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  Student Alumni Associations Symposium

Program


Friday, Aug. 3

  

9:00-10:15 AM
Registration

10:30-11:45
What is SAA? The Many Definitions of SAA and How to Find Your Place
The mission, goals and programming of one SAA can be similar or completely different from that of another. A successful membership model for an SAA at a large institution may not be feasible for an SAA at a smaller institution. In this opening session, participants work to define their group and meet and network with advisers from similar organizations to begin sharing best practices.

C. Hawkins, Senior Associate Director, Affinity Engagement and Signature Programs, Northeastern University; and Stefanie Seslar, Assistant Director, Young Alumni, Yale College Alumni Fund

NOON-1:30 PM
Keynote Luncheon

2:00-2:45
Understanding the Strategic Importance of Your SAA
According to the 2014 CASE Student Philanthropy Survey, most institutions are making financial allocations to student advancement, including SAAs, but the monetary amounts tend to be small. The survey findings illustrate that there is a payoff through sustained engagement. The more an institution spends on student philanthropy per enrollee, the more effective the fundraising performance. So why do most intuitions invest so little in student advancement? This session takes a look at the return of investment of student advancement-not only in alumni giving but also in alumni engagement. Institutions must invest in acquisition engagement today versus acquisition fundraising tomorrow.

Daniel Nugent, Executive Director, Stockton University Foundation

3:00-3:45
Excite, Engage and Educate: Implementing Fun SAA Programs that Excite Students While Meeting Your Advancement Goals
Our jobs as student alumni association advisers is to help our students create meaningful programming that excites students and educates them on the importance of remaining engaged after graduation. How do we do this in a fun way? Engage the students! This session provides tips for involving SAA members in the creative process of programming so that it can make both a lasting impact for students and your advancement team.

Jordan Gonzales, Director of Alumni Engagement, University of Nebraska; and Lauren Hamilton, Assistant Director of Student and Recent Graduate Programs, Boise State University

4:00-5:00
Student Alumni Association Hot Topics: You Tell Us!
Here's your chance to tell us what you want to talk about. Symposium chairs and advisers lead a discussion on hot topics in student advancement based on attendees' feedback before the conference.

C. Hawkins, Senior Associate Director, Affinity Engagement and Signature Programs, Northeastern University; Colleen McGinn, Director of Alumni Engagement, Fairfield University; and Stefanie Seslar, Assistant Director, Young Alumni, Yale College Alumni Fund

5:00
Networking Reception
Mix and mingle with your fellow symposium attendees. Complimentary appetizers and one drink ticket. Copies of Lasting Impressions, CASE's book on student advancement, will be available for purchase.

6:00
Symposium Adjourns for the Day
Dinner on your own

       

Saturday, Aug. 4

  

8:30-9:45 AM
Adviser Breakfast Roundtables
Join advancement professionals to network over breakfast. Pick a topic on issues relevant to you and join the conversation

10:00-10:45
Connecting Students While Engaging Alumni: Successful Student Alumni Programming
Hear from CASE ASAP advisers as they share successful and cost-effective programs to connect current students with alumni.

Sunny Brown, Coordinator, Student Engagement Programs, University of Mississippi; and Allison Toney, Associate Director of Outreach and Engagement, Virginia Commonwealth University

11:00-11:45
Working with Campus Partners (or Not!)
Collaborating with cross-campus partners can be a win-win for your student alumni association when the collaboration is supportive toward mutual goals. However, when partnering with other organizations, it's important to set and communicate goals and expectations. This session focuses on the how-to of successful collaboration as well and highlights when it's okay not to partner. Learn how to manage friction between competing student groups.

C. Hawkins, Senior Associate Director, Affinity Engagement and Signature Programs, Northeastern University

NOON-1:30 PM
Networking Lunch

2:00-2:45
Diversity and Inclusion in Your SAA Programming
How do we meet the needs of our ever-changing student body and create a reality in which we are serving all of our students, not just those with dominant identities? We'll share some strategies and thoughts on how we, as student advancement professionals, can ensure that we are assisting all students and growing the engaged base.

Anita Walton, Senior Director of Diversity and Talent Management, Council for Advancement and Support of Education

3:00-3:45
What's Next? Creating a Sustainable Plan for Your SAA's Future Success
Successful SAAs have a plan for their future. What is your three-year plan? Your five-year plan? Beyond that? Join symposium chairs in an interactive final session to goal set for your SAA's bright future.

C. Hawkins, Senior Associate Director, Affinity Engagement and Signature Programs, Northeastern University; and Stefanie Seslar, Assistant Director, Young Alumni, Yale College Alumni Fund

3:45-4:00
Q&A with Speakers

4:00
Symposium Adjourns