NAADA eNewsletter
July 2014

NAADA Connections


From the President

Keith BarberDear NAADA Friends,

Wow! What a great annual conference! Our gratitude goes out to Penn State for Creativity Starts Here. Kudos to all who participated, hosted, and/or lead sessions. Congratulations to those who took home more than you brought…creativity, ideas, buddies, etc. We’re off to a terrific beginning to the NAADA year.

MeeCee Baker, our Bickford Lecturer this year, asked, “What kind of NAADA do we want to be?” I propose the answer is found in what we do every day and at every level: stewardship. Our organizations exemplify this in all areas:

  • We steward students – asking them to leave the comforts of home and be dependent on us for 4, 5, even 6 years; in loco parentis
  • We steward a message – our constituents trust us to be true and honest – they believe what we tell them.
  • We steward relationships – our alumni and friends are connected to our institutions for a lifetime and we are charged with massaging those bonds.
  • We steward finances – money we didn’t earn; money we didn’t give; money given not to us or for us, but for causes greater than us and causes that will outlive us.
  • We steward the future – passing along wisdom, experience and direction within our professions.

If what NAADA does is stewardship, then how do we go about that mountainous task? An excerpt from Robert Fulghum’s 1989 book: All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten will help explain this… Most of what I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be, I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate mountain, but there in the sandbox at nursery school.

These are the things I learned: Share everything. Play fair. Don’t hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don’t take things that aren’t yours. Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody. Wash your hands before you eat. Flush. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. Live a balanced life. Learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.

Take a nap every afternoon. When you go out into the world, watch for traffic, hold hands and stick together. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the plastic cup. The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.

Let’s take to heart this responsibility of stewardship and apply the practices we adhere to as individuals on our campuses and collectively as an organization. If we do so, then we’ll be successful and continue advancing our mission. I look forward to working alongside each NAADA member to steward the opportunities we’ve been given.

Keith Barber
NAADA President

Remembering Ray Miller

Last month, NAADA lost a tremendous leader, volunteer, philanthropist and friend in Ray Miller from The Ohio State University after a four-year battle with Leukemia. Ray has been recognized by his peers for his work at The Ohio State University and NAADA in receiving the Professional Achievement Award (1994) and the Founders Distinguished Service Award (2003). In addition, Ray Miller Day was established on June 14, 2011 by special proclamation of the NAADA President.

To celebrate Ray’s relationship with NAADA and his great impact on our organization, the NAADA Board passed a resolution renaming its Professional Achievement Award to the “Ray Miller Professional Achievement Award”. This will be presented for the first time at the 2015 Annual Conference. The recipient of the award will receive a complimentary conference registration to invite a new first-time attendee to a future conference.

At this year’s conference, donations were accepted in honor of Ray’s legacy. Please consider making a gift to NAADA in memory of Ray to one of NAADA’s funds: Legacy Fund, Jane Longley-Cook Fund, and/or Ruby McSwain Endowment. As a 501(c)3 non-profit, your personal contribution is tax-deductible and may be given via check or credit card through the NAADA website. Your investment in NAADA in Ray’s name will help the organization carry on his life and legacy in perpetuity. Thank you in advance for considering a gift.


By Stephen Logue, Pennsylvania State University

Development Director, Major Gifts Officer or Fundraising Professional? As a traveling development officer, I've also heard the phrase "road warrior" to describe my position, though my business card contains a variation of the former above. In higher education advancement, we are all fundraisers, though, regardless of title. Or as Keith Barber would succinctly put it, we are advancement professionals, on the front lines securing a bright future for education and agriculture via charitable gifts. But whether we're in front of donors asking for leadership annual gifts, interacting at events, signing scholarship guidelines over ice cream on campus or strategically sending out annual fund mailings from the office, each of us is responsible for a specific piece in the development puzzle that is critical to the production of a healthy pipeline of supporters to our institutions.

