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2012.11.27 > For Immediate Release
contact: Anthony Flott - UNO Alumni Association
phone: 402.554.2444 - email: aflott@unoalumni.org

UNO Alumni Association Programs, Coordinator to be Honored at Conference

Omaha - For the third consecutive year, the University of Nebraska at Omaha Alumni Association (UNOAA) will receive special recognition for its programs and communications, and one member of the UNOAA team will receive the inaugural “Rising Star” Award during the CASE VI conference Dec. 9 through Dec. 11 in Chicago.

CASE — the Council for Advancement and Support of Education — is the professional organization for advancement professionals who work in alumni relations, communications, marketing, fundraising and other areas. CASE VI is one of eight regional districts, comprised of nearly 200 institutions from Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.

More than 1,200 representatives of those institutions will gather Dec. 9 - 11 in Chicago for a joint CASE V and VI conference featuring workshops, seminars and presentation of CASE VI Institutional Awards. The latter recognizes the best work in professional advancement completed from September 2011 through June 2012. More than 400 entries were peer judged.

UNOAA will receive eight CASE VI Institutional Awards, including three gold awards. Five of the awards honor association work in alumni relations programs and three awards honor UNO Magazine, a UNOAA publication. The association has received 16 CASE awards since 2010, including its first-ever Silver award in CASE’s International Circle of Excellence awards program.

Also, UNO Alumni Association Programs Coordinator Elizabeth Kraemer will receive the first-ever CASE VI Rising Star Award.

“These awards reflect a lot of hard work, innovation and creativity, and it’s gratifying to see those efforts recognized as outstanding by our peers, which include Big 10 and Big 12 schools,” said Garrett Anderson, UNOAA’s 2012-13 chairman of the board. “Our programs and communications that are being honored are driving alumni engagement and significantly help the university promote and achieve its vision and goals. I am proud of our staff and the recognition they’ve earned for the university.”

Rising Star
The Rising Star Award recognizes a CASE professional of less than seven years who demonstrates potential for leadership, enthusiasm, commitment to their profession and service to CASE. Kraemer, who joined the association in June 2009, oversees programs for UNO’s nearly 100,000 graduates. This includes Homecoming, Golden Circle luncheons, out-of-state “Mavs on the Move” events, student outreach and the UNO Young Alumni Academy. She also directs the Chancellor’s Scholarship Swing, a golf outing that annually generates $40,000 for student scholarships.

Kraemer’s programs have been honored with 12 CASE awards since 2010. She has served CASE on more than five committees since 2010. She will chair the arrangements committee at the 2014 CASE District VI Conference in Kansas City. She earned a BSBA (2006) and MPA (2008) from UNO.

Following is a review of the awards the association will receive at the CASE VI conference in Chicago:

Alumni Relations Programs
Gold - Regular Alumni Programs — UNO Young Alumni Academy
Gold - Volunteer Engagement and Leadership — UNO Young Alumni Academy
Gold - Programming for Special Constituencies — UNO Young Alumni Academy
Bronze - New Program Initiatives — UNO Young Alumni Academy
Bronze - Collaborative Programs — UNO Homecoming Tailgate

Communications & Marketing, Excellence In Design
Silver - Covers — UNO Magazine, Summer 2012
Bronze - Illustrations — UNO Magazine Illustration, Summer 2012
Bronze - Periodicals Design — UNO Magazine

The UNO Young Alumni Academy, which will receive four CASE awards, facilitates networking and professional growth for alumni 40 and younger. Nearly 100 young alumni have participated in the academy in its three years, meeting regularly on campus to receive an insider’s view into the administration of UNO.

The 2011 UNO Homecoming Tailgate, honored as a collaborative program, featured more than 900 Maverick fans attending an on-campus tailgate prior to an off-campus hockey game. Guests included alumni and their families, students, faculty, staff and prospective students touring campus. Free lunch was provided, as were games, music and entertainment. The association also sponsored free shuttle bus rides to and from the hockey game. UNOAA collaborated with Athletics, the College of Public Affairs & Community Service, the Air Force ROTC, the student recruitment office and Office of International Studies.

The cover illustration for the Summer 2012 issue of UNO Magazine, honored with two CASE awards, reflect that issue’s theme of “No Place Like Home.” The illustration of artist Dave Sullivan paid homage to the work of popular illustrator Richard Scarry. The busy town scene Sullivan created is comprised of numerous vignettes specific to articles in the magazine. Each scene was pulled from the illustration to accompany those articles.

The bronze award for periodicals design honors the overall design of magazines from issue to issue. Emspace Group in Omaha carries out art direction for UNO Magazine. Anthony Flott, director of communications, produces UNO Magazine in cooperation with assistant editors Tim Kaldahl (formerly of University Relations) and Jennifer Arnold (NU Foundation).

Founded in 1913, the UNO Alumni Association advances the University of Nebraska at Omaha through a variety of innovative programs, communications and resources that engage the university's 100,000 alumni worldwide.

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