Mike Ziemianski Distinguished Service Award
Established in 1980, the annual award recognizes an advancement professional who has given outstanding service to the district for at least five years. Service to the district, which is operated totally by volunteers from the membership, is the major factor in determining recipients.
A committee composed of a member of the Board of Directors, two former award recipients and a member-at-large makes the final recommendations for the selection.
Caryn Schultz Korman
An alumni leader at the University of Illinois at Chicago who has volunteered for CASE District V for nearly two decades will receive the district’s top service award.
Caryn Schultz Korman, Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations and Executive Director of the UIC Alumni Association, has been named the recipient of The Mike Ziemianski Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes an advancement professional who has given outstanding service to the district for at least five years. Formerly the CASE V Distinguished Service Award, it was renamed this year for Ziemianski, a long-time CASE District V volunteer who died June 25, 2019.
Schultz Korman has been an institutional advancement professional for more than 23 years in roles that have included alumni relations, data management, and volunteer board management, engagement and fundraising. Prior to returning to UIC in 2017, Schultz Korman held senior alumni relations roles at the University of Minnesota at its Alumni Association, Foundation and within the Medical School.
Previous to the University of Minnesota, Schultz Korman served in several leadership roles for the University of Illinois Alumni Association. During her UIAA tenure, she spent the majority of her time at UIC working with the college and unit alumni outreach efforts, traditions and activities. She also previously managed the Alumni Office at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, IL
Schultz Korman has held numerous leadership positions within CASE District V, including chair of the Board of Directors from 2014-16 and treasurer from 2007-11. She began her volunteer service with CASE V in 2002 on the conference planning committee and has given numerous presentations throughout the years at CASE V conferences. Additionally, her alumni work within the Medical School at the University of Minnesota was acknowledged with a CASE Circle of Excellent Bronze award from CASE International.
Schultz Korman is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and holds a Master’s in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago. She also has a certificate in finance and accounting in non-profit management from UIC.