SJV UC Alumni Network Charter


San Joaquin Valley University of California Alumni Network

The purposes of the organization are to:

  • Provide an opportunity for alumni to associate with each other and the university
  • Educate alumni regarding the latest developments achieved by the university
  • Involve alumni in the ongoing development of current and future students of the university
  • Promote the welfare and development of the University and of the UC Merced campus
  • Promote the development of the UC Merced Alumni Association

The Executive Board:

The Executive Board shall consist of the elected officers and the immediate past president, and committee chairs appointed by the president.


President Carolyn Vara, UC Davis

Vice President: Vacant

Secretary, Susan Mahacek, UC Davis 

Immediate Past President Gerry Schlintz, UC Berkely, UC Hastings School of Law

President: Two-year term elected from membership. Duties include:

  • Schedule meetings, notify officers and members
  • Prepare agenda for meetings
  • Preside over meetings
  • Represent the network at the Alumni Association of the University of California (AAUC) meetings
  • Establish committees as needed

Vice president: Two-year term elected from membership. Duties include:

  • Assist president and assume the duties of president as needed
  • Coordinate alumni events
  • At the end of the the two-year term, the vice president becomes president elect and he/she assumes the office of president

Secretary: Two-year term elected from membership. Duties include:

  • Keep records of all meetings and other records as needed
  • Report at meetings on the status of the group
  • Maintain the official list of members and their addresses via UC Merced
  • Distribute notices of meetings and other mailings via UC Merced
  • Maintain contact and liaison with UC Merced

Ex-officio members:

  • UC Merced/UCOP liaison: A staff member from the UC Merced Office of Alumni Relations shall sit on the Executive Board.
  • UC Merced student representative: The Office of Alumni Relations will select a UC Merced student to sit on the Executive Board.

Term of office for all officers is two fiscal years. Term of office for all ex-officio members is one fiscal year. The fiscal year begins July 1 and ends June 30.

The board is open to all University of California students and alumni in the San Joaquin Valley region who have completed at least 12 units at a UC campus.


Set by the president as needed, although regular board meetings and at least one general meeting are held each year.

Nominating Committee:

A nominating committee appointed by the Executive Board shall prepare a slate of at least one nominee for each elective office to be filled and shall present such slate to the board and the network membership at a yearly meeting. Nominations from the floor will also be taken for each office to be filled. Voting will be at a general meeting; elected board members must receive a simple majority of those voting.


The Executive Board or members can propose amendments to the charter, which will be accepted based on majority vote of the membership present at the general meeting.


In the event of dissolution, the assets of the SJVUC shall be distributed to the UC Merced Alumni Association.

SJV UC Alumni Network Executive Board, 2019-2020

  • President Carolyn Vara, UC Davis
  • Vice President: Vacant
  • Secretary Susan Mahacek, UC Davis 
  • Immediate Past President Gerry Schlintz, UC Berkeley, UC Hastings School of Law