Committees



There are a number of committees that work to plan events and further the goals of the Alumni Association. If you are interested in learning more about any of these groups, check with the contact person designated below.

Alumni of Color Network Committee

Purpose: The purpose of the Alumni of Color Network (ACN) is to provide personal and professional development, networking, advocacy, and community building opportunities for URI alumni of color. These opportunities may include but are not limited to professional/career networking events, personal and professional mentoring, social events, community service, and outreach.
Meetings: Meetings are scheduled as needed.
Membership: If interested in membership, please contact Kate Maccarone '08 at kemaccarone@uri.edu or 401.874.4679.

Alumni Golf Tournament Committee

The Golf Tournament was established to raise funds for the URI Alumni Association Scholarship fund. The role of the committee is to work with the Alumni Relations staff liaison to plan an annual golf tournament for URI alumni and friends.

Committee Purpose: This committee is responsible for planning and helping to execute the Alumni Golf Tournament held annually, usually in June. The tournament is held at a municipal golf course and is followed by an awards banquet the evening of the tournament.
Meetings: The committee meets on a regular basis (monthly) beginning some time in the fall.
Contact: Amy Simonini at asimonini@uri.edu or 401.874.5808.

Committee Responsibilities:
  • Support the goals and mission of the Alumni Association
  • Plan an annual golf tournament at an attractive venue, within a reasonable cost, resulting in funds for the scholarship program
  • Develop a corporate sponsorship solicitation plan resulting in funds for the scholarship program
  • Develop golf contests and a raffle resulting in funds for the scholarship program

Membership: Members will be required to fulfill each of the responsibilities listed in order to remain an active member.

Member Responsibilities:
  • Participate in at least four full committee meetings each year in person or via conference call
  • Volunteer or plan to participate in the Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament or have participated in the past
  • Serve on one of the subcommittees (see below)
  • Be a dues-paying member of the Alumni Association
Chair Position: Committee Working Chair responsibilities include facilitating meetings, assisting staff in recruiting committee volunteers, and working with committee members toward shared goals.

Audit Committee

Purpose: This committee assists the Alumni Association Executive Board in overseeing the integrity of the Association’s financial statements; the Association’s compliance with legal and regulatory requirements; the independent auditor’s qualifications and independence; and the performance of the Association’s internal audit function and its independent auditor.
Meetings: A minimum of three meetings, or as frequently as circumstances require.
Membership: The Committee shall consist of four to five members. Each member must have some background in accounting, finance, business, or a general understanding of financial statements.
Contact: Catherine Hanrahan '79 at cathyh@uri.edu or 401.874.4031.

Big Chill Weekend Committee

Purpose: This committee plans the Big Chill Weekend activities.
Meetings: The committee meets on a monthly basis.

Committee Responsibilities:
  • Support the goals and mission of the Alumni Association
  • Support the goal of raising funds for student scholarships
  • Develop a weekend of events that will be appealing for alumni to attend
  • Assist in solicitation of auction and raffle items
Membership: Members will be required to fulfill each of the responsibilities listed below to remain an active member of the committee.

Member Responsibilities:
  • Participate in at least 75% of the Committee meetings each year in person or via conference call
  • Be a dues-paying member of the Alumni Association
  • Attend some portion of the weekend activities
  • Engage additional volunteers to be involved in the committee
Honorary Chair(s):
  • Responsibilities include attendance at the event, corporate and individual connections and the willingness to solicit them. The Honorary Chair must also make a personal gift to the event. 
  • The Honorary Chair(s) will be appointed by Alumni Association leadership.
Contact: Kate Maccarone '08, 401.874.4679 or kemaccarone@uri.edu

Class Reunion Committee

Purpose: The Class Reunion Committee is established to assist with the planning of the reunion event(s) and to recruit classmates to attend events. The role of the Class Reunion Committee is to work with their Alumni Relations Staff Liaison to strategically plan and attend class reunion events. The length of commitment depends on when the reunion events take place, but it is recommended that they commit to one year.

