Call for Nominations for 2015 Leadership and Rising Star Awards.

CASE District VIII is looking for nominations for the 2015 Leadership and Rising Star Awards.

Leadership Award
The CASE District VIII Leadership Award recognizes a CASE VIII member institution president or head, chancellor, educational system head, or CEO for outstanding efforts to promote the understanding and support of education.

Nominees must be with an institutional member of CASE District VIII, which includes member primary and secondary schools, two-year colleges, four-year colleges and universities, and educational systems in Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Oregon, Manitoba, Montana, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Saskatchewan, Washington, and Yukon Territories.

The recipient of the Leadership Award must be available to accept the award at the 2015 District VIII Conference in Seattle, Wash. February 4-6, 2015. The deadline for nomination submission is October 1, 2014. The official nomination form and any associated material must be received by this date.

Rising Star Award
Rising Star Awards honor individuals with three to five years experience in the advancement professions of alumni relations, communications and marketing, and philanthropy, recognizing the accomplishments of those whose early success bodes well for future leadership and achievement. The Rising Star Awards will be presented at the 2015 District VIII Conference in Seattle, Wash. February 4-6, 2015.

The award is presented only in years when eligible candidates can be identified and are available to attend the conference. Only one award in each of the three categories—Alumni Relations, Communications and Marketing, and Philanthropy—may be presented. The Award winners will receive a complimentary registration to the District VIII Conference where they will receive their award. Recipients are responsible for their own lodging and travel expenses.

The deadline for nomination submission is October 31, 2014. The official nomination form and any associated material must be received by this date.

For more information and to submit nominations, please contact

Mark Koenig
CASE VIII District Chair-Elect
Senior Director for Advancement Services
Oregon State University Foundation
850 SW 35th Street
Corvallis, OR 97333

Call for Session Proposals for CASE VIII 2015 Conference






Are you a subject matter expert, industry leader, or simply incredibly passionate about what you do? CASE District VIII is looking for dynamic speakers with comprehensive knowledge and firsthand experience to share their expertise and insights. Together, we can challenge the status quo and put an end to, “But that’s how we’ve always done it.”

CASE District VIII is currently recruiting imaginative, innovative, and inspiring professionals to speak at the 2015 district conference in Seattle, Feb. 4-6, 2015.

This is your chance to share your wealth of knowledge and best practices while helping to enrich everyone’s conference experience. Not to mention, it’s an opportunity to be recognized for your efforts by your colleagues throughout CASE District VIII. If you or someone you know is interested in this opportunity, be sure to submit a proposal! Spots fill quickly!



Proposals are due August 31, 2014. There will be no deadline extension.

Please note: By submitting a proposal, you acknowledge that if you are selected to speak, you and any co-presenter(s) must register and pay for attendance to the 2015 CASE District VIII Conference, and that you intend to comply with this requirement.

If you have any questions, please contact Lindsay Reid at


Members of the 2015 Conference Committee will contact you in September 2014 regarding your submission. Thank you for your interest in participating in the 2015 CASE District VIII Conference!


Job Opportunity for Web Specialist at Seattle University

Web Support Specialist at Seattle University

Seattle University has an exciting, dynamic opportunity for a Web Support Specialist to join their community. The Web Support Specialist is the liaison between the Seattle University’s web content editors and partners with them to effectively manage website content. This individual leads regular training sessions for the web content management system, provides ongoing user support, and writes documentation.

Seattle University, located near downtown Seattle, Washington enrolls approximately 7,700 undergraduate and graduate students in eight colleges and schools and provides a total educational experience encompassing the classroom, campus and community to develop competence, character and leadership. Seattle University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

See a full description and apply here

Job Opportunities at WSU

Assistant Director of Development

The Assistant Director of Development is a key member of the development team within The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. This position shares responsibility for the success of the College’s major, planned giving and annual giving development efforts as part of the Campaign for WSU. There is an emphasis on identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major gifts (defined as $1,000 and above) in the Puget Sound and surrounding areas. This position will be located in Seattle out of the WSU downtown office. This position involves extensive travel. For full description of position requirements and to apply, visit . WSU is an EO/AA Educator and Employer.


Development Coordinator

The Development Coordinator position is part of a dynamic team responsible for maximizing the efforts of fundraising plan developed to reach The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication goals. The position includes coordination and support of the annual giving program, events, and stewardship activities.  For a full description of position requirements and to apply, visit here. WSU is an EO/AA Educator and Employer.
The Development Coordinator position is part of a dynamic team responsible for maximizing the efforts of fundraising plan developed to reach The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication goals. The position includes coordination and support of the annual giving program, events, and stewardship activities.  For a full description of position requirements and to apply, visit:  WSU is an EO/AA Educator and Employer.

University of Puget Sound Announces Honorary Degree Recipients

TACOMA, Wash. – University of Puget Sound will award honorary degrees to four exceptional individuals at the 2014 Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 18. The four honorands, who have excelled in their professional fields and in public service, are named below, with fuller biographies following.

