ICAA August 2023 Newsletter

August 2023


Wrap up from our 2023 Summer Conference!

A special thank you to our conference sponsors,

Vinyl Marketing
Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges
CCS Fundraising
JGA Counsel
KLV Consulting
Massillon Plaque
USI Affinity
Truly Engaging

View photos from Summer Conference here. If you would like to upload any, let us know so we can give you access!

Call for Summer Conference Presenters

Did you attend a session that inspired you to want to present?

We are looking for educational programming for the 2024 summer conference. ICAA members want to hear what you are doing that is positively impacting your advancement area.

Apply to present at Summer Conference!

Past and first-time presenters, co-presented sessions, and referrals of non-ICAA member presenters are welcome to submit proposals. Your participation is key to offer a wide range of programming.

Below are a few topics that our members are always interested to hear about:

  • Affinity-based Alumni Engagement and Giving
  • Annual Giving
  • Campaign Management
  • Major and Principal Gifs
  • Donor Relations and Stewardship
  • Peer-to-peer Fundraising
  • Student Philanthropy

Each session lasts approximately 45 minutes with 15 minutes for Q&A.

Have questions? Contact the general ICAA account at Thank you for your willingness to share your ideas, innovations, best practices, and lessons learned with fellow ICAA members.

Recent Job Postings!

Hiram College

Denison University:

Ashland University:

Call for Award Nominations

It's never too early to send in your award nominations! This is your chance to recognize the great work of your colleagues, your advancement division, and even yourself (self-nominations are welcome and encouraged!). ICAA recognizes outstanding individuals and contributions to the industry through four awards presented at the annual ICAA Summer Conference. 

Ernest A. Sheetz Mentor Award

Newcomer Award

Program of Excellence Award

David T. Smittle Distinguished Service Award

Click here to learn more about each award and to nominate yourself, a colleague, or a program from your Advancement division!

Executive Committee Member Spotlight

Lauren Kennedy
Associate Director of Annual Giving and Advancement Communications
Allegheny College

  • How many years have you been a member of ICAA? Of the executive committee?
    • I attended my first Summer Conference in 2015 and then volunteered on the marketing committee for the 2016 Summer Conference. From 2017 to present day I have been the registration chair for SC. I joined the board in 2017-2018 and became the webmaster for many years and have also served as treasurer and now a member-at-large. 
  • What is your favorite ICAA event of the year?
    • My favorite event of the year is definitely Summer Conference. As the registration chair, I get to see as everyone signs up and I love sitting at the check in table and getting to greet everyone as they arrive and match names with new faces!
  • What is your favorite ICAA memory?
    • There are far too many to just pick one. From dinner cruises in Pittsburgh to Mardi Gras décor in Toledo (if you know, you know), I really look forward to Summer Conference every July because I have made so many good friends over the years and I can't wait to reconnect!
  • What is a fun fact about you?
    • When I'm not focused on the world of Institutional Advancement, I bake and sell cakes!

Member Spotlight

We would love to highlight projects you are working on or are proud of!

This month, let's celebrate the BW Bark Walk put on by our lovely friends at Baldwin Wallace University!

Nearly 200 dogs, alumni, family, and friends joined for the event in July! To view photos from this event, click here.

Promotions & New Hires

Jennifer N. Schuller was recently named president of Lake Erie College in Painsville, OH. Schuller is the first woman president in 75 years to lead the institution.

Walsh University welcomes Dr. Eric Constant as vice president of philanthropy. 

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations at Hiram College has promoted the following individuals:

  • Megan Fogel - Manager of Development and Alumni Relations
  • Stephanie Liscio - Director of Prospect Research
  • Carly Workman - Director of Development and Alumni Relations

Baldwin Wallace University welcomes John Bauer as director of annual giving.

If you have good news to share, new staff to announce, promotions to celebrate, or a suggestion for an in-depth feature, submit to ICAA Webmaster, Carly (Arthur) Workman at for a future issue.

Welcome Back!

Shoutout to the following institutions who have renewed their memberships since our last newsletter!


Not sure if your institutional membership is up-to-date? Connect with our ICAA Membership Chair, Ed Lenane at   

Let's Connect!

In an effort to raise awareness about ICAA, our membership, and professional development opportunities, we will be transitioned to a more visible LinkedIn page. You can find the page here.

At the same time, we will concentrate our social media efforts solely within LinkedIn as we feel this is the best space online for our organization and members to share and network in a professional environment. ICAA will no longer maintain active Twitter or Facebook accounts.

Be sure to share the link to the new LinkedIn page with your colleagues and others in the advancement, alumni relations, communications, and advancement service areas at independent colleges within the Midwest. 


  Job Postings

Do you know the most clicked page on the ICAA website is job postings? Check out current opportunities at ICAA member institutions here. Institutions with current memberships can post openings anytime.





Is your staff listing current?

Log in and check the staff list for your institution under “member directory.” You may be surprised by how many changes have occurred at your institution since you last viewed this list. Contact Carly (Arthur) Workman for assistance with updating your member list so your entire team can receive future communications and invitations from ICAA.  


Be sure to visit the ICAA Membership page to update your information, review the list of active members from your institution, or help new employees sign up for their own accounts! 


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