Greetings from CASE III

Kris PhillipsI hope your summers are off to a great start and your fiscal years are showing record numbers! As District III Chair, I am excited to serve the CASE membership for the next two years. This summer we are working on many educational opportunities through one-day workshops and the annual conference, What's Your Vibe? which will be in Nashville Feb. 14-17. We are continuing our commitment to inclusion and diversity, in all its forms, through programming and the Opportunity and Inclusion and HBCU Task Forces. In addition, we are in the process of defining and strengthening a mentoring program. The best feature of CASE membership is the various opportunities to get involved. Please review those and volunteer; we welcome you. Help us highlight the many amazing institutions across our District; please send us a spotlight on your school.


Kris Phillips

CASE District III Chair


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How to Create a Compelling Elevator Speech

Imagine entering an elevator. You press the button for floor ten. As the door closes, the stranger to your right asks "So, tell me about your institution." You now have the time to get to floor ten to provide the most accurate and engaging answer that will engage the stranger to want to learn more. This is the idea of the "elevator speech." Bart Caylor can help you develop that "one" speech that works.

Engaging Alumni from the Top of the Ivory Tower

We all like lists. There is something about having a list of things whether it is "to do's" or "rankings." Jay Sharman from TeamWorks Media put together a list of five things that we must consider when trying to engage alumni. Some are pretty obvious, but taken together the five are enlightening and should help guide our communication with our most important constituent—our alumni.

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The "New" Capital Campaign in Three Steps

Chris Cavanaugh, CEO of Freeman XP, shares some ideas on how to get in there and fight for a "share" of the donor wallet. As universities try to secure their place in the future of higher education, raising friends and finances are more important than ever. In this article Cavanaugh shares some fresh ways that institutions are engaging donors' minds and hearts.

Six Research-Backed Ways to Get More Followers on Social Media

Continuing on with our lists, from Fast Company comes a great article on how to build more followers into your social media work. Vanity—is it all about vanity or does increasing followers really mean something less narcissistic? With the ever-increasing number of social outlets, why is it important to keep tabs of where you are with all of them?

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Judging Coordinators Needed

Volunteer as an Awards Judging Coordinator for 2015-2016. To be considered complete the form. For the list of categories and descriptions, please visit the Award Categories and Descriptions page.

If you would like to nominate someone to be a Judging Coordinator, please email his/her name, title, institution, and email to


District III Highlights


The Westminster Schools is a Christian, independent day school for boys and girls from pre-first through high school. Founded in 1951, the School serves 1,850 students on a 180-acre campus in the heart of Metro Atlanta and seeks to develop the whole person for college and for life through an excellent education.


With an average student-to-teacher ratio of 9:1, Westminster offers not only carefully designed academic instruction, but also a wealth of engaging extracurricular opportunities, such as:

  • Unique service learning projects that partner with nonprofit organizations locally and abroad;
  • A dynamic performing arts program including music, visual arts, and drama;
  • A nationally recognized athletic program with more than 84 teams across 17 sports;
  • and interdisciplinary global programs in eight countries.


The School, under the leadership of President Keith Evans, continues to grow and succeed. Its various academic, arts, service, and extracurricular programs have earned state, regional, and national recognition. Additionally, Westminster has won more than 200 state athletic championships and has been awarded the Georgia Athletic Directors Association Director's Cup for best overall athletic program in its classification. Westminster graduates have gone on to lead lives of service and leadership inspired by the School's ideals and commitment to timeless Christian values.


Next CASE District III Conference

Nashville, Tennessee

Vibe Conference

Save the date Feb. 14-17, 2016


Whether you want to groove, chat or lead the band, make plans to attend the CASE III 2016 Annual Conference, in Music City.