NAADA eNewsletter
April 2014

NAADA Connections


Beg, Borrow and Steal That Great Idea

Jillian StevensonYear after year, our membership survey results indicate that one of the best educational benefits of the conference is the Beg, Borrow and Steal (BB&S) session. In these sessions, we benchmark our own programs against the best of the best. At my first BB&S session, I learned of Kentucky’s Ag Roundup from Grace Gorrell and colleagues. Their energy and excitement of the annual alumni tailgate and reunion inspired me to work with our volunteers to implement many new ideas for our annual ag alumni tailgate. In another BB&S session years later, I learned more about Michigan State’s AutumnFest from Kathryn Reed. At their very gracious invitation, a group of our alumni visited AutumnFest to learn how they run this incredibly successful alumni and friends tailgate (and to celebrate our joint sesquicentennial at the time!). We came back to our campus with the goal to “be like AutumnFest” and implement live and silent auctions to benefit our student scholarship and internship endowments. With this innovation now in its eighth year, Ag Live raised just shy of $40,000 for these endowments and other alumni and student programming this past year. Thank you NAADA colleagues for always setting the bar high for us!

You can’t put a price tag on how beneficial networking and sharing of ideas are for NAADA members and our institutions or organizations. You can, however, help NAADA be the best it can be for you, the members, and give back through your time, talent or treasure—join a committee, submit nominations for the Bright Idea Award, bring your college materials to the conference to share at your exhibit, or become a sponsor. We can “beg, borrow, and share” because NAADA gives us that opportunity—thanks for showing your appreciation and support!

Jillian Stevenson
NAADA President

NAADA Buddies! Calling all NAADA Buddies! you been to a NAADA Conference a time or two (or more)? Are you looking for a way to sharpen your skills (in whatever you do) and see the world through new eyes to examine new possibilities?

Then we need you as a NAADA Buddy!

Last year 61 conference attendees participated in the NAADA Buddies program as mentors and mentees, an increase of more than 100% from 2012. This year we hope to build on that success, paring up more of our experienced members with those who are finding the fun of a NAADA conference for the first time.

When you register for the conference, indicate you would like to participate in the program. If you have already registered and did not opt-in to the Buddy Program, please contact Joe Leisz, Membership Committee Chair, at We’ll connect you with a first-time conference attendee so you can reach out to them before we gather in State College, and connect with them in person upon your arrival. This is a great opportunity to help with our new members’ professional development and networking, and a wonderful chance for you to learn some new things from the skills and enthusiasm they bring to our collegial organization.

Oh, and don’t be surprised if you’ve been to a conference before – if you don’t “sign up” as a Buddy – and see an e-mail from me “recruiting” you! This is an opportunity you won’t want to miss!

Thank you in advance!

Register for the Pre-conference Development Workshop

This year the conference will host a new segment for newcomers in development, a pre-conference workshop. Based on the intent to retain quality professionals in advancement, NAADA seeks to provide a thorough overview of development-related functions. Whether you are brand new to advancement or have a few years under your belt and are looking for a road map for your career, this pre-conference seminar will give you the tools to chart a course for success! Specifically designed for agriculture and life sciences development professionals with three or less years of fundraising experience, this seminar is uniquely designed to introduce you to all facets of the profession from annual fund professional to planned giving expert. You will also leave with specific tools and tips from successful professionals with decades of experience in their fields.

As a bonus this seminar won't stop at the end of the day. Special Virtual Coffee Breaks (VCBs) designed to augment and delve more deeply into specific topics will be offered to participants throughout the year.

You'll also have plenty of time with the ten experts who will be part of the panel discussions allowing you to make invaluable connections for career success.

For more information, see the full description here.

Support NAADA through an Alumni Society Sponsorship

With the early registration deadline approaching, take advantage of getting maximum exposure for your institution AND send your volunteers or staff to the NAADA Conference. Join the following in supporting NAADA through a college or alumni society sponsorship:


Please consider sharing this information with your alumni society at an upcoming meeting. A Bronze Level Sponsorship level includes one registration to the conference worth $575 and the Silver Level Sponsorship now includes two registrations. For more information, please see the sponsorship page or contact Nelson Loftus, Chair of the NAADA Sponsorship Committee at

Welcome New Members

Help us welcome our new NAADA members. Feel free to drop them a note of welcome!

Meg Klosterman Kester, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Alumni
Shana Zaiser, University of Minnesota, Development
Rich Koenig, Washington State University, Dean
Rachel Webber, Washington State University, Communications
Kim Kidwell, Washington State University, Student Professionals
Lindsey Huseman, K-State Ag Alumni, volunteer
Jim Weldon, Clemson University-CAFLS, Development
Lisa Stearns, University of Tennessee, Communications
Dennis Epps, University of Georgia, Alumni
Jose Bernal, University of Arizona, Volunteer

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