders and some fresh ideas flowing from new members to get us rolling. Also, rely on the UGA Alumni Association's Regional Program staff. They are amazing and are always available to guide." -Kim Metcalf (BSEH '93, MS '96), Athens Chapter Vice President

"Come to the Alumni Leadership Assembly! This award is great for the Athens Chapter, but it's a bigger win for the university if more and more chapters get involved. With the growing number of attendees at ALA, the positivie momentum is exciting to watch." -Mike McConnell (AB '07), Athens Chapter Young Alumni Representative

"Don't give up. It takes a while to put the right team together to be successful. Build your core group and work to add your committee members over time." -Theresa Silcox (BBA '08), Athens Chapter Communications and Events Coordinator

On behalf of the UGA Alumni Association, congratulations on a job well done, Athens Area Chapter!

Danielle Alexander (MSW '11)
Assistant Director of Regional Programs

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