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Pam Russell
director of communications


For Immediate Release
May 17, 2011

CASE Announces 2011 Recipients of Distinguished Service Awards

Four Honored for Outstanding Service to Education, Advancement

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The Council for Advancement and Support of Education today announced the 2011 recipients of its Distinguished Service Awards.

The annual awards honor individuals and organizations for extraordinary service to education and the field of educational advancement, which includes alumni relations, fundraising, communications and marketing.

CASE will recognize the four recipients at a luncheon on Monday, July 11, in conjunction with the CASE Summit for Advancement Leaders in Chicago.

The 2011 CASE Distinguished Service Awards winners are:

M. Fredric Volkmann, recipient of the E. Burr Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award. Volkmann has been a leading figure in educational advancement for more than 40 years. His career began at Iowa Wesleyan College in 1966 when he was named director of informational services for the school during his senior year. From there, he advanced through communications positions at Albion College and Ohio State University before joining Washington University in St. Louis in 1980; he currently serves as the university's vice chancellor for public affairs. During his tenure, Volkmann helped grow the university's reputation from a well-regarded Midwest institution to a sought-after institution enrolling students from all 50 states and 120 countries. Beyond his work at Washington University in St. Louis, Volkmann has mentored numerous communications professionals and been actively involved in CASE, serving as a regular presenter at conferences, author of CURRENTS articles and contributor to CASE books, and on the CASE board as a trustee and chair. He was the first recipient of the CASE Crystal Apple award for excellence in teaching.

Richard Rogel, recipient of the Ernest T. Stewart Award for Alumni Volunteer Involvement. Rogel has been an active volunteer at his alma mater, the University of Michigan, for more than 20 years. During this time, he has made numerous contributions, including gifting the largest donation for need-based financial aid in the university's history, launching a scholarship program and traveling throughout the United States and beyond to encourage alumni involvement. In addition, Rogel served as chair of the university's most recent fundraising campaign, which raised $3.2 billion, the most money by a public university at the time, and he serves as a member of the President's Advisory Group and is a previous chair of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Lorna Somers, recipient of the Frank L. Ashmore Award for Service to CASE and the Advancement Profession. Somers is vice president of the McMaster University Foundation and director of development at McMaster University. She has worked in university advancement since 1988 and has been an active member of CASE for more than 15 years. Her experience in higher education fundraising is extensive and spans all types, from the annual fund to capital campaigns. Throughout her career, Somers has shared her fundraising expertise by volunteering as a faculty member at more than 40 conferences across four continents and serving as a trustee on the CASE board, chair of its international committee and as a member of the CASE Commission on Philanthropy. A recipient of the CASE Crystal Apple award for excellence in teaching, Somers also has played a key role in building a culture of philanthropy in Africa through her work as mentor and teacher as part of a partnership between CASE and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Ian Rolland, recipient of the Distinguished Friend of Education Award. Rolland is a philanthropist, civic leader and long-time supporter of the University of Saint Francis, a four-year institution based in Fort Wayne, Ind. For 35 years, Rolland has been actively involved with the university, serving as a member of the board since 1998 and chair of its finance committee since 1999. Rolland and his wife, Mimi, have supported the university financially, both personally and through the Mimi and Ian Rolland Foundation, for many years. Their role as lead donor helped establish the institution's first dedicated arts facility and led to an expansion of the university's business school. Rolland, who currently serves as chair of the board of directors of NiSource, is also active with his alma mater, DePauw University.

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 more than 3,670 colleges and universities, primary and secondary independent and international schools, and nonprofit organizations in more than 80 countries around the globe. This makes CASE one of the world’s largest nonprofit educational associations in terms of institutional membership. CASE serves nearly 81,000 advancement practitioners on the staffs of its member institutions and has more than 17,000 professional members on its roster.

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.