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Ivy Alliance


About the Ivy Alliance
Members of the Seven Sisters and Ivy League alumni clubs in the bay are have joined forces with two basic goals. One is to foster interaction among the various alumni clubs, which expands the sense of community. The other is to provide channels for the alumni clubs to expand their involvement in community service with events such as packing food for food banks, a day of parks clean up, participating in the KQED pledge drive, or participating in the Community Service Fair. The Ivy Alliance has no membership per se, but rather is an umbrella network via the individual alumni organizations. For more information about events, including purely social events such as hikes or dinners, visit Or feel free to contact Kathy Orsini (Smith 79) at

Past Ivy Alliance Events

June 30, 2009 - MBA Admissions and the New World Order
at the University Club in San Francisco June 30
After a long hiatus, the Ivy Gourmet group kicked off the year in a healthy and tasty way on Saturday, January 26, 2008. The group met for Japanese Tapas & Sake at Sozai Restaurant and Lounge in San Francisco.
If you are not an Ivy Gourmet member (membership is free), sign up at:

2007 Harvard Club of Silicon Valley Annual Dinner, Wednesday, February 7, 2007.
: Stephanie Tilenius, Vice President of Paypal, previous Vice President of eBay, and HBS graduate. Stephanie will speak at our annual dinner about her strategies, experiences, lessons, and predictions about future patterns in her industries.

Several East Bay Smithies joined other Ivy Alliance alumni and friends at the San Francisco Opera on December 8 for a reception and talk by Mount Holyoke alumnae and San Francisco Opera staff member Jennifer Lynch prior to the evening's performance of Carmen. Faced with an audience that ranged from serious opera buffs to those attending their first performance, Ms. Lynch did a very good job of presenting historical information and insights regarding the work that were interesting to all. 

Mount Holyoke alumnae--moms and kids went to the Oakland Zoo on Sunday, September 25 with plans to meet inside the zoo in the seating area to the left of Flamingo Island, and have a picnic lunch. Coordinated by Jen King.

-- Verity Chegar, President of Mount Holyoke Club of Northern California


Harvard Club summer events (
  • Saturday, July 16th - The Anton Schwartz Trio (jazz) in Oakland.
  • Saturday, July 23rd - The Great San Francisco Treasure Hunt.
  • Friday, July 29th - Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at The Next Stage Theater.
  • Saturday, August 20th - Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" at Stinson Beach, with early supper.

The Penn Club organized a San Francisco Symphony "Summer in the city" all Russian program evening on July 8, 2005 at Davies Symphony Hall. The program included Dvorak's 1812 Overture, Shostakovich (Festive), Rachmaninoff (Piano Concerto No. 2), and Prokofiev (Classical). Drinks (for more interactive socializing) followed.

San Francisco Opera's performance of Cosi fan tutte on Wednesday, June 29, organized by Smith alumna Stannie Holt.

Wednesday, April 20th at the Hotel Vitale in San Francisco: International Museum of Women speaker series event discussing the new book, Developing Power: How Women Transformed International Development, moderated by Mount Holyoke alumna Kavita N. Ramdas, President and CEO, Global Fund for Women. See website for more information.

SF GIANTS baseball games with the Ivy Alliance - The Penn Club of Northern California purchased a block of 30 tickets for SF Giants vs. Milwaukee Brewers baseball game on Sat, April 23rd and the Club extended an invitation to all Ivy Alliance members to join us for the game. Ivy Alliance members would pay the same price as Penn Club members. Fantastic seats in the left field bleachers, Section 137, Rows 23, 24 & 25. Saturday, April 23rd, SBC Park, San Francisco, 1:05 PM Ticket prices: $25 for Dues Paying Members of the Ivy Alliance (Includes EBSCC), $30 for all others.

The Columbia Alumni Club, in conjunction with the Ivy Alliance, hosted Ivy and Seven Sister alumni for a fundraising dinner on Tuesday, March 8 at Banana Leaf Restaurant in Milpitas to benefit Unicef's Tsunami Relief fund. The goal was to help the victims of the Asian tsunami while enjoying authentic Malaysian cuisine and socializing with other Ivy and Seven Sister alumni. Over 50% of the cost of dinner went to tsunami relief.

The Cornell University Glee Club West Coast tour led to a January 8, 2005 concert in Berkeley.

The Vassar alumni club hosted a Seven Sisters Northern CA event on March 24, 2004 at The Mechanics Institute. Barbara Gault, Vassar '78, Certified Financial Planner, offered a lesson in Financial Planning Essentials - How to Achieve Your Personal Financial Goals.

On February 21, Ivy League and Seven Sisters alumni enjoyed an evening of Mozart with guest Conductor Neville Marriner. The evening began with a reception in the Symphony's Green Room followed by Symphony No. 15, Sinfonia concertante for Winds, and Piano Concerto No. 24 featuring 23-year-old virtuosic American pianist Jonathan Biss.
The proceeds from the evening's event helps fund the annual Ivy Alliance Community Service Fair.
Ivy Alliance info:

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Community Service Fair 2003

On August 19th, 2003, the Ivy Alliance held its second annual Community Service Fair in downtown San Francisco. The Community Service Fair is similar to a job fair. Service oriented non-profit organizations were given tables to set out literature describing their services and their volunteer programs, with the goal of recruiting volunteers. Alumni from the Seven Sisters and Ivy League colleges who are interested in offering their time and skills were able to talk with representatives of 50 different organizations.

Karuna Jaggar (Smith '95) who works at The Womens Initiative was among the participating organizations. The Womens Initiative provides training and business development strategies for low-income women the Bay Area to start or expand their own businesses. They received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Microenterprise Development in 2001.

Other participating organizations were Special Olympics of Northern California, Oakland Animal Shelter, the Chabot Space and Science Center, Habitat For Humanity, Project Underground, Back on Track Tutorial Program, Shanti, and the Berkeley Senior Center/Meals on Wheels. The range was deliberately wide in terms of services and locations in order to provide the greatest amount of choices for people seeking a volunteer opportunity. For a full list, visit

Throughout the year the Ivy Alliance holds fund raisers (such as the fund raiser at the SF Ballet in February) so that we can host the Community Service Fair. Fundraisers being planned for 2003-2004 are the SF Opera (Barber of Seville), SF Symphony and the SF Ballet. Ivy Alliance connections with board members or senior staff at these organizations helps to make these events possible, with discounted tickets to make the events more affordable.

2005 Ivy Alliance Community Service Event

The Ivy Alliance is pleased to partner with VolunteerMatch to host a community service information event on Tuesday, October 18 from 6-9pm in San Francisco.

This will be an excellent opportunity to explore volunteer opportunities in your community, meet other like-minded alumni and have fun. VolunteerMatch will demonstrate how to use their website to search for non-profit organizations and volunteer opportunities by geographic area and/or area of interest.

VolunteerMatch lists non-profit organizations from all over the country, so if you live outside San Francisco, or even if you're visiting from out-of-state, you can still come and learn how to find opportunities in your home community.

You will also be able to sign up for any of three or four (TBD) single-day Ivy Alliance volunteer activities. We will update this site when we have more information.

The fair is open to alumni of the Ivy League, Seven Sister Colleges and invited guests.

385 Grove Street
San Francisco (Near Civic Center BART)

There is NO CHARGE, but we ask that you RSVP so that we can plan refreshments, chairs, etc..

The Ivy Alliance would like to thank the following companies and organizations for their generous support of this year's Community Service Fair:

If you have a business and would be interested in sponsoring the Community Service Fair (to defray event costs), please email

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