July 25, 2020

An update for our Student Network members

By: UofSC Alumni Association

Exciting changes are coming to our student programming in the 2020-2021 academic year! Are you a current Student Network member? Learn more about these changes and how you can stay involved.

For over 40 years, the Student Alumni Association at the University of South Carolina has helped to connect students and alumni, strengthen tradition, and develop student leaders. Under the name the “My Carolina Student Network”, our organization served nearly 5,000 dues paying members each year who supported our programs. We are proud of the hundreds of volunteers who have served the Student Network community as leaders with Garnet Circle, building the bridge between student life and the alumni family. 

In 2020, we are making exciting changes to our organization including our BEAT T-Shirt and membership programs that will solve many of the problems that our members have expressed to us over the years.

Our Name

To better reflect who we are and what we do, we are returning to our original name and changing from My Carolina Student Network to the University of South Carolina Student Alumni Association (or just UofSC SAA for short!

While "Student Network" described the community we were striving to build, it did not make it clear who we are or why we exist. Almost all universities have a Student Alumni Association, but we were one of the few who did not call it by its official name. 

By making this change, we hope to better represent you and our core focus to connect students and alumni to advance their careers, their passions, and their University of South Carolina.

Our Membership Program

We were proud to serve our 3,600+ members in the 2019-2020 academic year and will continue to do so until your membership expires. As long as your membership is active, we will honor your discounts, member benefits, and of course, all the great swag that we owe you! 

Going forward, UofSC SAA will not have a membership program as you know it today. All enrolled UofSC students will be considered members of the Student Alumni Association. Instead of giving benefits to paid members like the chance to get BEAT T-Shirts, SAA will sell our famous BEAT T-Shirts and other great swag to all students, alumni, and fans. As always, proceeds from these sales go directly back into our student programs.

Honoring Your Membership

We will continue to honor the benefits guaranteed to you as a part of your Student Network membership. This includes a SAA Spirit Pack each year until your membership expires! You will no longer have to RSVP for individual BEAT T-Shirt pickup events or stand in long lines to have a chance at a shirt. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have not yet finalized distribution plans for the fall 2020 Spirit Packs. We will send out more information about our pick up event later in August and appreciate your patience.

Making Plans

Even as we near the start of the fall semester, it is clear that the fast-changing COVID-19 pandemic will surely impact our normal plans for SAA programs. As of today, our plan is to host BEAT Week at the Pastides Alumni Center, August 31 - September 4, from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM each day. We will send you more information about this event later in August.

We're all in this together and we are still here for you! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We appreciate your support as Student Network members and look forward to seeing you on campus soon.

Forever to thee,

UofSC Student Alumni Association
connect@uofscalumni.org

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