Fellow Alumni and Friends:
It is a new year and I feel like I am experiencing a case of déjà vu.
I started my 2012 message talking about the Crimson Tide winning a national football championship. Now one year later we are once again celebrating yet another win. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Congratulations to our beloved Crimson Tide for a spectacular win to capture a 15th football national championship, as well as NCAA titles for the gymnastics, softball and women's golf teams. A banner year on the Capstone capped yet another banner year for the Greater New York Chapter.
In 2012, the chapter experienced record growth in membership and we continued to successfully execute on key chapter initiatives, including record sales of chapter-branded merchandise, partnering with Manderson Graduate Students for a networking event, an exclusive tour of the 9/11 Memorial, and our Third Annual Student Career Development Panel. Chapter members also participated in community service efforts to raise more than $600 for AIDS Walk New York 2012. This was also a landmark year in the chapter for cultural enrichment activities as we hosted outings to enjoy the Alabama Symphony Orchestra debut at Carnegie Hall and University Professor Seth Panith’s play, Hell: Paradise Found.
In sports, the chapter continued to experience robust crowds for our football game watch parties at The Ainsworth and The Hill. We averaged over 400 people for games throughout the season and received numerous comments from alumni from all over that enjoying a UANYC football game watch party is the next best place to watch an Alabama game outside of seeing the game live at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Other sporting events included our softball road trip to the Bronx were we cheered on the women’s softball team, softball championship game watches, and group outing to cheer on the men’s basketball team in the 2K Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden.
The other significant achievement for the chapter was that we were honored by the Manderson Graduate School of Business with its 2012 Outstanding Alumni Award. We were the first non-individual to be presented with the award and it serves as a validation and recognition of the work our chapter has done in the area of career development.
While 2012 was a great year for the chapter, we hope that you will join us for one of our many events in 2013. We have basketball game watch parties in January, February and March with Professor Panith returning to New York City this summer with another play and community service as well as networking activities throughout the year. Please be sure to keep up with the chapter here on our website, through our weekly newsleters or on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Remember it is only through your active participation that the Greater New York Chapter is successful. We welcome any feedback you have on our activities or suggestions for what we should be doing to better serve you. Please feel free to reach out to me, any of our chapter officers or committee chairs in this regard as we continue to bring a little southern charm and that special Alabama hospitality to the Big Apple.
I hope that you have a wonderful 2013 and ROLL TIDE!
Yours in Bama,
Christopher Lenard Hollinger, BS’92