'Engineering a Legacy': Engineering Development Forum to Take Place at U.Va.

June 6, 2007 -- “Engineering a Legacy,” the 2007 Engineering Development Forum, will be held Monday, June 18, through Wednesday, June 20, at the University of Virginia. The forum, sponsored by U.Va.’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, is designed to educate engineering deans and development officers about best practices in fund raising. This year’s focus is creating a legacy of substantial, long-term, private support through improved alumni and faculty engagement and through the application of innovative fund-raising programs.

“We are pleased to host engineering school deans and development officers from across the country during the 2007 Engineering Development Forum,” said James H. Aylor, dean of U.Va.’s Engineering School. “The innovative and sustainable fund-raising methodologies, meaningful dialogue and networking opportunities that this forum provides are extraordinarily valuable to me as a dean.”
The program features presentations, panel discussions and workshops on fund raising and alumni engagement offered by nationally recognized development and communications professionals. Scheduled forum speakers include Robert D. Sweeney, chief development officer at the University of Virginia, who will present the keynote address, titled “Catalyst for Success in a ‘Mega’ Campaign,” and Anita Jones, Lawrence R. Quarles Professor of Engineering and Applied Science in the U.Va. Department of Computer Science, who will speak on “Innovation, the Economy and the Gathering Storm.”

Additional speakers include Matt Hugg, developer of The Campaign for You career management system, and Paul G. Schervish, professor of sociology and director of the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy at Boston College and national research fellow at the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, who will speak on “The New Physics of Philanthropy and the New Physics of Fund Raising.” Development professionals from higher education institutions such as George Washington University, the University of Texas, John Hopkins University, Cornell University and Carnegie Mellon University will also speak.

Sample workshops include “Thank You! Merci! Gracias! Danke! A Legacy of Gratitude,” “The Roles of Development in Complex Institutional Initiatives,” “Global Fund Raising: the New Normal,” “Communications: Building Image” and “Options for Alumni Engagement.”

The forum, which also provides opportunities to participate in guided tours of the University of Virginia, Monticello and Ash Lawn, will be held at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration. The registration fee is $540.00. To register online or to read more about the forum, visit www.seas.virginia.edu/edf07.