Committee Responsibilities:

  • 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 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
  • Email the Alumni Relations Office following an event with a completed volunteer wrap up form within 7 business days
  • Read and have a clear understanding of the expectations for a class reunion
  • Support the mission of the Alumni Association
Member Responsibilities:
  • Attend at least four meetings in person or via conference call
  • Attend Class Reunion events
  • Be a dues-paying member of the Alumni Association

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

Membership: Members will be required to fulfill each of the responsibilities listed in order to remain an active member.

Contact: Kate Maccarone '08 at kemaccarone@uri.edu or at 401.874.4679.

Finance and Budget Committee

Purpose: This committee is responsible for overseeing the annual budget-planning process for alumni funds raised through the annual giving campaign. The group sets policy and guidelines related to funding requests, which are submitted to the Executive Board for approval. In addition the committee oversees the budget each fiscal year and makes recommendations related to prudent expenditures. The Finance Committee ensures that expenditures remain "true to spirit" in advancing alumni-related activities in quality support of the University's mission of teaching, research, and community service.
Meetings: The committee will meet periodically as needed throughout the funding year.
Membership: Membership is at the invitation of the President with Board approval.
Contact: Catherine Hanrahan '79 at cathyh@uri.edu or 401.874.4031.

Funding Request Committee

Purpose: This committee sets policy and guidelines to then approve or deny requests for funding. The budget for this committee is set by the Board.
Meetings: The committee meets at least quarterly.
Membership: Membership is at the invitation of the chair or President with Board approval.
Contact: Michele Nota '87, M.S. '06 at mnota@uri.edu or 401.874.5496.

Golden Graduate Council

Purpose: The Golden Graduate Council’s purpose is to develop and implement the Golden Graduate Weekend programs and/or events each year that will support the mission of the Alumni Association and the University of Rhode Island. Members will be required to fulfill each of the responsibilities listed in order to remain an active member.

Committee Responsibilities:
  • Support the goals and mission of the Alumni Association
  • Ensure that the Council remains focused and true to their responsibilities and the mission of the Alumni Association.
  • Develop a plan to reach out to all alumni that have reached their Golden Graduate status at the University of Rhode Island
  • Review both the invitation and grist to ensure all information is accurate
  • Manage all details related to planning the events including securing speakers and mentors, identifying event locations, developing the catering menus, and the event programs
  • Evaluate each program and event based on survey results and feedback from participants
  • Provide the council with ideas for the Golden Graduate gift for each year

Member Responsibilities:
  • Participate in at least two of the four Council meetings each year in person or via conference call
  • Attend at least one of the Golden Graduate Weekend events
  • Be a dues paying member of the Alumni Association
  • Attend at least one of the events offered during the weekend
  • Be a dues-paying member of the Alumni Association
Membership: Members will be required to fulfill each of the responsibilities listed in order to remain an active member.

Contact: Karen Sechio '99, 401.874.4854 or karensechio@uri.edu

Government Relations Committee

Purpose: This committee is comprised of alumni, parents, and friends of the University. Its purpose is to function as an effective lobbying group to advance the goals of higher education and URI in the State of Rhode Island. It participates in mobilizing all interested parties, including families, friends, faculty, administration, students, and alumni in letter-writing campaigns, hosting receptions with the legislature, etc. The group has an ongoing agenda but may assemble as determined by legislative issues affecting higher education and the University.
Meetings: The committee will meet periodically throughout the year and more often in smaller groups as lobbying efforts increase.
Membership: Membership is at the invitation of the chair or President with Board approval. The membership is not limited to alumni but includes representatives of all the University's constituencies. This committee will strive for a large membership with representatives.
Contact: Michele Nota '87, M.S. '06 at mnota@uri.edu or 401.874.5496.

