CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 10, 2017) —The Division of University Advancement received five awards, including a National Platinum Award of Excellence for its outreach to graduating students, at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s (CASE) District III awards ceremony in Nashville last week.
The Office of Alumni Relations won the Award of Excellence in the category of Best Practices in Alumni Relations for its “Senior Sendoff” initiative, a comprehensive, multi-channel program launched in 2015 to engage graduating students and convey the importance of philanthropy while they are still on campus. The Senior Sendoff program includes a “Senior Day at the Rat,” a commencement ball, and the distribution of “alumni cards” during cap-and-gown pick-up.
Alumni Relations also received the Grand Award in the category of Engagement Project, Event, or Program, and a Special Merit Award for Best Practices in Alumni Relations for its outreach to alumni during UM President Julio Frenk’s inauguration. Managed by the UM Alumni Association, the weeklong series of events aimed at exciting alumni about UM’s sixth president included ’Canes Communities Inauguration Tip-Off Parties, an alumni-owned/operated businesses initiative, corporate inauguration gatherings, inauguration kits, and a promotional UM video, among others.
University Communications was recognized with two Special Merit Awards, including one in the events category for ’Cane Talks, the lively 10-minute presentations by UM scholars and leaders introduced as a new tradition during Frenk’s inauguration. It submitted this entry on behalf of staff in several areas of University Advancement, the ’Cane Talks committee, and other individuals who worked on the event. The second merit award, for graphic design in the periodical category, went to UM Libraries’ “Access: Reflections on Discovery and Growth at the UM Library.’’
Covering 68 categories, the CASE District III Awards recognize the best practices in advancement in nine states.