Despite our collaborative efforts that must in the end fit together to form a whole, sometimes there's a silo (<--Ag word!) sitting atop each shop due to differing responsibilities and/or location throughout an institution. So what is it that everyone does? In the pre-conference Completing the Puzzle session, we lifted the silos to uncover the function and importance each has in development. We had the privilege to learn from seasoned professionals as they touched on best practices in each area through the lens of the donor continuum, from acquisition to stewardship.

They shared their stories from the field and allowed us advancement newbies the opportunity to interact with them in a close setting. This experience was a fantastic way to start off the week. Regardless of our titles and roles, we had a wonderful dialogue about how fundraising for agriculture is done around the country. We forged new contacts that we stuck close to for the remainder of the conference (and beyond!).

Special thanks to Glen Pittsford, Mary Ann Parsons, Kathy Kurtz, Shana Zaiser, Lynn Praska, Milford Jenkins and Keith for their enthusiasm about the work we do and for imparting such rich knowledge. I am grateful to have been a pupil of yours at this session!

Congratulations to the Award Recipients

In keeping with tradition, the 2014 NAADA Awards Banquet served up an evening full of surprise, inspiration, and joyful appreciation as eight deserving award winners were celebrated for their contributions. 

Kris Sticken, Milford Jenkins, Jillian Stevenson

The Front Line Award was presented to an unsuspecting Angus Foundation staffer, Kris Sticken, by Milford Jenkins, President of the Angus Foundation and past president of NAADA. Milford recognized Kris, the Angus Foundation’s sole administrative assistant, as an invaluable and long-standing member of their Foundation team and a critical part of American Angus Association education, youth and research activities.

Jillian Stevenson, Juli Fields

In a somber moment of appreciation, NAADA President Jillian Stevenson remembered NAADA great Ray A. Miller, and announced that the Professional Achievement Award will, beginning in 2015, bear his name. Two individuals were recognized with the Achievement Award: Juli Fields, Director of Alumni Relations and Executive Secretary of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia, and Dr. Marianne Fivek, Assistant to the Dean at Penn State University.

Jillian Stevenson, Marianne Fivek and Tracy Hoover

Juli received her award from colleagues Brice Nelson, Director of Student and Employer Engagement, and Robert K. Cooper, Assistant to the Dean for External Relations, who thanked Juli for the talents, energy and passion she shared to build one of the strongest and most active college alumni associations in UGA's history. Marianne was recognized by Dr. Tracy Hoover, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State, for her unmatched advocacy, enthusiasm, and loyalty to the students, academic programs and the college.

Jillian Stevenson, Tina Veal, Mary Buschette

Past NAADA president Mary Buschette presented the Founders Distinguished Service Award to the very surprised Tina Veal, Director of Alumni Relations for the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois. Mary thanked Tina for her eight years of outstanding service and dedication in her chairmanship of the membership and education committees, and for her exemplary overall service to NAADA.

The Volunteer Service Award was presented to alumni from two NAADA institutions: Timothy D. Beard, III, of Michigan State University, and Dr. William K. Collins of NC State University.

Jillian Stevenson, Tim Beard, Kathryn Reed

Tim Beard was celebrated by Kathryn Reed, Assistant Director of Alumni and Special Events at Michigan State University, for four decades of tireless support of MSU and the land grant mission. Mr. Beard is a lifetime member of the MSU Alumni Association, serving as President of the MSUAA Philadelphia and Central Pennsylvania Regional Clubs. He is also a longstanding Penn State Extension volunteer and a vocal and effective advocate for Penn State and Penn State Extension.

Jillian Stevenson, Richard Linton, Bill and Ann Collins

Dr. Bill Collins received his award from Dr. Richard Linton, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State. Dean Linton described Dr. Collins as a legend in his own time, and thanked him for six decades of service to North Carolina State University. Bill has distinguished himself as an extension specialist, world renowned tobacco expert, founder of NC State’s agricultural leadership development program, beloved mentor and generous philanthropist.

