UMSI advancement team wins gold, bronze CASE awards

Andrea Daly displays the UMSI alumni engagement award at CASE V in Chicago on December 15.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), an international association of education institutions, recognized the School of Information with two awards at its regional Great Lakes conference in Chicago in December.

UMSI won a Pride of CASE V gold award for Alumni Relations: Best Volunteer Engagement Program, for its entry “Engaging Recent Graduate Volunteers for Lifetime Philanthropy.”

The award recognized the creation of the school’s Recent Graduate Campaign Council, comprised of 12 alumni who graduated between 2002 and 2013. As part of the school’s Victors for Michigan campaign, the council provides guidance and expertise on UMSI’s social, educational and philanthropic goals; assists in cultivating prospective donors; and actively engages with their alumni peers.

In November, 2013, at their first meeting, the council created the Horizon Fund to provide financial support for students pursuing educational experiences outside the classroom.

Those responsible for the entry were Rebecca Pagels, director of development and alumni relations; Kelly Roan, assistant director of development and alumni relations; and Andrea Daly, senior development assistant.

UMSI also won a bronze award for Excellence in Design, Miscellaneous, for its first “calendarzine,” a 15-month calendar featuring photography of the school and campus, important school and university dates, historic events and class notes. All alumni of the school received the calendar in late 2013.

Those responsible for the entry include Heather Newman, marketing and communications director; Rebecca Pagels, director of development and alumni relations; Aimee Andrion, graphic designer; Glenda Bullock, marketing and communications specialist; and Jay Jackson, multi-media creative lead.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas. It includes more than 3,600 colleges and universities, primary and secondary independent and international schools, and nonprofit organizations in 77 countries.

The regional organization received over 400 submissions for its 2014 Pride of CASE V awards.

Posted December 18, 2014