Alumni

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    Helping alumni achieve personal and professional success

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    Engaging volunteers, leaders and advocates

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    Strengthening resources and philanthropic support

Volunteer

 

The strength of the Alumni Association is fueled by volunteers who remain connected to the university by sharing their time and talents. CSUN counts on volunteers for everything from mentoring students to running our chapter advisory boards to hiring CSUN grads for internships and permanent employment. Your knowledge and experience is invaluable to us. 

Raise your hand and become a volunteer! Explore the variety of ways to get involved and fill out this form to sign up.

VOLUNTEER

Volunteer at an Event

  • Matador Day of Service (one-time commitment)
    • On the first Saturday of each September, CSUN volunteers participate in various beautification activities throughout the CSUN and Northridge communities. Volunteers are provided on-site materials and training related to their project, along with an event t-shirt, and a post-service project celebration with free lunch and entertainment. Alumni interested in leading a group of students through a service project will receive pre-event training. No previous experience necessary, pre-registration required. Register here.

  • Registration/Greeting at Events (one-time commitment
    • CSUN Alumni is always in need of welcome and/or registration volunteers to check-in event guests at on or off-campus CSUN Alumni hosted events.  Engage with fellow CSUN alumni and expand your network.  The CSUN Alumni Office has multiple events to select from each semester.  Participate involvement can be as small or great as you desire.  

Be a Mentor

  • Speed Mentor (one-time commitment)
    • Connect with students at a CSUN Alumni event. Share career advice, expertise and experience in a small group setting.  Expand your professional network by meeting fellow alumni while helping students in their career journey.  Speed mentoring opportunities are available several times a semester with different student populations.  Choose to participate in one or multiple events, it’s up to you.

  • Resume Reviewer (one-time commitment)
    • Review and provide feedback for students and young alumni resumes in-person at CSUN Alumni hosted events and/or digitally. Expand your professional network by meeting fellow alumni while helping students in their career journey.

  • Alumni Advice (one-time commitment)
    • Share with fellow matadors your wise advice from first jobs to grad school to transitioning into the working world. Tell us what you've learned & what you wish you knew as a CSUN student! Click here to start sharing

Executive Mentor Opportunities:

  • Dinner With Matador Host (one-time commitment)
    • A dinner host shares a meal with up to seven students in a relaxed setting outside of campus.  A host greets arriving guests and facilitates conversation during dinner by sharing about their career journey and inviting guests to share questions.  Dinners allows everyone to expand their social circle by meeting new people.  The host sponsors the dinner as an in-kind donation to CSUN.  Find out more here.

  • Corporate Connect Host (one-time commitment)
    • Serve as the main point of contact for one of our signature student programs, Corporate Connect.  This program involves hosting up to 20 students at your work organization.  The visit usually includes an overview of the organization, alumni career stories, a site walk-through (tour) and a sponsored Q&A lunch.  The host can involve other alumni working within the organization and HR managers to participate in the logistical planning of the event.  Learn more about hosting here.

  • Event Host (one-time commitment)
    • An event host is any alumnus that funds, or provides any resources for hosting an alumni or student event outside of the Dinner with Matadors program. These events could include chapter events, regional alumni events, student mentoring events, or campaign-related activities.

Share Your Expertise

  • Speakers/Panelists (one-time commitment)
    • Share your professional expertise and experience with students and/or CSUN alumni in a workshop or CSUN Alumni Office hosted event on or off-campus. Please include areas/topics of expertise on your volunteer form.

  • Professor for a Day (one-time commitment)
    • Each CSUN college annually brings back seasoned alumni professionals into classrooms to teach a class in their area of expertise, while sharing industry insight, advice in choosing a career, and stories of their own journeys.

Join a Volunteer Committee

  • Scholarship Committee Volunteer (one-year commitment)
    • Working with alumni staff, the Scholarship Committee members work to select 15 student scholarship recipients each year, while planning and executing fundraising activities to raise money for annual scholarships. Volunteer attended approximately five meetings each calendar year.
  • Young Alumni Committee (one-year commitment)
    • Young Alumni Committee members are tasked with the responsibility of creating engagement opportunities for alumni that have graduated from CSUN within the last five years. In addition to identifying fellow young alumni to help fill various volunteer roles, the Committee also develops and assists in creating engagement opportunities for other young alumni for both social and professional development-related outcomes.

