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Sept 2013: Alumni gather and have a blast at the Summer National Conference in Atlanta

Posted By Atlanta Hub, Monday, October 27, 2014
(Karen Raiti Thigpen - MI '96/ US '97)

Several dozen alumni, trainees and guests gathered on Tuesday, August 6 at the Holiday Inn Airport North in Atlanta hoping to network with one another, show support for the AIESEC community and capture a bit of the energy that is contagious at every AIESEC US Summer National Conference.  The students and members of the AIESEC US national team welcomed in the alumni with open arms and a willingness to hear any advice the alums would dish out.

The alumni portion of the event started off with a Happy Hour where past presidents mingled, new friends connected and laughter was heard everywhere.  Alumni then moved into the main banquet hall for a memorable dinner with the students. Annual award were presented and several alumni were recognized for their outstanding service as members on the Board of Advisors to the three local committees in Atlanta: Georgia Tech, University of Georgia and Georgia State.  Students and alumni alike clapped loudly as annual awards were issued to the attending local committees and the cheering roared when two alumni-supported scholarships were issued.  The JoAnn Boland International Scholarship Fund was issued first to two particularly promising students (Eli Peterson of Madison and Dominic Smith of Michigan) who each received $500 to attend the International Congress in Egypt.  Secondly, Sebastian Zhong of San Jose State University, was awarded the GBA Faye Liebowitz Scholarship - a brand new, $1,000 scholarship offered for being the top-traineeship raiser in the United States. This scholarship, initiated by alumna Cathy Shelton with a $15,000 grant, was established earlier this year and Sebastian is the first in the country to receive such a prize.  Congratulations, Sebastian!

During the event, Atlanta-area alumni said a farewell and thank you to Param Randhawa who has faithfully served as the Atlanta Hub Leader since 2011.  He will be stepping down this Fall and succeeded by Levent Genconglu.


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