The CASE District IV Distinguished Achievement Award recognizes individuals making significant commitment to the advancement profession, both by service to their institution and volunteer service to the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and CASE District IV.Nominees should exhibit a balance of service to CASE, either at the international or district level, and service to the member institution.
A Distinguished Achievement Award recipient may be chosen annually by a committee composed of the prior year recipient of the award, three to five past DAA recipients, the District’s Chair-Elect, and one additional Board member appointed by the District chair. The DAA Committee shall forward its recommendation for approval by the District’s Executive Committee.
- Currently employed as an advancement professional at a CASE District IV member institution with a minimum of five consecutive years at a CASE IV institution prior to nomination.
- Sustained outstanding performance of responsibilities. Documentation of performance may include professional certification or other recognition, CASE awards, publications, etc.
- Ten-year active involvement in CASE with emphasis on participation and leadership. May include service to the profession through active involvement as leader, teacher, mentor district officer, committee member/chair and other service.
- A completed CASE District IV Official Nomination Form.
- A nominating statement listing:
- Highlights of outstanding performance of responsibilities.
- Highlights of CASE involvement.
- Other reasons for consideration.
2018 Distinguished Achievement Award– Laura Murray, Texas State University
Laura Murray’s tenure in advancement has spanned 23 years, and she has served at several institutions across Texas.
Her mantra is the same—at her institution or at CASE — she’s here to help. Regardless of what’s needed, she’s always willing to step in to do the job or to help find someone else who can also help. Simply put, she’s one of those people you can always count on.
She has long been an active volunteer and leader in CASE IV, having been a track chair for three district conferences, a faculty member for the New Professionals conference, received the CASE Red Apple Award on multiple occasions, and received district awards in several categories.
We’ve been blessed to have her on the CASE Board for the last two years as our Volunteer Coordinator. She helped to re-energize this conference by recruiting and engaging new members to get involved with this organization.
2017 Distinguished Achievement Award– Jim Lewis, Texas Wesleyan University
Lewis has an extensive background in higher education development, which spans more than 30 years.
Jim has served in nearly every capacity for CASE District IV and has played an active role in the mentorship of advancement professionals new to the profession.
He and his late wife, Cheryl, sponsored several scholarships over the years, and endowed a music scholarship in Cheryl’s name at Arkansas Tech University, her undergraduate alma mater.
2016 Distinguished Achievement Award– Beth Smith, Arkansas State University
An A-State alumna with bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Smith came to A-State in 1992 as assistant director of alumni relations and was promoted to executive director in 1997. She oversees the operation of the Department of Alumni Relations and serves as executive director of the A-State Alumni Association.
Additionally, she has served in several volunteer capacities for CASE District IV, including as a member of their board of directors and board chair from 2006-2008. In 2003, she served as chair of the CASE District IV annual conference, which was held in Little Rock.
For graduates of Arkansas State University, Beth Smith has served as the friendly face, the welcoming voice and the fellow classmate who represented the institution to our tens of thousands of alumni.
In a world filled with metrics, we could point out she has seen our alumni giving reach new highs in recent years, but that isn’t the true measure of her value to Arkansas State. Her service to A-State has touched generations of Indians, and now of course, Red Wolves, who remain connected to their university through her organization.
2015 Distinguished Achievement Award– Liz Landry, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Liz’s first passion is higher education, specifically advancement, which has been demonstrated in her lifetime commitment to the university from which she was awarded her degree. Her first job after graduation was as an assistant in he alumni office of what was then known as the University of Southwestern Louisiana and is now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the flagship institution of the UL state system. She quickly moved up, eventually assuming responsibility for that office and for building meaningful relationships with tens of thousands of Ragin’ Cajun alumni.
Her progression through the ranks of advancement continued including assuming responsibility for all aspects of a multi-year celebration of her institution’s centennial, promotion to Director of Advancement Services, and appointment of Interim Director of Institutional Advancement – an appointment that lasted several years and resulted in a highly systems integrated department.
For the last four years, Liz has literally sat at the right hand of the newest President of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Dr. E. Joseph Savoie, partnering with him in strategically building, growing and guiding the university into its next stage of academic life. As President Savoie’s Chief of Staff, Liz has embraced an expanded opportunity to encourage, foster and promote the life-altering impact of higher education.
A tireless mentor and enthusiastic champion of all aspects of institutional advancement, Liz is whole-heartedly committed to the ideals of higher education. Her skill and leadership have allowed her to accept many roles with CASE at the state, regional and national levels including serving as District IV Chair, and the CASE Commission on Alumni Relations. While these opportunities helped raise the profile of our District on a national level, Liz would tell you that her most rewarding experiences in CASE were building relationships that will last a lifetime.
Liz has done more for this District than many will ever know. The quiet but critical work in revising our Management and Operations Manual will likely be forgotten in years to come but it represents the district’s unerring roadmap forward. The recruitment of many talented young professionals who now have prominent leadership roles within out District can credit their rise to a friendly introduction by Liz at a Newcomers Reception perhaps a decade past. Her near-encyclopedic knowledge of the history of our organization will most likely never be matched again. She selflessly brings her vast experience, intellect, and energy to our district events and activities, and we are all the better for it. Liz embodies the very spirit of our district and, in the opinion of many, represents is very heart.
