Alumnae and Alumni of Vassar College (AAVC)
Founded in 1871 and governed by an independent board of directors, AAVC’s mission is to lead the alumnae/i in advancing the interests of Vassar College. In addition, AAVC strives to be relevant to the alumnae/i and to Vassar College by sustaining a sense of community, maintaining traditions, sharing resources, fostering connections, and encouraging a lifelong desire to know. Once their class graduates, all matriculated students of the college are considered members of AAVC with voting privileges.
AAVC connects the more than 36,000 Vassar alumnae/i worldwide with each other and the college through classes, clubs, and affiliate groups; reunions, mini-reunions, and travel programs; online and print publications; and regional, on-campus, and young alumnae/i events. For example, AAVC organizes 100 nights after graduation parties in multiple cities across the country; sponsors AAVC Distinguished Achievement Award winners to visit classes and lecture on campus; supports affiliate group initiatives, such as the African-American Alumnae/i of Vassar College alumnae/i-student mentoring program; and hosts the Vassar College reunion weekend each June. In addition to these programs, AAVC works closely with the college by co-sponsoring programs such as alumnae/i interviewers (Office of Admission), networking events (Office of Career Development), regional events coordinated around traveling teams (Office of Athletics), and faculty lectures at regional club gatherings (Office of Dean of the Faculty).
The official publication of AAVC, Vassar, the Alumnae/i Quarterly, is published in the fall, winter, spring, and summer and is distributed to all alumnae/i, current parents, faculty, and administrators. Each issue is also placed in racks in the College Center, athletic facility, and library for students. The magazine includes articles about alumnae/i, on-campus activities, students, and faculty, as well as Class Notes. In addition, AAVC publishes a monthly electronic newsletter, This is Vassar, which highlights recent news items and upcoming events about life on campus.
AAVC manages and operates Alumnae House as a welcoming on-campus home for alumnae/i. The House was given to the college by two alumnae in 1924. Its American Tudor-style architecture and gracious atmosphere make it a pleasant gathering place for alumnae/i, faculty, students, administrators, staff, and the local Hudson Valley community. Members of the Vassar community enjoy the House with overnight stays, meals at the Pub, family celebrations, and business gatherings. Reservations are required. For information, call 845-437-7100 or write Alumnae House, 161 College Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603.
The AAVC executive director manages the affairs and staff of the association in accordance with the policies determined by the board. The rotating AAVC Board includes the AAVC president, who is chief officer of AAVC, chair of its board of directors, and a college trustee. In total, six AAVC directors sit on the Vassar College Board of Trustees. The association takes its direction from the more than 36,000-member constituency whose volunteer leadership, perspective, and energy help guide and support the college.