Ways to Volunteer

There are many ways to keep your class engaged with Fuqua. Read more on how you can give back.

To Learn More

Email Samantha Fiske or call +1.919.660.3799

The most successful fundraising appeals happen among peers. Fuqua's fundraising strategy is bolstered by Class Agents who develop and maintain meaningful relationships with classmates, encouraging them to support the school through the Fuqua Annual Fund and volunteerism.


Responsibilities:

  • To work with the Annual Fund staff in establishing class giving goals and drafting two solicitations per fiscal year.
  • To make a gift or a pledge at the start of the fiscal year before asking classmates to do so.
  • To personally contact 10-15 classmates before the end of each fund drive on June 30.
  • To communicate any changes in a classmate's contact information to the Annual Fund staff liaison. 
  • To be a resource for recruiting volunteers for committees and special events.
  • To establish and maintain a close working relationship with the Fuqua Annual Fund staff liaison and aid in finding enthusiastic new Class Agents.

Qualifications:

  • A dedication to ensuring Fuqua has the necessary financial resources to remain a top business school.
  • A clear understanding of how the Fuqua Annual Fund supports the school's mission and goals.
  • A commitment to increasing alumni participation in giving to the Fuqua Annual Fund.
  • Current participation in the Fuqua Annual Fund as a donor with a willingness to encourage fellow alumni to support the school.
  • Accessibility to the Annual Fund staff liaison.

To Learn More

Email Alumni Relations or call +1.919.660.2915

Current Class Communication Chairs:
View deadlines, samples, and upload photos here.

Class Communication Chairs serve as the point persons for collecting personal and professional news for quarterly publication in Fuqua's online class notes.

Responsibilities:

  • To solicit, compile, and edit classmate photos and updates on a quarterly basis for publication in the online class notes.
  • To share information with classmates via electronic mailing lists on behalf of Fuqua. This could include important school news or information that may affect your class.
  • To assist in finding a replacement chair when the current chair steps down.

Qualifications:

  • A willingness to contact classmates and share information.
  • Good writing skills, attention to detail, and an affinity for compiling and cataloguing information.
  • Ability to be a positive, thoughtful ambassador for Fuqua who enjoys working and communicating with Fuqua staff.
  • Commitment to the mission of the school.

Selection of Class Communication Chairs:

  • Self-nominated or nominated by a classmate.
  • Recommended by the current Class Communication Chair as he/she steps down.
  • Solicited by Fuqua's Alumni Relations team.

To Learn More

Email Katie Thomasson or call +1.919.660.7695.

Alumni volunteers are an important component to Fuqua's reunion program. We invite you to learn more about opportunities available and get involved with your class committee today!

Why volunteer?

  • To reconnect with classmates.
  • To fulfill a prominent leadership role.
  • To develop a relationship with the Development and Alumni Relations staff and others at Fuqua.
  • To start on a pathway to other volunteer opportunities at Fuqua.
  • To build the school's resources through the Fuqua Annual Fund.
  • To accomplish a worthy goal and make an impact at the school.

Volunteer Requirements

Target Date  Activity
October 1, 2013 Online sign-up is now closed
October 31, 2013 Provide signature for reunion communication pieces
December 31, 2013 Make a personal gift/pledge in celebration of your reunion to the Fuqua Annual Fund
January 31, 2014 Register early for reunion and let your friends know you are coming
March 1, 2014 Tell a friend to attend
April 1, 2014 Encourage your Fuqua classmates to make a gift/pledge in honor of your reunion
April 24-25, 2014 Come to Durham and celebrate Fuqua Reunions 2014

Volunteer Roles

Reunion Committee Chair
Approximate time commitment: 3-4 hours per month
The reunion program chairs will work closely with Fuqua staff to drive engagement and fundraising efforts for the entire class. Primary responsibilities of the class reunion chair include:

  1. Serving as the committee's project manager to ensure other class volunteers are engaged in the reunion planning process.
  2. Sharing information from Fuqua's Development and Alumni Relations team with the class reunion committee and motivating the class committee throughout the reunion cycle.
  3. Making a personal gift/pledge to the class gift campaign and encouraging others to do the same.
  4. Serving as class "emcee" for Friday night's class dinner and Saturday night's class cocktail reception.
  5. Communicating directly with the class through distribution lists to provide information about reunion.

