Change Begins with You

The UCR Alumni Association volunteer program offers a unique platform for cultivating a meaningful student experience. By simply donating your time, you’re creating lasting change and leading by example. 

Join us as an Alumni Association volunteer to help raise support for UCR’s dynamic initiatives, expose current students to successful leaders and mentors, and build a stronger Highlander community.

Alumni Association Volunteer Opportunities

Board of Directors

The UCR Alumni Association Board of Directors is a dedicated group of volunteers who aid in establishing Association policy, reviewing programs, and providing counsel to the UCR administration. Find out who your alumni leaders are and apply to serve as a board member!

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UCR Alumni Association members are invited to join committees that help shape the footprint and initiatives of the Alumni Association. For more information about committee opportunities, please fill out the UCRAA Committee Application.

UCR Alumni Association Committees 2019-2020

The following committees are open to all board members and alumni.


    Chair: Geoffrey Pack
    Staff: Kristin Seiler

    Purpose: To advance the university’s legislative interests in local, state, and federal governments and maintain a network of alumni advocates.

    1. Annual Advocacy Day in Sacramento: organize UCRAA participation, plan activities, and recruit advocates.
    2. Encourage greater alumni participation in university-coordinated advocacy through personal involvement and meeting participation.
    3. Establish, train, and maintain a network of alumni, through active communications, who are willing to assist in governmental relations efforts for the campus and the university.
    4. Explore with other campus entities how to better create interaction between elected officials and policymakers, alumni, and campus administration.
    5. Support alumni advocacy events and activities.
    6. Plan and execute at least one quarterly advocacy related activity in support of the university, e.g. advocacy committee meetings.

    Chair: Ofelia Valdez-Yeager
    Staff: Kristin Seiler

    Purpose: Review and coordinate the selection process for all alumni awards given on behalf of the Association. The committee will also review and make recommendations, as needed, to the UCRAA Board regarding the presentation of the awards. The alumni awards of distinction are presented at the annual Chancellor's Dinner, which is held in the Fall. Association awards:

    1. Distinguished Alumnus Award
    2. Alumni Service Award
    3. Outstanding Young Alumnus Award

    Chair: Karen Kyhn
    Staff: Brock Cavett

    Purpose: Act as a liaison between the board of directors, formal and informal constituency groups of the association, students as future alumni, and the community at large.

    1. Coordinate contacts for establishing and maintaining alumni constituency support groups: departmental, professional, and other affinity groups.
    2. Assist in student recruitment efforts.
    3. Assist in the organization of homecoming and reunions.
    4. Provide opportunities to engage alumni with current students.
    5. Continue to enhance the association’s online and electronic communication presence.
    6. Coordinate contacts for establishing and maintaining both in-state and out-of-state regional chapters and clubs.
    7. Encourage and expand school esprit de corps.
    8. Explore areas of collaboration with community, civic, and business organizations that support the goals and mission of the association.
    9. Support efforts to maintain relevance to alumni through alumni career programming.

    Chair: Val Gribkoff 
    Staff: Darron Pinkney 

    Purpose: Build membership, procure benefits for association members, strengthen association image, and enhance revenue-generating programs.

    1. Approve membership campaigns and plans to increase membership.
    2. Work to increase the number of members in the association.
    3. Procure benefits for members and establish procedures for administering and disbursing benefits.
    4. Investigate effective revenue-generating programs.
    5. Continue outreach to UCR's current and future alumni.
    6. Establish and maintain performance metrics.

    Chair: Josefina Canchola
    Staff: Kristin Seiler 

    Purpose: To support the university through the promotion and encouragement of alumni philanthropy. Members of the executive committee serve on the committee, in addition to former board members interested in philanthropy to encourage greater alumni participation in giving to the university.

    1. Assist in setting meaningful philanthropic goals.
    2. Provide feedback on campaign initiatives and events.
    3. Help to identify and cultivate potential donors.

    Chair: Craig Marshall 
    Staff: Christine Anaya 

    Purpose: To enhance the university’s student recruitment and retention goals by supporting and coordinating all alumni scholarship programs.

    1. Recommend to board of directors the number and amount of alumni scholarships to be awarded.
    2. Explore the feasibility of establishing new and/or expanding scholarship awards.
    3. Implement the selection and awarding of scholarships.

Student Engagement 

Get involved by helping current and prospective UCR students excel through the following programs:

Career Conferences

Inspire students by visiting campus to speak about your industry and career path. Check back soon for future Career Conferences!


Student Alumni Mentorship (SAM): Minute Mentors

Make a massive impact with a minimal time commitment! Register for SAMto mentor a student who aspires to enter your industry.


Night in with Alumni

Meet virtually with a motivated group of 20-30 students who are eager to learn about your profession and learn how you got to where you are today. Join us!


Student Recruitment Events

Meet with prospective UCR students and encourage the next generation of Highlanders to apply to UCR! To volunteer in your area, contact The UCR Alumni Association.


Scholarship Selection Committee

Every year, alumni from all over California meet to evaluate incoming high school applicants through scholarship application reading and through an in-depth interview process. The UCRAA scholarship fund also offers transfer students an opportunity to apply for alumni scholarships.  Join a selection committee to change the lives of incoming Highlanders!

January-June (Annually)

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