Volunteer Opportunities

Be An Ambassador for UAlbany...

Help shape the life of today's UAlbany students and alumni by becoming a UAlbany ambassador. It's a great opportunity to network, to give back to your community and -- most important -- to be a partner in creating a quality learning environment for students.

Each year, hundreds of alumni and friends of the University lend their talents and experience to programs across the campus as well as across the country in endeavors such as career mentoring, advisory councils, guest lecturing, student recruitment, constituent groups and much more.

When you volunteer, you become a vital member of the Alumni Volunteer Council (AVC), an organization that serves principally as a volunteer group. For further information, please contact Loida Vera Cruz.

Chairperson – Warren Winslow '73
Vice Chair – Cat Provost '05

Call the Alumni Association at (518) 442-3080 or email us at alumniassociation@albany.edu for more information.

Alumni Office and Program Affiliates

Schools and Colleges

University Programs and Services

Alumni Office and Program Affiliates

Alumni Admissions Ambassadors Program
One of the most valuable contributions UAlbany alumni can make to the university is to help recruit qualified, talented students. Alumni can represent UAlbany at college fairs, contact prospective students, host or attend receptions for admitted students and their families, and participate in Open Houses. If you're interested in participating in any of these activities, complete our online Admissions Ambassador volunteer form.

Alumni Association Board
Board members serve a four-year term on the association's governing board. The board meets four times per year. Elections are held in June.

Alumni Association Committees
Committee members provide advice through standing or ad-hoc committees. Committees typically meet 3-6 times per year in person or by teleconference.

Class Councilors
Class Councillors act as information conduits among alumni, the University and the Alumni Association and plan class activities, such as Reunion and Homecoming. View current Alumni Volunteer Council of Classes list.

Constituent Groups
Constituent Groups are groups of alumni who share a common bond based on a professional or academic affiliation, a sport, club or other University program. Members can enhance their careers, participate in activities and support academic departments and special programs.

Existing Groups
  • Albany Crew Alumni
  • Rugby Club Alumni
  • School of Business Alumni
  • School of Education Alumni
  • School of Information Science & Policy Alumni
  • School of Social Welfare Alumni
  • University at Albany Lawyers Association
  • Dinner With a Dozen Danes
    Alumni host students for small dinner parties, bringing Great Danes together
    in a warm, friendly environment for good food, conversation and camaraderie. Details.

    Regional Leadership
    What is a Regional Volunteer? Regional Volunteers are local alumni contacts in an area.

    Regional Volunteers

  • Act as a central contact for alumni, parents, prospective students, new graduates,
    and the UAAA.
  • Serve as a university ambassador at events determined by the University
    (faculty visits, presidential visits).
  • Plan the occasional informal event (book readings, viewing parties).
  • Assist in determining a location for a University event in their region.
  • Distribute promotional emails inviting people to attend upcoming event in their area.
  • Assist alumni relocating to their area.

  • Please contact your Regional Volunteer and let them know you are their neighbor!
    Find a regional volunteer.
    To join our team of UAlbany Regional Volunteers contact Carmelina Morrison.
    Fill-out and submit form to become a regional volunteer.


    Reunion Planners
    Since 2008, classes now hold milestone reunions - 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th and 50+ -
    during Homecoming Weekend in the Fall.
    At Homecoming events and reunions volunteers are needed for:

    • Event Support
    • Act as hospitality host for events at Alumni House
    • Act as hospitality host at Half-Century Breakfast
    • Assist with event registration 

    Summer Send-Offs
    Host a casual get-together for incoming freshmen from your area before they leave for UAlbany
    Give new students a chance to meet each other, current students and alumni as they become
    part of the UAlbany community.

    Schools and Colleges

    Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy
    The College seeks alumni in public sector employment or in private sector companies that have dealings with public sector entities. There are three main opportunities for alumni participation:

    • Alumni in the Classroom Program
      Rockefeller College is proud to announce the launch of our new Alumni in the Classroom Program. The Alumni in the Classroom Program is designed to connect alumni who have issue-area expertise to related courses in political science and public administration and policy. We're asking you to consider a visit to the classroom (either in-person or virtually, lasting about 30 minutes). You could begin your visit by describing your current position and career path. We would also like you to give students a sense of the skill set needed by graduates entering the work force in your field. Finally, students are likely to have lots of questions for you. In some cases, you and the faculty instructor may agree to deepen the exchange by having you participate in greater depth through a lecture, case study, or other exercise. For more information, please contact Rockefeller College, Milne Hall, University at Albany, State University of New York, 135 Western Avenue, Albany, NY 12222 • Phone 518-442-5244
    • Career Day
      Alumni speak to students about career opportunities as part of this annual March event.
    • Job Shadowing & Information Interviewing
      Volunteers are needed to host graduate students for job shadowing experiences that enable the student to "shadow" the alum for a half day to a full day. Students also are encouraged to seek out professionals in the field and conduct 45 minute informational interviews to gain a greater understanding of different positions with in Public Affairs & Administration.
    • Mentorship Program
      This program partners current graduate students with alumni working in public service careers. Alumni introduce students to decision-makers and professionals in this arena. Volunteers are asked to dedicate 5 hours per semester.
    • Professional Preparation Workshop
      Alumni help teach students about employer expectations as they enter a professional internship. Held in October and March, the workshop requires volunteers to give one hour at the close of business. View more information on alumni programs at Rockefeller College.