Reunion Gift Campaign Volunteers
Approximate time commitment: 2-3 hours per month
The class reunion campaign volunteers will work closely with the Annual Giving team to encourage support of the Fuqua Annual Fund and to educate classmates about the school's philanthropic priorities. Volunteer responsibilities include:

  1. Encouraging 100% participation from reunion committee members.
  2. Personally soliciting leadership-level gifts to the Fuqua Annual Fund.
  3. Being a spokesperson among your classmates about Fuqua's funding priorities and the reunion campaign.

Communication Agents
Approximate time commitment: 2-3 hours per month
Alumni are more inclined to attend reunion weekend when they hear directly from a fellow classmate.  Personal outreach is key to our success, and the class communication agent(s) will play an important role in driving class attendance at reunion. Communication agents' primary responsibilities will be:

  1. Partnering with the Development and Alumni Relations team to help locate alumni for whom we no longer have e-mail or mailing addresses on file. Research tools could include LinkedIn, fellow classmates, other social media outlets.
  2. Personal outreach to classmates to invite them to attend reunion.

Social Media Managers
Approximate time commitment: 1-2 hours per month
Social media is a great way to reconnect with your classmates and build excitement for reunion weekend. The social media volunteer(s) will be responsible for creating and/or managing the class Facebook or LinkedIn group. The Development and Alumni Relations team will work with the social media volunteer(s) to share reunion details with classmates in a timely manner. 

Class Archivists
Approximate time commitment: 1-2 hours per month
Nothing builds nostalgia and excitement for reunion like photos from your days at Fuqua. The multimedia team will be responsible for collecting and sharing photos with the class social media volunteers and Fuqua's Development and Alumni Relations team, compiling a class slideshow, and uncovering old videos (e.g. FuquaVision). Materials may be used during Friday night's class dinner or Saturday's cocktail parties.

Faculty and Staff Engagement Leaders
Approximate time commitment: 1-3 hours total
The Development and Alumni Relations team reaches out to Fuqua faculty and staff to join the reunion celebration and reconnect with former students. Direct outreach to staff and faculty, who are special to the class, is a great way to ensure that your favorite Fuqua people attend. We encourage you to reminisce among committee members and friends about your favorite Fuqua family members and compile a list of those you'd like to join for any or all of reunion. The faculty and staff engagement volunteer is responsible for personal outreach to Fuqua faculty and staff and coordination with the Development and Alumni Relations team to track invitations and responses.


Committee Timeline

Who's Involved  Month Estimated Timeframe for Completion Communication/Action
Any reunion alumnus September 09/30/2013 Register to volunteer online
Staff & all class volunteers October 10/01/2013 - 10/22/2013 Class Committee calls
Staff & all class volunteers October 10/22/2013 - 11/22/2013 Task-specific training calls
Social Media Managers October 10/22/2013 - 10/31/2013 Create and report on reunion class FB/LinkedIn pages. Class page information should be sent to alumni-relations@fuqua.duke.edu
Social Media Managers and Class Archivists November-January 11/1/2013 - 1/1/2014 Build buzz for reunion weekend—promote weekend dates, hotel room blocks, and solicit pictures
Communication Agents November-January 11/1/2013 - 1/1/2014 Help Development and Alumni Relations locate lost alumni
Staff November 11/1/2013 First reunion solicitation sent (to include all committee members' signatures)
Reunion Gift Campaign volunteers December 2013 - April, 2014 04/25/2014 Personal solicitations for leadership gifts
All class volunteers January 01/1/2014 Register yourself for reunion
Reunion Committee Chairs and Social Media Managers February-April 02/10/2014 Announce registration is live and encourage attendance through class distribution list and social media pages
Faculty and staff and Engagement Leaders February-April 04/01/2014 Reach out to your class's favorite faculty and invite them to join you for the weekend festivities
Reunion Committee Chairs and Social Media Managers March 03/03/14 - 03/07/14 Reminder about end of early bird registration (early bird end date advertised as 03/12/14); call for award nominations through class distribution list and social media pages
Staff March 03/31/2014 Second reunion solicitation sent (to include all committee members' signatures)
Reunion Committee Chairs and Social Media Managers April 04/01/14 - 04/18/2014 Reminder about registration, schedule of events, etc. through class distribution list and social media pages
Reunion Committee Chairs and Social Media Managers May 05/15/2014 - 05/30/14 Reminder to provide survey feedback through class distribution list and social media pages
Staff May 05/15/2014 Post-reunion solicitation sent (to include all committee members' signatures)


