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2024 Conference Schedule

All session dates, times and locations subject to change.

Wednesday, June 5

Opening Lunch and Kickoff: Noon to 2 p.m.

Grand Ballroom

Lunch is served: 12 p.m.

Conference Welcome: 12:45 p.m.

Plenary 1: Birgit Smith Burton, 1 p.m.

What’s the Big IDEA? Understanding the value of creating a more equitable and impactful future for Philanthropy

Embark on a journey with Birgit as she navigates the realms of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (I.D.E.A.) within the philanthropic sector. Explore current challenges, identify opportunities for change, and learn helpful strategies for cultivating a transformative culture of inclusivity and equity. With a focus on nurturing a pipeline of fundraising professionals of color and engaging a spectrum of diverse donors, Birgit places an emphasis on shifting from a “one size fits all” approach and redefines philanthropy through the lens of diversity and inclusion.

Break: 2 to 2:20 p.m., Gatsby’s Gallery

Session 1: 2:20 to 3:10 p.m.

We’ve got data and do we have a story for you! Foundation scholarships boost retention & completion rates

Salon A

Erica Marks, Vice President, Development & Alumni Relations
SUNY New Paltz

Discipline: Development / Fundraising

Session Summary: Data is impossible to ignore and incredibly exciting. A study of first-year students over a decade shows that those who received scholarship support from the SUNY New Paltz Foundation were nearly 20% more likely to persist to their junior year, and 16-18% more likely to graduate. Combined with student impact statements, testimonials and quotes, this makes a powerful case for the vital importance of scholarships – and a terrific story and marketing tool for campaigns and donor outreach in general.

Leveraging ‘Systemness’ for Communications

Salon B

David Belsky, Founder & CEO
Good Rebellion, LLC

Kyle Adams, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Creative Strategy
SUNY System Administration

Lane Filler, Chief Communications Officer
SUNY System Administration

Taras Kufel, Manager of Digital Engagement
SUNY System Administration

Discipline: Public Relations and Marketing & Communications

Session Summary: In a time of rapid change and advancement, it becomes clearer every day that we can achieve much more together than we ever could on our own. That is the theory behind systemness, an efficient, outcomes-based approach launched at SUNY nearly a decade ago – and now taking the higher education sector by storm. An area often skipped in collaboration discussions is communications. In this session, a tag team of current and former SUNY System Administration communications leaders will explore ways campuses can tap into the resources and expertise of peers and truly benefit from being a part of the largest higher education system in the world. Topics include (but are not limited to) media relations, crisis communications, digital content strategy, and marketing.

Strategies for Transitioning into Your First Leadership Role

Salon C

Matthew Colson, Vice President for Development & Alumni Engagement
Farmingdale State College

Discipline: Leadership / Professional Development

Session Summary: Taking on your first leadership role is a major milestone. You’re suddenly leading the work instead of doing it, and this shift often brings a jumble of emotions: excitement, fear, anticipation, insecurity. Authentic leadership is not granted by title but is instead earned over time through specific behaviors. In higher ed, where responsibility and authority don’t always go hand-in-hand, leaders must cultivate trust, collaboration, and purpose. This session will include an interactive and engaging discussion outlining and demonstrating effective strategies that can be put to use as you navigate your leadership transition.

The New Normal of Campus Visits: Digital First

Salon F

Julianna Goldring, Director of Marketing

Discipline: Marketing Communications

Session Summary: In an era where digital presence defines the first impression, higher education institutions face a pivotal challenge and opportunity to redefine their approach to student recruitment and engagement. This engaging session explores the evolving landscape of higher education marketing, highlighting the significant shift from traditional campus tours to a dynamic, digital-first strategy, speaking to the significance of the website, digital communications, and virtual tour solutions. The session will include the story of Purchase College’s journey in embracing new digital tools for their enrollment marketing purposes. With insights into the challenges and opportunities presented by this transformation, attendees will be equipped with actionable strategies to innovate and thrive in the new normal of higher education.

