On to Brasstown!

Another fabulous GEAC Summer Conference has come and gone. We are indebted to our friends at Georgia Regents University for planning and hosting such a first-class event. Thanks also to the 80 advancement professionals representing 27 institutions and the central offices for the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia who made the trip to Augusta for the two-day conference.

The focus now shifts to the 2015 GEAC Annual Conference, once again presented by SunTrust and Mauldin & Jenkins. Hopefully, you've already made plans to join us Nov. 18-20 at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa. If not, mark those calendars now! Hotel reservations can be made at the link below. Registration will open soon.

If you're interested in getting involved, this is the perfect time. Keep reading for details on how to submit a proposal for a track session or speaker. You'll also find information on an exciting new conference scholarship program for advancement professionals who are new to the field (and to GEAC).

Nominations open for 2015 GEAC Awards

Each year, we are privileged to recognize excellence within Georgia's higher education community with presentation of the GEAC Awards. These special distinctions are available in the following categories:

  • Advancement Services
  • Alumni Relations
  • Communications and Marketing
  • Educational Fundraising/Development
  • Outstanding Newcomer
  • Overall Institutional Excellence
  • Lifetime Achievement (granted periodically by the GEAC Board of Directors)

A maximum of one award per category (unless shared) will be granted each year.

Awards Criteria

Online Nomination Form

2014 Winners

There is no cost associated with this program. Nominations must be submitted by Oct. 1. Awards will be presented at the Annual Conference.

Call for Proposals Extended to Aug. 14

Higher Innovation is the theme of the 2015 GEAC Annual Conference, and you have a say in the type of professional development programming we will offer.

Proposals for track sessions and keynote speakers are now being accepted. To share your outside-the-box ideas, simply complete this downloadable PDF and email to Conference Chair Amy Lancaster no later than Aug. 14. Sessions are needed in the following areas:

  • Advancement Services
  • Alumni Relations
  • Development
  • Public Relations/Public Affairs
  • Communications

With your help, we look forward to showcasing best practices in higher education advancement that will help all of our members better serve their institutions and the cause of higher education in Georgia. Send us your ideas today!

Hotel Reservations

A room block for the GEAC Annual Conference has been reserved at Brasstown Valley Resort. Click here to make your reservation online (be sure to enter the Group Code GEA1116) or call 800-201-3205 and reference GEAC when making your reservation.

Annual Conference Scholarships 

The GEAC Board of Directors is pleased to announce a new Annual Conference Scholarship Program meant to open the doors of our Annual Conference to higher education advancement professionals in Georgia who otherwise might not be able to attend.

There will be two scholarships awarded for the 2015 Annual Conference at Brasstown Valley Resort. These special grants will cover the cost of registration ($275) as well as a single-occupancy room for the nights of Nov. 18-19.

The scholarship program is open to higher education professionals in the areas of Advancement Services, Alumni Relations, Development, Public Relations/Public Affairs and Communications with specific emphasis on individuals who:

  • Have never attended a GEAC Conference
  • Are new to the field (1-3 years)
  • Work on campuses with limited resources for professional development

To apply, complete this downloadable PDF and submit via email to admin@geac.org or mail to:

Amy Lancaster
c/o University of North Georgia
Box 1358
Gainesville, GA 30503

The deadline for consideration is Aug. 31. Recipients will be notified by early October. Questions should be directed to Conference Chair Amy Lancaster at 678-717-3409 or amy.lancaster@ung.edu.

Additional information