The University of Florida Alumni Association's Special Events department is responsible for planning and executing several events throughout the year including Gator Nation Tailgates,
Grand Guard, Grad Gala, Gator Nation U, Orange and Blue Weekend and Silver Society. For more information on the Alumni Reunions & Special Events department, please call (888)352-5866 (option 4) or e-mail us
at Special Events firstname.lastname@example.org.
UF @ South Carolina Tailgate
Gator Headquarters Pre-Game Tailgate in Columbia, South Carolina presented by GEICO
Will you be in Columbia for the game? If so, Gator Headquarters is the only place to be!
What: UF vs. USC pre-game tailgate and Gator celebration open to all Gators
When: Saturday, November 16th, 4:00 – 6:30 PM. Kick-off is at 7:00 PM.
Where: Seawell’s Banquet and Reception Center (1125 Rosewood Dr. Columbia, SC 29201), located just a short walk from Williams-Brice Stadium.
Who: The UFAA, Albert, Alberta, the UF cheerleaders, fellow Gators, and you!
Cost: FREE for all Gators! (Food tickets will be available for just $10 for members; $15 for non-members. A very limited number of tickets will be available for purchase on game day for $20. There will be a cash bar)
We will have pre-game coverage playing on the big screen, member takeaways, and family-friendly activities. Plan to stop by our Gator headquarters, presented by GEICO, tailgate admission is free.
Want to eat before you head into the stadium? Meal tickets are available for purchase. A cash bar will also be available for all in attendance.
Please stay tuned for more details once kick-off is announced. Hours of tailgate will adjust based on kick-off time.
Black Alumni Weekend
Black Alumni Weekend (BAW) has always provided members of the Gator Nation with a chance to come together and celebrate the historic milestones achieved by black students at the University of Florida,
and this year was no exception. Our impressive slate of “Gator Pioneers” from every decade and degree inspired many attendees to keep dreaming of new frontiers to cross over the next 50 years.
Excited by the momentum of this year’s successful event, we are already planning for next year’s reunion! We invite you to join us. Please stayed tuned for dates to be announced soon for Black Alumni Weekend 2014.
Gator Clubs® and Affiliate Groups Descent on Titletown to Celebrate Successes
More than 220 active Gator Club® and Affiliate Group members and University of
Florida Alumni Association Board Members from around the nation came to
Gainesville between Thursday, August 29 and Saturday, August 31 as part of the
UFAA’s annual conference. This year’s theme of Florida Forward focused the
Alumni Association members’ attention on the University of Florida’s preeminence
designation and journey to the Top Ten, and the specific ways it would benefit
UF alumni around the country.
In addition to looking to the future, attendees also recognized the many Gator
achievements from the past year. Friday evening’s
Gator Gala: An Evening of Gatortales &
Cocktails was a celebreation of Gator greats and great Gator moments.
Immediate Past President Dr. Jason
Rosenberg (90, 93, 95) installed Rahul Patel (94, 97) as UFAA 2013-14 President.
Using his newly-granted powers, Mr. Patel swore in the new UFAA National Board
of Directors and new Gator Club® Presidents. Dr. Mark Gold (75) was confirmed as
the UFAA’s Distinguished Alumni Professor, and awards were given to Provost Joe
Glover (Gold Standard Award) and Mr. Danny Ponce (70, 73) (Gator of the Year).
For many Gala attendees, the highlight of the Gator Gala was the presentation of
The Clubbie Awards, which recognize Gators who have gone above and beyond in
strengthening the Gator Nation over the past year. Twenty-one Gator Clubs® and
six individuals received Clubbies. You can see the entire list of Clubbie Award
winners, our highlight video reel, event photos, and the installation of our new
UFAA President by clicking on this link.
Overall, the weekend was a chance to celebrate our Gator Nation while inspiring
and recognizing outstanding leaders like Young Alumni Leader of the Year Erin
Cigich (07) of the Sarasota Gator Club®, In-State Leader of the Year Chris
Carmody (02, 05) of the Central Florida Gator Club® and Out of State Leader of
the Year Nicole Weltman (08) of the Gotham Gator Club®. We look forward to
seeing the great things that will happen as UF alumni impact their communities.
The Gator Gala Award Winners:
Highest In-State Membership Rate: Taylor County Gator Club®
Highest Out-of-State Membership Rate: South Georgia Gator Club®
In-State Membership Growth: Sarasota County Gator Club®
Out-of-State Membership Growth: Houston Gator Club®
Outstanding Small In-State Club: Key West Gator Club®
Outstanding Medium In-State Club: Sarasota County Gator Club®
Outstanding Large In-State Club: Central Florida Gator Club®
Outstanding Out-of-State Club: Northeast Ohio Gator Club®
Most Improved In-State Club: Space Coast Gator Club®
Most Improved Out-of-State Club: Philadelphia Gator Club®
Outstanding In-State Program/Event: Central Florida Gator Club®
Outstanding Out-of-State Program/Event: Music City Gator Club®
Outstanding In-State Communications: Pinellas County Gator Club®
Outstanding Out-of-State Communications: Philadelphia Gator Club®
In-State Young Alumni Program: Central Florida Gator Club®
Out-of-State Young Alumni Program: Atlanta Gator Club®
Young Alumni Leader of the Year: Erin Cigich
Region 1’s RVP Award: Martin County Gator Club®
Region 2’s RVP Award: Manatee County Gator Club®
Region 3’s RVP Award: Lauren Christ, Pinellas County Gator Club®
Region 4’s RVP Award: Gator Bait Classic Fishing Tournament, Treasure Coast Gator Club®
Region 5’s RVP Award: Gator Club® of Jacksonville
Region 7’s RVP Award: James Gadsby, Atlanta Gator Club®
Region 8’s RVP Award: Gary Manton, Desert Gator Club®
Region 9’s RVP Award: Gotham Gator Club®
In-State Leader of the Year: Chris Carmody
Out-of-State Leader of the Year: Nicole Weltman
Gator of the Year: Mr. Danny Ponce
The Gold Standard Award: Provost Joe Glover
Click here to view photos from Florida Forward.
Click here to view videos from Florida Forward.
Gator Nation Tailgates
Join the UF Alumni Association as we cheer on the Gators three hours before each home game. Conveniently located at Emerson Alumni Hall
across the street from The Swamp, these tailgates are the perfect place to meet with the Gator Nation before seeing our team face off against our rivals.
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Grand Guard Society Reunion
Celebrate your 50th year of being a Gator by becoming a part of the Grand Guard Society. This event is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with old friends
and learn about the newest research and programs being developed at the University of Florida.
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Gator Nation U
Gator Nation U is your connection with the University of Florida. Join us for an informative weekend filled with fun and fellowship. Experience continuing education opportunities,
connect with faculty and classmates and re-live your days as a student. Bring your whole family as we have actives for Gators of all ages including a pre-game tailgate before the Gator Men's Basketball
team takes on Kentucky.
Please stay tuned for more information for the Gator Nation U weekend
Silver Society Reunion
Join the UFAA in Gainesville as we celebrate the 25th Reunion of the class of 1989 at Silver Society Induction Dinner on March 7, 2014.
Please stay tuned for more information for the Silver Society Reunion