Collaborative Partnerships: Creating Meaningful Donor & Alumni Engagement Experiences

Salon H

Kristin Matthews, Senior Associate Director, Donor Experience
Stony Brook University

Marie Parziale, MSW ’10, Senior Alumni Career Coach
Stony Brook University

Discipline: Alumni Relations / Donor Engagement

Session Summary: While it’s vital to encourage donations and foster a philanthropic culture, it’s just as crucial to develop and maintain meaningful strategies that help alumni, donors and prospects to stay engaged with your institution and sustain lifelong relationships. Engagement takes a variety of forms and is valued in many ways. In this presentation, we’ll discuss leveraging your resources, expanding your collaboration with key campus partners to enhance and expand your efforts, and deepening relationships with donors, alumni, and prospects. Together, we’ll explore ways Stony Brook University has created a comprehensive engagement program that inspires our constituents to continue to give back through their time, talent, and treasure.

Snack Break: 3:10 to 3:30 p.m., Gatsby’s Gallery

Session 2: 3:30 to 4:20 p.m.

Play to Your Strengths: Strategies for Successful Community College Advancement Teams

Salon A

Diana Pollard, Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Executive Director
Dutchess Community College Foundation

Meg Natter, Director of Community Colleges and Foundations
CASE (the Council for Advancement and Support of Education)

Discipline: Leadership / Professional Development

Community college advancement professionals are masters at doing more with less in a limited amount of time. It’s rewarding, but it sure is tiring! Whether you’re new to the community college fundraising environment or have been passionate about the field for years, let’s review CASE’s new 2023 Voluntary Support of Education data (focused on community colleges) and dive into some tips on how to make the most of your time, resources, and energy when you get back to campus.

The Blueprint and Business Case for Strengthening Institutional Pride

Salon B

Devon Jerla, Assistant Director of Marketing and Brand Management
University at Buffalo

Discipline: Marketing / Communications

Session Summary: Being a campus where people want to work, learn and thrive takes much more than the occasional giveaway, and building enduring institutional pride means more than pomp and circumstance. It starts with aligning purpose with leadership goals, igniting connectivity and engagement through careful internal communications planning and establishing key partnerships for lasting success. This session explores how to create authentic messaging that resonates through a powerful, sustainable content marketing engine, all while contributing to the institution’s bottom line.

Creating Digital Engagement Programs to Increase Alumni Giving

Salon C

Jose Lopez, Sr. Account Executive

Jennifer Vincent, Account Executive

Summary: Perhaps the biggest question on any advancement professional’s mind is this: “What will it take for our alumni to make their next gift?” We think the answer is digital alumni engagement programs. Creating targeted and personalized programs that your alumni LOVE will help them develop the affinity they need to donate back to their alma mater in the future. To achieve this, advancement teams can leverage modern tools to keep their alumni happy and engaged. Join our session to learn how other advancement teams have developed successful digital engagement strategies that have increased alumni giving and how they measure alumni engagement.

How do we say, “Thank You?” Let us count the ways: a stewardship program worth its weight in gold!

Salon F

Michelle “Mimi” Johnson, Director of Alumni Engagement & Stewardship
Farmingdale State College

Discipline: Alumni Relations

Session Summary: This interactive presentation will explore the many ways a comprehensive stewardship program that values the importance of engaging donors before soliciting them increases the likelihood of larger and repeat gifts to more than one fund. Through the lens of donor stewardship first, fundraising second, the discussion will focus on successful stewardship tactics and include examples of key communications from both staff and students to guarantee institutional investment at a greater and more sustained level.

