Student Alumni Associates Wins Awards at Regional Conference

SAA award winners

The student organization Student Alumni Associates (SAA) traveled to a regional leadership conference at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Feb. 19-22. The conference hosted student alumni organizations from more than 70 Southern institutions.

SAA was acknowledged with excellence in three areas. The group won the best external program award for its Big Orange Birthday Bash; best internal program award for its Service to a T Pin System; and the group’s advisor, Mary Holtman-Reed, was deemed most outstanding advisor. The group won three out of five awards, more than any other organization at the conference.

The Big Orange Birthday Bash is the main fundraiser for Student Alumni Associates. It is a program where parents of current students contact SAA and place an order for a birthday or congratulatory cake. The fundraising chairs of the organization process the orders, and then members of SAA deliver the cakes throughout the semester.

The Service to a T Pin System rewards members for service to the organization through the working of events, delivering cakes, and attending regular meetings. Members are awarded gold, silver, or bronze level pins indicating the level of involvement in the organization. The pins are displayed on the nametags members wear while working events on campus.

SAA would not be as successful as it is without the help of an amazing advisor who is always willing to help students with problems and provide support. Mary Holtman-Reed has helped build Student Alumni Associates at UT to this prestigious level.

Student Alumni Associates motto is “Students serving students…past, present, and future.” SAA serves many offices on campus including development and alumni affairs, and the group serves as the official host to the president. The group promotes the senior gift program and serves under the University of Tennessee Alumni Association. The group also aims to work with future students to promote the future of UT. For more information, contact Mary Holtman-Reed at or visit the SAA Web site.

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