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OHIO Alumni Association

The OHIO Alumni Association received 10 CASE District V awards, bringing the Association's total for district and international awards to 20 within the last 24 months.

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OHIO Alumni Association wins 10 CASE District V awards

Total CASE district and international awards climbs to 20 within last 24 months


The OHIO Alumni Association has had a busy year, continuously working hard to provide Ohio University students and alumni the best signature and chapter events throughout the country.

Building on previous years’ success, the Association has excelled in its initiatives to be among those leading the district in best practices. In December, the Association was recognized with eight CASE V awards. An additional two CASE ASAP District V awards were received in February for the student arm of the organization, Student Alumni Board, bringing the total CASE district and international awards to 20 in the last 24 months.

“I'm extraordinarily proud of our talented, committed and passionate team of alumni professionals and volunteer board of directors who have elevated this program to national prominence,” said Jennifer Neubauer, the assistant vice president for alumni relations and executive director for the Association.  

The Association won multiple awards for its Women’s Leadership Symposium: Gold for Best Collaborative Program and Silver for Excellence in Special Events, Individual Event. The day-long leadership symposium was held at Cleveland State University in collaboration with the CSU Alumni Association and Division Student Affairs. In its second annual event, the symposium provided students and top-level, women administrators several opportunities to learn and network, with keynotes from leadership advocate Rachel Talton and Ice Bucket Challenge promoter Nancy Frates.

The Association also received the Gold Award for Best Volunteer Engagement Program for D.C. Networking Week and the Bronze Award for Best Student Alumni Programming with its Random Acts of Kindness Bags. Through The Bobcat Store, alumni were able to send anonymous care packages to students who could use an extra boost during finals week.

Teaming up with the LGBT Center and United Campus Ministry, the Association offered students and the public a safe space to enjoy Thanksgiving. Through Rainbow Thanksgiving, dinner and community were provided for individuals who could not go home for the holiday for safety, financial or other reasons. The event earned the Association both the Gold Award for Best Event on a Shoestring and the Bronze Award for Best Diversity Program.

When alumni visited Ohio University for On The Green Weekend, they were not the only ones to swarm campus. To help alumni embrace the reemergence of cicadas, the Association gifted Cicada Fest Parasols, which won an Honorable Mention for Best Event on a Shoestring.

The Student Alumni Board picked up two CASE ASAP District V awards for Outstanding Organization and Outstanding Student Leader for Makenzie Olaker, president of SAB. Before her position as president, Olaker was a general full board member, the member-at-large and vice president of professional development. She helped create the professional development committee to further SAB’s mission of cultivating professional members.

“To be personally recognized is just a reflection of my amazing team and the work they do as Student Alumni Board,” said Olaker, a senior majoring in accounting, economics and business pre-law. “I am most proud of SAB being recognized as an Outstanding Organization. The executive team, specifically, has worked tirelessly to ensure that our programming is truly reflective of the OHIO Alumni Assocation and SAB, so they are truly the people who deserve the recognition!”

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) is an international association of education advancement officers, who include alumni administrators, fundraisers, public relations managers, publications editors and government relations officers. The ultimate goal of advancement professionals is to enhance their institutions by bringing in support, whether in the form of money, alumni loyalty, public esteem, or new students. As a result, CASE’s purpose is to help these people advance the cause of education by offering information resources and training opportunities to aid its members.

The Pride of CASE V Awards Program honors the best and most innovative advancement professionals in higher education. The CASE ASAP District V awards highlight the achievements of an individual student, adviser program or outstanding organization. District V encompasses all colleges and universities in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Pride of CASE V awards are presented each year at the district's annual meeting in December. CASE ASAP District V awards are presented annually at the district’s conference in February.