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2018 AAVMC Communications Excellence Award

2018 AAVMC Communications Excellence Award

Nominations are now open. The deadline for entry is March 31, 2018.

Eligibility is open to any college- or university-based communications officers primarily engaged with the management and operation of the communications program at an AAVMC member institution. Any individual employed at an AAVMC member institution may submit a nomination. See full details at the link above.

For more information visit: http://www.aavmc.org/Awards/Communications-Award.asp

Or click here for the Nomination Form

June President’s Note

Cheryl CobbsAnother 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

AAVMC chooses University of Florida for 2017 Communications Excellence Award

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.

2017 AVAP Conference – Save the Date

AVAP 2017 Conference - Racing Toward Success

Calling all veterinary advancement professionals!


for the Association of Veterinary Advancement Professionals (AVAP)
JULY 19 – 21, 2017

+ Indianapolis, IN +

Racing toward success in 2017!
Registration details coming soon.

AVAP President Update – Greetings from Cheryl Cobbs

Cheryl CobbsNovember 10, 2016

Dear AVAP Colleagues,

“Only by binding together as a single force will we remain strong and unconquerable.” – Chris Bradford

The executive committee met last month and formulated its goals for the coming year.

Our goals include:

  • Strengthening communications with AVAP members
  • Developing “best practices” resources on various topics such as grateful clients
  • Expanding the website to become a regularly utilized resource for its members
  • Continued collaboration with AAVMC and explore new collaborations with other veterinary organizations to raise AVAP visibility and leverage member expertise
  • Organizing a vibrant conference that incorporates 2016 survey feedback
  • Finalize the 501(c)(3) process and consolidate finances

During a recent conversation with Jeff Douglas (AAVMC) we discussed an article in the “Vet Med Educator,” a monthly electronic publication produced by AAVMC. The publication offers a succinct summary of the issues that impact veterinary medicine and can help you get onto the same page as the deans. If you are not already receiving the publication, I encourage you to subscribe at http://www.aavmc.org/Electronic-Communications/The-VetMed-Educator.aspx so you are in the know.

AVMA has moved the 2017 Alumni Receptions from Monday night to Friday night, July 21. Reason. As a result, the AVAP conference will be held BEFORE the start of AVMA. The conference planning committee are looking at dates and locations at this time. Further details will be available on the AVAP website in December.

Speaking of the conference, one final shout out to the Texas A&M team for planning this year’s conference! We also want to thank everyone who completed the 2016 San Antonio conference survey. We gleaned valuable suggestions and feedback for next year’s conference. If you have suggestions for the 2017 conference please send them to Chad Rohlfs at [email protected].

Have an idea for AVAP?
I invite you to contact any of the executive committee members to share your idea — our phone numbers and emails can be found at http://www.avaponline.org/contact/.

As Henry David Thoreau said, “I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”

Best to you in this season of thanksgiving,

Cheryl Cobbs, MA, CFRE