Tag: university

AT34. The NDSU Integrated Model and the Power of Service to CASE

On this episode,  I talk with Sara Wald, Senior Director of Development with the NDSU Foundation:
Today’s trend lines include:
– her career journey,
– support of colleagues through COVID -19, 
– and a little NDSU Bison sports talk.

Bio
Sara Wald has worked in higher education advancement for 19 years at North Dakota State University. Passion for keeping alumni and students connected has driven Sara’s career. She has seen how connecting people creates synergy in alumni, donors, faculty, and students. She has been active in CASE District VI for her entire career and currently serves on the Cabinet for the district.

AT33. Digital Engagement Strategy with Finalsite Co-founder Rob DiMartino

What’s Up Trendsetters!

On this episode, I talk with Rob DiMartino, Co-founder and Chief Evangelist at Finalsite:
Today’s trend lines include:
– the entrepreneurial journey,
– key elements of an engagement strategy,
– UConn sports, and
– life and leadership lessons learned from Dee Rowe.

Bio

Rob DiMartino, Co-Founder and Chief Evangelist at Finalsite, has presented globally on effective use of strategic web communications for independent schools.  Rob brings 25 years of experience working with the internet in the education arena.  For the past two decades, Rob has been a thought leader at Finalsite guiding their way through web strategy, marketing, communications, data integration and most importantly digital engagement.  

Rob brings experience, trends, and real world “takeaways” to audiences about maximizing technology to increase efficiencies in the independent school environment.  Prior to Finalsite, Rob led innovative efforts in digital engagement for Athletics and Alumni Relations at his alma mater, The University of Connecticut.  Rob resides in Connecticut with his wife, Liza and their four children, Skylar, Jackson, Tristan, and Lucas. 

AT28. Digital Engagement, Podcasting, and Conversations about Race with Viannca Velez

What’s Up Trendsetters!

Today, I talk with Viannca Velez, Director of Alumni Communication and Digital Engagement at Seton Hall University. Our trend lines include:
– ramping up digital engagement,
– podcasting, and
– conversations about racial equality.

Bio
Viannca Velez
Director, Alumni Communication and Digital Engagement, Seton Hall University

Viannca Velez is the Director of Alumni Communication and Digital Engagement at Seton Hall University, her alma mater. Prior to her start in the Advancement profession she worked in media in New York, including as a Video Journalist for FiOS1 News -Long Island, Manager of the Digital Video Advertising Program at New Generation Latino Media, and as a freelancer for SNY sports network. She spends her free time dancing and drumming in a Puerto Rican Folkloric band, Segunda Quimbamba and podcasting.

AT27. Examining How Alumni Make Sense of Their Relationships with their Alma Maters with Dr. Kevin Fleming

What’s Up Trendsetters!

Today, I talk with Dr. Kevin Fleming, Co-Founder and CEO of Prosper, a consulting firm that provides guidance to nonprofit organizations to transform their engagement and philanthropic programs, specializing in fundraising practice, Board management, volunteer programs, event planning, and communications.
Today’s trend lines include:
– student experience is the strongest indicator of alumni involvement,
– pots of water framework for alumni engagement, and 
– trends in higher education.

Bio
Kevin has 20 years of expertise in alumni engagement and non-profit management, paired with exceptional knowledge and skills within the realms of college student development and teaching.  Through experiences at Mount Holyoke College, Emerson College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Bowling Green State University, the University of Connecticut, and James Madison University, he has led transformations of alumni boards of directors, overall alumni engagement and communications strategies, volunteer programs, signature events, staffing alignments, and cross-departmental collaborations at several institutions.  Kevin approaches organizational change through excellent listening skills, a positive and collaborative nature, collegiality, humor, and gratitude, providing the foundation through which he fosters unity and common purpose amongst community members and the accomplishment of shared successes.

An educator and researcher by nature, Kevin’s background in teaching makes him an excellent meeting facilitator. Additionally, he is a thought leader in the areas of alumni engagement and fundraising.  He authored his dissertation on “Examining the Influence of Graduate Student Experience on Graduate Alumni Giving,” and has published a ground-breaking theory of alumni engagement in the peer-reviewed Journal of Philanthropy and Education, entitled “The Pots of Water Framework for Alumni Engagement.” He also serves as a member of the Council and Support of Education (CASE) District I Board of Directors, and serves as the co-chair of the Horizon Issues Committee.

AT26. Advancement through the eyes of a new professional, CASE resident Alisha Hartley

What’s Up Trendsetters!

Today, I talk with Alisha Hartley, CASE resident and Assistant Director of Leadership Giving at Penn State.
Today’s trend lines include:
– perspective of a new professional,
– self-care and grace,
– CASE residency program, and
– development in Covid times.

Bio

Alisha Hartley is a native of Monroe, NC. She earned a B.A. in Psychology and minors in Entrepreneurship & Social Enterprise and African Studies from Wake Forest University in 2018. Following graduation, Alisha served her alma mater as the Campus Life Fellow, where she created workshops and programs to promote wellbeing across the Wake Forest Community. After her fellowship, Alisha decided to reconnect with her love of traveling the world by leading a group of high school students on a Leadership and Social Change program in South Africa and later, studying abroad and interning in Barcelona, Spain. Her love for people, serving others, and higher education has led her to join the Nittany Lion Family.

She is now an Assistant Director of Annual Leadership Gifts here at Penn State, where she reaches out to Penn Staters in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, and Northeast, PA.

AT25. Leadership in Challenging Times with Mo Cotton Kelly

What’s Up Trendsetters!

Today, I talk with Mo Cotton Kelly, the Vice President for Alumni Relations and Communications at the UConn Foundation
Today’s trend lines include:
– COVID-19 engagement,
– UConn’s advancement model, and
– Leadership in Challenging Times.

Bio
MONTIQUE (MO) COTTON KELLY
Vice President, Alumni Relations and Communications

Mo Cotton Kelly leads the University of Connecticut Alumni Relations staff and hundreds of volunteers to connect UConn’s 255,000-plus alumni worldwide. With nearly 22 years in the higher education advancement field, she has a national reputation as a strategic and visionary leader in alumni relations. She joined UConn in 2014 and is a member of the Foundation’s Senior Management Team. Previously she was executive director of Bowling Green State University’s Alumni Association. Mo received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from BGSU. She is active in the Council for Alumni Association Executives and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).