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Advancement Achievers

By Laura C. Jackson




When does 51+3,700=346? When you're describing the judging process for CASE's Circle of Excellence Awards for Alumni Relations, Communications, and Development. In 2002, 51 judging panels of advancement practitioners and affiliated professionals evaluated more than 3,700 contest entries, selecting 346 of them - fewer than one in 10 - to receive Bronze, Silver, Gold, Grand Gold, or Seal of Excellence awards.

CURRENTS has profiled a dozen Grand Gold and Seal of Excellence award winners on the following pages.

Making Connections

Brigham Young University
Seal of Excellence for Student Involvement Programs
Brigham Young University has 42 chapters outside the United States for students, alumni, and friends, but how well does the university serve the 1,750 international students right on campus?

"The university's international vice president, Sandra Rogers, believed there were additional ways our student alumni association could meet some of the needs of international students," says Program Administrator Todd Hendricks. So in 2001 the SAA created Student Alumni International - an opportunity for any country- or region-specific group of students to organize and gain funding for activities of their choice.

Strong personal networks among international students led to an overwhelming response. Seven SAI committees organized a range of social, educational, and service activities last year. SAI Brazil held a workshop on writing résumés and finding internships. SAI Korea co-sponsored a speech contest with two existing Korean student organizations. SAI Canada and SAI Mexico assisted the Canadian delegation at the 2002 Winter Olympics. And after Sept. 11, SAI Middle East collaborated with Muslim and Arabic student groups to celebrate Ramadan with a halal dinner. One professor said the event was the largest gathering of Arab and Islamic students at BYU in 10 years.

SAI Mexico is the most notable success. Hendricks estimates the nine-person committee logged a thousand hours of volunteer work last year. Although BYU has only 150 Mexican students, more than 400 people attended a Day of Souls dance and 500 attended SAI Mexico's back-to-school dance this past January.

The students appreciate the opportunity to organize along their own lines - creating a group for Mexico, not Latin America, for example - and the existing student groups appreciate even small amounts of additional funding, Hendricks says. The initiative has increased international students' participation in campus life and has led to new services for them such as a spring semester orientation and a winter break homestay program.

SAI volunteers promote the alumni association in their home countries and provide the staff with contact information for international graduates. Their enthusiasm is spreading: Hendricks credits the record attendance of more than 800 people at an activity in Brazil to these new ties.

Credits: Reid Robinson, director of alumni activities; Charlene Winters, director of communications and marketing; Todd J. Hendricks, program administrator; Naomi Frandsen, executive director, SAI; Melanie Hart, executive assistant; and student alumni officers.

For a copy of the winning abstract, contact Hendricks at todd_hendricks@byu.edu or (801) 422-7621.

Reader-Focused Writing

Brown University
Robert Sibley Magazine of the Year
Even Sibley Award-winning magazines aren't perfect.

"I'm quick to notice our mistakes and how events sometimes undercut our efforts to be timely," says Norman Boucher, editor of Brown Alumni Magazine, which received top honors from CASE this year. The March/April 2002 cover, for example, featured an alumnus who directs AmeriCorps*VISTA, a national service agency that helps low-income communities. Unfortunately, a few weeks after that issue came out, that alumnus - a Clinton-era political appointee - was replaced by the Bush administration.

But this year's Circle of Excellence judges say BAM is the best in show. They praise the bimonthly magazine for having thought-provoking articles and consistent, intelligent design. Brown alumni value the magazine too, judging by the letters column, which often stretches across 10 pages. "We get letters because the university encourages individual thinking and because the magazine offers content that alumni want to respond to," Boucher says. A July/August essay by a faculty member who witnessed the Israeli invasion of Ramallah this past March, for example, led alumni to flood the office with mail claiming the article was too sympathetic to the Palestinians.

Campuses that want to improve their magazines need to know their readers and find out what intrigues them, Boucher says. "We don't compete on the newsstand, but we do compete on the coffee table. If you've got 10 minutes to read one of four magazines in front of you, which one are you going to pick up?"

Credits: Norman Boucher, editor; Mindy Oswald, art director; Charlotte Bruce Harvey, managing editor; Chad Galts, senior editor; Emily Gold, senior writer; Zachary Block, staff writer; and Ann Fontaine, production coordinator.

For a copy of the magazine e-mail alumni_magazine@brown.edu.

Change Starts at the Top

Dillard University
Seal of Excellence for Development Programs, Annual/Regular Giving Programs
How do you convince people to give to a university that had rarely conveyed a case for support?

