Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The UAA Traditions Project

The Undergraduate Alumni Association (UAA) is a non-exclusive student organization in which every student is a member because every student will eventually be an alumni. The purpose of UAA is to bring together alumni and students to positively affect our college and community both today and in the future. 

The UAA recently re-invented itself.  We wanted to be a group about bringing all students together and focusing on something that every student could get involved with.  Geneseo is rich with tradition and it was these traditions or experiences that led to UAA’s Traditions Challenge project.  The Traditions Challenge project looks to identify the traditions or experiences that every Geneseo student shares, regardless of their residence hall, club, team or other affiliations.  It is these shared memories that bring students together today – and alumni together tomorrow.

The Traditions Challenge project looks to capture formal and informal Geneseo traditions, revitalize old traditions and create new ones.  This year the UAA identified 11 traditions in honor of the Traditions Challenge inaugural year, 2011:

1) Dance on the IB Risers
2) Play broomball
3) Eat breakfast at GFR (Geneseo Family Restaurant)
4) Attend a Late Knight activity
5) Cheer on the Ice Knights
6) Capture a Geneseo sunset
7) Play BINGO at The Statesman
8) Eat Mias after 2 a.m.
9) Compete in trivia at the Vital
10) Use your meal plan at The Big Tree
11) Visit Kelly on your birthday

The UAA planned to host 3 Traditions Challenge events in the spring of 2011 to kick off our new project.  In February we handed out 500 T-shirts listing all the Traditions Challenges at an Ice Knights Hockey game and had a photographer on duty to take participants' pictures with their Challenge T-Shirt and the Knight mascot.  The photos were then posted on the Undergraduate Alumni Association Facebook page and students were directed to tag themselves in their photos as evidence of Challenge completion.

In March we handed out another 100 Challenge T-shirts at GFR. The UAA also co-hosted with the GFR management the first ever Giant Frittata Race (GFR), a food challenge to devour an 8 egg frittata in 20 minutes. Once again a photographer was on sight to capture all the festivities and the pictures were posted to Facebook. 

In mid-April, the UAA will host its final Challenge Event of the year – Capture a Geneseo sunset.  On April 14th, the UAA will be set up at the Gazebo with the last 100 free Challenge T-shirts to hand out to all students who wish to accept the Challenge. As the sun sets at 7:34 p.m.,  a photographer will be on hand to capture photo proof of students completing the challenge.  Rumor has it that the Knight mascot may also make another appearance and may be handing out candy bars!

The UAA would like to thank the Geneseo Alumni Association for funding this new initiative and for their continuing, unwavering support of UAA programs.

The UAA welcomes any ideas and reflections on traditions that alumni have had in the past, and invites you to take this quick survey and share your thoughts. 

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