“The ability to preserve its history through the keeping of traditions while remaining on the cutting edge of the technological universe is one of Georgia Tech’s greatest accomplishments since its establishment in 1885. These traditions range from incredibly difficult tasks such as stealing the “T” to things as simple as yelling “to Hell with Georgia!” but each and every one has made our Institute what it is today. Tradition is what unites the generations of Yellow Jackets and creates a common bond that transcends our diverse student body.” - Excerpt from the 2010 T-Book
Do you know about Sideways and how he got his name? Did you know there is a note hidden on the Dean Griffin statue? What do you know about the origins of George P. Burdell?
Join members of the SAA Tradition Tours Committee on a unique tour of campus as they answer these questions and many more!
Get to know more about the campus that you navigate everyday by becoming a member of SAA and signing up for Tradition Tour. While on your tour take pictures as you complete various traditions across campus, so you can print and paste them in your T-Book or upload them and work towards becoming a Tradition Keeper.
Tradition Tours will allow you to reminisce on traditions that you remember from your time here at Tech as well as learn about others that have come about since your graduation. So brush up on all the fight song lyrics, bring a dog biscuit for Sideways' grave, leave any red clothing at home, dig out your RAT Cap, and come partake in this exciting new student-driven initiative!
SAA provides opportunities for you to sign up for a set tour. If you are a member of SAA, you can sign-up your friends or members of another organization for a private group tour.
Homecoming Tradition Tour- October 25th, 2012
After Burdell's 85th Birthday Party join the Student Alumni Association tradition tour guides as they share with you Tech's other famous traditions around campus. The tour will last an hour, leaving at 12 p.m. from the Campanile.
Private Group Tours – SAA MEMBERS MUST SUBMIT REQUESTS
If you are a member of SAA and are looking for a unique Tech activity to do with your friends or members of another student organization, sign up for a Tradition Tour. Unlike Laser Tag or a Ropes Course, Tradition Tours are free and allow you to learn more about Tech’s rich history! Whether it is a group of 10 or 100, we will do our best to accommodate your request. Simply register online today.
Interested in Becoming a SAA Tradition Tour Guide? Join the Tradition Keepers Committee
SAA believes every student should be aware of and proud of the many traditions at Tech. The Tradition Keepers Committee is responsible for planning and executing these unique campus tours for students, parents, alumni and the general Tech community. Specific roles of the Committee include:
Planning tour routes that highlight various Tech traditions and are customized to meet the specific needs of each group.
Serving as tour guides for Traditions Tours.
Training new Committee members to become future guides.
Marketing and promoting the Tradition Keepers program.
Approving submitted traditions of the TK program and awarding students their prizes.
My time as part of SAA's Ramblin' On committee was a phenomenal one. I simply loved the experience, which allowed me to help plan a major event while developing necessary communication and cooperation skills with both other members of the committee and professionals, as well. Plus, the group of students I worked with ultimately all became my friends, which is an invaluable feeling!! - Josh Brown, HTS 2015, SAA Committee Chair
Mentor Jackets program is awesome. I not only have a wonderful mentor, but also ended up having a lifetime friend who can offer me advice and help whenever I need it. I will participate in this program every year. The program provides precious opportunities for students to connect closely with alumni. - Zhong Chen, Master's CS 2013, Mentor Jackets Participant
Being a part of the Student Alumni Association opened doors at Georgia Tech that I would never have dreamed of. During my time as a member of SAA, I was given the opportunity to coordinate a Dinner Jacket event with Tom Fanning, the CEO of Southern Company and a fellow Yellow Jacket. That was easily one of the most memorable and rewarding experiences from my time at Tech. Plus, I got a free steak out of it! - Imran Ali, MGT 2012, Dinner Jackets Participant