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Pam Russell
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For Immediate Release
July 6, 2006

CASE Announces Recipients of 2006 Research Writing Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Council for Advancement and Support of Education has named the winners of its 2006 Research Writing Awards. The annual awards recognize outstanding research and writing in the areas of alumni relations, communications and marketing, and fundraising.

The six individuals will be honored on Sunday, July 9, during a dinner at the CASE Summit for Advancement Leaders conference in New York City.

John Lippincott, president of CASE, says the awards were created to encourage and recognize scholarship in educational advancement.

“These authors have written about some of the most important issues and trends in the advancement field, including venture philanthropy, the roles of women and boards in fundraising, federal funding of higher education, and strategic decision-making,” he said. “Their work breaks new ground and will contribute to the knowledge and success of advancement professionals working on behalf of schools, colleges, and universities.”

The awards recognize published books and doctoral dissertations in each of three categories. The 2006 CASE Research Writing Award winners are:

Luisa BoveriniLuisa C. Boverini, an Ed.D. graduate in higher education administration, University of Pennsylvania. Boverini is one of two recipients of the John Grenzebach Awards for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy for Education. She received the award for her dissertation on venture philanthropy and its possible impact on higher education funding. “When Venture Philanthropy Rocks the Ivory Tower: An Examination of High Impact Donors and Their Potential for Higher Education Development” examines venture philanthropy initiatives at the University of Maryland, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Posse Foundation and how this type of high-impact philanthropy can be useful to higher education.

Andrea WaltonAndrea Walton, associate professor, department of educational leadership and policy studies, Indiana University. Walton is also a recipient of the John Grenzebach Award. She is being recognized for her book, Women and Philanthropy in Education, which contains essays about a group of women determined to advance education and shows the importance of home-grown enterprises in the development of philanthropy.

Jane BestJane R. Best, senior policy specialist in the education program at the National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver. Best is one of two recipients of the Alice L. Beeman Research Awards in Communications and Marketing for Educational Advancement. She is being recognized for her dissertation, completed for her doctoral degree at Vanderbilt University, on the politics of federal funding for scientific and technical research. “The Evolving Political Dynamics of Federal Higher Education Funding” examines the emergence of university coalitions and an increase in individual university efforts to acquire specific scientific research funding.

Richard Alfred, associate professor of higher education, University of Michigan. Alfred is also a recipient of the Alice L. Beeman Research Award. He is being recognized for his book, Managing the Big Picture in Colleges and Universities: From Tactics to Strategy, which creates a road map for leaders and decision makers looking to adopt a more strategic approach to guiding colleges and universities into the future.

Gregory Clark Wolniak, senior analyst with Human Capital Research Corp., Evanston, Ill. Wolniak is one of two recipients of the H. S. Warwick Research Awards in Alumni Relations for Educational Advancement. Wolniak is being recognized for his dissertation, completed for his doctoral degree at the University of Iowa, on the relationship of a person’s college major or field of study to job satisfaction: “How Major Field of Study in College Affects Job Satisfaction: A Study of the Job Satisfaction of College Alumni and the Influences of Undergraduate Major, Major-Job Field Congruence, and Income.”

Michael WorthMichael Worth, professor of nonprofit management at The George Washington University School of Public Policy and Public Administration. Worth is also a recipient of the H. S. Warwick Research Award. Worth is being recognized for his book, Securing the Future: A Fund-Raising Guide for Boards of Independent Colleges and Universities. The book provides a practical guide for trustees, presidents, chief advancement officers and others who seek to enhance the effectiveness of their fundraising partnerships.

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