Nothing speaks more highly for a university than successful alumni who enthusiastically support it. When you give of your time and talents or make a gift to support UArts, you become part of this very special group.
As an alumni volunteer, you can participate however and whenever you choose. Choose the opportunity that's right for you and get involved today! Your commitment makes a difference in the lives of students and alumni.
Please complete the volunteer interest form and a member of the Office of Alumni Relations staff will contact you to discuss volunteer opportunities further.
One of the best ways that you can support UArts is by sharing your experiences and answering questions from prospective students. Who better to answer questions about academics, student life, and Philadelphia than you?
UArts will waive the $60 application fee for any applicant that is referred by an a UArts alumnus/a. The online application provides a field where the applicant can fill in the name of the alumnus/a that referred them. Let your family and friends know what a great experience UArts was for you and help us recruit the most talented for the UArts! For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions at 800-616-ARTS or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Admissions Office has launched an Ask Our Alumni webpage, where alumni volunteers are listed so prospective students can contact them. The hope is prospective students, even those thousands of miles away, will be able to reach out to someone who was once in their shoes and get an inside look at what life at and after UArts is like. If you are interested in volunteering, please send the following information: email address, website address, hometown, short bio and a photo of yourself to email@example.com.
The Alumni Council serves as the governing body for the UArts Alumni Association. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 Alumni Council. Alumni can nominate themselves, or their fellow graduates for consideration. Nominations are accepted through March 3, 2014.
Alumni and Parent Relations recently renovated its office space to include gallery space that celebrates the accomplishments of our alumni. The alumni gallery lets the students, staff, faculty and fellow alumni who visit the office appreciate the work of UArts graduates. The gallery is curated by a UArts student on a semi-annual basis, around a theme of their choosing. Alumni of all years, degrees and programs are invited to submit their work.
The theme for the current exhibition is "The Face of UArts," curated by Kaylyn Gray BFA '13 (Multidisciplinary Fine Arts). "The Face of UArts" includes work that are interpretations of the self-portrait. The work portrays how attending UArts has expanded the horizons of thought and technique, while showing the faces of the alumni that had previously roamed the halls and buildings of UArts.
Alumni Small Businesses
The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations seeks to support the endeavors of our talented alumni. This year, national Small Business Saturday is on November 30. Let us know if you are the owner of a small business. It can be a bricks and mortar shop, it can be an Etsy shop or a personal website. It can be anywhere in the world, selling something related to your art discipline or not at all. We would be happy to include you in a new listing of alumni-owned businesses in time for the holidays.
The iMentor Program, developed by the Mentoring Committee of the Alumni Council, launched the fall of 2012 and is looking for alumni volunteers to share their time with UArts students. The program connects an alumna/alumnus to a one or more students virtually throughout their time at UArts using technology such as Skype, email and social networking sites. In this first year, the iMentor program will serve students enrolled in the Academic Achievement Program (AAP). If you are interested in volunteering as an iMentor, please complete this form.
Share your ideas for events in your city to keep UArts graduates connected to each other or serve as a resource for alumni moving to your area.
Summer Fellows Program
The UArts Summer Fellows program is designed to provide our best students with access to the phenomenal alumni that are part of the UArts family. Students selected to be UArts Summer Fellows go through a rigorous application process, and interview before they are matched with alumni host for a summer internship. Fill out an interest form to host a UArts student at your workplace this summer for an internship and you will be contacted by the Office of Career Services if there is a match. To learn more about the student experiences, visit the 2013 Summer Fellows blog.
UArts Career Observers
UArts launched UArts Career Observers, an externship program where alumni host students at their workplace. An externship is a 2-5 day career shadowing program. UArts Career Observation Week coincides with the University's Spring Break in mid-March. In this pilot phase, we are seeking alumni hosts in Philadelphia and surrounding areas. If you are interested in volunteering as an alumni host for the UArts Career Observers pilot program, please contact us. Students selected to be UArts Career Observers go through a rigorous application process and are members of the UArts chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. The student application process begins in January and a limited number of students will be chosen to participate in the program.