The CASE District IV Rising Star Award recognizes the accomplishments of new advancement professions (those in advancement for two to five years) whose early success promises future leadership and development. The recipient currently is employed as an advancement professional at a CASE IV member institution; demonstrates potential leadership in any area of institutional advancement – communications (public relations, media relations, publications and others); alumni relations; advancement services; or philanthropy (fundraising and other related areas). That person exhibits enthusiasm for advancement with a spirit of volunteer service through his or her involvement in CASE and other organizations tasked with advancing education.
2017 Rising Star– Ethan Rule
This constellation prize went to Ethan Rule who is a Senior University Marketing Representative at The University of New Mexico.
His primary role as a senior marketer includes brand management, marketing initiatives, and marketing and communication support for the Office of the President. He serves on the CASE District IV board as the Director for Educational Programming and is a past state director for the District.
Most importantly, he’s a proud dog dad to Gus, his Boston Terrier trained therapy dog who enjoys visiting children’s hospitals and police dispatchers.
2015 Rising Star– Victoria Hughes
Victoria Hughes of Austin College is the recipient of the 2015 CASE District IV Rising Star Award. Victoria joined the Institutional Advancement staff at Austin College in 2006 and currently serves at the Associate Director of Alumni Communications. She is responsible for the College’s social media presence, e-comm, web, and “all things nerdy” as she puts it. Known around the office as “Radar”, she never shies away from jumping in with both feet to figure out a problem.
“Obviously, we are all very proud of the work Victoria has done for the College and our district and wholeheartedly confirm her ’Rising Star’ status,” said Brooks Hull, vice president for Institutional Advancement at Austin College.
In addition to her work at Austin College, Victoria has served on several CASE conference planning committees and is in her second two-year term as Director of Website and New Media on the CASE IV Board of Directors.
2013 Rising Star– Carrie Phillips
Carrie Phillips of Arkansas Tech University is the recipient of the 2013 CASE District IV Rising Star Award. Phillips joined the University Relations staff at Arkansas Tech in August 2008 and currently serves as director of new media. She is regarded as the school’s social media expert, pushing for a university-wide policy, as well as conducting training for numerous users. A virtual campus tour and “green carpet” photos at pre-game Plaza Parties are just two of her recent brainstorms. Her nominating letter said, “She never shies away from a challenge or something she does not know how to do. She just digs in and figures it out.” When ATU installed a state-of-the-art but complicated video scoreboard for football, Phillips was the person to master and manage it the first year. It was not her job; she’s just that dedicated.
She has shown the same initiative in her involvement with CASE IV. She attended her first conference in 2009 and quickly got involved. Phillips has served as conference awards chair for three years, has been a member of national working groups on awards and technology issues, and has served as a member of the District’s Board of Directors strategic planning and communications and marketing subcommittees. She is a sought after speaker on social media topics and assisted in planning the social media track for the annual conference. As the 2012 awards chair, she was instrumental in developing an online awards registration program that led to a record number of entries and revenue. In Arkansas, she has served the district by helping to plan and host the state’s first regional CASE program.
2012 Rising Star– Todd Clark
Todd Clark, director of creative media at Arkansas State University, is the recipient of the 2012 CASE District IV Rising Star Award. Todd began his career at ASU in a “stand-alone” office as director of creative media development. Attending his first district conference in 2007, Todd has held a leadership role at every conference since then.
Todd brings a bachelor’s degree in management information systems to advancement and the district. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from ASU. Todd currently serves on the CASE District IV board of directors as its marketing and membership chair, and is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma.
2011 Rising Star– Kirby Tickel Hill
Kirby Tickel Hill, alumni relations director at Northern Oklahoma College, is the recipient of the CASE District IV Rising Star Award, a new award in CASE District IV that recognizes the accomplishments of new advancement professionals whose early success promises future leadership and achievement.
Tickel Hill is an active participant on many committees relating to her work as alumni relations director. Her leadership on these committees displays her willingness to “dive in” and make a difference. It is impossible to speak about Tickel without using the words “enthusiastic,” “outgoing,” and “personable.”
Tickel Hill has been a CASE District IV volunteer since 2007, having previously served on conference committees as an awards Judging Coordinator and Registration Chair. Her willingness to “dive in” and make a difference were evident when she agreed to fill a vacancy on the CASE IV board as Scholarship Chair for the 2011 FUSION conference. Undaunted by impending deadlines and in spite of joining the FUSION team very late in the planning, Tickel Hill performed her duties as Scholarship Chair with the expertise of a seasoned professional.
Tickel Hill’s dedication to the advancement profession and CASE District IV are exemplary. She personifies all that the Rising Star Award represents and it is appropriate that she be District IV’s first recipient of this award.