Prior to the 1997 arrival of President Michael L. Lomax, Dillard University had just three advancement officers, a lackluster fund-raising program, and mailable addresses for only 20 percent of its approximately 10,000 alumni. With the support of a $2 million, five-year Kresge Foundation grant, the new 12-person advancement staff decided that change had to start from the top, with the university's trustees.

"In the past, the ability or willingness to donate were never major criteria for appointment to our board of trustees," says John Donohue, vice president for institutional advancement and development of the historically black institution. In the 1997-98 academic year only five trustees made gifts, totaling $65,000; the following year's giving was about the same.

After an education effort by Lomax and the creation of a board development committee, the trustees began to show interest. Then in 1999, one trustee issued a challenge: He would make a $100,000 unrestricted gift if total annual giving by other trustees reached that level. They surpassed that goal by $32,000, and almost every trustee gave. The trustee repeated his challenge in 2001-01, but upped the ante: The other trustees had to give $200,000. They hit that mark as well.

The trustee then suggested that alumni step up to the plate. A concerted effort to find lost alumni had brought the addressable total in the database up from 2,000 to 6,800, and giving increased from $58,000 in 1997-98 to $157,541 in 1999-2000. The trustee challenge "created a friendly competition between alumni and trustees" in 2000-01, Donohue says, resulting in a jump to $422,253 in alumni gifts.

"The trustee challenge is old news now," Donohue says, "but we used it as a catalyst." Alumni giving is now at $659,000 a year, and a parents challenge is under development. The trustee who started it all continues to increase his gifts each year, and new trustees are now educated about the expectation of giving.

Credit: John Donohue, vice president for institutional advancement and development.

For a copy of the winning abstract, contact Donohue at jdonohue@dillard.edu or (504) 816-4049.

Critical Self-Examination

Johns Hopkins University
Chronicle of Higher Education
Award for Best Articles of the Year

In June 2001, a Johns Hopkins University employee who had served as a research subject in a clinical trial died suddenly. That death - the first of a healthy volunteer at the university - led the U.S. Office for Human Research Protections to suspend nearly all federally funded research involving human subjects at the institution. After internal and external reviews of research protocols, Edward Miller, chief executive officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine, held a town meeting in which he declared that Johns Hopkins needed a "cultural change" in its research procedures.

"It was a watershed moment," remembers Johns Hopkins Magazine Senior Writer Dale Keiger, who was sitting in the audience with Editor Sue De Pasquale. "It indicated that this was serious, that he was convinced there were deep issues needing to be resolved. Sue and I looked at each other and knew we needed to do a big story."

The resulting story, "Trials and Tribulation," was indeed big, both in scope and in the degree of candor from administrators explaining everything from the purposes of clinical trials to the safeguards in place and why, in some cases, those safeguards may have failed. "We came out of interviews feeling like, whoa, they're really putting it on the line," Keiger says. "People were really shaken up by what happened. They were dismayed by the government action, but they were confronting tough questions about Hopkins' programs for ensuring patient safety."

The story went through more pre-publication review than normal, but ultimately, the institution chose openness over controlling the story. Out of 8,000 words in the main article and three sidebars, university counsel ultimately took issue with just a few lines. "We didn't want to lose those lines," Keiger says, "but we decided we could live with that."

Credits: Sue De Pasquale, editor; Dale Keiger, senior writer; Mary Mashburn, assistant editor; and Joanne Cavanaugh Simpson, senior writer.

The article is available online at www.jhu.edu:80/~jhumag/0202web/trials.html.

A Fertile Strategy

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Seal of Excellence for Development Programs, Annual/Regular Giving Programs

Quite a few recent graduates harbor negative feelings toward the MIT administration for instituting a freshman residency requirement, among other things. So when the alumni fund staff tested a direct-mail letter from MIT President Charles Vest against a colorful brochure, and the letter garnered twice as much support, "we were dumbfounded," says Cyndi Chomka, associate director of class giving. But relying on research - not hunches - has been a hallmark of the institute's young alumni campaign.

MIT began the campaign by conducting an online survey and nationwide focus groups to determine young alumni attitudes toward philanthropy and their alma mater. The response was encouraging: Eighty-five percent give time or money to a nonprofit at least once a year, and 60 percent place MIT high on their list of philanthropic priorities. But the research also revealed concerns that their small gifts were not important, their money was not being used as they intended, and MIT did not value their participation.