Committee Calls for Organizing and Training

  • October: Class committee call with Fuqua's Development and Alumni Relations team. Dates and times for this call will be coordinated with each reunion committee.
  • October-November: Training calls to outline specific volunteer tasks.
  • January: Class committee update call.
  • February-March: Check-in calls with task managers to provide feedback and answer questions.
  • April: Class chair calls.

To Learn More

email Nicole Kempton or call +1.919.660.7937

Regional alumni groups promote communication and interaction among members of the Fuqua community through a variety of professional, social, educational, and family activities.

Successful regional groups start and grow with a strong leadership team. Responsibilities are shared by a team of two to four volunteers depending on the alumni base in the regional area. Alumni volunteers are encouraged to participate for a two-year term; a volunteer's term can be extended if the volunteer and the Alumni Relations team have interest.

Regional Leadership Responsibilities:

  • Conduct leadership planning meetings to develop the calendar of events for the coming year.
  • Serve as liaison between the region's alumni and the Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) office.
  • Plan events, social and professional, that reach a variety of audiences.
  • Where applicable, partner with the Duke University Alumni Group and/or the business school alliance for programming purposes.
  • Plan, in conjunction with the DAR office, for informed and enthusiastic successors to assure the continuation of an active Fuqua regional team.
  • Update personal contact information in the alumni directory.
  • Stay engaged and informed about Fuqua by reading alumni communications.
  • Work collaboratively as a team to coordinate programming in the area.
  • Manage communication through the email distribution list provided by Fuqua.
  • Provide content to the Alumni Relations team for the regional webpage.

Fuqua has three boards that are comprised entirely of alumni.

To Learn More

Email Erin Gasch or call +1.919.660.1971.

Alumni Council

Visit our 2013-2014 roster to see who is currently serving on the Alumni Council.
The 54 alumni who make up the Alumni Council reflect the school's diversity of programs, graduating years, and demographics. The Council's mission is to foster a strong, lifelong bond between Fuqua and its alumni. It also promotes and maintains the school's unique "Team Fuqua" culture which is based on leadership through collaboration, a trustful and supportive community, an appreciation of each individual's perspectives and contributions, and a passion for making a difference. 


Responsibilities:

  • To participate in two meetings per year (usually April and October) at Fuqua. Council members cover travel and accommodation costs. Fuqua covers activity and event costs.
  • To provide input and advice to Fuqua leadership on issues affecting the school.
  • To encourage productive and meaningful interactions at Council meetings and during the intervening periods.
  • To be active donors and give at the Keller Society level of at least $1,000 per year. Members are also asked to be active supporters of and advocates for Fuqua's fundraising efforts and to have an understanding of Fuqua's needs for philanthropic support.
  • To spread the word about Fuqua's activities, priorities, and opportunities for alumni engagement to the wider alumni community. To serve as a liaison to the school for alumni feedback, concerns, and ideas.
  • To advance the work of the Council through current initiatives by serving on Council committees or task forces that reflect the school's current needs.
  • To build the institution through strong leadership on class reunion committees and support alumni initiatives and events both at Fuqua and in their respective regions.
  • To help keep the Alumni Council strong and vibrant by promoting the opportunity to serve within the alumni community and suggesting candidates for the Council.

Qualifications:

  • A strong commitment to Fuqua through volunteerism, involvement in Fuqua initiatives, attendance at events, philanthropic support of Fuqua, or willingness to increase philanthropic support.
  • Leadership in one's professional roles.
  • A passion for the ongoing success of Fuqua and its graduates.