2013 Distinguished Achievement Award– Danny Jensen, UNT Health Science Center
Danny Jensen’s tireless commitment to the UNT Health Science Center and the new schools he helped form are a testament to his contributions to health and education in Texas.
Jensen has served on the CASE District IV board numerous times, arranged more than a dozen conference sessions, and served as a panelist and a moderator for CASE Padre conferences. For many, Jensen wrote the book on how to advocate for higher education with elected officials.
Jensen was instrumental in establishing the Center for Human Identification, the premier mitochondrial DNA lab in the U.S. – internationally known for its DNA identification efforts in locating missing children and adults, war and crime victims, and preventing child trafficking.
His influence and leadership helped the UNT Health Science Center garner the Gibson D. Lewis Library. In addition, his efforts led to the establishment of the School of Public Health (the only of its kind in the state), the Graduate School of Biomedical Science, the School of Health Professions, and the UNT System College of Pharmacy, which will begin accepting students in fall 2013.
Jensen’s talent for developing support from the Fort Worth business community, Tarrant County legislators, and both democrats and republicans in the delegation paved the way for phenomenal growth of the UNT Health Science Center. In fact, he was instrumental in turning a 50-student osteopathic medical school into a 33-acre campus that serves nearly 2,000 students and has an annual local economic impact of more than $600 million. Under Jensen’s watch, the campus added the Patient Care Center, the Center for BioHealth, and, in 2010, the Medical Education and Training building.
Jensen holds a Bachelor of Arts from Texas Tech University and a Master of Liberal Arts from Texas Christian University. His wealth of experience in external affairs and his keen understanding of his field have made him a respected voice among area, state, and national leaders.
2012 Distinguished Achievement Award– Patty Scogin, Austin Community College
Patty Scogin has always “bloomed where she was planted,” wherever that may be – professionally at Del Mar College, Austin Community College or CASE District IV; or personally, with family, friends and colleagues. The 2012 CASE District IV Distinguished Achievement Award winner is the ultimate professional, volunteer and friend to everyone she works with.
Patty, who currently serves as publications and creative services director for Austin Community College, literally got her feet wet with CASE IV in 1980 at the district conference in Corpus Christi, when she helped shift and rearrange conference activities after the weather turned crazy – typical Texas, of course! Cold weather and wind were no match for Patty, according to Claudia Jackson (executive director of community and college relations, who nominated her long-time colleague for this award), and she returned to that city as local arrangements chair 10 years later for another district conference.
By 2000, Patty had been asked to serve as program chair for the most recent district conference in Austin. In between, before and after those times, she also has served as leader for CASE workshops, discussing sessions topics about publications management, Web design and management, proofreading, desktop publishing for beginners and publication evaluation, sharing her expertise and humor at district conferences and in South Padre.
Patty’s service to CASE extends beyond presentations to include her service across a 30-year span as an elected member on the CASE IV board of directors, conference program chair (twice), conference logistics chair, service awards chair, publications track chair, awards competition chair and judging coordinator. She also received CASE International “Heavy Hitter” Top Workshop Presenter honors twice and was selected three times to attend the CASE International Leadership Summit.
With her leadership and guidance, Patty’s shops have won numerous CASE awards as well as honors from the National Council for Public Relations and Marketing. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University and earned her master’s degree in art from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
Patty has used her creative talents to serve CASE and her employers, and she continues to support and encourage her colleagues and friends, admonishing them to balance work with life – to bloom wherever they are planted, too.
2011 Distinguished Achievement Award– Michael Frick
Michael Frick, associate vice president for development at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, is the 2011 recipient of the CASE District IV Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes individuals who make a significant commitment to the advancement profession, both by service to their institution and volunteer service to the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and CASE District IV.
His career in CASE District IV has spanned more than 37 years at four CASE institutions in Texas — University of St. Thomas, St. Mary’s University, Schreiner College and MD Anderson Cancer Center. Frick has been an MD Anderson administrator for the last 19 years. Prior to coming to District IV, he held positions at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest, Ill., and at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in Nashville, Tenn. During his tenure at MD Anderson, he has planned, implemented and managed a nationally recognized development program focused on philanthropic support for the mission of the institution, which is recognized as the top cancer center in the world for seven consecutive years. Under his leadership annual philanthropic support of the institution grew from $16 million in 1991 to more than $235 million in 2008. He personally secured the largest single gift in the institution’s history — $50 million.
Frick has served in a variety of leadership roles within CASE, both at the national and district levels. He has been a presenter at both national and district conferences. He served as a District IV conference track chair at conferences in Albuquerque; Lafayette, La.; and Houston, and chairperson of numerous district committees including strategic planning committee and the Distinguished Achievement Award committee, which established and inaugurated the award at the District’s 1984 annual conference. He held many positions on the District IV’s board of directors including a two-year term as treasurer and as district chair from 2002 to 2004.
Wherever he has worked he has been an innovator, developing and implementing planned giving and annual fund programs that have been successful. He has participated and managed programs that have raised more than $2 billion in funds and personally raised more than $600 million in his career. His work was recognized in 2000 when he received the AFP-Houston Chapter’s Fund Raising Executive of the Year award.?