Victoria Hughes, Austin College associate director of alumni communications in the Institutional Advancement Division, received the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Southwest District IV Rising Star Award at the district conference in Austin this week. Hers was one of four Austin College awards announced, with honors also going to the ’Roos Who Write alumni program, the annual giving program “The Journey Continues,” and the student-produced video “Austin College Football Uniform Reveal.”
“I am very pleased by the affirmation of the work of our staff through these awards,” said Brooks Hull, vice president for Institutional Advancement at Austin College. “Obviously, we are all very proud of the work Victoria has done for the College and our district and wholeheartedly confirm her ’Rising Star’ status. Too, I was proud that the awards recognize the hard work and creativity of our staff in building programs in connection with faculty and talented students.”
The Rising Star Award recognizes the accomplishments of advancement professionals in the field for five years or less whose early success promises future leadership and development. The potential leadership may be in any area of institutional advancement: communications, alumni relations, advancement services, or fundraising. The honoree should exhibit enthusiasm for advancement and a volunteer service through involvement in CASE.
In addition to her work at Austin College, Victoria has served on several CASE conference planning committees and as a member of the CASE Board of Directors. She is beginning her second two-year term as director for website and new media on the board. Victoria has been a member of the Institutional Advancement staff since 2006.
Austin College earned a Gold Award in the student-produced video category for the Football Uniform Reveal. The video was created by Taylor Greenwalt ‘14, with assistance from Athletics and Institutional Advancement staff.
The ’Roos Who Write alumni writers conference, held in conjunction with Homecoming 2014 and included 10 sessions for alumni and the campus community, received a Silver Award. The conference, organized by Professor of English Carol Daeley, highlighted how an Austin College education can open doors, was a big hit with alumni who enjoyed the presentations from a variety of writers—including bestselling novelists to cookbook and blog writer to grant writer and many writers in between.
“The Journey Continues,” a social media and email fiscal year-end giving campaign earned a Bronze Award. The campaign highlighted the successes and accomplishments of 12 students in various levels of their Austin College journey—and pointed out the importance of alumni gifts in making those experiences possible. The campaign resulted in a substantial increase in giving during June compared to the previous three years.
Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 36 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of 1,250 students and a faculty of more than 100 allow a 12:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. The College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.