Marketing Communications Committee

Purpose: This committee works in conjunction with the Alumni Relations Office to increase membership in and involvement with the Alumni Association, as well as to improve Association affinity marketing programs. The committee dovetails with the University's current branding and marketing initiatives.
Meetings:  In general, monthly or otherwise, as needed.
Membership:  Membership is at the invitation of the chair or President, with Board approval.
Contact: Kate Maccarone '08 at kemaccarone@uri.edu or at 401.874.4679.

Nominating Committee

Purpose: This committee is charged in the By-laws of the Alumni Association with carrying out the directives for creating a slate of officers for election at the annual meeting. The members recruit and review alumni who have participated in alumni activities and are willing to give further of their time and expertise in setting policy for the Alumni Association.
Meetings: Meets three to five times between November and January.
Membership: The members are defined by the by-laws of the URI Alumni Association.
Contact: Michele Nota '87, M.S. '06 at mnota@uri.edu or 401.874.5496.

Women's Council for Development

Purpose: The Council seeks to increase the influence of URI alumnae and female students in all aspects of life at the University, and in the larger world, through: enhanced opportunities for alumnae to interact with, and act as role models for, students and one another, meaningful programs to generate lasting relations with URI among students, and alumnae, greater participation of alumnae at all levels of University life, including fundraising, and an annual scholarship awarded to a female student who holds a leadership position on campus, demonstrates financial need, and maintains a 3.00 grade point average.
Meetings: The committee meets on a regular basis.
Membership: Membership is by invitation only.
Contact: Samantha Stevens, M.S. '015 at smstevens@uri.edu or 401.874.4604.

Committee Responsibilities:
  • Support the goals and mission of the Alumni Association
  • Provide opportunities for female students to obtain access to successful alumnae as mentors
  • Develop programs and events that will allow female students the opportunity to expand their knowledge on a variety of topics including finances, careers, and job hunting
  • Develop an endowed scholarship for female students who hold leadership positions on campus
  • Reach out to groups on campus to establish a partnership with the Council
Member Responsibilities:
  • Participate in at least two of the four Council meetings each year in person or via conference call
  • Serve on one of the subcommittees (see below)
  • Attend at least one Women’s Council event each year
  • Be a dues-paying member of the Alumni Association
  • Make a one time or multi-year gift to the Women’s council Scholarship
  • Chair Position: Committee Working Chair responsibilities include facilitating meetings, assisting staff in recruiting committee volunteers, and working with committee members toward shared goals.
Members will be required to fulfill each of the responsibilities listed in order to remain an active member.

Young Alumni Council

Purpose: Members of the Young Alumni Council are responsible for selecting, planning, and promoting a variety of events for young alumni. These include both social gatherings and professional networking events. Young Alumni are defined as having graduated from the university within the past ten years. 
Meetings: Bi-monthly meetings.
Membership: Any alumnus/na who has graduated from the University within the last decade and who is interested in helping to plan Young Alumni focused events.
Contact: Alumni Relations at 401.874.2242.

Council Responsibilities:
  • Support the goals and mission of the Alumni Association
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of Young Alumni specific events
  • Provide opportunities for Young Alumni to stay connected with the university
Member Responsibilities:
  • Attend or call into bi-monthly meetings. If a member misses three consecutive meetings without notice or being excused, he/she will be removed from the council
  • Attend Young Alumni specific events, and participate in them on an as-needed basis
  • Act as ambassadors for the Alumni Relations Office by reaching out to networks of alumni, including affinity groups and friends, to inform them of upcoming events, as well as recruit volunteers to join the Young Alumni Council
  • Be a dues-paying member of the Alumni Association
Chair position: Committee Working Chair responsibilities include being an active member of the Young Alumni Council, assisting in running council meetings, recruiting volunteers for the council, serving as the liaison to the Big Chill Weekend Planning Committee, and being proactive in researching, planning, and implementing Young Alumni specific events. This position will be voted for on annual basis, however not limited to a single term.

Members will be required to fulfill each of the responsibilities listed in order to remain an active member of the council.