Consequently, the staff and volunteer leaders developed two new solicitation themes: "Participate. Designate. Make a Difference" and "What $100 Can Buy." The first encouraged donors to direct their gifts to a particularly meaningful aspect of their undergraduate experience. The second theme suggested specific examples of the uses of $100 gifts and noted how smaller contributions are valuable.

An initiative to boost senior giving had a particular MIT twist. An alumnus challenged seniors to give $10 and continue for four more years in a Fibonacci series, in which each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers (in this case, $10, $10, $20, $30, $50). The series is best known as the formula of a classic math problem: How many pairs of rabbits will be produced in a year, beginning with a single pair, if in every month each pair bears a new pair that procreates from the second month on? The quirky challenge resonated with the MIT student body, Chomka says. Attention-getting promotions helped, too - "We had bunnies everywhere."

Credits: Cyndi Chomka, associate director of class giving; Monica Ellis, director, class programs; Heather Kispert, assistant director, class giving; and Annalisa Weigel and Sang Y. Han II, co-chairs, young alumni campaign.

For a copy of the winning abstract, contact Chomka at cchomka@MIT.edu or (617) 252-1491.

Year of the Tiger

Missouri University Alumni Association
Seal of Excellence for Alumni Relations Programs, Membership Dues Programs

When the University of Missouri offered its alumni the deal of a lifetime, it was an offer they couldn't - and didn't - refuse.

In 2000, campus planners were seeking donors for a pedestrian plaza at one entrance to the campus' South Quadrangle. At the same time, the alumni association wanted to strengthen its endowed life-membership program. The alumni association decided to finance the construction of Tiger Plaza, a meeting place for students, faculty, and visitors that would feature a bronze tiger, landscaping, and a waterfall. The association then gave its 33,500 members - alumni, friends, and athletic boosters - the opportunity to have their names engraved on a plaque in the plaza by purchasing endowed lifetime memberships.

In the mid-1990s, the life-membership price had increased from $500 to $1,000 for individuals and from $750 to $1,500 for couples, generating an average of 30 life memberships a year. In 2002, the alumni association offered a "loyalty discount": Anyone who had paid membership dues for five or more consecutive years could pay $800 and existing life members could pay $500 to participate in the project. The association expected the initiative to generate between 250 and 500 responses. Instead, 2,200 alumni signed up.

"We talked to many alumni in their 70s and 80s who signed up for endowed life memberships to mark their name in history," says Membership Director David Roloff. Parents bought memberships for graduating seniors. And the Interfraternity Council bought a membership to add the name of a popular student leader who died this year.

Brick and similar campaigns are common, so why was this idea such a hit? A robust marketing campaign played a role: The association promoted the opportunity in multiple mailers, e-mail, and the quarterly alumni magazine, which the university mails to all 155,000 alumni. But Roloff says the most likely factor is simply location. "Instead of putting the names in some courtyard near an alumni house, we're going to display them in a true campus landmark." The university will dedicate Tiger Plaza during homecoming this month.

Credits: David Roloff, director of membership; Todd Coleman, executive director; Cindy Frazier, former director of membership; and Michele Amerson, membership assistant.

For a copy of the winning abstract, contact Roloff at roloffd@missouri.edu.

War and Remembrance

Pomona College Alumni Association
Seal of Excellence for Alumni Relations Programs, Reunions

"Smiles and heartfelt tears lit up Pomona College April 27th and 28th. ... We glimpsed selflessness and courage and knew that something special had taken place because you and the alumni team took us to another time and place."

Those sentiments express how one alumna felt about the college's April 2001 alumni symposium, "Focus on a Generation: Pomona College and the WWII Years."

Pomona Alumni Association past president Rosemary Choate got the idea to bring together the war years' classes of 1935 to 1951 from reading The Greatest Generation and from the 60th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Choate formed a volunteer advisory committee with three World War II-era alumni leaders who in turn identified representatives from each of the designated classes. "Each committee meeting was like a mini-reunion of people sharing memories," says Alumni Director Nancy Treser-Osgood. "At other times, Rosemary would be on the phone for hours listening to people reminisce."

That was just the beginning. During the two-day event, which attracted 800 participants, standing-room-only crowds listened as alumni speakers and panelists recounted landings in Europe, support activities on the home front, fighting in North Africa, and battles in the Pacific. Many veterans had never before told their stories to wives and families. "One man shared how a buddy asked him to switch places while they stood in a trench during the Battle of the Bulge. A few minutes later, the buddy was shot and killed," Treser-Osgood says.

