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Volume 4, Issue 7

Teach Colleagues and Learn From Them

First-time presenters at last year's Conference for Community College Advancement say they greatly benefited from the experience and encourage others to share their expertise at the 2015 event.

Kari Pantol, assistant director of foundation operations at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Illinois, says presenting improved her professional standing and the recognition of her advancement program among colleagues at her institution.

"I learned that the information I have to share is valuable to others," she says. "This experience gave me credibility when I speak to faculty and staff back at my college, and the CASE conference allowed me to showcase our success in a bigger way."

Stacey Lockhart, executive director of the foundation at Wenatchee Valley College in Wenatchee, Washington, says she appreciated that a more informal and conversational presentation style was welcome at the conference.

"I like the fact that I could kick off my shoes and get down on the floor with the audience," she says. "I have been to too many workshops where presenters simply read what they write and talk at you. I prefer to interact with the attendees and make it more casual."

Pantol notes that presenters can learn a lot from the experience.

"I got some great ideas from my colleagues who presented with me," she says. "I also made some great connections at the conference because presenting opened the door to many conversations."

Lockhart says she hopes to see many new presenters and topics at this year's conference.

"We are entrepreneurs: we imagine, create, test and refine what works and draw support to our institutions," she says. "And many times, something that is working somewhere else can be modified to work for another... I want to hear from those out there that are shaking the boat and taking chances, boldly going where community college advancement has never been before."

Readers are invited to submit a session proposal for the 2015 Conference for Community College Advancement—to be held Oct. 1-3 in Anaheim, California. The call for sessions will remain open until Feb. 6, 2015.

This article is from the January 2015 issue of the Community College Advancement News.

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