Amitav Ghosh is an internationally acclaimed writer, professor, and winner of numerous literary awards, whose work explores the nature of national identity. His book Sea of Poppies, about life in Calcutta and on the Ganges River, was shortlisted for the 2008 Man Booker Prize.

Rachel Martin ’96 is a former National Public Radio national security correspondent and current host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday. A Puget Sound graduate, she has reported on critical social and political issues in countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

Mark C. Pigott, KBE, executive chairman of global truck-maker PACCAR, was named one of Harvard Business Review’s top 50 CEOs in the world in 2009. He is a prominent business leader, philanthropist, supporter of the arts in the United States and abroad, and an advocate for higher education and environmental stewardship.

James L. Walton, former Tacoma city manager, is a respected civic leader and pioneer. He was a leader in the 1960s civil rights movement and a founder of Tacoma’s Black Collective. He has spent a lifetime advocating for improved health services, education, and equality for people in the region.

Puget Sound President Ronald R. Thomas will present Ghosh and Martin with honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees, Pigott with an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree, and Walton with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Rachel Martin will be the Commencement speaker. The Class of 2014 Commencement Ceremony will be held in Baker Stadium on campus, Sunday, May 18, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“The achievements of these four individuals have the common thread of promoting human dignity, of surpassing expectations, and of inspiring others to support important causes,” said Thomas. “It is our pleasure to be able to recognize Amitav Ghosh, Rachel Martin, Mark Pigott, and Jim Walton for their meaningful lives of accomplishment.” Read on to learn about some of the contributions and previous recognitions of the honorands.


Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh is an internationally acclaimed writer and author of The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, In An Antique Land, Dancing in Cambodia, The Calcutta Chromosome, The Glass Palace, The Hungry Tide, and Sea of Poppies, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2008. Born in India, Ghosh currently splits his time between Goa and New York. His work, which explores the nature of national identity, has garnered numerous literary awards and been translated into more than 20 languages. Ghosh also has written for The New Yorker, New Republic, and The New York Times. He has been a fellow at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences in Calcutta, and Centre for Development Studies in Trivandrum, India. In 1999 Ghosh joined the faculty at Queens College, City University of New York, as distinguished professor of comparative literature. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard University since 2005. Ghosh was educated at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi; Delhi School of Economics; and University of Oxford.


Rachel Martin ’96

Rachel Martin ’96 began her career at public radio KQED in San Francisco, and later served as NPR’s foreign correspondent, reporting from Afghanistan, Iraq, London, and Berlin. Prior to hosting Weekend Edition Sunday, from fall 2012, Martin was NPR national security correspondent, covering defense and intelligence issues, and traveling to Iraq and Afghanistan. She began reporting from Afghanistan in 2003, and has covered everything from the U.S.-NATO fight against the insurgency to women’s issues in the military and in the Middle East. As a foreign correspondent for NPR and for ABC News (2005–07), she covered the London terrorist attacks, German federal election, and 2006 World Cup. Martin also reported on the changing demographics of the U.S. military, including the debate over whether women should fight in combat units and the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. While serving as NPR’s religion correspondent (2006–07), her piece on Islam in America was awarded Best Radio Feature by the Religion News Writers Association. Martin graduated from Puget Sound in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in politics and government and earned a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University.


Mark C. Pigott, KBE

Mark Pigott is a business leader and philanthropist. Currently executive chairman of PACCAR, he is the fourth generation of the Pigott family to lead the world’s third-largest maker of medium-and heavy-duty trucks, headquartered in Bellevue. Wash. He was named by Harvard Business Review as one of the top 50 CEOs in the world in 2009 and as Washington State CEO of the year in 2003. He is also among this region’s most prominent philanthropists and advocates for higher education and the fine arts. Pigott has supported environmental stewardship and promoted innovation and quality control, leading to new aerodynamic designs and hybrid vehicles at PACCAR. For his business and philanthropic leadership he was awarded Knights Cross of the Order of Merit (Hungary), Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Officer of the Order of the British Empire, and numerous honorary degrees. At University of Puget Sound, the PACCAR Foundation supported the construction of Harned Hall and Wyatt Hall, in addition to funding an endowed scholarship and faculty research in the sciences. Pigott graduated from Stanford University with two bachelor’s degrees in industrial engineering and humanities, and a master’s degree in business.


James L. Walton

James L. Walton was Tacoma’s first African-American city manager, and has earned a reputation as a distinguished citizen, public servant, human rights activist, and volunteer. Walton entered public service in 1970 as director of Tacoma’s Human Relations Department, and rose to city manager in 2003. His leadership has been critical in addressing issues of equality, in establishing health programs for the underprivileged, and in encouraging and rewarding student achievement in our community. A leader in the civil rights movement in the 1960s, he attended San Diego Community College, University of Puget Sound, and Tacoma Community College, establishing himself as one of the core leaders of the African-American community and one of the founders of Tacoma’s Black Collective. He continues to contribute to community businesses, government, education, and the arts.