The event also included the videotaping of oral histories from nearly 100 World War II-era alumni; a 234-page book of participants' memories; a display room featuring uniforms, maps, ration books, and other memorabilia; a 1940s-era dinner dance; and a booklet honoring the 83 students and alumni killed during the war.

Interest in the project led the college to offer a new history class in the techniques of researching, interviewing, and filming oral histories. What's more, the Honnold/Mudd Library for the Claremont Colleges established the Pomona College World War II Archive to maintain the artifacts and transcriptions of the oral histories. "Years later," Treser-Osgood says, "we'll be able to point to this event and those items and say, 'Look what we did.' "

Credits: Rosemary Choate, chairperson; Verne Orr, book editor; Don Pattison, staff liaison; Nancy Treser-Osgood, alumni director; Ed Malan and Eleanor Pierson, advisers; and Mark Durley, contributor.

For a copy of the winning abstract, contact Treser-Osgood at njto4747@pomona.edu.

Consistent Excellence

Stanford University/Stanford Alumni Association
Chronicle of Higher Education
Award for Higher Education Reporting

Stanford magazine has won the Grand Gold award for Higher Education Reporting for the third year in a row. What makes it stand out from the crowd? Consistent coverage of hot issues in higher education, campus controversies placed in a broader context, and a commitment to informative, interesting writing, according to the judges. But Editor Kevin Cool says it starts with the readers' trust.

Take "The $60 Million Question," Cool's November/December 2001 article about a major donor who, to protest a U.S. policy banning most stem-cell research, withdrew more than one-third of his $150 million pledge to a new biomedical engineering and sciences center. Suddenly, construction plans were up in the air, and Stanford found itself in the middle of a national debate.

The withdrawn gift was bad news for the university and a challenge for the magazine, Cool says. "Our alumni knew about the decision, so it would have been silly to pretend it hadn't happened," he says. The article addressed the problems caused by the sudden shortfall in funding, the importance of federal funding to cutting-edge research, and the bigger picture of why the center was being established.

"I have a newsroom background, so I still get a buzz when something that has national import happens on campus," Cool says. "Because our faculty are on the cutting edge, we can tell stories that are national in scope. What's more, our readers keep up with current affairs and respond well to those types of stories."

Editors must look for opportunities to connect with issues that go beyond the campus such as admissions trends or student lifestyles, he says. "You can use your campus as a lens to tell national stories. Such articles benefit the institution not because they're contrived or spun a certain way to make the campus look good, but because you can help people understand the complexities of a debate."

Another article from the November/December issue, "Going Wild," won a Grand Gold award for Best Articles of the Year.

Credits: Kevin Cool, editor/writer; Ginny McCormick, editor; Kathy Zonana, editor; Diane Rogers, writer; and Nina Schuyler, writer.

For copies of the winning articles, contact Summer Moore at stanford.magazine@stanford.edu.

Triple Threat

University of Kansas Alumni Association
Chronicle of Higher Education
Award for Best Articles of the Year

Sometimes editors just have to get out of the way and let a good story speak for itself, says Kansas Alumni Managing Editor Chris Lazzarino. He considers the article "Hail Fellow" one of those times. In it, he profiled University of Kansas alumnus Matt Haug, who in one year won three of the country's most important graduate fellowships: the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies, the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship in humanities and social science, and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for science.

"This story resonated with alumni because of Matt's accomplishments, the diversity of his academic study, and his unique, refreshing intelligence," Lazzarino says. The lesson for editors: Campus magazines can find lots of great stories about students and academics - if they're willing to dig for them.

"When I interviewed for this job, Editor Jennifer Sanner pointed to the window and said, 'There are lots of good stories out there.' It's our job to find them," Lazzarino says. Editors must constantly talk to faculty, administrators, and anyone else who may have a lead on a good story, he says. "Faculty don't realize what they're doing may be of interest. We have to remember to call or drop by and find out what they're working on."

Case in point: Lazzarino says he first heard about Haug's accomplishments through KU's university relations office and the local newspaper, but an existing relationship with honors adviser Stanley Lombardo gave him access to the media-shy student. Lazzarino says he sought out Lombardo soon after joining KU "because I knew that at some point I'd be doing a story about him (I did), and that he'd be working with the best and brightest students and young faculty - [it was] definitely source development.

"As editors, we probably get overly leery about presenting something that's dry," Lazzarino adds. "But we should be able to delve into any story of accomplishment and make it interesting."

Credit: Chris Lazzarino, managing editor.

For a copy of the winning article, contact Chris Lazzarino at clazz@kualumni.org or (785) 864-4760.

