Seton Hall’s Student Alumni Association (SAA) recently co-hosted the 44th annual CASE ASAP (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education Affiliated Student Advancement Programs) Network Convention in Columbus, Ohio. The convention was one of three major events occurring as part of the Conference for Student Advancement. SAA hosted the Network Convention in partnership with The Ohio State University’s Student Alumni Council. After being selected in the fall as one of the co-hosting schools and organizations, Seton Hall SAA named junior members Tela Wittig its student co-chair and Morgan Mount its student activities coordinator.
Beginning their roles in November, both Wittig and Mount led a group of 13 Seton Hall SAA students and worked regularly with The Ohio State University’s student chair to prepare for the convention. Held in Columbus from August 3-5, 2017, the convention saw more than 600 attendees from across the country and Canada. Each day of the convention, students and advancement professionals attended sessions and shared best practices of their institutions.
As student activities coordinator, Mount coordinated convention logistics and managed the student volunteers in attendance from both institutions during the conference alongside Wittig. As part of her work, she oversaw and implemented a new track of programs designed by Seton Hall’s SAA to foster dialogue amongst attendees about new trends and topics in student advancement. SAA president and senior member, Laura Tecza, led one of these sessions on the success of campus partnerships. Four other Seton Hall SAA members presented on True Blue Month during the convention, highlighting the success of philanthropy education on the University’s campus.
This year’s keynote lunch included a discussion with Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream. An artisan ice-cream company centered in Columbus, Ohio, Jeni’s is popularly known for its creative flavors and the ingredients that make them. Wittig co-facilitated the discussion, where Bauer spoke about realizing passions and infusing them into your profession.
The Student Alumni Association closed out the convention on Saturday, August 5 with an awards banquet recognizing the work of other student advancement organizations and a celebration of the event’s success. SAA members will begin meeting this academic year at the end of the month. They are proud to have held this role and of the national recognition that came with it and look forward to implementing their new ideas from the conference this upcoming year.
About CASE ASAP
CASE ASAP is an international network of college and university student advancement organizations. Its goal is to foster and enhance student involvement in all areas of advancement from alumni relations and communications to fundraising, marketing, and related areas.
About the Student Alumni Association
Founded in 2005, the Student Alumni Association (SAA) is an undergraduate organization that works in partnership with Seton Hall's Alumni Relations department. The group seeks to better the University community by fostering relationships between current students and graduates, fostering school spirit and educating undergraduate students about the benefits of a life-long relationship with Seton Hall University.