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Call for Proposals

The State University of New York Council for University Advancement (SUNYCUAD) seeks a variety of speakers for our annual educational conference June 7-9, 2017, at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tarrytown, in Tarrytown, N.Y.

SUNYCUAD is a professional development and networking organization affiliated with the State University of New York and includes more than 900 experts who work in development, public relations, alumni relations, publications, government relations, marketing, web communications and social media.

This call for proposals is your opportunity to propose sessions that explore topics and issues that are important to advancement professionals and reflect the best thinking across the many SUNYCUAD disciplines.

We are seeking programming options for:

  • 45-minute breakout sessions (generally a 30 min. presentation followed by a 10-15 min. Q&A or dialogue session)
  • Roundtable topics to lead the discussion with SUNY liaisons.

Examples of Programming Themes/Topics

  • Virtual reality for higher education
  • Building a 21st century communications operation: changing roles
  • Advancement services best practices
  • Marketing to Millenials
  • How to write great content
  • Shifting landscape of the annual fund
  • Website redesigns
  • Alumni engagement
  • Using social media strategically for development, alumni and marketing
  • Utilizing athletics effectively
  • Making data work for you
  • Board development (Alumni, Foundation, etc.)
  • Alumni magazines – making them relevant in today’s 2.0 world
  • Crisis communications
  • The essentials of planned giving
  • Campaigns: planning, performing, or transitioning to the next one

Submission Procedures:

Complete the session proposal form below.

Deadline for Submissions: Friday, March 10, 2017

Selection Procedure:

The SUNYCUAD conference programing team will meet to select the best proposals for the conference program. You will be notified in late March if your proposal has been accepted.


In addition, the theme of this year’s conference is, “The Legend of SUNYCUAD” as we embrace Tarrytown’s rich history and connection to America’s first recognized author, Washington Irving, who wrote The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Presenters are strongly encouraged to work this concept into their presentations.

Other important notes:

  • Interdisciplinary sessions are strongly encouraged.
  • Session topics should relate to, but are not limited to, the programming themes listed above.
  • All break-out sessions with a vendor are required to have at least one presenter from a SUNY institution, unless the conference programming team grants permission.
  • Presenters will not be compensated for their presentation. A letter from the SUNYCUAD President and Chancellor will be sent to all presenters’ vice presidents.
  • The program planning team will ask that presenters make some electronic form of their presentations available for posting on the SUNYCUAD website after the conference.
  • Presentation submissions not selected for breakout sessions may also be considered for panel or roundtable sessions, or archived for the 2018 conference.