Selection of Council Members:

Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by fellow alumni, Fuqua faculty or staff. Alumni Council applications are collected and reviewed each spring by the Alumni Council Chair, Vice Chair, and the Development and Alumni Relations leadership team (known as the "Membership Committee"). The Membership Committee looks to create a balanced Council that includes representation from all Fuqua graduation eras and programs and has a gender and ethnic makeup that reflects the alumni base.

New Alumni Council members are seated in July and are invited to serve a three-year term with the potential to serve an additional two-year term at the agreement of both the Council member and the Council leadership.

To Learn More

Email Katie Thomasson or call +1.919.660.7695.

Minority Alumni Advisory Board

Visit our Minority Alumni Advisory Board roster to see who is currently serving on the board.
The Minority Alumni Advisory Board is comprised of approximately 20 members who represent a broad spectrum of class years and programs.  It is led by an executive committee comprised of two elected officers (Chair and Vice Chair), appointed task force chairs (Admissions, Career, and Development and Alumni Relations), and staff representatives from Development and Alumni Relations, the Career Management Center, and Admissions. Created in 2008, the board provides Fuqua with a formal structure for nurturing, growing, and capitalizing on the resources of the underrepresented minority community.

(The Fuqua School of Business recognizes underrepresented minorities as being permanent U.S. residents of African American, Hispanic American, or Native American descent. )

Responsibilities:

  • To increase Fuqua's efficiency and effectiveness in identifying, recruiting and yielding underrepresented minority students.
  • To increase institutional support for minority students.
  • To enhance minority giving to Fuqua.
  • To strengthen relationships and communication among members of the minority community.
  • To provide support for career mentorship, including preparation for minority conferences and transitioning from the classroom to workplace.
  • To provide a formal structure to bolster connectedness amongst alumni, current minority students, and Fuqua's administration.
  • To serve on one of the following task forces: Admissions, Career, or Development and Alumni Relations.

Qualifications:

  • A strong commitment to the school through volunteer efforts.
  • Demonstrated financial support to the school.
  • A commitment to building the underrepresented minority community of Fuqua students and alumni.

Selection of Board Members:
Self-nominations are welcome along with nominations by Fuqua alumni or staff. New members will be selected by the Executive Committee.

To Learn More

Email Erin Gasch or call +1.919.660.1971.

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Select the Fuqua Health Care Network subgroup Fuqua's Alumni LinkedIn group.

Health Care Alumni Advisory Board

View the Health Care Alumni Advisory Board roster to see who is currently serving.

The Health Care Alumni Advisory Board was created in January 2011 to strengthen and promote the value of the Health Sector Management program and to enhance the professional and personal development opportunities of alumni in the health care community. The Health Care Alumni Advisory Board advises on issues that impact current students, Fuqua graduates, and the school's reputation.

The board is comprised of individuals who have completed a degree program at Fuqua and work or have strong professional interest in the health care industry. Every effort is made to represent the diverse membership of the alumni community in regard to Fuqua's programs, class years, health care specializations, and geographic areas.

Responsibilities:

  • To participate in two board meetings per year (usually in November and April) at Fuqua. Council members cover travel and accommodation costs. Fuqua covers activity and event costs.
  • To ensure productive and meaningful interactions at board meetings and during the intervening periods. Meetings should provide a balance of social and business opportunities and are geared toward creating a strong sense of ownership in the future direction and success of the school.
  • To advance the work of the Board through current initiatives and by serving on Board committees or task forces that reflect the school's current needs,
  • To support the fundraising efforts of the school by understanding Fuqua's requirements for philanthropic support and being active donors to the school.

Qualifications:

  • A strong commitment of time, talent and capital to Fuqua.
  • Leadership in their professional roles.
  • Passion for the ongoing success of Fuqua and its graduates.

Nomination and Selection:
Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated to serve by a fellow alumnus or member of Fuqua's faculty or staff. The standard term of membership is three years with the opportunity to renew for an additional two-year term. Nominations are collected and reviewed annually by the board's Executive Committee and members of the Fuqua Development and Alumni Relations team.

Alumni can volunteer to sit on a panel, be a guest speaker, or mentor students as they begin their career.

Student clubs, regional clubs, and the Career Management Center regularly ask alumni to be guest speakers or panelists both inside and outside the classroom.

