Reunions are a great way to catch up with old friends and network with fellow classmates. If you are interested in planning a class or affinity reunion, the Alumni Association will work with you and your committee to provide the support and tools necessary to make for a successful event. Affinity/Chapter Reunions Affinity reunions are a great way to get together with classmates and colleagues. An affinity group is a group of people with like-minded interests that may not be of the same graduating class. Greek organizations, athletic groups, and groups based on majors or careers are examples of affinity groups. A number of affinity groups have formed alumni chapters. Class Reunions A class reunion may be held every fifth year after graduation: 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45. Most classes opt to have reunions coincide with Homecoming Weekend in October. The 50th Reunion and Golden Grad Weekend are held annually. The 50th Reunion traditionally coincides with Commencement Weekend in May; Golden Grad Weekend is in early June. Your Reunion Committee: The Key to a Successful Reunion A reunion committee of at least 10 members must be established to assist with planning reunion events and to recruit fellow classmates to attend them. The length of commitment by committee members depends on when reunion events take place, but it is recommended that members commit to one year. Reunion Committee Responsibilities Read and have a clear understanding of the expectations for a class reunion Support the mission of the Alumni Association Research, organize, and implement events for the reunion Recruit and work with a committee of at least 10 other volunteers Act as a liaison to the URI Alumni Association Engage additional volunteers to assist with event planning and coordination Maintain regular contact with your Alumni staff liaison and the Alumni Association Work with the Alumni Relations Office to ensure the best possible publicity and promotion for the event 8 to 10 weeks prior to any event Complete a volunteer wrap-up form and email it to the Alumni Relations Office within seven business days of the event Reunion Committee Member Responsibilities Attend at least four committee meetings in person or via conference call Attend class reunion events Be a dues-paying member of the Alumni Association Reunion Committee Member Qualifications You must be a URI alumnus or a URI faculty member Enthusiasm and pride for URI General awareness of, and interest in current issues, trends, and events pertaining to URI Flexibility and willingness to understand and collaborate with various entities of URI Alumni Association Reunion Services Advisory Services: A staff member is assigned to serve in an advisory capacity for reunion events. As the reunion host, you will have at least one program staff member assigned to work with you. Mailers: Addressed, stamped, and stuffed save-the-date reminders and invitations with all necessary information will go out to all prospective attendees for your reunion. The Association will take full responsibility for drafting, editing, printing, and mailing all marketing materials. Invitation Services: The Alumni Office will design, print, and mail an invitation to your guests. You will be expected to provide the information for the invitation and to proofread it before mailing. Web Page: Your class will also have a reunion Web page with details about the event, a link for online registration, and a list of committee members. Email Invitation: A save-the-date email invitation and reminder can be prepared and sent on your behalf to our online alumni community. Email Blasts: An email blast is an effective and cost-efficient way to communicate with a large number of people. Your staff liaison will create, schedule, and execute email blasts to your classmates who have given us their email addresses. Online Services: There is a searchable directory of alumni on the Alumni Web site. It is helpful if you ask your guests to update their contact information with the Association. Supplies: We will provide you with name tags for guests, URI information, door prizes, and giveaway items for your reunion. Reunion Program: For your opening event, the Association will provide a welcome program and campus updates. Our office can also help arrange special guest speakers for your event. Alumni Office Responsibilities: The Alumni Relations Office is responsible for approving venue locations, vendors, and deposits, and will sign all contracts as well as collect all registrations.