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April 2009
Volume 7 Issue 4

Research and News of Note
CASE Commissions Discuss Strategies for Weathering Economic Climate

Advancement professionals at institutions facing budget cuts are rising to the challenge by collaborating across the advancement disciplines, adjusting organizational structures and increasing electronic communication with constituents.

CASE Provides Resources for Pandemic Planning

Members who are developing or updating pandemic preparation plans in response to a possible swine flu outbreak will want to check out the CASE Web site.

U.S. Institutions Must Address Impact of Immigrant Giving, Expert Says

The United States is experiencing a demographic shift that is likely to have a significant impact on fundraising and alumni relations at K-12 and higher education institutions.

Institutions in India Eager for Advancement Expertise

Educational institutions in India are eagerly gaining advancement expertise.

Strong Marriage Between Development, Alumni Relations Vital in Slowdown

Advancement professionals at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa., say maintaining a strong, successful “marriage” between an institution’s development and alumni relations offices is not only possible but vital, especially with today’s economic uncertainty.

Doing More with Less in Downturns Not New for Community Colleges

A national survey of community college leaders reveals that these institutions are "again at the receiving end of the 'do more with less and do it better' mantra" as they face significantly higher enrollments and steep budget cuts as part of the economic downturn.

Report Reveals Top 10 Tips to Boost News Coverage, Build Media Relationships

What do reporters really want from nonprofits? A recent report by nfpSynergy identifies 10 tips that journalists say will help charities build key media relationships and improve placement results.

Alumni Leaders Puzzle Over Funding as Revenue Dips

As affinity revenue starts to dip for some institutions and the dismal economy affects everyone, funding the alumni association has become an even greater puzzle.

Inside CASE
CASE Announces 2009-2010 Slate of New Trustee Candidates

The CASE Board of Trustees recently approved the slate of candidates to fill open trustee positions.

CASE Board Appoints New Commission Members for 2009-2010

In related news, the CASE Board of Trustees appointed 12 new members to serve on CASE’s three professional commissions during its March meeting, which was hosted at the University of Virginia.

Reich to Discuss Future Impact of Economic Slowdown at Summit

Credible, insightful information about the possible impact of the economic slowdown on the United States and other countries during the next five years is just a click away.

CASE Names 2009 Distinguished Service Awards Winners

CASE has named the winners of its 2009 Distinguished Service Awards, one of the association’s most prestigious honors.

CASE Becomes a CPE Sponsor

The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy has approved CASE as a continuing professional education sponsor for certified public accountants as of March 1.

June 12 Deadline for Newcomers Scholarship Applications

Professionals new to the advancement field are encouraged to apply for a Virginia Carter Smith Scholarship.

CASE Renews Affinity Agreement, Member Discount with PRWeek

CASE has renewed its affinity partnership with PRWeek, a leading magazine that provides news and features about the public relations industry.

May 15 Deadline to Apply for Summer Data Mining Internship

There’s still time to apply for the 2009 CASE/Peter B. Wylie/SPSS data mining internship, which will focus on data mining and predictive modeling in higher education and independent school advancement.

U.S. Federal Relations News
House and Senate Budget Blueprints Differ on Estate Tax

Budget resolutions passed by the U.S. House and Senate differ on a long-term solution to address the estate tax, which is currently set to disappear next year and reappear at pre-2001 levels in 2011.

CASE District News

District I has partnered with Harris Connect to provide professional development opportunities for talented juniors, seniors and graduate students who have demonstrated a strong interest and commitment to learning more about career options in the advancement profession.

The district recently launched the CASE District I/Harris Connect Summer Scholar program and is currently seeking outstanding phonathon callers, work study students or interns from advancement offices who have distinguished themselves as prospective advancement professionals. One student will be selected to attend the 2009 CASE Summer Institute in Educational Fundraising as the CASE District I/ Harris Connect Summer Scholar. As a "summer scholar," students will receive full tuition plus travel expenses to the institute at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.

The deadline for applications is May 1. Visit the CASE District I Web site to download an application.

District V has compiled a listing of CASE V institutions that received grants during the first quarter of the year. View the latest list at the CASE V Brief CASE page on District V's Web site. Grant listings are posted quarterly.

Also, District V encourages members to put Dec. 13-15 in their planners as the time to be in Chicago for the 35th annual CASE V conference. "Great City. Great Lake. Great Conference." will address today's challenging financial matters and ever-changing technology.

District VI announces that the following individuals will join the District VI board on July 1.

  • Current at-large board member Kevin Thompson, executive director at the Dickinson State University Foundation, will begin his duties as chair-elect on July 1.
  • Lee Denker, president of the University of Nebraska-Omaha Alumni Association, has agreed to serve the remaining two years of Thompson's three-year term on the board.
  • Bob Otterson, executive assistant to the president at South Dakota State University, will join the board as a first-term, at-large member.
  • Cora Zaletel, executive director of external affairs at Colorado State University-Pueblo, will begin her second term as an at-large member.
  • CASE has selected Sarah Morris, assistant vice chancellor for communications at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, to serve on its Commission on Communications and Marketing. As part of her duties, Morris will serve as the commission representative to the District VI board.
  • CASE ASAP District VI has selected Tony Smith, a sophomore at the University of Northern Iowa, to serve as its new CASE ASAP District VI representative. Smith will also serve as an ex-officio member of the District VI board. Smith's term begins May 1. The position was previously held by Carrie Bien, a student at the University of Missouri-Columbia, who recently completed a two-year term as the CASE ASAP District VI representative and one-year term as the CASE ASAP chair. Congratulations for a job well done!

In other news, District VI is sponsoring a programming and networking event in Omaha, Neb., on May 19. The district welcomes all educational advancement professionals.

District VIII reports that Mount Royal College's Future Alumni Network (FAN Club) in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, hosted the Association of Student Advancement Programs District VIII conference in February with delegates from the University of Victoria, University of Idaho, Boise State University and Pacific University. The weekend included a team builder at Canada Olympic Park, home of the 1988 Winter Olympics, and an awards banquet where Mount Royal captured three awards, including Outstanding Organization for FAN Club.

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