Frequently Asked Questions for Chapters
Q. Does every graduate of the CSUN automatically become a member of the Alumni Association?
No. Although every CSUN graduate achieves alumni status, they do not become members of the Association unless they support the Association by purchasing a membership. Dues-paying members receive a membership card and additional benefits not available to non-members.
Q. Can people who never attended (or never graduated) from the University join the Alumni Association?
Yes. CSUN is located in a vibrant community, therefore, many community members and parents feel a tremendous amount of loyalty to us even though they may have never attended a class. Any individual who is willing to pay membership dues will not be turned down.
Q. Does belonging to a chapter automatically make me a member of the general CSUN Alumni Association?
Yes, The purpose of alumni chapters is to provide a professional network or social outlet for alumni and friends of the University in a particular constituency. All members of an alumni chapter are also members of the Alumni Association and receive the same benefits and services.
Q. Can an alumni club charge additional membership dues?
No. Membership fees are set by the Alumni Association. But, chapters can establish scholarship funds or raise additional contributions for special projects and purposes. Part of the annual membership fee does go to the chapter account.
Q. Who can obtain a list of alumni in our area?
Lists will only be released to the chapter officers to assist in the planning of an alumni event. The lists cannot be given to any outside person or organization, nor can they be used for commercial purposes. The Cal State Northridge Alumni Association respects the privacy of our alumni and we will not release your information to anyone not affiliated with CSUN.
Q. Who will be invited to events that our chapter sponsors?
For most events, invitations will be sent to all alumni within a designated area and constituency. Only alumni that have degrees from CSUN are on our database. Friends can be added if they make a contribution to CSUN or your chapter. Lists are sorted by zip code, so if you have specific areas you wish to invite, please give the zip code(s) to the alumni office. Chapter events are published on the university magazine, e-newsletter and alumni website. University personnel may attend an event if they are in the area.
Q. Will the Alumni Association send a representative to our event?
Our goal is to visit each alumni chapter as much as possible. But due to the increasing level of chapter activity, it is not always possible to have a staff member at each event. If you need a staff member at a particular event, please let us know as early as possible so schedules can be accommodated.