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Pam Russell
director of communications


For Immediate Release
Aug. 16, 2011

CASE ASAP Names 18 top Student Leaders, Advisers and Student Advancement Programs in North America

Washington, D.C.-CASE ASAP recently recognized the winners of its 2011 Network Awards during a ceremony at the 38th annual CASE ASAP Network Convention in Nashville, Tenn.

CASE Affiliated Student Advancement Programs foster and enhance student involvement in all areas of advancement. The CASE ASAP annual awards recognize outstanding student and adviser leadership and achievements as well as outstanding student educational advancement programming by CASE ASAP member organizations.

More than 650 students and advisers from 133 student advancement organizations participated in this year's convention. The 2011 CASE ASAP Network Award winners are:


Outstanding Internal Program

University of Florida, Florida Cicerones, Mentor/Mentee Program

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Order of the Bell Tower, Histories and Mysteries Program

University of Rhode Island Student Alumni Association, SAA 25th Anniversary


Outstanding External Program

Northeastern University Student Alumni Association, Mayor of Huntington Avenue

University of Northern Iowa Connecting Alumni to Students (CATS), Traditions Challenge Program

University of California, Los Angeles Student Alumni Association, I Heart UCLA Week


Outstanding Tried and True Program

University of California, Riverside Student Alumni Association, Career Conference Series

University of California, Los Angeles Student Alumni Association, Dinner with 12 Strangers

University of Missouri Alumni Association Student Board, Tiger Prowl Senior Sendoff


Outstanding Student Leader

Jonathan Cantanzarita, Clarion University of Pennsylvania Eagle Ambassadors

Weston Gonzalez, University of California, Los Angeles Student Alumni Association

Janel Rutzen, Michigan State University Student Alumni Foundation


Outstanding Adviser

Mary Holtman-Reed, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Student Alumni Associates

Jey Marks, Eastern Kentucky University Student Alumni Ambassadors

Colleen McGinn, Fairfield University Student Alumni Association


Outstanding Organization

Georgia Institute of Technology Student Foundation

Michigan State University Student Alumni Foundation

University of Massachusetts at Amherst Student Alumni Association


Earlier this year, CASE's eight districts presented district awards to 112 student advancement organizations throughout North America. District award winners advanced to compete for the 2011 CASE ASAP Network Awards. A team of judges from colleges and universities across the country selected the 2011 winners for making a significant impact on their organization, campus or community.

About CASE

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas.

CASE was founded in 1974 and maintains headquarters in Washington, D.C., with offices in London (CASE Europe, 1994), Singapore (CASE Asia-Pacific, 2007) and Mexico City (CASE América Latina, 2011).

Today, CASE's membership includes nearly 3,700 colleges and universities, primary and secondary independent and international schools, and non-profit organizations in more than 80 countries around the globe. This makes CASE one of the world's largest non-profit educational associations in terms of institutional membership. CASE serves more than 85,000 practitioners.

To fulfill their missions and to meet both individual and societal needs, colleges, universities and independent schools rely on—and therefore must foster—the good will, active involvement, informed advocacy and enduring support of alumni, donors, prospective students, parents, government officials, community leaders, corporate executives, foundation officers and other external constituencies.

CASE helps its members build stronger relationships with all of these constituencies by providing relevant research, supporting growth in the profession and fostering support of education. CASE also offers a variety of advancement products and services, provides standards and an ethical framework for the profession and works with other organizations to respond to public issues of concern while promoting the importance of education worldwide.