Get in touch with 10-15 alumni you know through business or personal contacts who are interested in providing volunteer leadership for the chapter. Members of the advisory committee will serve as the chapter officers until formal elections can take place the following cycle. The role of the committee is to:
1. Generate chapter interest and membership
2. Set the vision and direction for the chapter
3. Slate volunteers to serve as officers and committee chairs
3. Plan the initial programs
4. Complete the necessary paperwork to officially charter
Contact the Office of Alumni Relations for support in generating interest among those in your selected constituency group and to help set a date, time and place to hold a meeting.
There are many reasons why people want to come together and connect with each other and the university. The group needs to develop their unique purpose and mission for the new chapter. Who do you serve? Why should I join? What activities will the chapter sponsor? These are all questions that will be asked by your future members that need to be answered before you start. Guidelines and sample constitutions are available for review. See sidebar for samples.
Groups must identify a chapter president and include a minimum of 10 chapter leaders who are dues paying members of the CSUN Alumni Association and who have agreed to serve a one year term on the chapter executive board. Complete the official charter petition form including 10 signatures and roster of chapter board members.
Upon review, the Alumni Association will convene a committee to review the charter petition and make a recommendation to the Board of Directors in the granting of a charter. The petitioning chapter will be afforded the opportunity to speak on their own behalf before the formal vote of recognition by Alumni Association.
Charters will be reviewed on congruence with the mission and values of the university and of the Alumni Association and established chapter rules and regulations. A two-thirds vote is required of the Alumni Association Board of Directors for recognition. Formal privileges and responsibilities will commence.