Alumni have more opportunities to connect with GGC

General mascot and 4 students pose at Homecoming
Sharing fun times at Homecoming were Elease Dillard, ’15; Michael Jamison, ’11; General; Cesar Puerto, ’12 and Ashley Allen, ’12.

The 2015-2016 year has been full of exciting events for alumni, students, and college faculty and staff thanks to the efforts of the Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Relations. GGC also welcomed a new director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations, Brian Greer, in August.

The summer kicked off with three events for students and alumni to mix and mingle. Senior Sendoff in July welcomed summer GGC graduates into the Alumni Association with a mixer at a nearby restaurant owned and managed by a GGC parent.

In August, alumni participated in the annual March Through the Arch ceremony alongside faculty, staff, parents and new students. Afterward, they enjoyed refreshments at a reception on the Building B second floor balcony.

Alumni were invited to a private soccer game reception on Sept. 15 in honor of GGC’s 10th anniversary that featured special guest speaker Henry Hardin III, GGC parent, Gwinnett business leader and chair of the School of Business Board of Visitors. Hardin delivered an inspirational pre-game speech about leadership.

Later that week, several GGC alumni and their guests attended the GGC10 Founders Celebration dinner and reception (see related story).

Alumni Association Board members pose (15 people)
The Alumni Association Board includes (front row) Liz Peacock, ’14; Valerie Allen, ’11; Lawana Haynes, ’10; Sean George, ’14; Whitney Durrah, ’14; Blair Sanders, ’13; Sasha Ruiz, ’11; (back row) Chad Miller, ’08; Dariush Aziz, ’08; Brittany Dertz Oakley, ’11; Tyler Henry, ’12; Brian Greer, director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations; Homero Gonzalez, ’11; Sandrine Irankunda, ’12 and Tim Foster, ’11. Not pictured are Greg Aliff, ’09; David Horton, ’12; Taylor Isenberg, ’11; Harrison Priestly, ’14 and Brittany Sharp, ’12. For alumni news and board member bios, visit

The Office of Alumni Relations continued its brisk pace of activity during the fall, hosting the October meeting of the Alumni Association Board and the 2nd Annual Homecoming Celebration. The board works on behalf of GGC alumni to strengthen ties with the college and promote opportunities for alumni to grow professionally and personally. They also plan events for alumni throughout the year and they were instrumental in Homecoming’s huge success.

Alumni posing with graduation seniors at Senior Sendoff
Blair Sanders, ’13, seated, represented the Alumni Association board at the summer Senior Sendoff event, where she and other alumni met with excited graduating seniors at a local restaurant.

This year’s Homecoming, held Oct. 24, was highlighted by a family-friendly fall festival with games and inflatables for children and GGC students. A crowd of almost 100 alumni, guests and family members attended a pre-game barbeque dinner and program, featuring remarks by college leaders and women’s soccer coach Chris Kouns. The night was capped off with a 5-0 win for Grizzly women’s soccer over Tennessee Wesleyan of Athens, Tenn.

“We are very pleased with the increasing participation by alumni in the many events we have planned for them,” Greer said. “It is important for alumni to realize that, like with the college itself, they can help create new traditions and meaningful programs that will build an outstanding program designed to serve alumni for decades to come.”

Alumni should mark their calendars for Dec. 12’s annual Alumni Holiday Party. Details will be forthcoming. Alumni are reminded to update their contact information with the Office of Alumni Relations so they can receive news and event invitations from the college. Contact the office at 678-407-5073 or or connect with the Alumni Association on Facebook.

See more photos of Alumni at Homecoming below.

alumni are greeted at Homecoming registration table
Alumni and other fans watching soccer game
alumni at private reception at Homecomng
female adult and child sliding on inflatable slide

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