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2011.01.14 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkldahl@unomaha.edu

UNO Magazine, Association Events Honored at CASE Conference

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Alumni Association received five institutional awards during the CASE VI Conference held in Kansas City Jan. 9-11.

CASE — the Council for Advancement and Support of Education — is the professional organization for advancement professionals who work in alumni relations, communications and marketing, fundraising and other areas. Case VI is one of eight regional districts and is comprised of institutions from Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.

UNO Magazine, edited by Anthony Flott, received two awards at the conference. Also honored were three Alumni Association outreach programs directed by Association Programs Coordinator Elizabeth Kraemer.

“This is great news for UNO to learn that so many of our alumni programs are recognized as being among the best around,” says Alumni Association President Lee Denker.

The magazine received a gold award for Publications Program Improvement. The UNO Alumni Association in 2009 ceased publishing the UNO Alum magazine, recasting it as UNO Magazine in 2010 as a joint venture with the University and the University of Nebraska Foundation. The Fall 2010 issue “Whole Health: Mind, Body and Soul” received a gold award for a Cover of Four or More Colors. Flott, managing editor, produces UNO Magazine in cooperation with assistant editors Tim Kaldahl (UNO University Relations) and Jennifer Arnold (NU Foundation).

The association programs honored involved input from staff members and volunteers. “Popping In” received a silver award for Institutional Relations Project. The program took a unique approach to building a collaborative spirit between the Alumni Association and the many campus departments it works with each year. In August, alumni staff surprised more than two dozen departments with the delivery of Maverick-branded popcorn tins. It also provided an opportunity for numerous UNO employees to meet association staffers whom they previously might only have dealt with by phone or e-mail.

The UNO Chancellor’s Scholarship Swing received a bronze award in Student Advancement Programming. The annual golf tourney raised $44,000 with participation from 160 golfers and 42 sponsors. The UNO Graduation Fair in May received a bronze award for Special Groups Programming. The Association organized a welcome for graduates as they picked up their caps and gowns prior to commencement. Various campus groups provided the students with information, gifts and prizes.

Kraemer also made a presentation at the conference on the successful graduation fairs the association has implemented. She also led a roundtable discussion on how to engage young alumni. Denker was elected district secretary as a member of the CASE VI Board of Directors. He also presented alumni awards at the conference, led a roundtable on “Measuring Alumni Success” and moderated two sessions for advancement leaders.

Additional information can be seen at www.unoalumni.org/caseawards .

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