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CAAE Virtual Winter Institute 2021: Registration is open!

January 19, 2021

The CAAE Winter Institute Committee hereby announces that registration is officially open!



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Introducing our 2020-2021 CAAE Fellows

October 28, 2020

The CAAE Fellowship Program offers awards to recognize and train senior, mid-level and new alumni relations professionals at CAAE member institutions. CAAE provides funding, mentoring and general support to emerging leaders at a CAAE member institution to accelerate a big idea through this program. 

Jorge Ancona (UC, Riverside), CAAE Chair, Awards & Fellowships Committee, extends a special thank you to Brandy Cox (UArkansas), Donna MacPhee (Columbia), John Valva (Oregon State) and Duane Wiles (UTennessee) for their service on the selection committee.

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Get the Scoop: How UW Served Ice Cream to Melt Myths

October 28, 2020

During the summers of 2018 and 2019, the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (WFAA) leveraged the state's collective love for Babcock ice cream to advance university messages while providing a unique engagement opportunity for thousands of alumni and friends around the state.

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CAAE Virtual Meet-Up Recap, September 2020: From Venue to Virtual

October 07, 2020

Jorge Ancona (UC, Riverside) very ably hosted and moderated a well-attended CAAE Virtual Meet-Up on September 24 on the topic of transitioning large-scale alumni events. The conversation moved from Commencement to Convocation, to Alumni Awards Programs, Homecoming and Reunions, and the various ways our guest panelists are approaching large-scale events on their campuses.

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If Only They Knew: A Conversation with Anita B. Walton

August 02, 2020

Anita B. Walton, Vice Chancellor, University Advancement, Elizabeth City State University, joined CAAE members at our 2020 Virtual Summer Session for a conversation about equity, diversity and inclusion.

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Alumni Relations

August 03, 2020

CAAE members participated in a survey to gauge the impact of the pandemic on our work, specifically our organizations, budget and outreach efforts.

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OneCASE Becomes a Reality

August 02, 2020

Sue Cunningham, President and CEO of CASE joined Paul Rucker (UWashington) in conversation at the CAAE Virtual Summer Session 2020 to share her thoughts on the current challenges and opportunities in alumni relations and university advancement.

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CAAE Thought-Leaders are Here, There and Everywhere!

August 02, 2020

In the spirit of sharing best practices, CAAE members continue to share their knowledge and insights through articles and a variety of virtual webinars. Members are encouraged to share their speaking engagements with Membership Chair Susan deMuth (Johns Hopkins) or post them directly to the CAAE website under the Forums section, Current Topics

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A Membership Success Story: Washington State University Alumni Association

July 29, 2020

Read on for the conclusion of a self-described aggressive membership marketing plan that defied the odds and brought tremendous value to Washington State University and the Washington State University Alumni Association.

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Inaugural Virtual Meet-Up Recap: Leveraging the Digital Space and Communications during COVID-19

July 02, 2020

Read on for a recap of the first CAAE Virtual Meet-up held on June 16, 2020, featuring a presentation by our Duke University colleagues.

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Knowledge-Sharing in Uncertain Times

July 16, 2020

The daily challenges of this unprecedented global health crisis have forced us to adapt in ways we never imagined, yet since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, members of CAAE have continued our organization’s tradition of thought leadership by sharing their knowledge and expertise with others, as we navigate through these times of great uncertainty together.

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CAAE Recipients of 2020 CASE Grand Gold and Platinum Awards

June 30, 2020

Each year, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Circle of Excellence Awards recognizes hundreds of institutions whose talented staff members advance their institutions through innovative, inspiring and creative ideas. Despite the seriousness of these pandemic times, CAAE wishes to take a moment to celebrate our many member recipients of these hallmark awards.

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Reflections on Alumni Engagement during COVID-19

June 29, 2020

Duane Wiles (UTennessee) shares his takeaways as a featured panelist in two recent webinars: Alumni Relations in Uncertain Times (April 2020) and Engagement During COVID-19 for Large Operations (May 2020).

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2020 CAAE Fellows Recap

April 21, 2020

The 2020 CAAE Winter Institute featured the Fellows presentations earlier in the program to allow for the widespread participation by members – and the Fellows did not disappoint.

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Dr. Lee Patouillet Retires after 40 Years of Service

April 20, 2020

After 40 years of dedicated service to higher education, Dr. Lee Patouillet announced his retirement from the University of Tennessee, in February 2020. At the CAAE Winter Institute in Arizona, Lee shared some valuable professional and life lessons with his colleagues and friends in attendance, and was given a rousing standing ovation for his life’s work.

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30th Anniversary of CAAE Part III: The Future

April 21, 2020

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of CAAE’s founding in 1989, the Association’s Winter Institute held in Scottsdale, AZ, in February 2020 featured three special panel discussions moderated by founding member Steve Grafton, President & CEO of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan. The final panel featured outgoing President, Barbara Dick, Assistant Vice-President, Alumni Relations, University of Toronto, in conversation with incoming President, F. Hoopes Wampler, Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations, University of Pennsylvania.

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30th Anniversary of CAAE Part II: The Present

April 21, 2020

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of CAAE’s founding in 1989, the Association’s Winter Institute held in Scottsdale, AZ, in February 2020 featured three special panel discussions moderated by founding member Steve Grafton, President & CEO of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan. The second panel featured Howard Wolf, Vice President for Alumni Affairs and President of the Stanford Alumni Association, and Whitney Espich, CEO of MIT Alumni Association, who discussed the current challenges facing our profession and our Association.

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30th Anniversary of CAAE Part I: The Past

April 21, 2020

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of CAAE’s founding in 1989, the Association’s Winter Institute held in Scottsdale, AZ, in February 2020 featured three special panel discussions moderated by founding member Steve Grafton, President & CEO of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan. The first panel featured fellow founding member Doug Dibbert, President of the University of North Carolina General Alumni Association, and Amy Button Renz, President and CEO of Kansas State Alumni Association, member since 1994, who together, took a look back at the founding of CAAE. Additional recollections were gathered in a post-Institute telephone interview with CAAE founding President Robert G. (Bob) Forman, Steve Grafton’s predecessor at the University of Michigan Alumni Association.

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