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May 2015
Volume 4, Issue 11

Community College Advancement News

President Flips Script on Graduation Speakers
While many institutions pay for commencement speakers, a community college in Wisconsin does the opposite. It asks speakers to make a gift to the institution. Read more...

Take a Selfless Approach to Email Writing
To better engage their constituents, community college advancement professionals should write emails with messages that focus on the recipient and not the sender, says a communications expert. Read more...

Deadline Extended for Alumni Programs Benchmarking Survey
CASE has extended the deadline for the Survey of Community College Alumni Programs to May 15, 2015. Results will be shared with all participants and presented at the 2015 Conference for Community College Advancement. As an added incentive, CASE will break out the data for any state that has at least 10 community colleges which complete the survey.

New Advisory Committee Leaders Take Office in July
The CASE Center for Community College Advancement Advisory Committee recently named Elizabeth (Bess) Littlefield as vice chair. Effective July 1, 2015, Littlefield, executive director of the J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Foundation in Richmond, Virginia, replaces Linda Fogerson, who becomes chair of the committee. Fogerson is executive director of the MiraCosta College Foundation in Oceanside, California.

The committee also recognized David Sears, senior vice president for advancement and community engagement at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland, and Steven Helfgot, president and chief executive officer of the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation in Tempe, Arizona, for their service. Both volunteers complete their terms on June 30, 2015.

Summer Institute Scholarships Available for District I Members
CASE District I is offering scholarships to attend the CASE Summer Institutes this July and August. Applicants must have fewer than five years of experience in advancement and be from a District I member institution. The deadline is May 29, 2015.

Welcome to CASE
The following institutions recently became CASE members:

  • Berkshire Community College (Pittsfield, Massachusetts)
  • Bristol Community College (Fall River, Massachusetts)
  • Lake Region State College (Devils Lake, North Dakota)
  • Nova Scotia Community College (Nova Scotia, Canada)
  • Southern Maine Community College (Portland, Maine)

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