Throughout the year, Student Alumni Ambassadors plan several events for students, alumni and the community. Here are the highlights:
Illinois Sights and Sounds
At the start of the fall semester, Student Alumni Ambassadors, the University of Illinois Alumni Association and the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics hold a welcoming program for incoming freshmen and transfer students at Memorial Stadium. SAA coordinates the event by inviting student groups on campus, including sports, vocal and dance groups, to perform and showcase the diversity of culture at the University of Illinois. The program introduces new Illini to the traditions of Illinois and instills a sense of pride and loyalty in the University. For more information, please contact SAA.
GradFest is a graduation celebration at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center for graduating students. The fun takes place annually in May, and all Illinois graduates and their families are invited to attend this afternoon get-together.
One of the first homecomings in the nation was organized by two students at the University of Illinois in 1910. Little did they know that their hard work and planning would grow into SAA's largest and most recognized program. This spirited week consists of events such as the Homecoming Kickoff celebration, Pep Rally and Illini Comeback program. For more information contact SAA.
iHelp: A Homecoming Volunteer Project
iHelp is a volunteer project organized by the Student Alumni Ambassadors that unites more than 1,200 undergraduate and graduate students. iHelp participants meet for a complimentary breakfast and registration on the Main Quad, then disperse to volunteer at more than 40 separate volunteer projects in the surrounding communities. In 2009, the iHelp program assisted 42 agencies and offered 3,600 hours of community service throughout Champaign-Urbana.
As the official start to Homecoming, this event specifically targets Illinois students. After iHelp, Homecoming Kickoff features live entertainment, free food and a chance for students to partake in the Homecoming experience.
Illini Comeback Program
Illini Comeback, a program that started in 1980 by the Alumni Association, honors prominent and accomplished alumni of the University. Guests are invited to return to campus at Homecoming and interact with students, staff and faculty through formal programs, classroom visits and social activities.
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I LOVE ILLINOIS WEEK
Together with 1867 Society, Student Alumni Ambassadors will celebrate the birthday of the University while encouraging students to impact campus by increasing student philanthropy. Generous gifts from both alumni and students make the campus experience all the more valuable. Starting on Feb. 25, 2013, SAA and 1867 Society will build school pride by sharing student donor stories and hosting tournaments and other activities to promote the spirit of giving. For more information, please contact SAA.