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With Feathers and Beak, This Hat Speaks Engagement and Appreciation


By Michael R. Malone
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Ibis-Award

From left are Campaign and Donor Relations team members Darlene E. Gonzalez, Emily Wilson, Barbara Gonzalez, Hildee Wilson, and Ivette Mancha, who found the hat on ebay.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 30, 2018)—When Ivette Mancha, events director for University Advancement, spotted the vintage Hurricanes’ Ibis hat—big droopy eyes, protruding orange beak and all—on eBay, she knew right away her team would love the idea. Mancha and colleague Hildee Wilson had been tasked with advancing the Campaign and Donor Relations team’s “one action” to better recognize and appreciate team players, and the quirky feathered hat was a sure winner.

“We knew we’d have some fun with it—it was so ‘Cane spirited—and the hat was in great condition,” Mancha remembered. Five of the donor team’s members—including Mancha herself—have since donned the hat as proud winners of what has become the team’s Ibis Recognition Award.

The award stems back to the Gallup faculty and staff engagement survey conducted in 2016. President Julio Frenk announced a summary of those results in a University message on February 16, 2017. While the University engagement level was “higher-than-average” and employees gave a high favorability rating and reported a “sense of purpose, clarity around goals and expectations,” the survey encouraged that University workplace culture be further improved by expanding collaboration and learning, welcoming feedback, and building better connections.

Individuals and departments collectively were tasked to create one action based on the survey results.

Samantha Dietz, executive director of programs in the Office of Institutional Culture, helped facilitate the donor team’s retreat last spring. “We were trained as ‘engagement champions’ and asked to help the teams interpret their results from the survey,” explained Dietz, who helped the team identify the area that would best support a stronger Culture of Belonging. “The conversation focused on the process of growing and developing together—improving engagement—which contributes everything to team success and achievement.”

“As a team we scored well on the survey, yet because we’re always on the move, always planning the next event, we realized that one of the things we sometimes fail to do as much as we want is to recognize each other,” said Darlene Rebello-Rao, assistant vice president for Campaign and Donor Relations. “Our team is held to a high level of excellence, and that can get stressful. Yet we know that together we can get it done—and we don’t want to take that for granted.”

The Ibis Recognition Award didn’t cost a lot of money, and the team has enjoyed the opportunity to experience and appreciate each other in a new, fun way. It has served in a light-hearted way to promote shared culture and values, while advancing the team’s mission to support philanthropy at the University through stewardship, events, development communications, and campaign planning.

To date, Emily Wilson, Darlene Gonzalez, Barbara Gonzalez, and Mancha have all been recognized with the award. Another awardee will be named soon to wear the long-beaked peak performance hat.

Wilson, the inaugural Ibis Recognition winner, suggested it would add to the fun to document the Ibis’ activities as it travels desk to desk. So the team began filling a photo album—Ibis with the turn-over chain, bundled up on a chilly day, sipping a macchiato, on holiday, on game day—wherever the “champion” takes it.

What’s clear is that wherever the Ibis goes with someone on the Campaign and Donor Relations team, the hat helps to lift everyone’s wings just a bit and to encourage team appreciation and classic ’Cane spirit.

 

 

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The President’s Medalist


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Sergio Gonzalez, left, and UM President Julio Frenk

Sergio Gonzalez, left, and UM President Julio Frenk

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (July 14, 2017)—Joining an elite pantheon of leaders who transformed the U, Sergio Gonzalez, the outgoing senior vice president for University Advancement and External Affairs, was awarded the University of Miami President’s Medal at a ceremony held Thursday at Ibis House.

“Superior fundraiser, caring member of the UM and South Florida communities, and Hurricane for life: In recognition of your dedication and unselfish devotion to the University community and beyond, I am honored to present to you the University of Miami President’s Medal and our eternal gratitude,” Frenk told Gonzalez.

Established by former President Donna E. Shalala and embossed with the seal of the University, the medal honors individuals for their outstanding leadership, distinguished accomplishments in their fields of expertise, and contributions to society, which for Gonzalez are many.

During his nearly 16 years at the University, Gonzalez, who is heading to Brown University, spearheaded both of the University’s Momentum capital campaigns, raising more than $3 billion to carry out the vision he shared with Shalala and the Board of Trustees to transform UM into an elite teaching
 and research university.

