Welcome to SCAFRO 2019!
Illinois Wesleyan University - Bloomington-Normal
Wednesday, July 10 – Friday, July 12, 2019
The 2019 SCAFRO Conference is jointly hosted by Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU)
and Oberlin College – the conference is being held on IWU’s campus in Bloomington,
Illinois. This webpage has information about the conference, including 1) sessions,
2) conference schedule, 3) travel, 4) housing, 5) meals, and 6) special events. Notifications
will be distributed through the group listserv, but updated information will also
be available here. If you have questions or concerns, contact Dick Folse, Illinois
Wesleyan’s Director of Grants and Foundation Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you in Illinois!
Sessions | Schedule | Travel | Housing | Meals | Special Events
A Fireside Chat with the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation
Leaders at the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations (AVDF) are pleased with proposals received
since the Foundation examined and confirmed its priorities in 2018. Join Annie Bryan
and Helen Warren for this fireside chat about Dr. Michael Murray's arrival as AVDF
president in April 2019, and his affirmation of 3 foundation priorities: 1) to strengthen
America's private institutions of higher learning in ways that promote leadership,
diversity and humility; 2) to advance humane, respectful end of life care; and 3)
to seek effective ways to steward our environment in ways that are ethical and sustainable. Annie
and Helen will also discuss practical questions, including the volume of proposals
and awards AVDF is likely to consider and the best practices for approaching and collaborating
with foundation staff.
Annie Bryan is the Foundations' Senior Program Officer. She works across all program
areas, with specific leadership of our Environmental Engagement, Stewardship and Solutions
program, Palliative Care program, and our Interfaith program. Annie provides support
to grantee partners and stakeholders as the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations' pursue
a new strategic plan and develop partnerships that align with our philanthropic priorities.
Helen B. Warren is the Director of Government, Foundation, and Corporate Relations
at St. Olaf College. She works across all program areas to secure external support
so faculty, staff and students at St. Olaf can pursue the college's mission just as
their talents incline them.
The Changing Role of CFR
The evolving higher education funding landscape increasingly requires us to stretch
the boundaries traditionally associated with CFR work. During this interactive session,
we will explore the ways in which this shift provides new opportunities for us to
own (and potentially expand) our roles as nimble, value-added strategic partners on
campus, and to leverage our core competencies for the benefit of our institutions.
Nicole Marshall, Director of College Grants and Sponsored Programs at Union College;
Ryan Sauder, Assistant Dean of Academic Advancement, Senior Director of College Grants
and Foundation & Corporate Relations at Franklin & Marshall College;
Michelle Wamsley, Assistant Vice President, Foundation, Corporate & Government Relations
at the University of Richmond.
SCAFRO Read: Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education
This session will begin with small group discussions of the book Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education by Nathan Grawe, Ada M. Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor of the Social Sciences at Carleton
College. The session will conclude with a facilitated all-member dialogue about the
roles that Grants and Foundation Relations professionals may have in advancing the
liberal arts in the face of demographic change.
Juliette Cagigas, Director of Foundation, Corporate, and Governmental Relations at
Christopher Tassava, Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations/Coordinator
of Faculty Support at Carleton College.
* Requires pre-purchase of the book. Buy locally! or online...
NexSTEM, a Community Collaboration to Advance STEM Education
Inspired through a community-wide economic development initiative, three higher education
institutions with complementary missions are working with community partners to create
new opportunities for low-income, academically talented students to pursue STEM degrees.
Supported by a Track-3, National Science Foundation S-STEM grant, the NexSTEM program
will support students though mentoring, renewable scholarships, and participation
in community-serving research projects. Panelists will present what has made their
partnership equitable and successful.
Session Facilitator: Dick Folse, Director of Grants and Foundation Relations at Illinois
Panel: Rebecca Roesner, Chair and Professor of Chemistry at Illinois Wesleyan University;
George Rutherford, Associate Professor of Physics at Illinois State University; Tom
Prudhomme, Instructor of Biology at Heartland Community College; Zach Dietmeier, Vice
President at Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council; and Sheri Glowinski,
Director of the NexSTEM Program.
HHMI: Advice from Successful Colleges
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Inclusive Excellence III competition is asking
colleges and universities how they can change to meet the needs of today’s students.
Panelists from 7 current Inclusive Excellence awardees will share the plans and activities
their institutions proposed to advance inclusive excellence, the approaches their
campuses took in developing their HHMI proposal, and lessons learned thus far.
Session Facilitator: Rachel Wray, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at
Panel: Ann Jenks, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Kalamazoo College;
Pam Snyder, Executive Director, Office of Foundation, Government, and Corporate Grants
at Oberlin College; Gary Hohenberger, Associate Vice President for Corporate, Foundation,
and Government Relations at Vassar College; Karen Ossen, Director of Corporate and
Foundation Relations at Wellesley College; and Patricia DeMarco, Director of Corporate
and Foundation Relations and Sponsored Programs at Wheaton College.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The session is an open, facilitated discussion about Innovation and Entrepreneurship
with entrepreneur Marc Talluto and dialogue from conference attendees. During a recent
poll of attendees, 50% of the schools noted they have some form of entrepreneurship
programming on campus, while the remaining schools stated that they recognized a desire
and need to offer programming in this area. The session's purpose is to share ideas,
successes, and known challenges related to universities engaging with students, businesses,
alumni, and funders around entrepreneurship. All attendees are encouraged to be involved
in the discussion.