The Value of Money

University of Monterrey (UDEM)
Seal of Excellence for Development Programs, Special Events

Attendees at the closing ceremony of the University of Monterrey's $25 million "Investment in Values" campaign found an envelope on each chair labeled "Do not open." Toward the end of the night, when directed to open the envelope, they found a card containing a mint-condition Mexican peso bill from 1969, the year of the Mexican university's founding, and an inscription:

"In time, a bill that has been kept becomes a piece of paper of no value, but a bill that is shared to make a dream come true transforms the life of the person who contributes it and the lives of thousands who benefit from it...

"Permit us to give back to you just one of the pesos that, since our foundation, thousands of people have shared with us. Today it is just a piece of paper whose true value lies only in that which, thanks to this paper, we were able to do."

Finding 2,500 of the peso bills was a challenge, says Isabella Navarro Grueter, UDEM's development director. The Mexican government took the bill out of circulation in the late 1970s and demonetized it in 1984. The staff made a special trip to Mexico City and visited several downtown antiques stores to gather the quantity needed. Each bill is worth about 55 U.S. cents to a collector, she says.

This token gift was just one element of the closing extravaganza, held once for 600 donors and a second time for 1,600 students, alumni, and parents. Volunteer master of ceremonies was Germán Dehesa, a nationally known journalist, professor, author, and radio-program host. The UDEM choir and Eugenia León, a singer popular in many Spanish-speaking countries, provided the entertainment. León selected songs that reflected the evening's themes of generosity, philanthropy, and service. The show "left our benefactors in no doubt about our appreciation and gratitude from beginning to end," Navarro says.

Credits: Adalberto Viesca Sada, vice president of institutional advancement; Isabella Navarro Grueter, development director; Jesús Acosta Rodríguez, chief of research and support services; Ana María Treviño Cantú, prospect research assistant; Cecila Almaguer Melendez, annual campaigns assistant; Silvia Flores Rodríguez, chief of annual campaigns; Martha Favela Martínez, chief of capital campaigns; Hernán Galindo, producer; Amelia Puente Rivera, Gerardo Garza, Lidia Isaías Belmares, and Caridad Rositas Montemayor, organization committee; Germán Dehesa, narrator; and Eugenia León, singer.

For a copy of the winning abstract, contact Isabella Navarro Grueter at inavarro@udem.edu.mx.

Spreading the Word

West Virginia University Foundation
Seal of Excellence for Development Programs, Stewardship

West Virginia has the lowest percentage of college graduates of any U.S. state, in part because many residents cannot afford higher education without financial assistance. Knowing this great need, West Virginia University Foundation officials wanted to increase high school seniors' awareness of one potential pool of money - privately funded scholarships.

To better publicize scholarship opportunities and to create a new opportunity for stewardship and recognition during a campaign, the foundation Web staff developed a private- scholarship Web site (domino.wvuf.wvnet.edu/fundsch.nsf).

The site allows current and prospective students, parents, guidance counselors, and others to search for scholarships by key words or class rank, state or county of residence, financial need, and more. Students can read each scholarship's criteria, apply online, and learn about the origins of the scholarship.

To develop the site, the foundation contacted 900 donors of more than 750 scholarships to confirm the award guidelines and request information about the scholarship donors. About 75 percent of donors provided information, including photos.

The foundation promoted the site with newspaper ads and postcards to high school guidance counselors. University recruiters now carry stacks of the postcards instead of bulky binders with scholarship information that was often outdated or incomplete, says Stephanie Beddow, director of donor relations. "It's much easier and more direct, and it's something the students can give to their parents."

Donors like the site, even if they are not Internet users themselves, Beddow says. "Everybody knows that computers are a big part of a young person's life, so it's a good way to get to students. Some of our donors told me, 'I had my grandson go on his computer to look it up.' "

Credits: Lyn Dotson, vice president, development; Stephanie Beddow, director, donor relations; Pam Fronko, communications specialist; Sarah Sandolfini, communications intern; Brian Hoover, university representative; Keith Knight, director, tech services; Brenda Thompson, university representative; and Cynthia Tyree, Web developer.

For a copy of the winning abstract, contact Stephanie Beddow at (304) 284-4066.

Cross-Generational Learning

Wisconsin Alumni Association
Seal of Excellence for Alumni Relations Programs, Alumni Education

Grandparents and grandchildren make great classmates. That's what the Wisconsin Alumni Association learned when it teamed up with the University of Wisconsin Extension-Family Living Programs to sponsor Grandparents University July 19-20, 2001. Old and young alike gained a new appreciation for higher education - and each other.

