Museums, happy hour meet-and-greets, luncheons, waterfront Seattle… how could we not be excited for the 2012 CASE VIII Conference? All frivolities aside, the CASE VIII Conference, being held this year in Seattle February 15th-17th, is an event the BCI team has been looking forward to for quite some time. This annual meeting of talented and interesting professionals provides a unique opportunity to bring together an important common interest: the improvement and support of educational institutions worldwide.
This year’s conference will also feature a unique blend of keynote speakers: Emmy Award winning and Beatles expert Bill Stainton, Nate Miles (highly regarded pharmaceutical executive), and Andrew Shaindlin (administrator and alumni relations expert from Carnegie Mellon University). The conference’s main presentations should provide three unique and inspiring perspectives on matters of importance to the advancement and support of educational institutions. We are extremely happy that alongside this stellar cast will be Oregon State University’s very own Mark Koenig and Aaron Escobar, who will be leading a breakout session on major gift discovery programs. As leaders of the advancement and development efforts for OSU’s Foundation, their expertise in alumni giving has been a tremendous asset to the BCI team.
Sadly, all of this excitement makes me green with envy, as I will not be able to attend the conference this year. Our BCI team will be well represented, however, as my colleagues Amanda Terhes and Dr. Hal Koenig will be there. They are really looking forward to meeting the many CASE VIII attendees and learning more about how BCI can give educational institutions a direct link into the minds and hearts of their alumni population! Our team had a great experience speaking at CASE in the past, helping professionals form, strengthen, and sustain relationships with alumni donors. Good luck to all who will attend CASE VIII, and please be sure to stop by the BCI booth. We look forward to reconnecting with our friends and meeting new colleagues!
For those of you who are not familiar with CASE:
Since 1974, CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) has been striving to unite educational professionals in hopes of fostering ideals of advancement, development, and support for educational institutions worldwide. With headquarters in Washington, D.C. and regional offices in London, Singapore, and Mexico City, CASE is one of the largest international nonprofit organizations in terms of worldwide membership. In becoming a CASE member, organizations are given access to a multitude of resources to support the marketing, public relations, development, and alumni support of their organizations.