As the social media universe continues to expand, colleges and universities are expected to engage and evolve at the same pace. What resources are available to create a cohesive social media strategy? We’ll preview the annual CASE Social Media & Community Conference, held at the end of April in Miami.
About #CASESMC – This conference will go beyond social engagement and show you how to use social media in conjunction with all of your digital media efforts. Attendees will learn to create a cohesive engagement/communications strategy that will unite all of your departments and make your shop a player in the digital space.
Chris D'OrsoChris D’Orso is the assistant director of enrollment communications for Stony Brook University, coordinating social media outreach for one of the top-ranked public research universities in the northeast. Chris is a State University of New York lifer; he has a BA from SUNY Geneseo in communications, and worked as the acting director of student activities at Finger Lakes Community College and as an admissions counselor/orientation director at SUNY Old Westbury before joining Stony Brook University as an assistant director of admissions in 2005. He’s a husband and father, a Mets fan and baseball card collector, and the halftime voice of the Spirit of Stony Brook marching band during football games. Chris also got his butt kicked on “Jeopardy!” in 2009. He earned his MS in college student development at Long Island University.
Keith is the associate director for social media at Cornell University. He manages the Cornell alumni communities on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram; an aggregate population of nearly 60,000 alumni.
His past life as an aspiring video artist has helped engage alumni via both livestreaming and YouTube videos. Most recently he has been breaking new ground experimenting with prospect research on the development and refinement of a process for prospect identification on social networks and implementing a crowdfunding platform that aims to attract previously unengaged donors.
Before Cornell, Hannon worked for Nickelodeon television and Six Degrees Games.
Elise was born on a college campus, the University of Chicago, where her father was studying. It was only a matter of time before she would make Penn her home. She has worked with mentally ill, homeless women at Women of Hope, and ran a branch of the YMCA. She also played quarterback for the national title winning women’s professional football team, the Philadelphia Liberty Belles.
Betz has been working in development and alumni relations at the University of Pennsylvania since 2000, starting her tenure at The Penn Fund, the university’s undergraduate annual fund. While at The Penn Fund, she recognized the opportunity to create a student culture of spirit, engagement and philanthropy to keep students connected to Penn as future alumni, and founded “Penn Traditions: Building Our Community,” a comprehensive student advancement program. The genesis of this program has changed the student culture at Penn. Young alumni engagement and retention are also among the areas that Betz specializes in.
Currently in the Alumni Relations Office, Betz co-manages the central alumni relations departments, and continues to oversee the Penn Traditions program. She was awarded the University of Pennsylvania’s Model of Excellence Award for her work on Penn Traditions. She has presented at advancement conferences all over the country and has done numerous consultations with institutions who are interested in starting student advancement programs.
Adam is director of digital and data services at the Stanford Alumni Association (SAA), and likes finding insights in data and building great digital experiences. In 2005, he developed The Relationship Model, a new way to segment Stanford’s alumni by behavior, and in 2009 began to lead SAA’s social media strategy. Since 2012, he has led the merged Digital & Data Services department, which combines data, social, web, email, mobile and other digital efforts under one vision in strong partnership with programs across SAA.
Miller graduated from Stanford in 1999 with a double major in music (specialization in music, science, and technology) and human biology, and has been a member of Stanford’s staff since 2002.