Institutional Advancement Newsletter – May/June 2022

Congratulations on the end of the academic year 2021-22! By now most section members are on the other side of Commencement ceremonies and graduation activities. Take a moment to exhale and reflect on your successes, even if you’re already planning for next year! The summer months are nearly upon us, but we’ll continue to provide meaningful professional development and networking opportunities to our IA colleagues around the country.

Upcoming Events!

Virtual Section Social – Dean Transitions – Now What?
Wednesday, July 20th **New Date**
12:00 pm EST / 9:00 am PST

Moderators: Heather Foss Thomas and Liz Field

Click here to register! (FREE)

Virtual Section Social – Reunion, Alumni Weekend, and Engaging the “Lost Classes” of 2020 and 2021
Wednesday, September 21st
12:00 pm EST / 9:00 am PST

Moderators: Heather Foss Thomas and Liz Field

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IA Section Webinar – Collaboration on Marquee Events
Wednesday, October 19th
12:00 PM EST / 9:00 AM PST

Click here to register! (FREE)

Way to Go!

Congratulations to IA Section member Kelly Rimmer, Director of Development and Alumni Affairs at Penn State Dickinson Law, on receiving the 2022 Diversity & Inclusion Award from Penn State University’s Division of Development and Alumni Relations. Kelly was recognized for her tireless work toward actualizing DE&I goals through record-setting fundraising, groundbreaking partnerships, and program development.

Stephanie Silvestri, Director of Annual & Leadership at Seton Hall University School of Law, recently sang in the choir for a performance of Mozart’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall! Brava, Stephanie!

We don’t believe in thankless work, so please send us a note about a job well done, an accolade for a colleague, or a successful event or project you or your team has recently undertaken! You can submit kudos to celebrate yourself or a colleague on this quick and easy form.

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Sharing is Caring


What role did you play in your law school’s Commencement ceremony and related activities? Were you tasked with shepherding the stage party, stewarding board members at the event, or did you play a more passive role? Share your Commencement best practices on our Section Sharing Sheet on the Institutional Advancement Website!

You can post links to annual reports, alumni magazines, marketing collateral, or any other materials you’d like to share with your IA colleagues.

Welcome New Members!

We welcome colleagues who recently joined the IA discussion lists:

Did You Know?

Did you know that AALS launched a series highlighting different member schools and their recent programs or accomplishments? Visit the AALS Member School Highlights page to check out the featured school or past highlights. If your school is interested in participating in the series, click here.

Questions? Comments?

Feel free to reach out to your 2022 IA Section Officers:

Access past newsletter issues and archived webinars on the Institutional Advancement website