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IMPACT. Verb. “To have a strong effect on someone or something.”
Are you tired of this word yet? It seems to be one of the big buzzwords in advancement right now. We must show impact of the gift, have impact statements, etc. You all probably know enough about me by now to know how I feel about impact-not only in my job, but in living my life.
In this season of warm fuzzy feelings, holidays, food and fellowship, I have a great year-end story about impact I’d like to share (I’m just full of stories). I know this was the subject of one of my earlier emails, but I wanted to send a reminder (LOL!). This isn’t about money, but about kindness and connection and IMPACT.
A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from one of our alums from the class of 1988. I wasn’t working at LSU at the time, but knew people at the school, and I had a farm. This young alum had a very sick horse when she graduated that she was concerned would not make the trip to the new home/new job. I offered to keep the horse in comfort until she passed away, and I did so. Fast forward almost 30 years and I get an email from this alum (with whom I have not communicated since the call about having to put her horse down) wishing me a merry Christmas, and telling me how grateful she has been for all these years for what I did for her-that she often thinks about it. WOW! Made my day. And reminded me of why I am still around the vet school after all these years.
So, as we roll into this frenetic holiday season, finishing our cards, frantically shopping and honking our horns at crazy drivers (must be them, certainly can’t be ME), let’s stop and take a deep breath and take a moment to consider the impact we have on others, for good and for bad. Let’s stop and thank people, let them know what their presence in our lives has meant; let us be kind and giving, not just taking. Let US, not just our donors, live our lives in an impactful way.
The happiest of holidays to all!!
Thank you to those who took the time to submit your thoughts and suggestions from the 2017 AVAP Conference. Planning has already started for 2018. These comments and suggestions will lead the team as we work to finalize plans, speakers, and the future of AVAP.
Click Here to view the results!
Dear AVAP members,
I am honored and humbled by this opportunity to be at the helm of such a great organization! I have been a member for over 10 years now, and have watched it grow in numbers and strength, and I hope to help continue that progress.
For our over 30 new members, welcome! I believe that I-that WE-have the second best job in the world. There can be nothing finer and more satisfying than supporting people and programs that are making a difference in the lives of people and animals all over the world. Whether in education, service or teaching, people in our veterinary colleges and schools are impacting lives on a daily basis. And we are able to help them.
For those of you who weren’t able to make the conference, it was an incredible one. Chad Rohlfs and his crew at Purdue deserve a resounding round of applause for all the work they put in. From the speakers, to the food, to the social activities, it was a stellar event! These conferences help remind me of the importance of the work that we do. They also help me recharge when I am there-I get new ideas, affirmation of our work and friendship! If you were there, please don’t forget to fill out the post-conference survey, as we will soon begin planning our next one. Pam Jones and her staff at CSU have agreed to host another conference in conjunction with the AVMA conference in Denver, CO next summer (thanks you guys!!) and will use your input. Here’s the link: http://www.avaponline.org/2017-conference/2017-post-conference-survey/
At the conference, we installed our officers for the year, and here they are:
Vice President Danielle Johnson
Treasurer Lynne Haley
Treasurer elect Karen Johnson
Member at Large Joe Montgomery
Member at Large Bill Venne
The secretary position was left open, as Jo Ann Winn is retiring from it after 5 years, but Kelley Marchbanks has volunteered. As we will be migrating our listserv to our website, and she does extensive work with that, this is greatly appreciated. Also greatly appreciated is Jo Ann’s service and friendship over the years!
A point of business that we forgot was to approve the 2016 business meeting minutes. Jo Ann has uploaded them to the website, so if conference attendees would please take a few minutes to review them and advise of any corrections necessary that would be great. Deadline for approval is Friday, August 11. If we don’t get any corrections, we will accept the minutes as written. Here’s the link for that: AVAP 2016 Meeting Minutes final
In closing, I would like to say that this organization and this board is here for YOU! Use it…throw ideas and questions out on the listserv, reach out to members for ideas, contact the board if you need them. We will be having our first meeting soon to discuss goals for the coming year, so now is a great time for your input to help guide the future of AVAP.
Gretchen K. Morgan, AVAP President
Director of Alumni and Donor Relations
School of Veterinary Medicine
Louisiana State University
Videos, PowerPoint presentations, handouts and samples shared during the conference are being uploaded daily. Check back regularity for updates to the 2017 Conference Page.
For those who attended the 2017 AVAP Conference, please take a few minutes to share your thoughts on the conference to be used to help us plan for the 2018 conference in Denver!
Conference member attendees, please take a few minutes to review the 2016 AVAP business meeting minutes and advise of any corrections.
Deadline for approval is Friday, Aug. 11.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact AVAP President Gretchen Morgan at: [email protected]
Another academic year has come to an end for most of us. With it, comes an opportunity to pause, celebrate the past year’s accomplishments and recharge ourselves before the cycle begins again.
By nature we tend to look forward to what is next: the next deadline, the next task, the next visit, the next meeting, the next ask, the next article to write, the next alumni event to plan. Or we look back at what didn’t get done and, perhaps, feel badly. Seldom do we stop to assess — to see where we are and where we have been.
Reflection is an essential part of learning, and, as a lifelong learner, I encourage you to take a time to ask and reflect on these questions. You may also want to consider a team exercise of discussing these questions.
- What did you accomplish this year that you are proud of?
- What was the most challenging part of this year for you?
- What are the three most important things you learned this year?
- In what areas do you feel you made your biggest improvements?
- Were there any “aha” moments this year?
- What did you learn about yourself this year?
- Is there anything you learned this year that you want to apply to the future?
Learning new skills is another way to recharge yourself. This year’s AVAP conference, July 19-21, provides just this type of experience — offering thought provoking presentations on a variety of topics: alumni programs, building donor pipelines, marketing, developing a culture of philanthropy, donor communications and donor relations. Invest in yourself and plan to attend the conference to be inspired by experts, look more creatively at your programs and network with some of the most innovative advancement professionals in the country! You’ll be glad you did as the next academic year begins.
It’s not too late to register! We hope to see you there. http://www.avaponline.org/2017-conference/
Cheryl Cobbs, MA, CFRE
The communications program at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, led by Public Relations Director Sarah Carey, APR, has been recognized with the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges’ (AAVMC) 2017 Communications Excellence Award.
Florida’s communication program was reviewed and enhanced as part of a major institutional strategic planning program completed in 2014. The revamped program was tethered to the college’s 40th anniversary celebration and configured to support a major new college branding campaign themed “Challenge Accepted.”
“Communications excellence and institutional advancement go hand in hand,” said AAVMC Chief Executive Officer Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe. “We congratulate our colleagues at the University of Florida for earning this honor, and appreciate the role their work is playing in advancing the interests of all of us in academic veterinary medicine.”
The award includes a $1,000 honorarium, a commemorative and public recognition. It will be formally presented during the annual meeting of the Association of Veterinary Advancement Professionals (AVAP) on Thursday, July 20 at the Sheraton Indianapolis City Center Hotel in Indianapolis.
See rest of announcement.