Session Facilitator: Jerry Buckley, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
and Legislative Affairs, Hobart & William Smith Colleges
Breakfast Table Discussion Sessions
New Members Orientation - If you are new to SCAFRO, join Rachna Sinnott, Director
of Grants and Foundation Relations at Whitman College, and other seasoned participants
for the 411 about the conference and organization.
Corporate Sponsorships - Join this table to share ideas and information about best
practices in corporate sponsorship solicitation.
Arts Funding Landscape - Join Maurice S. Luker III, Executive Director of Corporate,
Foundation, and Government Relations at Lafayette College, for a discussion and perspectives
on arts funding yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: What's Next? - Join this table to share what you know,
what you think you know, and what you suspect about future funding directions...
Download full agenda as a PDF. (includes locations and shuttle schedule)
TUESDAY, JULY 9
All Day - Arrival and Conference Registration: Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and
6:00 p.m. - No Host Dinner with SCAFRO colleagues in Uptown Normal
8:30 p.m. - Dessert and Wine Welcome Reception, Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel
and Conference Center, Beaufort Room.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 10
7:00 a.m. - Optional self-guided walking tour of trees in the quad on Illinois State
8:00 a.m. - Breakfast and Registration
8:45 a.m. - Welcome and Introductions
9:15 a.m. - Session 1 - The Changing Role of CFR
10:30 a.m. - Break and Light Refreshments
10:45 a.m. - Grants Review I
12:00 p.m. - Lunch
1:15 p.m. - Session 2 - NexSTEM, a Community Collaboration to Advance STEM Education
2:30 p.m. - Break and Light Refreshments
2:45 p.m. - Strategic Planning I - See pre-conference survey results
4:15 p.m. - Free Time
5:50 p.m. - Load Shuttles and Departure for Dinner
6:30 p.m. - Reception and Dinner at McLean County Art Center
8:30 p.m. - Optional: Pub Crawl
THURSDAY, JULY 11
7:00 a.m. - Optional self-guided walk-run on the Constitution Trail
8:00 a.m. - Breakfast, Illinois Wesleyan University
8:45 a.m. - Session 3 - Innovation and Entrepreneurship
10:00 a.m. - Break and Light Refreshments
10:15 a.m. - Session 4: Arthur Vining Davis Foundation – Annie Bryan
11:30 p.m. - Grants Review II
12:30 p.m. - Lunch
1:45 p.m. - Strategic Planning II
2:30 p.m. - Break and Light Refreshments
2:45 p.m. - Business Meeting
3:45 p.m. - Free time
4:30 p.m. - Bus Loading and Departure for Museum and Dinner
6:00 p.m. - Private Tour Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield,
8:00 p.m. - Dinner at Maldaner’s Restaurant, Springfield, IL
9:30 p.m. - Bus Departs for Bloomington-Normal
FRIDAY, JULY 12
8:00 a.m. - Continental Breakfast, Center for Natural Science Atrium
8:45 a.m. - Session 5 - SCAFRO Read: Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education
9:45 a.m. - Break
10:00 a.m. - Session 6 - HHMI: Advice from Successful Colleges
11:30 a.m. - Box lunch pick-up, Center for Natural Science Atrium
12:00 p.m. - Hotel Shuttle Service to airport
Bloomington- Normal is conveniently located in central Illinois, just 30 minutes via
plane and 2 hours by car from Chicago. The Central Illinois Regional Airport (Airport
Code: BMI) is 8 minutes from campus in Bloomington, and offers daily service by American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines, and Allegiant Airlines to Chicago O’Hare, Dallas - Fort Worth, Atlanta, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Orlando, Denver,
and St. Petersburg.
Shuttle service is provided from the airport to the hotel. Look for the Marriott Shuttle
just outside of baggage claim. They know when you are arriving and have your name.
Bloomington-Normal is also accessible by train – the Amtrak station is one block from
the hotel, and by car with three major highways converging on the city (I-55, I-74,
I-39). Please contact Dick Folse at email@example.com for more information about these travel options.
Parking is free on Illinois Wesleyan’s campus, and included at the hotel as part of
the room rate.
There will be an IWU shuttle service between campus and the hotel. Details will be
provided at check-in.
Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center is central to the community
and only one mile from campus. This beautiful hotel has a pool, workout center and
on-site cafe for Starbucks beverages. The conference rate is $125 per night plus taxes and fees – mention SCAFRO when
Book your room at the group rate for SCAFRO Room Block, or call 1-309-862-9000
The Gates at Illinois Wesleyan University offers a limited number of apartment-style
housing accommodations with private single bedrooms and air conditioning. Email Dick
Folse at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Most meals are included in the conference registration fee. For detailed meal information,
view the meal plan. Email Dick Folse at email@example.com with dietary restrictions.
Wednesday, July 10
Join us at the McLean County Art Center in downtown Bloomington for art, jazz, and
great Chicago-style pizza. Giordano’s Famous Chicago Pizza and local micro-brewed
beers will help you understand why Chicagoans claim to have the best of the best pizza
Thursday, July 11
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield, Illinois brings to life Abraham Lincoln’s story through immersive exhibits in a full-scale
representation of Lincoln’s log cabin home and the White House,
displays of original artifacts, and a holographic theatrical production. Springfield
is an easy hour-long bus ride with part of the journey along historic Route 66!
After the museum, enjoy a stroll past Illinois' Old State Capital where Lincoln gave
his famous "a house divided" speech before arriving at dinner at the historic Maldaner’s
Restaurant (est. 1884).