Pride Week CASE Awards

Check out the following press releases from University Relations.  Each of these came out shortly after the ETSU Advancement and ETSU Alumni Offices were awarded CASE honors.

What is CASE?

CASE is the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and is headquartered in Washington, D.C. CASE also has offices in London and Singapore.  CASE is an organization for professionals of university advancement, alumni affairs, communications, fundraising, and many other areas.

CASE is comprised of 3,400 educational institutions including higher education and K-12 schools.  CASE has over 22,000 members.

2005 Case Award

JOHNSON CITY -- The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) has recognized ETSU for the creation of the ETSU Foundation Carillon and Alumni Plaza, as well as for the successful evolution of the ETSU PRIDE program. ETSU won an Award of Excellence in the Institutional Relations Project category for the newly developed carillon initiative. The university was also given a Special Merit award for ETSU PRIDE in the Media Relations Project category during the annual CASE District III conference held recently in Nashville. District III includes over 550 colleges and universities throughout the southeastern United States.

"We are extremely proud of the development of the Foundation Carillon and Alumni Plaza," said ETSU President Dr. Paul E. Stanton, Jr. "It is rewarding to know that our peer institutions in CASE recognize the significance of the carillon not only as a beautiful structure on our campus and an instrument to be enjoyed by the university community, but for the overall achievement it represents."

CASE representatives said the continuing interest ETSU generates through the news media for students, alumni and the community at large with its ETSU PRIDE program is notable.

Dr. Richard Manahan, vice president for University Advancement and the president of the ETSU Foundation, believes winning these awards allows ETSU to thrive and compete among other national universities. "This is confirmation by our fellow colleges and universities that ETSU holds a strong commitment to improvement while also reaching out to communities," he said.

2002 CASE Award

JOHNSON CITY – The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is spotlighting the Campaign for ETSU Tomorrow , the capital campaign for East Tennessee State University, by honoring ETSU with the Grand Award in the Graphic Identity Programs category of the District III 2002 Awards Competition. The district includes over 550 colleges and universities throughout the southeastern portion of the United States.

ETSU was the only school picked to receive the Grand Award in this category. Dr. Gene Crume, vice president for institutional advancement from Mars Hill (N.C.) College, was the chief judge of CASE's Total Programs Division. He said this category had the largest number of entries in the entire CASE award's program, and the judges felt the ETSU submission “stood out” from all the rest.

“What struck the judges was the strategic emphasis on using the capital campaign logo throughout the institution's programs,” he said. “Those working in the University Advancement division clearly made the Campaign for ETSU Tomorrow logo a part of ETSU. Also, the style and design was very clean and transferred to several items, making the campaign logo one of the most effective the judges had seen.”

ETSU President Dr. Paul E. Stanton Jr. believes this award is a testimony to the campaign's usefulness and importance in improving the university. “Awards from CASE recognize our professional commitment to institutional advancement, and it is an honor to be recognized by our fellow colleges and universities.”

Leading the Campaign for ETSU Tomorrow is honorary campaign chair retired Congressman James H. Quillen. Campaign co-chairs are Wayne G. Basler, past president and current member of the ETSU Foundation, and Stuart E. Wood Jr., immediate past president of the ETSU Foundation and the first alumnus to lead the Foundation in its history. Local businessman Dennis T. Powell is the current Foundation president, and John A. Jones, editor-in-chief of the Johnson City Press , is president of the ETSU National Alumni Association.

Dr. Richard A. Manahan, vice president for university advancement and executive vice president of the Foundation, commented, “It has taken the entire university community, including the leadership of our campaign chairs, the ETSU Foundation and the National Alumni Association members, working together as a team to make the Campaign for ETSU Tomorrow a truly successful endeavor.”

The campaign graphic, a globe with an explosion of brilliant light, was developed in cooperation with Digital Impact Design of Cornelia, Ga. Working with university personnel, the company has provided assistance with campaign literature and other media using the graphic as the main image for the campaign.

The silent phase of the $100 million five-year campaign began July 1, 1997, and the official closing is set for this June 30.

2001 CASE Award

JOHNSON CITY – The Campaign for ETSU Tomorrow is bringing attention to East Tennessee State University, the ETSU Foundation and the ETSU National Alumni Association.

ETSU has been honored with the Award of Excellence in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III 2001 Awards Competition. The award was presented in the Total Educational Fundraising Programs category for District III, which includes over 550 colleges and universities throughout the southeastern portion of the United States.

ETSU was the only institution selected for the Award of Excellence in this category this year. Edward G. Kardos, director of development from Virginia Commonwealth University, was the chief judge for CASE's Total Programs Division. He said he was impressed with ETSU's submission. “ETSU's entry showed the effectiveness of the school's comprehensive approach for their capital campaign. The amount of detail that has gone into the planning for the Campaign for ETSU Tomorrow clearly demonstrates the far-reaching success that has been accomplished by the university's administration and campaign volunteers so far.”

University President Dr. Paul E. Stanton Jr. believes winning this award allows ETSU to thrive and compete among other national universities.

“The efforts of our dedicated alumni and Foundation members have ensured the success of the Campaign for ETSU Tomorrow,” he said. “Their allegiance and generosity clearly prove that we can become one of the best regional universities in the country. This award from CASE confirms our commitment to provide a margin of excellence for all those who come here to study, teach and serve.”

Spearheading the Campaign for ETSU Tomorrow is honorary campaign chair retired First District Congressman James H. Quillen. Campaign co-chairs are Wayne Basler, past president and current member of the ETSU Foundation, and Stuart E. Wood Jr., immediate past president of the ETSU Foundation and the first ETSU graduate to lead the Foundation in its history. All three men have supported the university and its students for a number of years in many significant endeavors.

