The University of Texas at Dallas

Welcome You to the


3rd Annual

Regional  Intercollegiate  Volunteer  Alumni

Leaders (RIVAL) Workshop!

January 18, 2020

For volunteer leaders of geographic alumni clubs, affinity groups, parent's clubs and Greek alumni chapters.
Alumni relations professionals welcome.



The 3rd RIVAL Workshop will once again be co-sponsored by the Society for Alumni Club Leadership (SACL) and the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas).

The RIVAL Workshop is all about the volunteer alumni leader! We are capturing the best of a typical volunteer alumni leader conference hosted at a club’s alma mater, taking it local and enhancing the experience by involving the extensive network of volunteer alumni leaders supporting any and all college and university groups.

We are further condensing the program into a half-day, Saturday event for maximum benefit with a minimum commitment. Learn more about the background for the workshop.


The purpose of the SACL Regional Intercollegiate Volunteer Alumni Leaders (RIVAL) Workshop is to not only make it possible for many, many more volunteer leaders to benefit from the comradery, education and support of an alumni leaders conference, but also to compound the beneficial results through interaction with peers from other college and university alumni organizations.

Attendees will leave inspired, rejuvenated and with greater confidence in the ability to successfully lead a thriving club/chapter.


Date and Location
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Welcome Reception at 11:30am
Program 12:00 to 5:00pm
Post-event Happy Hour 5:00pm

University of Texas at Dallas
Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center
800 West Campbell Road
Richardson, TX 75080

The young Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center opened September 7, 2017. It is an inspirational space, designed to motivate aspiration among students and serve as a touchpoint for alumni, fostering connections between current alumni and alumni to come. Called a “gateway to the future” by its namesake donors, the facility is a building within a park, featuring sun-catching screens that create the illusion of comets moving through the cosmos.

This amazing facility will be the home of the RIVAL Workshop – North Texas 2020 with advanced audio visual and electronic support integrated into modern design and peaceful gardens.


Keynote Speaker
We are thrilled to announce this year's keynote speaker is:

Scotty Landry
Make-A-Wish North Texas

click for bio




Program and Speakers

The event begins with an informal reception at 11:30 am as an opportunity to network and get to know some of the other participants, as well as interact with sponsors who have prioritized supporting the programming.

The formal program will follow with a plenary session, ClubX talks and breakout sessons all led by local leaders. At the end, we will adjourn to the happy hour at 4:30 pm.

Click to see the list of speakers.


Previous Attendees & Participants
Local alumni leaders and/or AR professionals from 40+ outstanding academic institutions & organizations participated in our previous RIVAL Workshops. Click to see list.


More Fun and Prizes
In addition to the incredible keynote, the amazing club speakers, and the robust programming - get ready for fun and prizes!


We appreciate sponsors and could not pull this Workshop off without them! There are several ways to support the RIVAL Workshop.

Sponsorships include complementary registrations and opportunities for facetime in front of the attendees!  Click to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

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Early registration is open! Click here.
Tickets will increase $10 on Friday at noon. 

  • Volunteer Alumni Leader - $25
  • Alumni Relations Professional - $55
  • Other Attendee - $65

Registration includes:

  • all sessions,
  • pre-event reception,
  • post-event on-site happy hour,
  • participation in door prizes, and
  • a welcome bag.



Parking for the RIVAL Workshop will be FREE! All registrants will receive a email with a pdf for printing and placing on the dashboard of his/her car. The printout is required to avoid a fee and/or parking ticket.


If you have any workshop or sponsorship questions, please contact Diane Giardinelli at

We look forward to welcoming you to the 3rd RIVAL Workshop!