The CASE District V Community College Workshop is Saturday, December 9, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Register here for a full day of programming focusing on the Community College professional.  Member and nonmember price is $125.

Learn more about the Sheraton Grand Chicago, including rates, here.


9 – 9:15 a.m. – Welcome

9:15 – 10:30 a.m. – Capital Campaigns: Ready, Set, Go!

Learn how to get campaign-READY, how to SET a strategy for success and how to arm yourself with the knowledge to GO raise money! Using Macomb Community College's “Mission Macomb” campaign as a model, learn how to identify campaign priorities, determine readiness, build a culture of philanthropy and strategic use of consultants. Mission Macomb was the college's first philanthropic campaign in the institution’s 60-year history and is on track to meet its goal of raising $10M in five years ahead of schedule.

Kathleen Eaton Guy, Founding Partner, Eaton Cummings Group

Casandra Ulbrich, Vice President of College Advancement and Community Affairs, Macomb Community College


10:30-10:45 a.m. – Networking Break


10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Location, Automation, BOTs and the (Near) Future of Community College Marketing

In the age of the ever-shrinking attention span, community college marketing is evolving faster than ever and it’s not slowing down. Explore five current and emerging marketing opportunities and discover how institutions of all sizes can use them to advance strategic priorities. Then, together, we’ll take a fearless look into some possible futures for higher ed marketing.

Mike Barzacchini, Director of Marketing, Harper College


12 – 12:45 p.m. – Networking Lunch


12:45 – 1 p.m. – Networking Break


1 – 2:30 p.m. –Federal Funding Task Force Debrief

Annually, over 65 volunteers come to Washington to obtain updated information on Federal funding and other opportunities available to two-year colleges. The Federal Funding Task Force visits over 30 federal agencies and/or departments/offices within these agencies to gather information needed to produce the Federal Funding to Two year College report available in a wiki format to all CASE members. Members from the 2017 task force will present a panel discussion of information gleaned from this year's visits. This year's task force is led by Chair Michelle A. Alexander, Director of Institutional Advancement and Executive Director, Vernon College Foundation, and Vice Chair Melissa J. Rupp, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, Fulton County.

Michelle Alexander, Director of Institutional Advancement/Executive Director Vernon College Foundation, Vernon College; and Melissa J. Rupp, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, Fulton County


2:30 – 2:45 p.m. – Networking Break–we will join the Institute for New Professionals in this break.


3 – 4 p.m. – How to Write for Development

Join us for a practical session on how to write your most effective fundraising materials. We'll have a discussion around the language of philanthropy and review some best practices for annual giving appeals. We'll share some of our successes, and other examples that may have fallen flat! We'll look forward to hearing your successes and challenges too!

Paris Morse, Director of Development, Northwestern Michigan College Foundation


4 – 5 p.m. – How To Engage Scholarship Recipients For Meaningful Donor Relations, Increased Fundraising And Improved Alumni Relations

Learn how to engage scholarship recipients from two different sized community colleges, Harper College (serving 14,000 students) and Kankakee Community College (serving 3,000 students). Last year, Harper implemented Scholarship Orientations that led to meaningful donor relations and increased fundraising.  The new Scholarship Ambassador program, with a 50 percent response rate, increased alumni relations.  Last year, Kankakee devised a comprehensive engagement plan to build relationships between scholarship donors and scholarship recipients. Students learned about the commitment of donors, and donors inspired and taught students to give back to their college.

Lauren Chilvers, Scholarship and Special Project Coordinator, Harper College

Jennifer Zimmerman, Coordinator of Scholarships and Donor Relations, Kankakee Community College Foundation


5 – 7 p.m. – Evening Reception

A special reception to meet and mingle with other CASE V members and leadership. This is a great opportunity to network and get to know other professionals in District V.


Workshop Committee

Reginald Best, Vice President of Development, Henry Ford College (Mich.) and Community College Representative, CASE District V Board of Directors

Allison Grippe, Director of Grants, Harper College (Ill.)

Jacqueline S. Joines, Executive Director, College Advancement, Lake Land College (Ill.)

Kelly Larson, Alumni Relations and Annual Fund Manager, Joliet Junior College (Ill.)

Marc Westenburg, Director, CASE Center for Community College Advancement


Cancellation/refund policy

Refunds are made on conference fees only. All special event fees and luncheons are non-refundable.

All requests for refunds must be submitted in writing and will incur a $50 fee. 

Cancellations must be received no later than 5 p.m. Friday, December 1, 2017 by email at To maintain a low cost per registrant, CASE District V is unable to offer refunds after Friday, December 1, 2017 for any reason. No refunds due to injury, illness, or inclement weather.  For further information, call (202) 328-2273.

Conference registrations may be transferred to another member from your institution at any time.

For questions or more information, please contact Hotel Reservations are billed and processed separately from conference registrations. All major credit cards are accepted for payment.