If you're interested in serving as a guest speaker, email Nicole  Kempton or call +1.919.660.7937.
Provide a support network and career mentorship to minority students. Help students as they define their career paths, provide industry-specific interviewing tips, assist with conference preparation techniques (e.g. NBMBAA, NSHMBA), and enable a successful transition from classroom to workplace.

Alumni mentors work with the Fuqua Minority Alumni Advisory Board in partnership with the Black and Latino MBA Organization (BLMBAO). Contact Beverly Porter for more information.

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The Career Advisor for MMS (CAM) program began in 2010 with 40 MBA alumni providing career support to approximately 100 MMS students. Over the years, MMS students have found the insights and expertise of these alumni to be beneficial to their job searches and future careers.

For many MMS students, this will be the first time they have written a formal resume, or cover letter and/or conducted a professional interview. The CAM program helps to prepare MMS students for their career search by conducting resume reviews, cover letter reviews, and mock interviews. Learn more about our Durham- and China-based MMS programs.

Responsibilities:

  • To assess an MMS student's interpersonal skills, interview readiness, and areas for improvement.
  • To complete an evaluation of each student's readiness and interpersonal skills.
  • To prepare and guide MMS students in the networking and mock interview process.

Meetings are usually held via Skype from August - September unless other arrangements have been made to meet in person. All MBA alumni and MMS alumni who graduated three years prior can hold Career Advisor to MMS positions.

To Learn More

Email the Admissions Office.

The Admissions Office relies heavily on your help to recruit students. Many undecided applicants have chosen Fuqua based on positive interactions with Fuqua alumni, and many of our best students have been referred by alumni. 

Responsibilities:

  • To promote and enhance the global reputation and benefits of Fuqua's programs.
  • To encourage prospective applicants whose personalities, needs and motivations are well suited to Duke.
  • To increase our yield by converting more students from admitted to enrolled status.
  • To assist the Admissions office with recruitment activities.

Ways to Volunteer

There are several ways you can help the admissions team as they recruit the next Fuqua classes:

Throughout the fall, we sponsor information sessions in major cities for people who have expressed an interest in applying to Fuqua. If you live in or near one of these cities, we will contact you 3-4 weeks prior to the event. The sessions typically include a presentation by a member of the Admissions staff and a current student, an alumni panel discussion, and an opportunity for candidates to mingle with alumni. Even if you are not comfortable sitting on a panel, we need your help to answer general questions and discuss your Fuqua experience with attendees. Information sessions typically last no more than two hours.
We participate in MBA Forums held all over the world. Roughly 150 schools from around the globe attend these gatherings, which are similar to trade shows or career fairs for prospective students. Tables are staffed by alumni, students and Admissions representatives. Alumni may volunteer to staff the Duke MBA booth and speak with prospective applicants. If you live in or near a city hosting a forum, we will contact you 3-4 weeks prior.
Inform the school of important MBA fairs held outside the U.S. Our budget is limited and fairs can be expensive; however, we may be able to participate if we have alumni volunteers to represent us at the event.
You know what it takes to be successful at Fuqua. Please complete our alumni recommendation form and tell us why an applicant you know would be an asset to one of our programs.
Did you meet an applicant at an Admissions event who made an impression—favorable or unfavorable? Complete our applicant interaction feedback form to let us know. You should not complete this form for every applicant that you meet. Rather, this is to capture an exceptionally positive or negative interaction that should be conveyed to the Admissions Committee.
The interview is invaluable in assessing an applicant's general management knowledge, level of maturity, interpersonal skills, career direction, leadership skills, and English proficiency—all qualities we consider for acceptance to our programs. Applicants who interview on campus have the advantage of experiencing Team Fuqua firsthand as they can interact with our students and see our excellent facilities. Applicants who live on the West Coast or outside the U.S. get the best feel for the program and the Fuqua experience by interviewing with an alumnus or alumna, and learning about his or her experience.
Congratulate admitted students and answer any questions they may have about the Fuqua experience. Occasionally, a prospective applicant will ask to be put in touch with a local alumnus. Should this be the case, we would first contact you and confirm your availability, before asking you to contact the prospective student.