  • Alumni Influencers (one-year commitment)
    • Alumni influencers are a group of new alumni/recent grads (0-10 years out) that serve as ambassadors by spreading the word about upcoming alumni events and engagement opportunities. The goal is to have new alumni invite their networks to CSUN alumni events to increase attendance and exposure. There is no geographical limit for Alumni Influencers.

Become an Ambassador or Advocate

  •  Government and Community Relations Advocates (one-time or ongoing commitment)
    • Alumni interested in supporting the Government and Community Relations office, or are passionate about priority legislative topics affecting CSUN (transportation, funding, elected officials, etc.) can take action by becoming a CSUN Advocate. Volunteers have the choice of supporting CSUN as a one-time volunteer at a community or board meeting, or providing long-term support on an on-going project

  • Outreach and Recruitment Ambassadors (one-time or ongoing commitment)
    • Alumni Relations has partnered with the Student Outreach and Recruitment office to identify alumni who are interested in attending college fairs on behalf of CSUN in priority regions throughout California. Alumni would set up a table at the college fair and answer questions and provide application information for prospective students. Training and materials will be provided by the Outreach and Recruitment office. Volunteer should be outgoing and willing to share their CSUN experiences with parents and high school seniors alike.

  • Tabling/Alumni Spokesperson (one-time or ongoing commitment)
    • Throughout the year, CSUN hosts various events at which alumni staff and volunteers work together to share the various student and alumni services available through CSUN Alumni Relations. Volunteers assist in greeting fellow alumni, parents, students and/or community members and answer questions relating to their own CSUN experiences. Materials and brief training are always provided. Bilingual volunteers are encouraged.
    • Events could include:
      • Explore CSUN (April)
      • Commencement (May)
      • Associated Students Movie Night (Summer)
      • CSUN Housing Move In Day (August)
      • Parents Day (October)
      • Founders' Luncheon (Fall)
      • Volunteer Service Awards (Fall)
      • Chapter Events (year-round)
  • Thank You Callers/Outreach Volunteers (one-time or ongoing commitment)
    • On occasion, CSUN Alumni may need volunteers to call fellow alumni to invite them to special events or thank them for contributing in some way to the greater CSUN community. This volunteer opportunity does not require much time commitment. Alumni staff will set up a schedule in advance so that volunteers can sign up for a shift in alumni office.

Be a Chapter Leader

Special interest alumni chapters provide Matador alumni with a chance to broaden their career networks, build lifelong friendships, and give back to CSUN through service and support.  All of our alumni chapters continually search for volunteers to fill leadership roles and committee positions. Volunteer time commitments range from a few hours making phone calls to a year-long commitment as an executive officer.  Please review the various chapter volunteer opportunities and include which chapters and roles are of interest on your volunteer form. All roles require a one-year commitment.

  • Chapter President/Vice President: Chapter presidents serve as a liaison between the chapter constituency and the alumni staff. The president is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the chapter by working with the Board and the alumni staff to establish long-range goals and event strategies. Chapter Vice Presidents serve as the second in command if the president is not present. Provides counsel to the different committees and initiatives spearheaded by the rest of the chapter leadership board. 
  • Chapter Treasurer: Oversees the club's money, its collection, and disbursement. Working with the alumni staff, the treasurer is responsible for keeping accurate books that will enable them to give a full financial report whenever requested.
  • Chapter Secretary: Maintains effective records of chapter operations and meetings. Provides administrative support to the chapter and effectively relays information to the constituency.
  • Chapter Communications/Social Media Coordinator: Liaise between the chapter and alumni staff as it pertains to any communications with or for chapter members. The communications coordinator will also manage all chapter social media pages to promote chapter events and chapter leadership, if applicable.
  • Young Alumni Representative: Develop a strategy to engage and recruit young alumni to join the chapter. Work with the chapter leadership to create events geared towards this population.
  • Student Engagement Volunteer: Serve as a liaison between the chapter and any student clubs or academic programs that are parallel with the mission of the chapter. Engage students with chapter events and ensure that student representatives are present in chapter decision making.
  • Chapter Photographer: Attend chapter events and meetings to capture photographs to be used as marketing tools for chapter communication efforts.