The Sting: Highs and Lows of Corporate-Foundation Relations

Salon G

Brian Rudolph, Director of Leadership Annual Giving; Assistant Director of Corporate Engagement
The University at Albany

Rich Becker, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
The University at Albany

Michelle L. Gardner, MS ’19, CFRE, Senior Supervising Director of Foundation Relations and Campaign Gift Strategies
Binghamton University

Christyn M. Sanagursky, Director of Development
Monroe Community College

Tara Stenzel, Executive Director, Principal Gifts and Foundation Relations
Stony Brook University

Discipline: Development / Fundraising

Session Summary: Join us as we delve into the dynamics of successful partnerships with corporations and organizations. SUNYCUAD President Brian Rudolph will lead a panel of industry leaders who’ll share real-life experiences – the highs and lows – and effective strategies to help you foster meaningful C-Suite collaborations. Panelists will discuss the evolving landscape of corporate philanthropy, including strategic approaches, ethical considerations and emerging trends – that can make you the bee’s knees on your campus!

Maximizing Impact Through the Donor-Fundraiser-Beneficiary Triad

Salon H

Anna Schlia, Ph.D. Candidate
University of Rochester

Discipline: Development / Fundraising

Session Summary: Explore the Charitable Triad Theory as we delve into the synergistic relationship between donors, fundraisers, and beneficiaries to enhance fundraising efficacy. Derived from the speaker’s dissertation, this session will illuminate how the interconnected dynamics of each party can transform philanthropic strategies. We will unravel how this holistic approach can be seamlessly integrated into your development practices, ensuring that every aspect of giving is aligned for maximum impact. Be prepared for an insightful presentation that blends high-level academic research with practical, implementable actions.

Reception: Join in the Zoot Suit Riot! 4:45 to 6:15 p.m.

Terrace Ballroom

Dinner & Achievement Award: 6:15 to 7:45 p.m.

Grand Ballroom

Education Achievement Award:

  • Judith Greiman, Chief Deputy to the President/Senior Vice President for Government and Community Relations, Stony Brook University

Hall of Fame induction:

  • Kathy Coley, Director of Communications; Special Assistant to the Vice President, Farmingdale State College (retired)

Thursday, June 6

CAWFEE TAWK: Breakfast with Your Disciplines: 8 to 8:45 a.m.

Grand Ballroom

Join colleagues who do what you do at other campuses to discuss best practices and share ideas!

SUNYCUAD Annual Business Meeting: 8:45 to 9.a.m.

Plenary 3: 9 to 9:50 a.m.

Grand Ballroom

Stop Managing Managers: It’s Time to Lead Leaders

Justin Fincher, Ph.D.
Vice President of Advancement, Stony Brook University; Executive Director, Stony Brook Foundation

Session Summary: Who are the key influencers in your organization? Who are the risk-takers? Is ambiguity feared or embraced? In talent management organizations, the key influencers and risk-takers often sit at the top of the organizational chart. The vast majority of the team fears uncertainty. On the other hand, talent leadership organizations embrace ambiguity in every corner of the organization. People at all levels and functions feel supported and are encouraged to take risks, to exert their influence. We will explore the differences between managing people and leading talent, discussing strategies for building an organizational culture that motivates, inspires and challenges people to lead from where they are.

Break: 9:50 to 10:10 a.m., Gatsby’s Gallery

Session 3: 10:10 to 11 a.m.

Community College Alumni Engagement Perspectives and Partnerships

Salon A

Russell Malbrough, Director of Alumni Relations
Suffolk Community College

Discipline: Development / Fundraising

Session Summary: Spanning nearly seven decades, the experiences for alumni engagement have evolved significantly on the eastern end of Long Island. This workshop invites participants to examine perceptions of the community college and focus on a handful of traditions. How can alumni support a vibrant educational mission? How are partnerships established? How do we encourage future alumni to see themselves connected to the institution? The session will also be beneficial to those exploring a shift into alumni relations.

