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Form an MBA Chapter


Interested in setting up an MBA Alumni Chapter near you? It's a great way to stay in contact with other local alumni, support the Illinois MBA, and host special events. If you would like to propose a local MBA Alumni Chapter in your area, please contact the Office of Alumni & External Affairs at (217) 244-6669, or email

The Office for Alumni & External Affairs will assist you in the following ways:

  • Provide a contact list of alumni in your area to build membership.
  • Provide advice on scheduling and other arrangements.
  • There may be Illini Clubs in your area. We will put you in contact with them if applicable.
  • Review promotional and registration mailings.
  • Promote chapter activities via college publications and websites.

What you need to do:

  • Organize a committee of other alumni to assist you with the organization of the chapter.
  • Contact the Office for Alumni & External Affairs prior to forming a committee. Members must be MBA Alumni from the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and should be members of the University of Illinois Alumni Association.
  • Dues cannot be collected. Events and meetings need to be operated via the MBA Alumni Association and priced on a cost-recovery basis. Establishing relationships with contingencies and vendors in your area to help minimize or control expenses for meetings and events is highly desirable.
  • Create a timeline for planning arrangements and assign committee members to specific responsibilities.
  • Make necessary arrangements with hosts and/or vendors.
  • Conducts a calling/e-mail campaign to encourage attendance among your group.
  • Maintain contact with the Office for External & Alumni Affairs during all activities of the chapter.
  • E-mail and attendee lists should be created and maintained at every event.

Suggested formation activities:

  • Social hours for networking
  • Public events combined with a social hour


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