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‘ETSU 101: President’s Classroom’ earns CASE award

Wednesday, October 01, 2008JOHNSON CITY—East Tennessee State University recently received a Bronze Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in the 2008 CASE Circle of Excellence Awards Program.

This is the third national CASE award bestowed on ETSU in the fundraising arena.

The ETSU Foundation continuously seeks ways to involve any potential university supporter during the $224 million “Reaching Higher” Comprehensive Capital Campaign. The “ETSU 101: President’s Classroom” program is a promotional instrument for the university to highlight regionally some of its exemplary offerings and opportunities.

The ETSU project allows participants to experience being a doctor, movie producer, songwriter, nurse, golfer, engineer and basketball coach. The classes have been composed of three current or former mayors; three city commissioners; 36 presidents, CEOs and business owners; and 24 other leaders from the community interacting with top faculty and staff. From their experience, these President’s Classroom participants have generated general and monetary support for ETSU in a variety of areas.

More than 3,500 entries were submitted to CASE, representing 766 institutions. Subsequently, 204 colleges, universities and independent schools received 363 awards.

ETSU claimed the bronze award in the “Individual Public Relations and Community Relations Projects” category, which saw 26 entries from the United States, Canada and Mexico. The category showcased “exemplary public relations and community relations work created to reach and motivate a broad range of constituents including key decision makers, government officials, supporters and donors, and prospective students.”

Judges comments about the ETSU program included: “Very innovative concept.” “Great way to give supporters and donors a fuller understanding of university issues.” “Well done.” “Excellent participation — impressive results!”

“We are delighted to have been recognized with three national competitive awards for our fundraising programs,” said ETSU President Dr. Paul E. Stanton Jr. “Much of the success our university enjoys is based upon the deep commitment of so many individuals in the campus community to open ETSU’s doors wider for our stakeholders to more fully embrace the work we do each day.”

Dr. Richard A. Manahan, ETSU vice president for University Advancement, emphasized the importance of campuswide institutional involvement in such programs. “The ETSU spirit of innovation, camaraderie and partnership in driving our fundraising projects has worked to garner even greater attention, understanding and certainly significant monetary support from our community,” he said.

For more information on the CASE recognition or for details about the ETSU President’s Classroom program, contact the offices of University Advancement and University Alumni at (423) 439-4218.


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