Reimagining Farmingdale: A Brand New Story

Salon B

Chris Maio, Chief Communications Officer

Jon Goldstein, Senior Director of Brand and Marketing

Nicole Miller, Digital Engagement Coordinator

Danielle Dimuro, Associate Director, Integrated Communications
Farmingdale State College

Discipline: Marketing & Communications; Graphic Design; Public/ Media Relations

Session Summary: Farmingdale is in the throes of a brand launch that has helped build a consistent message, tone and voice among all our key audiences, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and industry partners. In this session, key members of its Marketing and Communications team will share best practices, challenges, successes and next steps to launch our new, Reimagine What’s Possible brand promise. We will discuss the ways we obtained leadership approval; secured resources for advertising and marketing; developed templated support materials to set the stage for a new look and feel; rolled out to key constituents on and off campus; built an ad campaign in an accelerated timeline; rewrote enrollment messages and materials in record speed; and adjusted our social media strategy with dramatic increases in engagement; with all creative design and execution done in-house by our small but fierce four-person design team. We will share video, ads, and graphics to support the brand launch – as well as learnings from last year’s SUNYCUAD conference, which inspired a new experiential marketing initiative.

So many possibilities: a case study in organizational evolution from the perspective of advancement operations.

Salon C

Lisa English, Associate VP, Operations – Advancement & Strategy
Rutgers University Foundation

Discipline: Advancement Services/Leadership

Session Summary: Possibilities for a more efficient and integrated organization mean change is a constant in the 2020’s decade. Through the lens of a large public university’s advancement operations teams, the path to excitement will be presented! This dynamic approach is scalable to shops of any size since it is built on a foundation of collaborative practice, amplifying thought leaders, workshopping solutions, and shared goals. Hear how the organizational practices of a high functioning advancement services team of 6 became part of the blueprint for finding wins across multiple operational teams.

The impact of purely political media outlets/free speech on campuses

Salon F

Frederic Pierce, Communications Director
SUNY Cortland

Discipline: Public/Media/Government Relations

Session Summary: The country continues to become more politically and culturally divided, which is reflected on growing extremism and intolerance on college campuses, catching well-meaning administrators and faculty in the middle. We’ll look at the impact this is having on public perception of campuses as hotbeds of ‘woke’ indoctrination, and strategies for higher ed communicators, marketers and public relations professionals to navigate this challenge. As schools constantly work to strike a balance between free speech and inclusion, it is critical that we pursue strategies that frame institutions as welcoming to students from the entire political spectrum.

Unleashing the Power of Your Leadership Annual Giving Society

Salon H

Skylar Beaver, Interim Chief Advancement Officer
The Lawrenceville School / CASE

Discipline: Development & Fundraising

Session Summary: Your leadership annual giving society represents a dedicated group of donors who provide vital unrestricted support year after year. But have you maximized the full potential of this engaged constituency? This session will explore strategies for leveraging your leadership annual giving society to elevate your overall fundraising efforts, including during transformational capital campaigns.

Break: 11 to 11:20 a.m., Gatsby’s Gallery

Session 4: 11:20 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.

Strategic Enrollment Planning: Enrollment and Advancement Go Hand in Hand

Salon A

Adam Connolly, Senior Vice President

Discipline: Leadership & Professional Development / Marketing & Communications

Session Summary: Any seasoned enrollment manager will tell you, the demographic cliff is all too real. But what’s oftentimes missing from the story is the impact enrollment ups-and-downs have on the advancement efforts for the college or university. Institutional plans incorporate variables across the spectrum, from facilities and enrollment to program development and advancement. However, until recently, advancement was not considered a key part of a successful strategic enrollment plan. In this session, you will learn key takeaways about why strategic enrollment planning must include both enrollment and advancement leadership to be successful and sustainable.

