About Regional Chapters

The strength of the St. Olaf network is dependent upon alumni, parents, and friends who are willing to lead in building a strong community. The Regional Chapters engage a corps of volunteers who involve alumni, parents, friends, and prospective students in our largest markets by building strong brand awareness and engaging the community in the College’s mission.

The College Mission: St. Olaf College challenges students to excel in the liberal arts, examine faith and values, and explore meaningful vocation in an inclusive, globally engaged community nourished by Lutheran tradition.

Chapters

The Twin Cities

The Twin Cities is our largest market—Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Northfield with 13,124 alumni, 2,916 parents, and 1,637 friends of the college. Almost twice as many alumni live in Minneapolis than in St. Paul, and the majority of these alumni are Mid-Career (11-27 years post-grad). This chapter is characterized by 22% of Oles working in Health, Medicine, and Human Services followed by 20% working in Education and 9% each in Science and Technology and Finance.

The Twin Cities planning committee consists of a diverse group of individuals representing several sub-groups in the region (a professional organization, a women’s organization, young alumni events, family-friendly events, and events targeted at other groups).

Mid-Size Chapters

A Mid-Size Chapter will consist of at least 800 alumni within approximately a two-hour driving radius of a metropolitan area, with consideration given to regions that have active involvement with the Piper Center, are Admissions priorities, or have a very robust base of supporters.

The mid-size regions currently include:

  • New York City
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Chicago
  • Denver
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle

Mid-size chapter planning committees consist of 6-10 volunteers that work together to plan an annual calendar of events . They meet on an annual basis.

Emerging Regional Chapters

An Emerging Regional Chapter is any area not listed above that has an interest in developing programming for St. Olaf alumni and parents.

The emerging regional chapters currently include:

  • San Diego
  • Portland
  • Madison
  • Rochester

Emerging regional chapters are typically run by 1 or 2 individual volunteers.