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How to Start a Hollins Alumnae Chapter

The Hollins Alumnae Association is divided into alumnae chapters that include alumnae/i, parents of current students and alumnae, and friends of Hollins who live in a specific geographic area. The purpose of an alumnae chapter is to:

Connect alumnae to one another

  • Foster friendships and networking opportunities

Create a stronger bond between alumnae and the university

  • Support admission recruitment
  • Create more internship opportunities for current students
  • Support fundraising

Give Hollins a higher presence throughout the country

  • Support admission recruitment

Your New Hollins Alumnae Chapter

The Alumnae Relations office will keep you updated on local alumnae and give other limited support. We suggest you create a steering committee using a list of local alumnae. In an effort to attract a wide age range of alumnae, have cochairs from different decades.

Alumnae Chapter Chair/Cochairs

The chair coordinates the alumnae activity at the local level. She serves as a liaison between the Alumnae Relations office and the local chapter of alumnae. Principal duties include:

  • Establishing a yearly calendar of activities with the Alumnae Relations office
  • Appointing and/or recruiting steering committee members as needed
  • Convening and chairing committee meetings
  • Assuring that information is communicated to Hollins and recorded for the chapter

Steering Committee

Members may be recruited to help the chapter with:

  • Admission activities in your area
  • Career advising opportunities
  • Interaction with current students
  • Writing articles for a chapter newsletter, or coordinating events and programming for the chapter
Sub-groups by interest
  • Book discussion
  • Children’s Day Out
  • Volunteer in your community
  • Gourmet cooking classes
  • Garden clubs
  • Dues (annual or request contributions when needed)
Set up a website and/or a chapter Facebook Page for ease of communication
  • List chapter members on the website, so prospective members will be aware of who’s in the area and is participating.
  • Use Evites to publicize events, so others can be aware of who will be attending. Or, the Alumnae Office can design, create, and send email invitations for you.
  • RSVPs for events can go through the Alumnae Office.
  • The Alumnae Office will generate name tags for events. (The Alumnae Office would like to know who is participating.)

event planning

It’s suggested that Alumnae Chapters initially plan two-three events per year. Event ideas:

Community Service
  • Create teams to participate in local fundraising events: Race for the Cure, Walk for the Homeless, Walk, Ride or Roll for Juvenile Diabetes, etc., events which families can participate in together.
  • Show the flag at events by wearing Team Hollins/Hollins Alumnae t-shirts to provide greater visibility for the university.
Support local admission initiatives

In conjunction with the admission office:

  • Host a small party for prospects and their parents.
  • Attend college fairs to represent Hollins, etc.
Social Events

Anything and everything, including:

  • Cocktail party at an alumna’s home or in a local club
  • J-Term party for students in the area doing internships
  • Attend a local sporting event
  • Sponsor a table at a charity event
  • Museum visit
  • Tinker Day Party
  • Outings for mothers with small children and storytime (read books by Hollins children’s book authors such as Margaret Wise Brown ’32, author of Goodnight Moon)
  • Picnic in a park
  • Easter Egg Hunt


Events to support Hollins; from scholarship funding to prizes awarded by the university.