Jillian Stevenson, Vernon Meacham and Ben Grove (accepting the award on behalf of the Wamplers)

The evening closed with the presentation of Ruby C. McSwain Outstanding Philanthropist award to two families: William D. and Bonnie Lou Wampler of Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the Prestage family, supporters of NC State University.

Vernon Meacham, Director of Development for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, presented the award to Associate Director of Development Ben Grove, who spoke on behalf of the Wampler family. Sadly, Mr. Wampler passed away in March of this year after a lifetime of exemplary leadership, and Mrs. Wampler, his wife of 60 years and partner in philanthropy and service, was not able to attend. Vernon Meacham said that Bill and Bonnie Lou exemplify the Virginia Tech motto, “That I May Serve,” and that their service to Virginia Tech and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences includes gifts of time, treasure and talents that have extended across eight decades.

Richard Linton, The Prestage Family, Sam Pardue, Jillian Stevenson

The Prestage family was represented by Bill and Marsha Prestage, their daughter-in-law Cindi Prestage, and granddaughter Katie Prestage Poplin. Though unable to attend, all three Prestage sons — Ron, Scott and John — are alumni of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State University. Dean Richard Linton and Associate Dean for Academic Programs Dr. Sam Pardue recognized the Prestage family for setting a new standard for philanthropy within the College through the naming of the Prestage Department of Poultry Science. Philanthropy is a way of life for the Prestage Family, and one of the many ways they model leadership among their peers and partners at the state, national, and international levels.

NAADA President Jillian Stevenson closed the evening and the conference with a congratulations to all award winners and thanks to the conference sponsors. She also recognized work of the NAADA Individual Awards Committee members Ben Grove, Cathy Carr, Kevin Huesman, Renee Keese, Catherine Maxwell, Mary Ann Parsons and Carre Saunders, who managed the awards process and produced the event.

Resource Sharing at Your Fingertips

Did you know? NAADA has its own Knowledge Center where you can access and share resources that help you in your profession. Here you will find articles, sample forms and documents, conference presentation slides, etc., around many topics. This year’s conference presentations have just been added, so check it out! Also, consider sharing your information here. Recently, a request was sent to the Alumni track listserv for sample graduation type events and gifts. Penn State’s response to this request was just uploaded to the Knowledge Center, so it can be shared and accessed by all members. This is the type of information sharing that is perfect for the center, so please consider sharing and posting your information. Please note that this is a benefit of membership, so the site is password protected. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me (Jillian Stevenson at or Darrin Hubbard (

2013 Annual Report Available

The 2013 Annual Report that was presented to the membership at the most recent Annual Meeting is now available on the NAADA website. This document reports on activities from October 1, 2012 – September 30, 2013. Details on Board and Committee initiatives, financial performance and more can be found here. We encourage you to review and share with other members at your institution.

Volunteer for NAADA!

NAADA offers a variety of ways to get involved in the organization to meet the varying needs of members. Each year the Board of Directors sends a call to the membership seeking interested volunteers to serve in the upcoming year. The survey outlines current committee descriptions and annual responsibilities. If you are interested, access more information and indicate interest in volunteering for NAADA here.

If you are interested in volunteering, making new connections and/or serving your professional organization, please complete the survey! If you have any questions about where your talents may best be used, contact Darrin Hubbard at or 651-290-7463.

Sponsor Spotlight

Thank you to the generous support of our annual sponsors:




Penn State Foundation/
Earl Harbaugh

NC State University


Cornell CALS
Voyageur Trips

Welcome New Members

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

Dinah Schuster, LSU Agricultural Center & College of Agriculture, Development
Jean Lonie, Pennsylvania State University, Student Professionals
Holly Cogdell, Texas Tech University, Student Professionals
Elizabeth Bertrand, Texas Tech University, Student Professionals

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