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Monmouth College development office brings home two Silver Awards from CASE

Barry McNamara
Members of Monmouth College’s development team who posed with the two CASE award plaques are from left, Gena Alcorn, Abbie Markley, Susan Gilliland, Karoline Kamzic, Hannah Maher, Terri Rankin, Katie Shipp, Mollie Harrod, Sherrie Brooks, Steve Bloomer, Debra DeCrane, Jan Winbigler and Michael Blaesing.

The Monmouth College development office brought home two Silver Awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District V Conference in Chicago earlier this month.

The 2016 Pride of CASE District V awards were given in recognition of outstanding achievement in the concept and execution of advancement programs and communications.

Monmouth was honored in the categories of “Best Event on a Shoestring” for its Denver Mile High Stadium alumni event April 16 and for “Excellence in Special Events, Series of Events” for the four-day Golden Scots alumni event held in June.

“We’ve known for some time that our department is providing high-quality programing and services to our friends and alumni,” said Vice President for Development and College Relations Steve Bloomer. “We made a deliberate effort to compete last year in two categories and received one honorable mention. This year, we competed in three categories and received two runner-up awards behind two Big Ten universities. I am very proud of our team of professionals.”

When evaluating entries in the “Shoestring” category, the judges specifically looked for such things as innovative ideas and solutions; effective use of available resources (including staff and volunteers); and budget and use of available resources. Among the items considered for “Special Events” entries were event objective and how it supports the institutional mission; careful planning, start-up and follow through; and documented results showing the event’s impact.

“We’ve received a lot of feedback on our events over the years and have worked to build a program to better serve our alumni,” said Director of Alumni Engagement Hannah Maher. “This recognition is a wonderful reward for the hard work put forth by our team, but also pushes us to continue to think outside the box.”

The April event held at Denver’s Mile High Stadium was one of 40 special on- and off-campus events the Monmouth alumni office held in 2016. Nearly 3,000 alumni and friends participated in the events, Bloomer said.

Highlights of the Golden Scots weekend were special reunions for the 45th, 50th, 55th and 60th anniversary classes; seminars led by faculty and alumni; campus tours; a dance; and a traditional chapel service. The 2017 Golden Scots weekend will be held June 8-11.