Greetings from CASE III

Anita WaltonFall has officially arrived. Everyone is easing into the routine by now and hopefully you are enjoying a great start to your academic year. There is a certain rhythm about higher education and I think this time of year is a special one for most of us in higher education.


Some of us get very direct signals from nature that the season is changing. Leaves are starting to change color and nights are getting cooler. At work, we're all about planning for homecoming or reunions, hitting the road raising funds that help sustain our institutions and, hopefully, planning for our professional development.


Speaking of that, you can see that your CASE district is busy providing you some unique opportunities. Our successful One Day Workshops are in full swing (better sign up soon as enrollment is limited), the revamped awards program is moving ahead (here's to getting started on getting entries in early) and early bird registration is open for our Annual Conference in Orlando this February. Not to scare you, but Halloween is just around the corner!


I wish you all the very best, and on behalf of your CASE leadership team, have a great October.



Anita Walton

CASE District III Chair



One Day Workshops - It's Time to Sign Up

Limited space is available for the One-Day Workshop in Atlanta, Oct. 20, Cultivating a Culture of Philanthropy and in Nashville, Nov. 17, Believe It Or Not, We Actually Have Rules To Follow: IRS and CASE Guidelines...and a Few Other Interesting Tidbits. If you are want some quality professional development for a great price, sign up now!

Do You Sit Through More Meetings Than You Should Each Day?

Jake Breeden, author of Tipping Sacred Cows and faculty member at Duke Corporate Education, thinks people go to more meetings than they need to. In his blog on Psychology Today, Breeden says managers often show up at meetings to support their team. Or they are just there to make sure things are being done right. Or they show up merely to show their face or cover themselves. But is their (our) attendance really just a sign of our insecurities?

Jake Breeden


Enrollment in U.S. Colleges Declines for a Second Year

Enrollment in U.S. colleges and universities declined in 2013 for the second straight year as registrations in two-year colleges tumbled. College enrollment dropped 2.3 percent to 19.5 million, a decline of 463,000, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released today. Enrollment in two-year colleges fell 9.6 percent to 5.27 million students, while four-year college enrollment rose 1.2 percent, according to the report.

Major Challenges and Issues Facing Higher Education

Bob Sevier, senior vice president for Stamats, asked a number of university friends and colleagues around the nation to identify the issues, opportunities, and challenges that they believe are impacting, or will impact, higher education. He originally envisioned a David Lettermanesque "Top 10" but quickly realized that there were just too many insights from too many people and that things can't always be distilled in a simple declarative sentence. To make this article a bit more approachable, he organized it around key themes.



Colleges Plan on Big Jump in Fundraising Next Year

According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Colleges and universities are aggressively planning to increase donations by a median 16 percent in their 2015 fiscal year, according to a new survey of 335 chief advancement officers in education. Nearly 60 percent of the survey's respondents, most of whom were from American colleges and universities, plus a few Canadian participants, said they are aiming for an increase of 10 percent or more in giving next year. More than one in four are planning for a more than 25-percent jump in donations in fiscal 2015, which began July 1 for most colleges and universities.

Three Keynoters Bring Different Perspectives to MAGIC Conference in Orlando

Three very different topics, three very different stories will be magically presented at the annual conference in Orlando February 15-18, 2015. On Sunday, Giovanni Livera, a performer, presenter, enthusiast and magician opens the conference with a transformational experience, not to be missed. Mignon Fogarty, who believes grammar really is fun and can prove it, will speak on Tuesday. And, on Wednesday, Inquoris "Inky" Johnson will close out the conference with an inspiring and dramatic story.

Giovanni Livera Mignon Fogarty Inquoris “Inky” Johnson
Livera Fogarty Johnson

District III Highlights

October Spotlight

Stetson University is the oldest private university in the State of Florida. Located in DeLand with a second campus in Gulfport and two satellite centers—one in Celebration and the other in Tampa—Stetson indeed spans Central Florida from coast to coast.

Founded in 1883 by Henry A. DeLand as the DeLand Academy and later renamed Stetson University to honor its benefactor, John B. Stetson, the university has a storied history of leadership, values and significance. The university is home to many Florida firsts, including the first collegiate newspaper, the first chapter of Phi Beta Kappa (the nation's oldest and most prestigious undergraduate honor society), the oldest schools of business administration and music and the first college of law. Stetson also was Florida's first private university to integrate.

Stetson is about more than the buildings and those who helped build them; it's really about a vibrant, growing institution where students are prepared to lead lives of significance. The university is led by its ninth president, Wendy B. Libby and is home to 73 undergraduate academic programs in law, music, arts and sciences and business with graduate studies offered in business and education. The university is accredited by numerous agencies, including the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and curriculum is closely aligned with the marketplace to prepare students for life after Stetson. Undergraduate leadership, research, social justice, advocacy and volunteer service, and participatory activities flourish at all four of the university's locations.


Next CASE District III Conference

Orlando, Florida


Meet us in Orlando for the annual conference. As we reveal the best tricks of the trade, you will harness the magic and return to your campus with new ideas, an expanded network and strategies for success.

Register today for the MAGIC annual conference. Early-bird rate of $359 vanishes Nov. 17. Group rates also available. Apply for a CASE III Scholarship and receive a waiver of fees for the conference registration, and reimbursement of up to $500 in receipted travel expenses.


CASE Presidential Search

CASE is searching for a new president to succeed John Lippincott, who will retire in January. To learn more, visit the search site and view the position description.