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Alumnae Relations
Hollins University
P.O. Box 9629
Roanoke, VA 24020-1629
(540) 362-6498

Map of Alumnae Chapters

For more information, or if you're interested in volunteering for Hollins, contact us at (800) TINKER1 or alumnae@hollins.edu.


Alumnae Social Media

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Richmond Cocktail Party


Roanoke alumnae at Hollins basketball game


DC J-term party with Hollins interns


Richmond Easter Egg Hunt


Baltimore Holiday Party


Boston lunch and the AWP Conference


Roanoke volunteers at the Easter Egg Hunt


Norfolk cocktail party



Current Volunteers



Hollins Alumnae Chapter Volunteering

Alumnae Chapter Volunteering

How to Start a Hollins Alumnae Chapter

The Hollins Alumnae Association is divided into alumnae chapters that include alumnae/i, parents of current students and alumnae, and friends of Hollins who live in a specific geographic area. The purpose of an alumnae chapter is to:

Connect alumnae to one another
  • Foster friendships and networking opportunities
Create a stronger bond between alumnae and the University
  • Support admissions recruitment
  • Create more internship opportunities for current students
  • Support fundraising 
Give Hollins higher visibility/presence in communities throughout the country
  • Support admissions recruitment

Your New Hollins Alumnae Chapter

The Alumnae Relations Office will provide a list of local alumnae to you and give other limited support. The Alumnae Office will keep the chapter updated on new alumnae in their area. We suggest you create a steering committee using the list of local alumnae. In an effort to attract a wide age range of alumnae, have co-chairs from different decades.


Alumnae Chapter Chair/Co-Chairs

The Chair coordinates the alumnae activity at the local level. She serves as a liaison between the Alumnae Relations office and the local chapter of alumnae. The chair is responsible for coordinating alumnae events with Alumnae Relations. Principal duties include:

  • Establish yearly calendar of activities with the Alumnae Relations office
  • Appoint and/or recruit steering committee members as needed
  • Convene and chair committee meetings
  • Assure that information is communicated to Hollins and recorded for the chapter


Steering Committee Members may be recruited to help the chapter with:

  • admission activities in your area
  • career advising opportunities
  • interaction with current students
  • writing articles for a chapter newsletter or coordinating events and programming for the chapter


Sub-groups by interest

  • Book discussion
  • Children's Day Out
  • Volunteer in your community
  • Gourmet cooking classes
  • Garden clubs
  • Dues (annual or request contributions when needed)


Set up a website and/or a chapter Facebook Page for ease of communication

  • Guidelines for Alumnae Chapters developing a website/social media
  • List chapter members on the website, so prospective members will be aware of who’s in the area and is participating.
  • Use Evites to publicize events, so others can be aware of who will be attending. Or, the Alumnae Office can design, create, and send email invitations for you.
  • RSVPs for events can go through the Alumnae Office.
  • The Alumnae Office will generate name tags for events. (The Alumnae Office would like to know who is participating.)

It’s suggested that Alumnae Chapters initially plan 2-3 events per year. Event ideas:

Community Service

  • Create teams to participate in local fundraising events: Race for the Cure, Walk for the Homeless, Walk, Ride or Roll for Juvenile Diabetes, etc., events which families can participate in together. Help staff a food kitchen, etc.
  • Show the flag at events by wearing Team Hollins/Hollins Alumnae t-shirts to provide greater visibility for the University.

Support local admissions initiatives

In conjunction with the admission office:

  • A pizza party at a local restaurant for prospective and current students, host a small party for prospects and their parents, attend college fairs to represent Hollins, etc.

Social Event

Anything and everything including:

  • cocktail party at an alumna's home or in a local club,
  • J-Term party for students in the area doing internships,
  • attend a local sporting event,
  • sponsor a table at a charity event,
  • museum visit,
  • Tinker Day Party,
  • outings for mothers with small children and storytime (read books by Hollins children’s book authors such as Margaret Wise Brown ’32, author of Goodnight Moon),
  • picnic in a park,
  • Easter Egg Hunt, etc.


Events to support Hollins; from scholarship funding to prizes awarded by the University.

What do other chapters do?

Connect with Chapter Chairs throughout the country for information, inspiration, and suggestions on what works for them:


For more information, or if you're interested in volunteering for Hollins, contact us at (800) TINKER1 or alumnae@hollins.edu.


Created by the Hollins Alumnae Board Connections Committee 2013