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Interest Groups

What Is the Difference Between a Chapter and an Interest Group?

Chapters are organizations where membership is defined by a constituency that resides in a similar geographic area.  An example of a chapter is the University Chapter with members residing in Monongalia County, West Virginia.

Interest groups are defined by a constituency that shares a common experience.  An example of an interest group is the Alumni Band with members having performed in The Pride of West Virginia while enrolled. 

Starting a Chapter or an Interest Group

If you are interested in the possibility of starting a group, we welcome you to contact Meridith Balas, the Director of Engagement for the WVU Alumni Association. Meridith provides support to the chapters and interest groups worldwide and is eager to help connect Mountaineers in any way she can. She can be reached via email at or by phone at 304-293-0986.