Hobart and William Smith Colleges Trustee Susan Connolly Eckert, Class of 1970, will present at the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education district II conference held in Baltimore, Md. on Feb. 1.
With her husband Jerry Eckert, vice president for university advancement at Millersville University, Eckert will lead a discussion titled The “S” Word (s)–Helping Your Staff (and Boss) Succeed in a Stressful Environment. They will discuss how they have managed to create positive energy and successful results during challenging and stressful moments. How they have learned to interact and support staff, use volunteers and manage their lives.
The conference theme “It Takes a Team,” highlights the fact that no professionals work alone but are all a part of an integrated advancement team that supports institutional goals.
Eckert is the president of the United Way of Lancaster County, Pa., where she supervises fund raising and distribution, volunteer management and general operations. She has been with the United Way since 1986. Prior to her involvement with the United Way she was head of the YWCA in Lancaster. Her volunteer activities in her community include membership in the Lancaster Rotary and service on several boards, including the board of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
After graduating from William Smith, Eckert earned her master’s degree in special education from Boston College and then taught special education. She later moved to college admissions work at Smith and Vassar, before relocating to Lancaster and taking up her positions there. She has been an active alumna, serving as a past-president of the William Smith Alumnae Association and a recipient of the Alumnae Association Citation in recognition of her contribution to the College. She has also returned to her alma mater as a speaker for William Smith’s Founder’s Day, and served on a variety of committees and as a career counselor. Eckert previously served as an elected representative on the Colleges’ Board from 1997-2001.
During the same Conference, Hobart and William Smith Colleges will be awarded a gold medal for its electronic “Hill & Quad” e-newsletter.
Hill & Quad e-newsletter is a monthly, full-color electronic missive undertaken by the Communications, Alumni Relations and Alumnae Relations offices. Each month’s issue is sent to approximately 7,000 alums, across the country and worldwide. This month’s Hill & Quad is available “here”.
CASE (the Council for Advancement and Support of Education) is the professional organization for advancement professionals at all levels who work in alumni relations, communications, and development. Today CASE's membership includes more than 3,000 colleges, universities, and independent elementary and secondary schools in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and 42 other countries. CASE helps its members build stronger relationships with their alumni and donors, raise funds for campus projects, produce recruitment materials, market their institutions to prospective students, diversify the profession, and foster public support of education.