Exploring Best Practice for Generative AI in Advancement

Salon B

Jill Vogel, Director of Development Innovation
SUNY Empire

Jess Stallone, Director of Communications and Strategy
Rockland Community College

Discipline: Leadership / Professional Development

Session Summary: There is much discussion regarding AI and the ways it can make the work of advancement more efficient and effective. However much of the information describes the ‘what’ and not the ‘how’. The presenters will discuss important ideas for creating policies and guidelines for using generative AI in advancement. Practical examples of uses of the tool will be shared focusing on free websites, proprietary software, AI prompts for writing and research, digital media applications for photography and editing, music, and social media. In addition, we’ll encourage audience-sourced recommendations for additional Generative AI uses.

Utilize Google Analytics Web Tracking to Achieve Your Tangible Strategic Goals

Salon C

Gabriella Czerw, Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications
Stony Brook University

Discipline: Marketing & Communications

Session Summary: In the higher education landscape, we pride our efforts in creating offerings and resources to best serve our students. I plan to share with you how we leverage free and accessible Google data communications tools to track and inform decision-making. This session will focus on incorporating physical day-to-day operations in a digital landscape to support the student experience and your strategic goals. In addition, I will provide examples of reporting formats and success stories within our Division of Student Affairs.

Engaging the Divine 9: An Introduction to the Nation’s Historically Black Greek-Letter Organizations

Salon F

Chris Brown, Program Director, Donor Engagement
SUNY New Paltz

Discipline: Alumni Engagement

Session Summary: This session will educate attendees about the nine historically Black-Greek Letter organizations, known as the Divine 9 (Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc.). In addition, the presenter will provide strategies and tactics for how best to engage these influential – and potentially pivotal – alumni and bring them back to campus.

Leadership Transitions: Turning Change into Opportunity

Salon H

Danielle White, Vice President of Institutional Advancement
Alfred State College

Carl Cervi, Executive Vice President
CCS Fundraising

Discipline: Development / Fundraising

Session Summary: Higher education is on the brink of substantial leadership transitions. Survey data from the 2023 American Council on Education (ACE) reveals that 55% of college presidents plan to step down within the next five years. This shift is an opportunity, not a burden. Join us for a dynamic discussion on maximizing the potential of leadership transitions in higher education. The discussion will center around planning strategically and executing leadership changes; leveraging transitions to strengthen fundraising and donor relations; promoting diversity during transitions; and sharing examples of successful transitions.

Break: 12:10 to 12:25 p.m., Gatsby’s Gallery

The Bees Knees: SUNYCUAD Awards for Excellence Luncheon: 12:25 to 1:30 p.m.

Grand Ballroom

Break: 1:30 to 1:50 p.m., Gatsby’s Gallery

Session 5: 1:50 to 2:40 p.m.

Scholarship Administration 101: Gift Agreements, Award Management, and More!

Salon A

Christyn Sanagursky, Director of Development
Monroe Community College

Discipline: Development / Fundraising

Session Summary: You’ve just closed a new scholarship gift. Congratulations! After all the thank-yous and acknowledgements, what do you do next? Having a process in place to properly document the donor’s intentions and clearly articulate how your campus will award the scholarship is key. Often, it will involve other colleagues from departments like advancement services, financial aid, and even specific academic disciplines. Individuals attending this session will learn how to write an effective gift agreement; discuss potentially sensitive award criteria with the donor; engage campus colleagues in the award process; and create an effective award management system. This session will include ample time for group discussion and Q&A. Come prepared to share your stories, questions, and best practices!

Roaring Red Dragons: The road to a DIII Football National Championship

Salon B

Jonah Reardon, Associate Director of Alumni Engagement

Natasha McFadden, Director of the Cortland Fund

Jake LeBlanc, Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement
SUNY Cortland

Discipline: Alumni & Events

Session Summary: With only a 1.1% chance at victory, on Friday, Dec. 15, 2023, the SUNY Cortland Football team took home the NCAA DIII Stagg Bowl, the first SUNY program to ever win the national title and the first New York institution to appear in the championship since 1991. Yet the victory on the field was not the only cause for celebration! With only days to plan, our Institutional Advancement teams were able to score victories in engagement and development. In this session, we will discuss our road to a national championship and how we utilized partnerships on-campus, within the community and among our alumni population to engage thousands of Red Dragon fans during the NCAA DIII Football semi-finals and national championship. We’ll also discuss how we leveraged this victory to enhance giving initiatives and develop a new volunteer event model.

