speakers have addressed standing-room- only crowds; industry giants as well as maller enterprises use the space for conferences and meetings. • In the first-floor lobby, just offthe brick path beneath the building's breezeway, some students inevitably get their first glimpse inside the Alumni Center when they pick up new student membership ackets and sign up for workshops. Nearly 1,000 students enrolled in the
GAA's student membership organization
A Hill CENTER Q&A
Research Triangle Park.
The interior designer is
Oan Addison of Durham.
I Where did the money
come from to pay for the
George Watts Hill Alumni
Center and its furnishings?
All costs for building
and furnishing the Alumni
Center were met with
private funds - the gifts
of 14,500 UNC alumni,
faculty and friends. No
portion of alumni mem-bershlp dues is spent on
6. What's on the other
The Alumni Center
houses the offices of the
GAA, including offices
for Enrichment Activities,
Career Services, Membership, Alumni Records,
Reunions, local Carolina
Club activities, Student
Programs and the Carolina
Alumni Review. The center
also includes private meet-
ing and dining rooms, a
7,500-square-foot ballroom, a library and The
the Alumni Hall, which
seats up to 500. Aside
from The Carolina Club,
the use of the Alumni
Center is open to all
alumni and University vis-
itors, regardless of
whether they are GAA
8. How many people visit
the center each year?
More than 100,000.
2. How much did it cost?
3. What is the honor roll?
The names engraved
in the center's reception
area list the approxi-
mately 1,200 people who
each contributed $1,000
or more to the center.
9. Why are some rooms
named after alumni?
Alumni Center campaign contributors of
$25,000 or more had the
opportunity to have
rooms named for them.
still exist for several
4. Is there a brochure?
No, but one is
5. Who designed the
The architects are
O'Brien! Atkins, based in
7. What is the connection
between the George Watts
Hill Alumni Center and The
The Carolina Club is a
ing club housed in the
center. Club members
pay an initiation fee and
monthly dues, and membership is open to all
GAA members. The club
has two dining rooms;
members also can host
catered functions in pri-
vate dining rooms or in
IO. Is it true President Clin-
ton visited the Alumni Cen-
Yes, during UNC's
Other notable visitors
include the former prime
minister of Thailand;
author Alistair Cooke;
the former head of the
KGB; and news commen-
tators Cokie Roberts and
The George Watts Hill Alumni Center is
distinct from alunmi association operations
at many U.S. campuses, drawing visitors
from associations across the countly inter-
ested in building similar homes for their
alumni. Its meeting rooms can accom-
modate two to 800 guests, and more than
100,000 people attend an event or dine
in the center each year. The center is
open to alunmi, regardless of whether they
are GAA members; other areas of the
building provide the backdrop to GAA
staffoperations, with offices, conference
rooms, storage and conullunications systems
to facilitate the work of the GAA and
Carolina Club employees.
GAA members already are familiar to
the association's services, offered through
Enrichment Activities, Career Services,
Membership, Alumni Records, Reunions,
local Carolina Club activities, Student
Programs and the Carolina Alumni Review.
The Alumni Center has allowed these
services to grow rapidly, both in scope
and volume. As a working facility, it has
spawned a new package ofprograms aimed
at serving Carolina and its alunmi; notable
expansions include Career Services, local
Carolina Clubs activities and the student
membership ann of the GAA. But some
of the GAA's oldest services have seen
big changes as well: A1unmi Records,
which maintains records of Carolina's
nearly 210,000 living alumni as well as
UNe's more than 35,000 deceased
alumni, has benefited from expanded
space-as have alumni and others who
use the files and workrooms for research.
"This facility has had an impact on
every alumnus, whether they've been in
the Alumni Center or not," Dibbert said.
The center's work spaces and conunUnl-
cations system. 5 have enhanced the work
of the GAA, said Dibbert, who has led
the organization since 1982. "It has made
a tremendous difference in what we are
able to do."
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