NAADA eNewsletter July 2015
July 2015

NAADA Connections

From the President

Keith Barber, University of Tennessee

Keith BarberHello NAADA friends! It’s hard to believe several weeks have already passed since we were at Texas A&M! The Make Your Move conference, highlighted by the celebration of NAADA’s 40th birthday, was fantastic. Both provided great ways to reflect on our past and look toward our future.

On behalf of the entire NAADA organization, thank you again to A&M for hosting and making us welcomed members of the Aggie Family. Thanks also goes to our Ewald Team of Darrin, Carissa, and Bridget for the excellent executive leadership provided, and, of course, thank you to each of the NAADA members who helped make the conference sessions and overall experience applicable to our work.

As I reflect on our time together, I think about the insights I gained from those who shared from their personal experiences…the stories of trial and error; of success and failure and more success. Above all, these real-life experiences aid me in what I do as an advancement professional because they are authentic and relevant, reminding me that others face similar professional realities just like me and that the best solutions are often found together.

As the new NAADA year awaits us, my goal as President and our goal as an association is to be practical and relevant to every member institution and every member of NAADA. Your board will be meeting in a few weeks to mark our course for the year (as well as plan strategically for future years). If you have suggestions, critiques, or ideas on what you’d like to gain from the association, please bring them to our attention. The 2015-16 Board is listed on the website and we would appreciate hearing from you.

I welcome you to help continue creating the steeped tradition that, through NAADA, you can bring to your campus. Let me hear from you.

See you soon!


P.S. – One more shout out to the NAADA 2014-15 Board of Directors! Way to go! Your impacts on our association are tremendous!

2015 Conference Recap

Darin Paine, Texas A&M University

2015 Conference 2015

Howdy! Have you been saying that since attending the 2015 Annual Conference? We hope so! Thank you to all of you who were able to attend the conference here at Texas A&M. We were thrilled you were able to join us and make the conference a success. Now, we're looking forward to heading to Asheville, NC in 2016. One of the best things to come out of attending the conference is learning how we all operate, both successes and missteps along the way. Having a face to face conversation with a peer from another university can lead to new ideas, solutions to similarly faced issues and improved processes. For all of these reasons please encourage more universities and organizations to attend the 2016 Annual Conference. There were new universities at this year's conference and we would like to see that trend continue. If you know folks at other schools who have not attended in a while or have never attended, please reach out and encourage them to attend the conference. We work in a unique field where we (almost) never compete for the same customer. And, everyone brings something unique to the table. Whether you are involved with the Membership Committee or not, please use your network to encourage more participation in NAADA and at the conference. Seeing all of the networking and camaraderie that came out of this year's conference it would be great see that continue to grow.

Once again, thank you to all of you who joined us this year and Gig'Em!

2014 Annual Report Available
The 2014 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, 2013 – September 30, 2014. 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.

Consider Hosting a NAADA Conference

By Mary Buschette, University of Minnesota

Have you ever considered hosting a NAADA Conference? It can seem quite daunting, but before you write off the idea, consider this — it was with some hesitation that the University of Minnesota submitted a proposal to host the 2009 conference. Would NAADA members want to come to Minnesota after a conference in Hawaii!? And the economic situation in the US was looking pretty grim (slashed travel budgets, etc.)

Fortunately, we could rely on fantastic support from the NAADA staff at Ewald Consulting as well as the wisdom and resources shared by previous hosts. Hosting the conference gave us the opportunity to shine at home (several representatives from central administration participated), show off our facilities (research facilities, the new TCF Bank Stadium, the Landscape Arboretum) and engage our students, alumni volunteers and donors in a unique way. Several professionals from other parts of the university presented sessions, including the director of the nationally recognized U of M Parent Program.

But the greatest benefit is that 5 years later, our advancement team in CFANS is stronger than ever. Before the conference, we were much more separated both by our professional silos and our physical locations. We didn’t realize the possibilities for connections and collaboration. Working together over two years to plan the conference brought us closer together. Recently we've established a monthly industry roundtable discussion that brings together admissions, alumni relations, development, communications, student services, career services, and international programs to discuss how we can better collaborate with our partners. It has been a fantastic way to share information, support each other and "build bridges”. So before you dismiss the idea, think about the benefits of bringing the NAADA conference to your institution, and know that there are colleagues at previous host institutions who are ready and willing to support you.

I hope that you will consider submitting a proposal – the RFP form is located here. If you have questions about what hosting a conference entails, please give me (Mary Buschette, 612-624-1745) a call or contact Darrin Hubbard at

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.

Hand Carved NAADA Pens Available

Darrin Hubbard, NAADA

To celebrate the organizations 40th Anniversary, NAADA commissioned the development of a limited supply of hand carved pens. The pens are made out of oak tobacco sticks from Bobby Gaffney’s Farm in Woodford, KY. Bobby was President of NAADA in 1997-98. The pens are available in either right or left handed styles.

NAADA pens

You can purchase a pen for $40, or receive a pen with your contribution of $100 to the NAADA 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. If you would like a pen, please include a note in the comments field.

Thank you in advance for considering a gift.

Sponsor Spotlight

Thank you to the generous support of our annual sponsors:

Diamond Sponsor

CFC Logo

Platinum Sponsor

CHS Foundation Logo

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Texas A&M Agrilife Exension

Bronze Sponsor

University of Minnesota

AFA Logo
AFA Logo
Aggieland Outfitters Logo

General Sponsor

Penn State Ag Alumni Society

Cornell CALS

Welcome New Members

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

Sadie Brendalen, University of Minnesota, CFANS, Communications
Lauren Vath, University of Tennessee, Communications
Sarah McKinney, University of Georgia, Development
Larry Thomas, University of Minnesota, Volunteer
Randa Bordelon, LSU Agricultural Center & College of Agriculture, Development

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