Alumni and Friends
Regional alumni chapters provide the opportunity to make valuable personal and career connections, stay on top of professional and global issues, and are an advocate for Alderson-Broaddus College.
What is an Alumni Chapter? An Alumni Chapter is a group of alumni in a specific geographic location who want to keep in touch with Alderson-Broaddus College and their fellow alumni. There are four major principles, or components of an alumni chapter. Each organized regional chapter should strive to incorporate each of the following principles into their organization.
1. Service – As a branch of the Alderson-Broaddus College Alumni Association, each regional chapter will serve as an ambassador for the College in its own community. Whether the members of your chapter volunteer their time in a soup kitchen or help organize a canned food drive for a local food pantry, the efforts your chapter makes in a community carry the mark of the Institution.
2. Student Recruitment – Nothing could be more important than helping direct a potential student toward Alderson-Broaddus College. This once again goes back to being an ambassador. Your chapter will be asked from time to time, to volunteer as admissions representatives. Your chapter may be assigned the task of sending communication (written or electronic) to prospective students to help strengthen a student’s decision to attend Alderson-Broaddus College. You may be asked to host an event in your community inviting prospective students, parents, church youth groups, etc. to learn more about the College and to hear first hand Chapter members’ experience as an A-B student. Chapter members should always be on the lookout for high school juniors or seniors that should consider A-B as their College of choice. Making student referrals is a great way to help in the admissions process.
3. Annual Fund – The major fundraising aspect of all regional alumni chapters needs to be raising the College’s Annual Fund. The A-B Annual Fund is an ongoing effort to seek gifts from alumni and friends each year. These gifts are vital because they help the College meet expenses above and beyond funds generated by tuition. A gift of any size means more than most realize. Notable sources of college rankings and information only measure alumni satisfaction by one single factor – the percentage of alumni who give back, financially, to their Alma Mater. This percentage is considered the alumni participation rate. Fair or unfair, these sources share this satisfaction measure with prospective students and potential charitable donors – the people that can make an institution thrive and also make an earned degree even more commendable. The more money a regional alumni chapter raises for the A-B Annual Fund, the stronger it will make Alderson-Broaddus College by adding to its alumni participation rate. Regional alumni chapters should contact the Director of Annual Giving for more information on the A-B Annual Fund.
4. Social – One of the most common ways to stay in touch with alumni in your area is by holding social functions for your chapter. This is a great way to meet fellow alumni, relive the past or just catch up on what is happening at A-B. It is also a great occasion to network. For those alumni and friends who are searching for employment, you may be able to find someone in your chapter that can point you in the right direction. If you are a potential employer, you certainly can’t go wrong looking at a pool of fellow alumni.
How to Organize a Regional Alumni Chapter
There are a few steps that need to be adhered to before a chapter is even ready to be formed. It takes dedication to start a chapter, so the A-B Alumni Office wants to make sure a chapter is feasible for your area.
The following steps will outline for you the process by which a chapter becomes a reality.
Step 1 – Notify the Director of Alumni Relations of your intent to start a chapter in your area.
Step 2 – The Alumni Office will be able to determine how many A-B alumni are in your area. A benchmark for starting a chapter is approximately 50.
Step 3 – Once it has been determined that there is a sufficient alumni population to support a chapter, phone calls need to be made and/or a survey needs to be sent to all those listed to determine interest.
Step 4 – If the interest is there, then an organizational meeting will be scheduled to establish the chapter and elect officers. This meeting will also be used to determine what direction the chapter should go, in terms of service, student recruitment, fundraising, and social gatherings.
Regional Chapter Guidelines
1. Host at least two organized events a year. All official activities (including fundraisers) must be approved by the Alderson-Broaddus College Alumni Office in consultation with the Vice President for Advancement. Please notify the Alumni Office ASAP of a regional chapter event so that it can be placed on the Events Calendar.
2. The Alumni Office will assist with marketing these events.