NAADA eNewsletter
October 2015

NAADA Connections

From the President

Keith Barber, University of Tennessee

Keith BarberNAADA Friends,

Your recently-appointed 2015-2016 NAADA Board met for the first time a few weeks ago.  This particular meeting is always exciting because we have a good mixture of both returning and new board members.  It’s also encouraging as individuals often share how they have begun to implement what was learned from the summer’s annual conference.  I can attest that this year’s board will strengthen each member and our association as we strive to advance our people and programs. 

Working hard to build upon the momentum established by Texas A&M, I’m excited to share that the Board and several committees are already diligently preparing for the 2016 conference to be held in Ashville, NC, and hosted by Clemson and NC State.  “Collaboration in the Carolinas” will help us realize our potential to be creative across borders (both state lines and within our own institutions) by providing a fantastic array of engaging programs and top-notch speakers.  Read more about the educational programs offered in Mary Ann Parson’s article below and keep an eye out for more info from the Carolinas.  This team effort is guaranteed to provide us with resources, ideas and education that will advance each NAADA institution!

On a sad note, NAADA has lost a true friend in the recent passing of Lisa Slone Cox (January 11, 1968 - October 16, 2015).  Lisa’s dedication to NAADA was remarkable and her smile was always something to look forward to.  We will miss her.  Thank you, Jennifer Shike, for writing such a great tribute to Lisa in this month’s newsletter.

As always, let me know how your NAADA is doing.


Let’s Build This Together: Advancement Data Search

Jamie Lucero, Virginia Tech

As advancement professionals striving for excellence for our institutions we are hungry for data…what are our peer institutions doing, what do our numbers look like compared to others, etc.  In the past, there were surveys distributed at the annual conference, the data was compiled, and then later sent to the membership.  However, that hasn’t happened for many years, leaving us with a void.  As a result, we are either on a mission to gather information at the conference each year or we do our own mini surveys via our listservs.

Acknowledging these struggles, members of the board and the association worked for the last year to develop a new way for our membership to access a wide array of data addressing advancement – alumni relations, communications, development, student programs, and volunteers.  Within our online institutional profiles are in-depth questions that address the data of interest.  Your campus contact has access to enter this data in your institutional profile.  A list of all of the questions are here to ease in collection of the data from each of your units.

The data can be updated at any time and we will target a few times each year such as at membership renewal and before the annual conference. The data is only as good as what is entered so we all have a little work to do.

The system we are using is limited with regard to searching the database on open ended questions. However, we designated several questions that should help you narrow your search to your peer institutions.  Although only campus contacts can enter data, all members can search the database from their individual profiles.

Advancement Data Search

We will continue to make improvements to the system as we all begin to utilize it. Please feel free to reach out with suggestions.

The Value of Your NAADA Membership

Kim O’Neill, University of Idaho

As membership renewals for professional organizations begin to arrive in your mail box, you might question the value of membership, specifically that of NAADA.  While you can read the testimonials and review the benefits on the NAADA website, I thought I’d summarize the qualitative traits of being a 10 year NAADA Member, encouraging you to renew your institutional membership. 

For those of you who have been members for more than a decade, might I invite you to join me in extending an invitation to others?  Perhaps there are others within your college that would value the professional development opportunities afforded by this great organization!

Happy Fall!

H Hallmark association of professionals in advancement and student services that lead colleges of agricultural and life sciences at institutions of higher education throughout the nation.

AAdvancing agriculture alongside each other. As NAADA professionals, we are fortunate to have opportunities to collaborate among each other.  From science to social media, ALL of our efforts advance agriculture.

PProfessional Development opportunities are plentiful through NAADA.  From challenging ourselves to present information at a conference to joining a committee to engage for the greater good, there are countless ways to continue developing your professional skillset.

PParticipation.  Simply stated – you will get out of NAADA what you put into NAADA.  While it’s always difficult to juggle the requirements and responsibilities of your paid position, any time and effort that you are able to dedicate towards NAADA, will pay off ten-fold.  Ask anyone!

YYielding Results for our positions, colleges and ourselves.  If I take a moment to reflect, I can quantify the various ideas obtained through NAADA connections that have returned great results.  I will continue to look forward to more ideas and to pay it forward as often as possible!

FFellowship:  I’m continually reminded of the great friends and colleagues that I’ve made through NAADA. This fall, during a season of thanks, I feel grateful for the camaraderie provided by NAADA members across this great nation.

A Altruistic Humans join together to provide education, support and recognition to professionals at land grant and other colleges of agriculture sciences and related programs.  So often, I’ve heard heart-felt comments about colleagues who become friends through NAADA; I have to believe it is our shared practice of unselfish behavior that brings us together.

LLifelong Learning occurs through this network of professionals in NAADA.  As Henry Ford stated, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.  Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”  We all want to stay young, right? J

L Link Together to collaborate, network, communicate, lead, facilitate, observe, or learn.  Connect with your colleagues at home, renew your membership, then come to the Carolinas for the annual NAADA Conference in June and add to this list for next year!