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CASE VIII Job Opportunities

Job Openings at OSU Foundation

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking experienced development professionals to join its staff and build a best-practices fundraising program. The foundation offers nationally-competitive salaries and excellent benefits. Current openings include:

Associate Vice President, Portland Center: Located in the OSU Foundation’s Portland office as a member of the Foundation’s management team and reporting to the Executive Vice President, the Associate Vice President, Portland Center, will serve as the foundation’s key fundraising leader in the Portland Metro area. He or she will lead the process to create an updated Portland fundraising plan, will execute the plan and will support the university’s Portland efforts in general.

Senior Writer for Executive Communications and Principal Gifts: Reporting to the Senior Director for Communications and Stewardship, the Senior Writer for Executive Communications and Principal Gifts is responsible for providing compelling content for internal and external communications for the foundation’s CEO and Executive Vice President and for the President of Oregon State University. Additionally, this position is responsible for conceptualizing, writing and editing principal gift ($5M+) proposals that will inspire potential donors to make transformational gifts to Oregon State University.

Director of Development Communications for Athletics: Reporting directly to the Senior Associate Athletic Director, Development, this position manages the strategic communications for all development initiatives within Athletics. These initiatives include annual giving, capital projects, endowments and marketing efforts.

Assistant / Associate Director of Development for the College of Engineering: Based in the OSU Foundation’s Portland office, this major gift development officer will report to the Senior Director of Development for Division of Business and Engineering and devote 75-80% of work time to fundraising activities and 20-25% of work time to administrative responsibilities.

Learn more about these job opportunities.

Oregon State Campaign Tops $1 Billion

With 11 months to go in its first comprehensive fundraising campaign, Oregon State University has achieved its $1 billion goal. The January 31 announcement noted that The Campaign for OSU is the state’s first $1 billion fundraising effort and that only 35 public U.S. universities have reached this milestone.

While many billion-dollar campaigns are built on the generosity of a handful of donors, more than 102,000 donors have contributed to The Campaign for OSU, including 160 donors who have given $1 million or more.

“It’s wonderful to see such broad-based support and enthusiasm for a university’s very first campaign,” says Mike Goodwin, OSU Foundation president and CEO. “In the remaining months of 2014 we’ll continue to reach out, inviting as many people as possible to be a part of this historic effort. At the same time, we are planning several exciting new initiatives that will become our focus after the campaign, building the momentum we’ve achieved. We’re just beginning to see what philanthropy can do at Oregon State.”

A key strategy that has driven the campaign’s success is Oregon State’s “maniacal focus” on major ($25K+), leadership ($1M+), and principal ($5M+) gifts. This emphasis carries through all parts of the OSU Foundation, including its organizational structure and innovative discovery program. Even its annual giving program has a pipeline focus, in contrast to programs that primarily emphasize participation.

The Oregon State community will celebrate the campaign’s success on October 31 during Homecoming 2014.

CASE Update from District VIII Trustee Greg Sheridan


As you know John Lippincott will be stepping down at the end of this year.  As the CASE District VIII Board of Trustees representative I have been asked to share with you the following attachment.  The District Board will be discussing this at their May meeting in Seattle. If you have any further insights, suggestions or comments about or next President please send them to me at

Greg Sheridan

2014 CASE VIII Conference Highlights

The 2014 CASE VIII Conference was a great success!

More than 415 attendees enthusiastically gathered in Vancouver Feb. 12-14, 2014 to participate in this wonderfully enriching and inspiring conference experience. Whether or not you could attend, you’ll want to check out these useful links:

1.      The three conference videos are available here to view and share;
2.    Congratulate your CASE VIII Leadership Award Winner Dr. Wim Wiewel, president of Oregon State University, Distinguished Service Award Winner Phil Akers, Pacific University, and Rising Star Award winners;
3.      Browse the award-winning work of our district’s communications professionals, including the 2014 Virginia Carter Smith Grand Crystal Award recipient, Montana State University for Mountains and Minds Magazine.

Finally, mark your calendars for the 2015 CASE VIII Conference in Seattle at the Grand Hyatt Seattle, Feb. 4-6, 2015. You won’t want to miss out on another fantastic opportunity to connect with colleagues and grow your personal and professional skills!

See you in Seattle!

Thank You Message from the 2014 CASE VIII Conference Chair

With the 2014 CASE VIII Conference now a memory, the Conference Committee takes this opportunity to thank the hundreds of volunteers, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and delegates for helping to make it a great success.  Behind the scenes, there was a tremendous effort and hundreds of hours invested by our dedicated CASE VIII members to ensure the conference experience was the best it could be.  We salute you and say “bravo!” for a job well done.

To the Conference Committee and CASE VIII Board of Directors, my personal thanks for your unwavering support, leadership and commitment to our District and its annual conference.  What a pleasure it is to work with you all!

I look forward to the CASE VIII 2015 Conference with great anticipation.  See you all in Seattle next February!

Brian Bowman
Chair, CASE  VIII 2014 Conference
Director, Alumni & Development, SAIT Polytechnic