Engaging Parents and Families: They’re an Audience Too!

Salon C

Sonia Garrido, Director of Marketing and Communications
Stony Brook University

Rachael Eyler, Marketing Coordinator
Stony Brook University

Discipline: Marketing & Communications

Session Summary: Parents and families play an important role in a college student’s life. It is in our best interest to establish better lines of communication with this group, provide them with information about our services and programs in ways that are easily understood, and engage them as a crucial part of the campus community. This session will speak about our journey in developing a marketing and communications program for parents and families, and share what worked, what didn’t, and what we’ve learned throughout this process. We’ll also provide best practices as you consider developing your own parent/family communications plan.

Small but Mighty: Expansion Strategies When You Can’t Hire New Staff

Salon F

Diana Pollard, Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement
Dutchess Community College

Mike Barone, Founder/President
STR8 4WRD Communications

Discipline: Leadership / Professional Development

Session Summary: “We don’t have the budget for that.” It’s a sign plastered on the doors of most advancement and foundation offices. From limited dollars to labor agreements to staff capabilities, leaders are constantly navigating these waters with their limited resources. This presentation will show you how one shop stretched its dollars much further by working with a host of outsourced individuals, and how the talents and experience it gained far exceeded anything it could have hoped to achieve by hiring internally – which wasn’t an option anyway. We’ll discuss the obstacles (and responses) to prepare for, the traits to look for in partners, and the questions you should ask yourself and your team. We’ll consider opportunity costs, fresh perspectives, operations management strategies and the value of staff time in illustrating why this approach should be used much more often – and how you can begin to incorporate these tactics into your team.

Walking the Walk: Fundraising for Diverse Constituencies

Salon H

Lexy Rivera, Director of Annual Giving & Alumni Relations
SUNY Maritime College

Discipline: Development / Fundraising

Session Summary: Is your institution doubling down on ‘Diversity, Equity & Inclusion’? In today’s cultural campus climate, many leaders have announced reinvestment in minority populations. But how does this translate to your tangible goals? Join an insightful session where we explore how to identify, materialize and implement fundraising initiatives focused on lifting up overlooked constituencies such as Persons of Color and Women+ using real examples from SUNY Maritime College.

Break: 2:40 to 3 p.m, Gatsby’s Gallery

Session 6: 3 to 3:50 p.m.

Creativity for So-Called ‘Non-Creatives’

Salon A

Matt Ebbers, Staff Associate for Video & Photography
SUNY Broome Community College

Discipline: Marketing & Communications

Session Summary: This session will show attendees how to integrate creativity into roles not considered, traditionally, to be creative. It will call into question our typical notion that “creative” is synonymous with “artistic,” describe how creativity can be engaged as a daily practice, give applied tips on how to become more creative, and outline common creative blocks to avoid. The session will be supplemented with interactive puzzles/exercises, quotes from “The Laws of Creativity,” by Joey Cofone and “The Creative Act: A Way of Being,” by Rick Rubin, and examples/anecdotes from the presenter’s own career within and outside of SUNY.

Building a CX (Constituent Experience) Practice in Higher Ed, 2.0

Salon B

Brooke Carroll, Assistant Vice President of Constituent Experience

Jennifer Filasky, Senior Director of Constituent Experience, Alumni and Events

Katrina Culhane, Director of Annual Giving
Stony Brook University

Discipline: Advancement / Alumni

Session Summary: Stony Brook’s CX team will expand upon the conversation it began at last year’s SUNYCUAD Conference, delving deeper into processes, strategies and tactics to consider as you elevate your campus’ efforts to approach advancement from the perspective of your constituents’ goals and priorities.

