On August 4th 2016, five of the ambassadors and our new adviser traveled to Atlanta, Georgia for the CASE-ASAP National Conference. CASE-ASAP is the CASE Affiliated Student Advancement Programs National Conference held annually during the summer. The conference is a great chance for the ambassadors to see what programming is working well at other schools and meet people with the same interests and passions as us from around North America. The ambassadors were up for a national award, gave a packed presentation, and got to explore Atlanta.
The 43rd annual CASE-ASAP Network Convention was held at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center. The conference had a record breaking attendance, hosting over 800 students from the United States and Canada, and supporting more than 60 different student led presentations.
The IUP Ambassadors gave one of those presentations, to a room that was so packed there was standing room only! Matt and Erika, our president and executive vice president, presented on the annual Young Alumni Achievement Awards and Young Alumni Networking Dinner that the ambassadors host in the fall semester.
Between and after presentations the ambassadors got to explore Atlanta, going to various restaurants and tourist attractions, including the Hard Rock Cafe, World of Coca-Cola, CNN Center, and Atlanta’s Olympic Park.
Day 2 started off with breakfast and our District 2 meeting which included some exciting announcements. For the students, a very exciting announcement was the announcement of the D2 Convention next spring, at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario. Another exciting announcement for IUP was that the CASE-ASAP Network Convention was the kickoff to the sale of the book Lasting Impressions: Laying the Foundation for Engaged and Philanthropic Future Alumni for which Sara Lawer, our former advisor, helped co-author.
Another ambassador favorite was the keynote speaker during the network lunch. Ken Budd, author of The Voluntourist, spent time telling us about his experience volunteering internationally in six countries ranging including China, Kenya, and Costa Rica.
The second day of the conference continued with more student led presentations. The ambassadors enjoyed attending and taking notes and are currently considering bringing some of these programs to IUP in the near future.
The conference wrapped up with the Network Awards Dinner & Dance Party hosted in the Omni’s Grand Ballroom. After congratulating all of this year’s award winners, it was time to pack up and head back to Pittsburgh!
This year’s CASE-ASAP Conference was a great experience for the students and our advisor. It was great to meet other students and reconnect old friendships while working to improve our programming and share ideas. Some of the highlights from the conference, at least in IUP’s perspective, included seeing Matt & Erika’s completely full presentation, getting to meet and chat with students from other PASSHE schools, and for our the students to really connect with Maddie, our new advisor. It was great to see such a huge turnout at the conference, and hear students so passionate about the programming that they have and the pride for their universities!
All in all, it was another great conference for the IUP Ambassadors. We are so excited for the District 2 conference in Canada, and the next national conference in Ohio!