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August 2016
Volume 6, Issue 2

Community College Advancement News

Community Support Drives Giving

Successful community college capital campaigns can be fortified by interests shared with its community, according to one advancement leader whose institution was recently honored by CASE. Read more...

Use SPARQ to Energize Presentations

Imagine you come back to work from a long vacation, and someone asks you what you did. You're not going to sit there and list your schedule, hour-by-hour. Instead, you might show them a picture, tell them something you learned or share a funny story. Read more...

Welcome New Members

Through an agreement between CASE and the Council for Resource Development (CRD), CASE in July welcomed dozens of new member institutions. Read more...

Nominations for Benefactor Awards close Aug. 22

The Benefactor Awards recognize individuals, foundations or businesses/corporations for outstanding contributions to community colleges. The awards embody the ideals of philanthropy, leadership and volunteerism in the service of community, technical and junior colleges.

Submit a nomination narrative (not to exceed 275 words), and attach any supporting materials, to There is a non-refundable $130 fee, payable online. The deadline is Aug. 22, 2016.

John Rainone, president of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, will lead a judging panel including Joe Sopcich, president of Johnson County Community College, Rosie Connor, director of philanthropic initiatives and partnerships at Snow College, and Marc Westenburg, director of the CASE Center for Community College Advancement. They will consider nominations submitted by Aug. 22, along with nominations previously submitted to the Council for Resource Development (CRD).

Winners will be notified on Sept. 1, and a representative from the institution will be expected to receive the award presented at the CASE Conference for Community College Advancement, Oct. 5-7, in San Diego.

The Benefactor Awards were established in 1992 and awarded annually through 2015 by CRD. The 2015 winners were:

  • The Alleghany Foundation, benefactor to Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, Clifton Forge, Virginia
  • W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation, benefactor to Dallas County Community College District, Dallas, Texas
  • L. Gale Lemerand, benefactor to Daytona State College, Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Mary Jo Williams Charitable Trust, benefactor to Garden City Community College, Garden City, Kansas
  • The Lamar Family, benefactor to Pensacola State College, Pensacola, Florida
  • Mark and LeAnn Stoddard, benefactor to Snow College, Ephraim, Utah
  • Joseph Chatten Sumner, III, benefactor to Vernon College, Vernon, Texas
  • W. Heywood Fralin, benefactor to Virginia Western Community College, Roanoke, Virginia
  • Jim and Rebecca Perry, benefactors to Wake Technical Community College, Raleigh, North Carolina​

For questions about the awards, contact Stephanie Fisher, CASE manager of recognition programs, or Paul Heaton, inaugural director of the CASE Center for Community College Advancement.

Meet Joe Sopcich, new advisory committee member

Dr. Joe Sopcich, president of Johnson County Community College (JCCC), brings extensive experience to his new role as a member of the CASE Center for Community College Advancement Advisory Committee.

Sopcich is president of Johnson County Community College, where he previously served as executive director of institutional advancement and executive vice president/chief financial officer, and also as an adjunct professor in the college's business division. He currently serves as a board member or advisory member on 17 organizations nationally and locally, including the Council for Resource Development (CRD), which recently signed an agreement with CASE to continue certain CRD programs and expand services to community college CEOs.

"The president's role in institutional advancement cannot be overstated," he says. "I look forward to working with CASE to help community college leaders achieve their development, alumni relations, and marketing and communications goals."

Sopcich's honors include a Fulbright Award in 2011, when he traveled to Russia to present seminars on the merits of American community colleges, and the Faculty Leadership award in 2008 given by the JCCC Faculty Association in recognition of his leadership and support of the college's faculty. Meet the entire advisory committee.

Please share your questions and comments with Marc Westenburg via email at or +1 202 478 5570.

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