From Strategy to Sustainability: Unpacking Lessons Learned from a Five-Year Fundraising Campaign

Salon C

Benjamin Wendrow, Director of Development
SUNY Oneonta

Discipline: Development / Fundraising

Session Summary: In this session, we will delve into the insights gleaned from SUNY Oneonta’s five-year comprehensive fundraising campaign, Grow. Thrive. Live. The Future of SUNY Oneonta. From internal planning and campaign leadership to navigating donor relationships and refining fundraising priorities, we share the lessons that propelled our success and the challenges that tested our resilience. Through real-world anecdotes and data-driven analysis, attendees will gain actionable strategies to optimize their own fundraising efforts, fostering sustainable growth and impact within their campuses.

Trendspotting in Philanthropy: Latest Research and Scholarship in Educational Giving

Salon F

Anna Schlia, Ph.D. Candidate
University of Rochester

Discipline: Development / Fundraising

Session Summary: Gain a comprehensive understanding of the current and emerging trends in higher education philanthropy. This session will offer an in-depth look at the latest research on donor motivation, fundraiser-donor relationship dynamics, and the evolving landscape of educational giving, with a special focus on SUNY Institutions. Through a blend of academic research and practical insights, we’ll explore how these trends can inform your strategies and drive success in your development shop.

Navigating the New Frontiers of AI in Fundraising: Software Solutions to Increase Outreach and Engagement

Salon H

Brad Tsai, AI Product Manager, Kindsight
Discipline: Development / Fundraising

Session Summary: Join us for an insightful exploration into the cutting-edge integration of AI technologies in a fundraising database. Are you ready to take fundraising to the next level? This session will help you find your people, see who is giving, and match donors to the right program, with the right ask. AI technology can help you accomplish all that, personalize messaging for any situation, and draft campaign messaging in minutes. It’s the future of fundraising! We’ll also share an exclusive preview of upcoming innovations under Kindsight to unveil integrated AI tools and features designed to offer smarter, more intuitive user experiences, setting new industry standards.


Travel to The Waterview at Port Jefferson: Buses board at 4:15 p.m. and leave at 4:30 p.m.

5 to 8 p.m.

Dinner and Dancing with the Equity Brass Band, a 1920’s jazz band, courtesy of Farmingdale State College

The Waterview at Port Jefferson

Return Travel to the Hyatt:

  • 7:15: buses depart for those wishing to explore Port Jefferson
  • 7:45: buses depart for those wishing to return directly to the Hyatt
  • 9:30: late buses depart from downtown Port Jefferson to the Hyatt

Friday, June 7

CAWFEE TAWK: Breakfast with Your Disciplines: 8:15 to 9:10 a.m.

Grand Ballroom

Join colleagues who do what you do at other campuses to discuss best practices and share ideas!

Plenary: 9:10 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Grand Ballroom

A SUNY-CUNY Presidential Panel

A panel of presidents will discuss a variety of shared issues, as well as some current and potential partnerships among their campuses and others.

Edward Bonahue, Ph.D.
President, Suffolk County Community College

Dr. Christine Mangino, Ed.D.
President, Queensborough Community College

Patricia Ramsey, Ph.D.
President, Medgar Evers College (CUNY)

Timothy E. Sams, Ph.D.
President, SUNY Old Westbury

Closing Plenary: 10 to 10:50 a.m.

Universities as Community Anchors: Lessons from the LEAP Social Enterprise case study

Grand Ballroom

Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, Ph.D.
Board Chair, LEAP Academy University Charter School, Camden, NJ;
Founder and Director, Rutgers University Community Leadership Center

This presentation introduces how a university can leverage resources as a community anchor as they make specific decisions to leverage various forms of capital, including economic, human and intellectual, to advance the well-being of their local communities.

10:50 to 11 a.m.: Closing Remarks, 2024 Conference Planning, Conference Adjourns