Remembering Lisa Cox

Jennifer Shike, University of Illinois

Lisa Cox

Our dear NAADA friend Lisa Slone Cox died Friday, October 16, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center after a courageous battle with cancer. Lisa, wife of Wes and mother of Sidney, was a 19-year employee of the University of Kentucky and served as the Scholarship Coordinator in the Office of Academic Programs for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE).

“NAADA has lost a true friend,” said NAADA President Keith Barber. “Lisa’s dedication to our association’s mission, combined with her passion to serve our members, was not only evident in her service on the NAADA Board, but also in her involvement across our many disciplines and institutions. She had a way of making everyone she came across better through her smile, her laughter, and her commitment to advancing agriculture through people.”

As a former NAADA board member, she served the organization with an open heart and a willing attitude to do whatever she needed to do to get the job done. In 2010, she accepted the responsibility of being the conference chair for UK CAFE to host NAADA 2012. It was a tedious two-year commitment in which she carried every detail out with perfection. She planned an incredible conference that made UK shine in the eyes of its peers. Lisa's tagline for the conference was "Our warm smiles, southern charm and true hospitality will make their Mark on you, promising an educational and rewarding conference."

Lisa’s mark on UK and CAFE is immeasurable, said her UK colleague and fellow NAADA member Marci Hicks. 

“For nearly two decades, the most important role she played in the college was not scholarship coordinator or student council advisor, but that of ‘campus mom,’’ Hicks said. “Hundreds of students thought of Lisa as their personal mentor. Much of her time was spent giving advice on personal relationships, academic goals or life in general and simply listening to them as a parent would do. She developed relationships with our scholarship donors and the parents of our students.”

Hicks added that she’s never met anyone more organized than Lisa which is why she asked her to chair the 2012 conference.

“Those of you who attended the conference in Lexington saw Lisa work her magic and got a glimpse of her devotion to whatever task she takes on,” Hicks added. “Lisa absolutely cherished her time as a board member of NAADA. I watched her blossom and grow professionally as a result of her involvement with our organization.”

At UK, she oversaw the process of coordinating and awarding $650,000 in CAFE scholarships annually to several hundred students. She was also the staff advisor to CAFE Student Council and helped the Executive Council manage student-led events throughout the year. Lisa's outstanding work was recently recognized by UK CAFE as she received the Outstanding Staff Award on September 30.

Fellow NAADA friend and colleague Tina Veal remembers the many conversations she and Lisa shared about the love and support they feel from their NAADA family.

“Lisa loved her NAADA family and when we lose one of our own, the pain is felt deep,” Veal said. “We talked many times how NAADA is a family that reaches out, that celebrates the successes, and is there during times of adversity for each other. Lisa felt that support from NAADA. We will miss her infectious smile, laugh, and the impact she left on our organization and her colleagues across the nation.”

Lisa was the daughter of Don and Marie Oakes Slone. She was a 1986 graduate of Tates Creek High School and a 1991 graduate of the University of Kentucky, where she received her B.A. in communications and was a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority.

Memorials may be made to the Lisa Slone Cox Scholarship, E. S. Good Barn, 1451 University Drive, Lexington, KY 40546-0097 OR UK Markey Cancer Foundation, 800 Rose Street, Roach Bldg-CC160, Lexington, KY 40536-0093 in memory of Lisa Slone Cox.

2016 NAADA Conference Bickford Lecture Announced

Mary Ann Parsons, University of Georgia

Donnie Smith

The NAADA leadership team is working hard to provide relevant, high quality content for the 2016 conference in North Carolina. Donnie Smith, president and CEO of Tyson Foods, Inc., will deliver the 2016 Bickford Lecture. We are excited to host an executive with such experience and enthusiasm who also understands and values the importance of agriculture to share ideas and inspiration with our members.

Donnie and his wife Terry, University of Tennessee graduates and 2015 recipients of NAADA’s Ruby C. McSwain Outstanding Philanthropist Award, have a personal mission to feed a growing world. They are doing so with efforts embedded in the land grant model, including the creation of an endowed chair in international sustainable agriculture at UT. Mr. Smith will share his story and how together we can make a marked difference in the world as it relates to agriculture.

We hope you have marked your calendar and plan to join us for a remarkable conference as we focus our educational efforts on collaboration and growth for each of you as professionals. Stay tuned for more exciting announcements of other featured speakers and guests.

Welcome New Members

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

James Libbin, New Mexico State University, Dean
Danadee Miller-Boyle, USDA/FSA, Volunteer
Cally Fix, North Carolina State University, Development
De Teague, North Carolina State University, Development
Liza Martina, North Carolina State University, Development
Debra Rodriguez, University of Arizona, Development
Todd Clark, University of Arkansas, Development
Tim Hornsby, The Ohio State University, Student Professionals
Ben Carigan, The Ohio State University, Student Professionals
Jmahl Stewart, Virginia Tech, Student Professionals

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