The Association of Southwestern University Alumni


Volunteer Opportunities

Student-Centered Opportunities

Admissions/Prospective Student Recruiting

Admission Recruiting Efforts by Alumni (A.R.E.A.) volunteers assist the Office of Admission by referring qualified prospective students, serving as an alumni contact for prospective students and parents, contacting prospective students personally through letters, phone calls or email, and representing Southwestern University at college fairs or information sessions/events in their area. To become an A.R.E.A. volunteer, please complete this form.

New Student Orientation

At a dinner during New Student Orientation (held in August), 8-10 alumni volunteers dress in Southwestern attire to serve desserts to incoming students and their families. This is a great opportunity to meet and welcome the newest members of the Southwestern community.

Spring Family Day

Alumni volunteers participate in the "Slice of Life" panel, at which they answer questions posed by current students and their parents concerning life after graduation. Questions can be both personal and professional. We encourage alumni no more than 15 years out of college to volunteer for this activity.

Career Services Opportunities

Alumni from all academic backgrounds in a variety of occupations can serve as "career mentors" - points of contact to help current students explore majors and career fields, give advice about choosing and preparing for careers and act as networking contacts. Alumni can also educate students through special events such as conducting mock interviews, speaking on a panel about a specific career field or hosting a job shadowing individual or group. Finally, we hope alumni will consider filling internship and full-time positions in their organizations by recruiting current students and other Southwestern grads. Visit the Career Services Alumni Services and Opportunities Web page.

Social

Class Reunion Planning

Class reunion planning committees have a variety of options to choose from when planning their celebration. These include planning the class reunion party, contacting classmates and inviting them to attend, creating a class float for the Homecoming Parade, coordinating a "Classes Without Quizzes" session, planning an informal happy hour and/or breakfast, coordinating a friendly athletic challenge to classmates, and the list continues!

Homecoming and Reunion Weekend

With an ever-expanding number of programs offered during Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, the University welcomes alumni to assist in staffing events. Volunteer activities include representing The Association of Southwestern University Alumni at receptions, introducing speakers at "Classes Without Quizzes" sessions, and assisting staff with multiple needs at the Alumni Hospitality House, Worship Service, Homecoming Parade, and other annual events. Alumni volunteers will be contacted to determine their specific interests.

Local association events

Each local association seeks volunteers to assist with event planning and execution. Alumni volunteers may be asked to host alumni events in their home or membership club, assist in event planning by serving as a one-time program coordinator, provide for catering needs or represent the local association at an event registration table.

Leadership

Alumni Council Member

The Alumni Council is a fifteen-member body that coordinates the activities of The Association of Southwestern University Alumni and unites the alumni base. Alumni Council members also convene task force teams and committees comprised of Alumni Assembly delegates and other alumni volunteers to address special issues. Council members serve two-year terms and meet three times a year, with additional meetings of select members as convened by special committees and task forces. Alumni must be nominated and elected to serve on the Alumni Council. Selecting this option as one of your volunteer interests serves as a self-nomination.

Alumni Assembly Delegate

The Alumni Assembly is the governing body of The Association of Southwestern University Alumni. The Assembly is comprised of class delegates, local association delegates and Alumni Connection Group delegates, who are selected by their respective groups to represent those interests. Alumni Assembly delegates serve two-year terms and meet once a year at Southwestern University to conduct regular business. There may be additional meetings of select members as convened by committees and task forces organized by the Alumni Council.

Class Delegate

Class officers may be selected by reunion classes to represent their respective class' interests in the Alumni Assembly. If a class has not elected a class delegate, they may do so by contacting the Class Relations Chair on the Alumni Council.

Local Association Officer/Board Member

Local association officers create opportunities for alumni to continue the Southwestern Experience by connecting them with one another and the University. Each local association has at least five officers, including president, programming chair, membership chair, communications chair and finance chair. Alumni couples may choose to co-chair a position. The officer term of service is two years. Click here for more information about local associations and how to organize one in your area.

Alumni Connection Group Leader

Leaders of Alumni Connection Groups, that is, groups of alumni who share a common interest, affiliation or experience that are officially affiliated with The Association, can serve as the group's primary contact person, Alumni Assembly delegate and/or representative on The Association's Homecoming and Reunion Weekend planning committee. Click here for more information about Alumni Connection Groups and how to organize one.

Fundraising Opportunities

Class Agent

Class Agents play a strategic role in helping alumni understand that through their annual giving they are making an investment in current Southwestern students and giving back to an institution that shaped their lives. They are a critical link in the relationship between alumni and Southwestern—an ambassador of the University who leads by example through their participation. The primary role of a Class Agent is to encourage and support annual giving among their classmates. Each Class Agent is also a member of the Annual Giving Board.

Annual Giving Board

The Annual Giving Board was created in 2004 at the recommendation of the Alumni Self-Study Commission with the goal of increasing alumni participation in order to meet the University's greater needs. The Board is comprised of volunteers representing alumni, parents of current and former students, and Southwestern faculty and staff. Together, they work to inspire more individuals to support the University financially.

General/Other

Alumni and Parent Relations Office Volunteer

Office volunteers assist the Alumni and Parent Relations staff with event preparation, mail and telephone correspondence, and other Association needs.

Lifelong Learning Guest Speaker

As opportunities arise, alumni are invited to give presentations on their area of occupational or academic expertise. Opportunities include, but are not limited to, academic panels, "Classes Without Quizzes" sessions, classroom lectures and local association lifelong learning events.

General Event Volunteer

Those who sign up to be a general event volunteer will be contacted by the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations when volunteers are needed to staff on-campus events, such as Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, Family Days, New Student Orientation or other special events.