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Three medals for UMSI in Pride of CASE competition

Monday, 01/25/2021

Pride of Case award

The School of Information has received Gold, Silver and Bronze awards in the 2021 Pride of CASE District V Awards. CASE (The Council for Advancement and Support of Education) is a global non-profit association dedicated to educational advancement in the areas of development, alumni relations, marketing and communication. The Pride of CASE V Awards showcase best practices in these fields.

Gold: Mini-Stewardship Reports
Category:  Publications> Publications on a Shoestring

The marketing and communications department created templates for “mini-stewardship reports” that allowed the development team to produce personalized reports for individual donors. The reports can be used for endowment reports, stewardship updates, and solicitation materials.

Contributing personnel: Luis Escareno, Rebecca Pagels, Greg Powell (Development); James Reitz (Marketing)

Silver: MADS Degree Student Engagement
Category: Alumni Relations> Targeted Constituency Engagement

With the goal of engaging its online learners as future alumni and donors, the development and alumni relations office launched an initiative to connect current alumni of the school with incoming Master of Applied Data Science students. Engagement activities included alumni sending welcoming emails, virtual and in-person one-to-one chats and virtual happy hours.

The judges commented:

Engaging students that are in a virtual master’s program is nearly impossible, and University of Michigan’s MADS student engagement defied these odds with their in-person and virtual events. The program is new as of 2019, and the current outreach engages 20% of the current online student population. Converting engagement into donors through meaningful conversations yields success for this program.

Contributing personnel: Lily Wang, Rebecca Pagels, Greg Powell (Development); Amy Homkes-Hayes, Kaitlyn Rye (MADS)

Bronze: Estate Planning During COVID-19
Category: Fundraising> Fundraising Pivot

The School of Information launched its first estate-planning workshop in 2014 in conjunction with U-M Office of Planned Giving. When the university shifted to remote operations in March of 2020, UMSI decided to hold its own virtual estate planning workshop specifically tailored to its alumni. The project included a mailing to all alumni between 50-85 and two online workshops to which two other on-campus units were invited. Both workshops enjoyed strong attendance and positive feedback.

Contributing personnel: Nick Campbell, Andrea Daly, Rebecca Pagels, Greg Powell (Development); James Reitz, Anna Lawrence (Marketing)


Pride of CASE V Awards recognize outstanding advancement efforts in CASE District V, Great Lakes, whose members are educational institutions in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.