CASE District V’s Annual Conference begins the afternoon of Saturday, Dec. 9, and wraps up after lunch on Tuesday, Dec. 12. During this four-day period, CASE V offers a variety of sessions within multiple tracks to reflect the latest trends and interests in higher education, as well as important keynotes, trend-setting vendors, roundtables with peers, and an opportunity to see the best of the best with the Pride of CASE V Awards.  Nights belong to mixers with colleagues, offered in a variety of ways.

Having the sessions arranged into tracks helps with organization – it’s not meant to limit participants to their own area. Conference attendees are encouraged to attend sessions in multiple tracks – including personal development, which offers topics relevant to all busy professionals, as well as special opportunities for newcomers as well as master sessions.  Track and special session breakdowns are below.

Advancement Fundamentals—this track will focus on the basic functions of the profession. For example, a session might focus on how to start a student alumni association. In general, this track will highlight issues facing those with up to five years experience in advancement.

Critical Issues—this track takes a more comprehensive look at the important topics facing the profession. For example, a session might focus on the communication strategy needed to imbed an annual fund campaign into an existing alumni relations event. Think how the various units within advancement cross over and work together to achieve institutional priorities.

Key Decision Makers—this track is for the vice president or executive director who makes top-level decisions within advancement. For example, a session may focus on staff recruitment and retention.

Personal Development—this track is for all advancement professionals who want to expand and polish their professional skill-set. For example, a session might focus on dining etiquette when meeting with a prospective donor.

Institute for New Professionals–Whether this is your first career move or one in a new direction, CASE’s Institute for New Professionals will help anyone new to advancement to learn the building blocks for success.

Master Sessions—this track is a three-hour session offered on Sunday morning before the conference kicks off, to take a more in depth look at a topic in the higher education advancement industry.

Community College Workshop-five action-packed sessions by community colleges, for community colleges.  Join us after the final session for a welcome reception to network with your fellow community college colleagues as well as other CASE V members and leadership.