    School of Business

    • Corporate Mentor Program
      This alumni-funded program takes exceptional sophomore and junior School of Business majors and pairs them with successful alumni for the purpose of professional career development and insight into the world of work.
    • Career Preparation Assistance
      Participate in resume reviews, critique cover letters, volunteer to conduct mock interviews or participate in a job shadowing. You also can help by organizing a field project for MBA students through your company.
    • Presentations
      Join us as a guest speaker in a classroom or participate in a panel discussion during one of our seminars.
    • Employment Assistance
      Offer internships or employment opportunities with your company.

    University Programs and Services

    Join the Great Danes Club or enroll your child in the Little Danes Club. Assist at one of Athletic's annual golf outings or help coordinate an athletic reunion. If you're a former athlete, you can also volunteer to mentor a current student-athlete.

    Campus Clean-Up
    The University at Albany’s annual spring cleanup began with 100 volunteers in 1997 and has grown to more than 500 volunteers pitching in time and energy to beautify the campus community.
    Join more than 500 UAlbany students, faculty and staff as they promote environmental sustainability and take pride in their campus at UA’s 17th annual Campus Cleanup at the University at Albany uptown campus, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany, N.Y.

    Career Services
    Educational Programs: The CDC is seeking volunteers to participate in educational programs or fairs. The Alumni Office keeps a list of all alumni willing to volunteer as guest speakers or workshop participants.
    Job/Internship Openings: Volunteers notify the CDC of job openings and/or internships in their organizations.
    Resume Review: Alumni volunteer to critique student resumes. Experience in human resources is required.

    Disability Resource Center
    Volunteers are needed to assist as test examination proctors, readers or scribes and to put materials on tape for blind or learning disabled students. Volunteers also are needed to help with fund raising for the Disabled Student Scholarship Fund.

    Division for Research
    Offer a research co-op to a senior undergraduate. Volunteer to serve as an industry consultant for the Division for Research to help us evaluate our emerging technologies and connect with potential licensing partners. Volunteer to be a judge in our student entrepreneurship competition. Give a lecture on entrepreneurship or starting up a company.

    Test Examination Proctors, Readers and Scribes
    The Disability Resource Center is seeking volunteer test proctors for students needing special testing accommodations. Test proctors guarantee academic integrity and serve as readers and/or writers. Proctors are needed throughout the year, particularly during mid-term and final- examination periods. Proctors volunteer for one to four hour blocks between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Parking will be reimbursed. If you are interested in volunteering, e-mail the Alumni Association.


    • Big Purple Growl and Ferocious Feast - February 2, 2013 - University PE Gym 
      The Big Purple Growl and Ferocious Feast is a UAlbany annual tradition that celebrates our men’s and women’s basketball teams and outstanding student athletes. Now in its 16th year, it features the Ferocious Feast, the biggest indoor tailgate party for all Great Danes fans. The Ferocious Feast includes food, entertainment and fun activities for all ages. Volunteers are needed to assist with registration, T-shirt distribution and activities. For further information. contact cmorrison@albany.edu or (518) 442-3080
    • Commencement - The University Events Office is in need of volunteers for Commencement. Volunteers are needed  to assist with special seating, wheelchair transport, floor/crowd control, as greeters, flag bearers, elevator operator, ticket takers and other assignments. Please feel free to invite a colleague, a fellow alum, students or friends to help support our students as they celebrate an academic milestone.
      For additional information, please contact the University Events Office at (518) 437-4493 or (518) 442-5839.
    • Gold (Graduates of the Last Decade) Tent at Commencement Picnic - GOLD: Our young alumni group is a great opportunity for graduates of the last decade to get involved and meet fellow UAlbany alumni while reconnecting with their alma mater. Programming is coordinated by the GOLD Committee. If you’re interested in getting involved in planning events in your area, contact Melissa Samuels.
    • Homecoming 2013
      Registration Assistants - Assist with registration
      Shuttle Drivers - drive shuttle and to and from event venues within the uptown campus
      Tailgate Event Supporters - Assist with tailgate activities
      Event Hosts - welcome alumni and guests at alumni breakfast, reunions and other events
      For further information. contact cmorrison@albany.edu or (518) 442-3080
    • 5K Run/2.5K Walk and Little Dane Dash
      Pre-event preparation- Assist with prepping registration items
      Registration Assistants - Assist with registration
      Course Motivators-Encourage runners and distribute water
      For further information email Violetta DeRosa or call (518) 442-3080


    Greek Life
    Alumni act as student advisors for fraternities and sororities, assisting in organizational development; community service activities; and educational, social and cultural programming. 

    Initiatives for Women
    Through educational programs, research, and grants, IFW helps UAlbany women realize their potential. IFW is seeking volunteers to sit on its steering committee to assist with fund raising and program planning.

    Retired and Senior Volunteer Program
    RSVP is a federally funded volunteer clearinghouse for Albany and Schenectady counties for persons 55 years and older. RSVP matches volunteers' with 104 non-profit agencies.

    University Art Museum
    The museum is seeking volunteers to act as docents and hosts for receptions. Some familiarity with the art field is required, and training may be necessary.