He also led the implementation of the University’s renowned split-U athletics mark as the University-wide brand and created the University’s first comprehensive parents program.

And as Frenk noted, as chair of his Presidential Inauguration Steering Committee, Gonzalez “orchestrated a historic experience that engaged the entire University family in unprecedented ways.

“From celebratory events and exhibits, to innovative lectures like the ’Cane Talks series, to alumni partnerships and athletics games, the week was an incredible welcome for me and my family, as well as a compelling demonstration of teamwork and the University’s capacity for achievement at the highest level,” Frenk said.

A native son of Miami, Gonzalez’s good works extend far beyond the U and into the broader community, where he has long been active in civic engagement and community service. Before joining UM, Gonzalez served as chief of staff for the Miami-Dade County executive mayor and as a senior executive in Miami-Dade County government. He also served as the executive director of the South Florida 1999 Super Bowl Host Committee and the first executive director of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust.

In 2009 the Aspen Institute selected him as a Henry Crown Fellow, and in 2010 the Ronald McDonald House Charities honored him as one of 12 Good Men of South Florida. He also filled senior roles for the Orange Bowl Committee, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and the Arsht Performing Arts Center Trust. Nationally, he serves on the boards of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the National Council of La Raza, the largest Hispanic advocacy organization in the country.

At Brown, an Ivy league college founded in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1764, Gonzalez will oversee advancement areas across the institution, including the Office of Development, Office of Alumni Relations, Corporate and Foundation Relations, the Office for International Advancement, the Brown Sports Foundation, the Brown Annual Fund, and others.

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CASE Recognition for the Inauguration


CASE-InaugurationCORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 22, 2017) —The Council for Advancement and Support of Education has recognized the University of Miami with Circle of Excellence awards for its celebration of President Julio Frenk’s inauguration and outreach to alumni during the weeklong extravaganza.

With an entry submitted by the Division of University Advancement, the University received a gold award in the multi-day events category for the breadth and scope of the programs that accompanied Frenk’s January 29, 2016, inauguration as UM’s sixth president.

Beginning with a Celebration of Women’s Athletics Luncheon on January 24 and ending with a discussion on Our Global Future: Teaching, Research, and Discovery in Our New Century on January 30, the events collectively honored UM’s traditions, embraced the broader community and highlighted Frenk’s bold, new strategic vision for the institution’s next century.

In the category of Alumni Outreach, the Office of Alumni Relations’ entry earned a silver award for the University’s unique and creative engagement of alumni during inauguration week.

Following the theme “Charting the Course to Our New Century,” Alumni Relations sent inauguration kits, designed as vintage suitcases, to 16 alumni clubs across the nation, which gathered for ’Canes Communities Tip-Off Parties prior to the nationally televised UM men’s basketball game against Duke.

More than 350 alumni-owned businesses in South Florida also received the kits and “Proud Supporter of the U” window clings, showcasing ’Canes pride and the impact ’Canes have on the economy.

Among the many other initiatives and events recognized by both awards was the introduction of ’Cane Talks, the lively 10-minute presentations from UM visionaries that have become a new UM tradition—and a means to showcase the depth of UM talent. All ’Cane Talks are live-streamed and archived online, and several have been featured at We Are One U alumni gatherings across the nation.

This year’s CASE awards, which were judged by peer professionals both inside and outside education, were the most competitive yet, drawing 3,300 entries and reflecting what CASE President and CEO Sue Cunningham called “talent and ingenuity.”

“These awards acknowledge superior accomplishments that have lasting impacts, demonstrate a high level of professionalism and deliver exceptional results,” she said.

The leading resource for professional development, information and standards in the fields of education fundraising, communications, marketing, and alumni relations, CASE serves nearly 3,700 universities, colleges, schools and related organizations in more than 82 countries.