"The grandparents were surprised to discover how smart their grandkids were, and vice versa," says Cheryl Porior-Mayhew, vice president for marketing and communications.

A heavy-duty brainstorming session generated the idea of bringing alumni grandparents back to campus with grandchildren ages 7 to 12 for a fun, hands-on learning experience. The alumni association and the extension office - which already offered programs for grandparents who raise their grandchildren - teamed up with outside partners, including the American Association of Retired Persons and the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups, to develop a two-day "university" in which grandparent and grandchild team up to earn "degrees" in ecology, science, history, or communication arts.

The program caught the attention of area journalists, who wrote about the event extensively in Madison and across the state. A total of 160 individual grandparents and grandchildren participated, which filled every available spot. Most of the grandparents were active baby boomers in their mid-50s and 60s; the oldest participant was about 75. More than 70 percent of the grandparents were UW alumni.

In the classroom, faculty helped the two generations of students produce a TV news broadcast, experiment with DNA, and explore the Civil War. When they weren't hitting the books, the participants enjoyed a tailgate dinner, meals in the cafeteria, and a stay in the dorms - the highlight for many grandkids. "Alumni grandparents enjoyed coming back to campus, the kids loved experiencing college life, and both liked spending time together," Porior-Mayhew says.

Sixty percent of the 2001 participants plan to make the event an annual tradition. Parents may want to attend, but they'll have to wait, says Jeff Wendorf, vice president of programs and outreach. "We want to encourage intergenerational learning and reserve that time with grandparents as something special."

Credits: Jeff Wendorf, vice president, programs and outreach; Cheryl Porior-Mayhew, vice president, marketing and communications; and Sarah Schutt, alumni learning outreach specialist.

For a copy of the winning abstract, contact Sarah Schutt at (608) 262-5699 or sschutt@uwalumni.com.

The Judges

The distinguished judges for the 2002 Circle of Excellence awards came from the ranks of CASE member campuses and experts from both inside and outside of education across the country. Special thanks go to the following individuals, who served as host coordinators, and to the institutions they serve.

Dalene Abner, Central Missouri State University; Margaret Bradley, Cate School; Paula Brewer Byron, Harvard Medical School; Thomas Columbus, University of Dayton; John Consoli, University of Maryland, College Park; Todd Copeland, Baylor Alumni Association; Mike Debraggio, Hamilton College; Ed Dodd, Louisiana State University; Brian Doyle, University of Portland; Rae Goldsmith, University of Louisville; Margaret H. Hindman, Johns Hopkins University; Sandy Holland, George Washington University; David Hoover, Ohio State University; Suzanne Johnson, Tulane University; Mark Kelly, Loyola College in Maryland; Vern Lamplot, University of Arizona; Odie LeFever, George School; Susan Mattri, University of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni Association; Jeff McClellan, Brigham Young University; William McDonald, Boston College Lynch School of Education; Bruce McMenamin, Idyllwild Arts Academy; Janet McNeil, California State University, Fullerton; Sharon Morrow, Kansas State University; Joyce Muller, McDaniel College; Jennifer Mumford, Ringling School of Art and Design; William Noblitt, Loyola University Chicago; Cherin Poovey, Wake Forest University; James Roberts, Cornell University; Ward Rouse, Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School; Tim Ryan, University of Denver; Jennifer Jackson Sanner, University of Kansas Alumni Association; Timothy Steury, Washington State University; Roger Williams, University of Arkansas; Mark Wood, Pomona College; and Mary Ruth Yoe, University of Chicago.

For their help in coordinating category judgings, CASE also wishes to thank the Commissions on Alumni Relations and Philanthropy; Michael Stoner, principal, mStoner; Sarah Finnegan, vice president for marketing services, Lipman Hearne; Roland King, vice president for public affairs, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities; and Suzanna Lusanti, Web director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Special Thanks to our Sponsors

CASE also appreciates the contributions of the following companies that sponsor individual awards:

The Chronicle of Higher Education sponsors two categories, $1,000 for Higher Education Reporting and $1,000 (up to four awards of $250 each) for Best Articles of the Year.

Lipman Hearne sponsors a $1,000 prize for Integrated Marketing Programs.

Newsweek sponsors awards of $2,000 for the Robert Sibley Magazine of the Year and $1,000 for Excellence in News Writing.

About the Author Laura C. Jackson

Laura C. Jackson, a former CURRENTS editor, is a freelance writer in Upper Marlboro, Md.

 

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