Dennis Powell, current Foundation president, and John A. Jones, president of the ETSU National Alumni Association, commended the capital campaign volunteers and University Advancement staff as well as other university employees for their continuous commitment and support for the Campaign for ETSU Tomorrow.

Powell said, “We have enjoyed serving these respective organizations and helping benefactors, alumni supporters and loyal ETSU employees who have so generously united for the betterment of the university.”

The silent phase of the $40 million, five-year campaign began on July 1, 1997. The official closing of the campaign is set for June 30, 2002. Just four months into the public phase on May 11, 2000, Stanton “raised the bar” and revised the original target to $50 million.

Stanton will give an update on the progress of the Campaign for ETSU Tomorrow at the annual Distinguished President's Trust Dinner this Friday, Feb. 2, at the Adelphia Centre in Millennium Park.

“This recognition acknowledges the development of a partnership which will enhance the university's commitment to quality in its programs and in its students,” said Dr. Richard A. Manahan, vice president for university advancement and executive vice president of the ETSU Foundation. “No university can become truly distinctive without private support.”

1999 CASE Award

JOHNSON CITY -- The ETSU PRIDE program has garnered attention for East Tennessee State University and the Alumni Association. ETSU has been honored with the Grand Award in the CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) Region III 1999 Awards Competition for Public Affairs Programs. The Grand Award is the highest recognition a college or university can receive in the Advancement Awards category. The District III region includes the entire southeastern portion of the United States. ETSU was the only Grand Award winner in the Public Affairs category this year.

ETSU President, Dr. Paul E. Stanton, Jr. commented, "Receiving the Grand Award for the ETSU PRIDE program in University Advancement is a reflection of the enthusiasm and the pride this region has for ETSU. This award is one more indicator of how ETSU is continually moving toward becoming the nation's best regional university." Dr. Stanton further noted, "PRIDE has grown into much more than a one week celebration - it has been seen throughout the entire year. Volunteers throughout the region, students, alumni, faculty, staff, and supporters, should be praised for this great accomplishment."

Dr. Richard A. Manahan, Vice President for University Advancement believes the PRIDE program will continue to enhance the university's visibility and broaden communications for the future. For a program this young to win such a prestigious award demonstrates an extremely devoted community. With regional support like this, the partnership ETSU shares with the region will only continue to prosper."

Spearheading the ETSU PRIDE celebration were co-chairs John A. Jones '69 and Dan Mahoney '66. Both are officers of the Alumni Association. These leaders, joined by N.A.A. President Dr. Clyde Farnsworth '60 '61, led an effort to bring forward _expressions of PRIDE in the university and the many benefits for the region. This year, ETSU PRIDE spread outside of Johnson City to the surrounding region due to the tremendous impact of the previous campaign. With the overwhelming response from PRIDE volunteers located throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, the program accomplished its goal of making the public aware of the impact ETSU has on the region.

Plans are already being made for ETSU PRIDE Week '99. With the success of ETSU PRIDE Week '98, organizers are ready to further showcase the region-wide programs of ETSU, the partnerships, and contributions of ETSU constituents.

For more information about this award or ETSU PRIDE Week '99, contact the ETSU Alumni Association at (423) 439-4218.

1998 Award

JOHNSON CITY -- The ETSU PRIDE program is bringing attention to East Tennessee State University and the Alumni Association. ETSU has been honored with the Special Merit Award in the CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) Region III 1998 Awards Competition for Public Affairs Programs. The District III region includes colleges and universities throughout the entire southeastern portion of the United States.

East Tennessee State University was one of only two Special Merit Awards given this year. Crista R. Cabe, Associate Vice President of College Relations for Mary Baldwin College and chief judge of CASE's Overall Communication Programs said, "The panel of judges was highly impressed with the PRIDE program. It was quite an extraordinary feat to garner this much community support in one specific celebration." Cabe added, "The entry included several photo displays that showed PRIDE signs blanketing the community. The PRIDE program and its success in the region is very unique and is something the university can definitely take pride in."

ETSU President, Dr. Paul Stanton, Jr. commented, "Being one of only two programs receiving this special recognition is exceptional. This award gives credibility to what I think was a wonderful process and wonderful outcome with tremendous community support and participation." Dr. Stanton noted, "This award should be to the entire region for what they accomplished in generating PRIDE spirit during that particular one week celebration which has continued to be felt throughout the year!'

Dr. Richard A. Manahan, Vice President for University Advancement believes winning this award is just another reason ETSU is becoming one of the best regional universities in the nation. "It took the entire university community including the leadership from ETSU's Alumni Association, ETSU Foundation, Pirate Club as well as the hundreds of volunteers working together as a team to make the PRIDE program such a successful endeavor. This recognition is one more step in the development of a partnership which will enhance the university's commitment to quality for its students with the surrounding region."

Spearheading the ETSU PRIDE celebration were co-chairs John A. Jones '69 and Bill Breeding, Jr. '90. Both are officers of the Alumni Association. These leaders, joined by association president Dr. William Linebarger '72, led an effort to bring forward _expressions of PRIDE in the university and the many benefits for the region. With this simple concept, a large contingent of volunteers from the ranks of alumni and supporters, brought forth an awareness campaign which moved throughout the campus and nearby communities. The program served as a great welcome to students and a way for the university to express appreciation for the region's support.

Plans are already being made for PRIDE Week '98. With the success of this first year, organizers are ready to take the message of PRIDE more prominently into surrounding communities. ETSU has an extensive presence with operations throughout northeast Tennessee. The region is also home to a majority of current students and alumni.

For more information about this award or ETSU PRIDE '98, contact the ETSU Alumni Association at (423) 439-4218.