 

 

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Recognition for Superior Fundraising


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Sergio Gonzalez

Sergio Gonzalez

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 8, 2017)—In recognition of its fundraising performance over the past year and its longer-term success, the University of Miami has received two significant Educational Funding Awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

UM was one of only two institutions in the category of private research/doctoral institutions with endowments under $1 billion to receive CASE’s award for Overall Fundraising Performance, which honors institutions that show solid program growth, breadth in the base of support, and other indicators of mature, well-maintained programs. In fiscal year 2016, UM raised more than $236 million, a $42.5 million increase over the previous year.

UM was also among a select group of private and public institutions of all sizes to receive the 2017 Sustained Excellence Education Fundraising Award, which recognizes institutions that have received CASE’s top fundraising awards in at least three of the last five years.

“These awards are a testament to the dedication of our incredible advancement team and the generosity of our loyal donors. It is also a tribute to President Julio Frenk, our tireless volunteers, members of the Board of Trustees, and faculty,” said Sergio M. Gonzalez, senior vice president for University Advancement and External Affairs. “I am proud of our advancement team and thankful that our supporters continue to recognize the value of investing in UM and believe in advancing its excellence.’’

The awards are based on 350 data points voluntarily submitted by 554 eligible institutions to the Council for Aid to Education’s annual Voluntary Support of Education survey. An expert panel of volunteer judges evaluates the survey data blindly, and selects the winners based on a number of factors, including a pattern of growth in total support and overall breadth in program areas.

The first university in Florida to reach the $1 billion mark in fundraising, UM raised a total of $3 billion during two Momentum campaigns conducted under former President Donna Shalala’s leadership and is in the preparatory phase of its first campaign under President Frenk’s tenure.

Case is an international association of more than 3,600 educational institutions, which serves nearly 81,000 advancement professionals in 82 countries.

Read more about the CASE awards.

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Sergio Gonzalez Headed to Brown


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Sergio Gonzalez

Sergio Gonzalez

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (May 17, 2017)—Sergio Gonzalez, the senior vice president for university advancement and external affairs who led the University of Miami’s Momentum capital campaigns and the ‘U’ rebranding effort, has been named senior vice president for advancement at Brown University.

“After more than 15 years of superlative service to the University of Miami, Sergio will certainly be missed, but I am sure you will join me in congratulating him as he embarks on this next chapter of his outstanding career,” President Julio Frenk said in announcing Gonzalez’s new position, effective August 1.

“Over the years, Sergio has led all development, communications, community relations, and alumni relations activities at the University. His efforts in these areas contributed significantly to our progress as a top-tier institution.”

In addition to the Momentum capital campaigns, which raised more than $3 billion during former UM President Donna E. Shalala’s tenure, Gonzalez was responsible for implementing the “U” as UM’s university-wide visual brand, now considered a national model for university rebranding. He also created the University’s first comprehensive parents program, a widely recognized donor stewardship effort, and a highly successful admissions legacy program.

In a message to the advancement team, Gonzalez said his decision was bittersweet as he had the great privilege of leading University Advancement under two gifted presidents who provided compelling and far-reaching visions for the institution. “It is,” he wrote, “ a wonderful and exhilarating time to be at the U. However, often exciting and different opportunities come your way that you never expected. These require consideration and sometimes result in difficult—and life-changing—professional and personal decisions.”

At Brown, an Ivy league college founded in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1764, Gonzalez will oversee advancement areas across the University, including the Office of Development, Office of Alumni Relations, Corporate and Foundation Relations, the Office for International Advancement, the Brown Sports Foundation, the Brown Annual Fund and others. He will report directly to Brown President Christina Paxson and serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet.

Before joining UM, Gonzalez served as chief of staff for the Miami-Dade County executive mayor and as a senior executive in Miami-Dade County government. He also served as the executive director of the South Florida 1999 Super Bowl Host Committee and the first executive director of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust.

A self-described son of Miami, Gonzalez also has been deeply involved in the community, having filled a number of senior roles in key local private and public organizations, including the Dade County Homeless Trust, South Florida Super Bowl Host Committee, and Miami-Dade County Mayor’s Office.

He also served in key community institutions, including the Orange Bowl Committee, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and the Arsht Performing Arts Center Trust, and nationally as a member of the boards of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the National Council of La Raza.

Frenk said a comprehensive search for Gonzalez’s replacement will begin immediately, and will rely on input from faculty, staff, trustees, and other members of the UM community.

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