Educational Session 3

Educational Session 3

Tuesday, 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Dream Deans: Building a Successful Team from the Top

Donya Lester
Executive Secretary, Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association, Inc.

Kellie Knight
Director of Development, University of Arkansas, Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences

Deans are integral to the success of all our programs, and we all spend a lot of time thinking about what they need to do for maximum effectiveness in our individual areas. In this interactive session, you will examine advancement case studies and explore strategies for working with your dean to achieve your goals. The session facilitators, Kellie Knight from the University of Arkansas and Donya Lester from Purdue University, are experienced professionals in development and alumni relations, respectively. They will lead you through a number of scenarios that will help you re-define your role as a team member and as a coach for your dean's advancement activities. You will leave the session empowered with strategies to help your dean become every advancement professional's dream.


First, Listen: The Sondeo Method for Appraising Community and Stakeholder Priorities

David Wilsey
Extension Educator, Natural Resources & Environment

Developing familiarity and relationships within new communities and stakeholder groups can represent a formidable challenge for advancement professionals. This session provides an overview of the sondeo method of participatory rapid appraisal in communities for which access and collaboration are challenged by precedence, cultural differences, limited resources, or other constraints. Sondeo is the Spanish term for sounding out. The Guatemalan Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology developed the method for rapid assessment of community-defined priorities, and to place identified priorities within a broader social, economic, and environmental context. Since its development in the late 1970s, use of sondeo has spread beyond the boundaries of farming systems research, and awareness of its benefits has spread globally. The method is rapid and participatory, utilizes interdisciplinary actors, and requires minimal financial resources. David will discuss his experience using this method as an initial step toward collaboration between the University and Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe. Workshop participants will reflect on their challenges reaching new audiences and potential uses for the sondeo method.


Collaboration at its Best: Bridging the Work of Career Services, Alumni Relations, and Development

Sara Nagel Newberg
Director of the St. Paul Campus Career Center, University of Minnesota

Sharon Heron
Employer Relations Coordinator, St. Paul Campus Student Center, University of Minnesota

Employers are a connection point among many advancement areas because they have relationships with our students and alumni, as well as career services and development professionals—yet how often or well do we leverage them as a connection point? This session will explore the interplay of relationships that career services, development and alumni relations have with employers and describe best practices for serving the needs of both students and alumni while we go about our work as advancement professionals. You'll hear how strategic collaborative efforts among these groups can provide value to both the employers and institution. We'll describe approaches ranging from tracking career activities of new alumni to tapping alumni as volunteers in assisting current students in their career development to cultivating scholarship and fellowship support for students. Drawing on the experience of participants, we'll discuss challenges and opportunities related to these efforts.


Maximizing Your Board's Potential - An Interactive Panel Discussion

Facilitator: Scott Troutman
Executive Director, North Carolina State University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni and Friends Society

Do you manage, identify potential members for or currently sit on a volunteer board serving your College? This interactive panel will allow you to hear personal experiences on what makes a board successful, or frustrating, and give you the opportunity to address your own board issues. This panel discussion will feature NAADA volunteers, NAADA professionals and College deans discussing the pros and cons of board management, board utilization, volunteerism and recruitment.
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