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Volunteer Opportunities

WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

Following are volunteer opportunities offered through the Office of Alumnae/i Relations. Should any be of interest to you, or should you require more information about these options, please contact the office at alumnet@simmons.edu or at 800-831-4284. There are also volunteering opportunities with Undergraduate Admissions.


CLASS OFFICERS

Class officers are the lifeline of the class and are among the greatest strengths of the Alumnae/i Association and the Office of Alumnae/i Relations.  They are elected by their class members to serve as liaisons for their respective classes to the Alumnae/i Association and to the College.  In this important role, they provide the spirit behind planning and boosting class participation at Reunion (both in dollars raised and in number of attendees), organizing independent class and regional events, and raising awareness of giving and planned giving programs.  Class officers should try to reach and interest other classmates in activities and functions of Simmons College in order to expand its future class leadership potential.

What are the class officer positions?
The five roles are: president, vice president (also called Reunion chairs), treasurer, secretary, and class agent. 

What role does each officer play?
Generally, the president keeps all class officers on task and serves as the main point of contact for all classmates.  The vice president helps the Office of Alumnae/i Relations plan class-specific Reunion events for the class.  The secretary encourages the submission of Class Notes from classmates.  The treasurer collects class dues from classmates and works with the Office of Alumnae/i Relations to reconcile treasury expenses for Reunion.  The class agent solicits gifts to Simmons College from classmates by educating class members about the importance of giving. 

How long do class officers serve?
Class officers generally serve for five years.

When are class officers elected?
Class officers are elected at their class meeting held during Reunion every five years.  Officers for the graduating class are chosen near the end of their senior year.


UNDERGRADUATE ALUMNAE BOARD
Alumnae Association Executive Board

The Alumnae Association represents and serves all undergraduate alumnae of Simmons College.  The purpose of the association is to strengthen alumnae relationships with the College in order to serve and advance the interests of Simmons and to support undergraduate alumnae.  The association is governed by an elected executive board and works in partnership with the Office of Alumnae/i Relations to carry out the association's mission.  The executive board is made up of approximately 20 undergraduate alumnae directors, and seeks nominations for open positions each spring.  Directorships are offered in disciplines varying from student outreach, to career and life transitions, to multicultural affairs.


ALUMNA TO STUDENT JOB-SHADOWING PROGRAMS

SUCCESS CONNECTION

The Success Connection Program is a unique job-shadowing and mentoring opportunity for Simmons alumnae and current seniors. The goal of the Success Connection Program is to offer participating students valuable insights into professional leadership qualities and skills before they graduate. Some mentors bring their mentees to meetings/business lunches or special events. Others arrange for their mentees to visit multiple offices, meet several managers within the company for informational interviews, tour the facility, etc. Student related travel is paid for by the College.
More information about Success Connection.

PROMISING PALS

The Promising Pals program highlights literacy and mentoring by giving students at the Timilty School in Roxbury, MA, an opportunity to correspond with professionals from Simmons and the surrounding community. Last year over 200 participants from Simmons joined over 500 professionals from greater Boston to be a part of this program.
More information about Promising Pals.


REGIONAL VOLUNTEERS AND CLUB CONTACTS

There are established Simmons alumnae/i clubs and communities throughout the nation and the world.  Some clubs operate formally with presidents, boards of directors, committees, etc., and hold several meetings a year.  Other Simmons communities, however, operate on a less formal basis and have in place one or two key contacts who communicate with and assist the Office of Alumnae/i Relations in executing successful events in their region.  Such communities generally maintain an annual newsletter and event, and are assisted by other local alumnae/i on an as-needed basis.

Regional contacts and club officers are valuable volunteers who act as an extension of the alumnae/i office all around the world.  They assist in engaging alumnae/i in the life of the College, and in keeping Simmons an active part of the lives of those alumnae/i.  Whether they are social, educational, or inspiring, the events that regional contacts and club officers identify and plan enrich the lives of alumnae/i everywhere.  They also keep alumnae/i in their areas informed of what is going on at the College and in their own communities, especially local events related to Simmons.

The function of regional contacts and club officers is to connect local alumnae/i in their region or area with each other and with the life and work of Simmons College.  Essentially, regional contacts and club officers act as ambassadors and extensions of the alumnae/i office.  Their role includes keeping alumnae/i in their areas engaged by sharing information, hosting events, and volunteering for the College.

A regional contact or club officer serves as an event-planning arm of the Office of Alumnae/i Relations.  She functions mainly to connect alumnae/i to the College and to each other by planning regional and club events.  The regional contact or club officer may also be called on to serve the College and her region or club by encouraging alumnae/i to attend events, by contributing to newsletters, or by participating in special projects.  The contact’s or officer’s main relationship is with the Office of Alumnae/i Relations.

Following are the primary responsibilities of the regional contact or club officer:

  • Help the Office of Alumnae/i Relations spread the word about and encourage attendance at local or club events
  • Plan and promote your own events for local alumnae/i
  • Submit club or community news to the Office of Alumnae/i Relations, as well as any publications you produce on your own
  • Maintain the regional or club website on Alumnet.  In order to fulfill this responsibility, regional contacts or club officers may request special training or assistance from the Office of Alumnae/i Relations.
  • Attend Leadership Weekend each fall
  • Make a gift to The Simmons Fund each year between July 1 and June 30 (fiscal year) 

  

Parents

We consider parents and families vital members of the Simmons community and we encourage parents to be fully engaged with the life of the college. Please review the opportunities for ways you can become involved today!

Admission Volunteer
Parents can play a key role in recruiting students to Simmons by making phone calls to incoming parents, answering questions at college fairs and hosting admission events.

Parent Gatherings
Parent volunteers host small events to meet other parents. These gatherings are a great social opportunity to meet parents, especially parents of incoming students, in your area and for Simmons staff to connect with parents.

Career Services

  • Job Shadowing – Let a student meet you at your place of business and spend the day observing you in action. (by application process)
  • Mock Interviews - Honing interview skills takes practice and you can help our students improve their performance. (Spring event)
  • Job Opportunities – post a job opportunity at http://careerlink.simmons.edu/
  • Internships – contact the Career Education Center with internship opportunities at careers@simmons.edu.

Parent Fund Committee
Join a motivated and enthusiastic group of parents who support Simmons by participating in the Parents Fund and ask other parents to do so as well. The Parents Fund supports the most important programs and priorities for our current students. Make a Gift.

For more information about volunteering, please contact Office of Alumnae/i Relations & Annual Giving, 800-831-4284 or alumnet@simmons.edu.  

Timilty Science Fair Judges

Volunteers needed to judge at the Timilty Science Fair on Feb 3, 4, and 5.
Simmons alumnae/i are being asked to volunteer to judge the 2009 Science Fair. The science fair takes place at Timilty middle school cafeteria from 8:45 - 11:00 a.m. Volunteers may sign up for this opportunity by contacting:
Joan McCarthy
MGH Center for Community Health Improvement Interim Project Coordinator
101 Merrimac Street, Suite 603
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 724-3210
Fax: (617) 726-2224
http://www.massgeneral.org/cb/  

 



 

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