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Professional Development Programs

The University System of Maryland Foundation hosts a variety of professional development events for advancement and alumni relations staff throughout the year to connect with our System institutions and to grow a strong culture of philanthropy throughout the USM. We offer viewings of recorded webinars, day-long seminars for staff at all levels of their careers, and leadership-level summits. We are always interested in hearing from you. Please reach out to us and let us know what topics and offerings are of interest to you.

Upcoming Webinars:

They’re Just Not Into You: What getting told “no” by a donor really means

Tuesday, April 30, 2024
10:00 am – 11:15 am

Four Rules for Writing in the Age of AI

What writing problems does using ChatGPT solve, and what writing problems does using ChatGPT create? This workshop offers a framework for deciding how, when, or if you want to use AI tools in your writing. Topics covered include how large language models work, the pitfalls of AI writing feedback, and when doing your own writing matters.

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Upcoming Events

CASE DEIB Trainings

Join the USM and CASE for two DEIB trainings in May and June.

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Donor Visits 2.0 – A Modern Playbook

In this workshop series, “Donor Visits 2.0,” we take a deep dive into the techniques of scheduling, preparing for, facilitating, and following up on donor visits. Structured into five purpose-driven modules, this is a comprehensive guide to effective gift conversations.

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Osborne Group Spring 2024 Webinars

Join the Osborne Group for four webinars starting in February and culminating in May! The webinars are as follows: Stewardship as the Solution to a Challenging Fundraising Environment, Alumni and Midlevel Giving, How to Thrive in a Changing Philanthropic Landscape, It’s Not Either/Or – Creating A Diverse and Equitable Fundraising Program.

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Vice President’s Council

The Vice President’s (VP) Council comprises the vice presidents of advancement from our USM institutions. The council meets three times a year to discuss fundraising progress and trends, resources to build fundraising programs, policies, and other items of interest.

Vice President’s Council Members

  • Bowie State University: Brent Swinton
  • Coppin State University: Joshua Humbert
  • Frostburg State University: John Short
  • Salisbury University: Jason Curtin
  • Towson University: Brian DeFilippis
  • University of Baltimore: Theresa Silanskis
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore: Greg Bowden
  • University of Maryland, College Park: Jim Harris
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore: David Balcom
  • University of Maryland Global Campus: Cathy Sweet
  • University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science: Lois Colaprete
  • Universities at Shady Grove: Richee Smith Andrews

Alumni Relations Council

The University System of Maryland Alumni Relations Council (ARC) was created to foster discussion and collaboration among leaders in alumni relations at USM’s institutions. The ARC meets four times a year to discuss trends in alumni relations, plan professional development and System-wide alumni events, and much more.

Alumni Relations Council Members

  • Bowie State University: Carla Hopkins
  • Coppin State University: Kimberly Nelson
  • Frostburg State University: Shannon Gribble
  • Salisbury University: Jayme Block
  • Towson University: Lori Armstrong
  • University of Baltimore: Kelley Chase
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore: Dana Rampolla
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County: Stanyell Odom
  • University of Maryland, College Park: Amy Eichhorst
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore: Kadeem Turnbull
  • University of Maryland Global Campus: Nikki Sandoval
  • Universities at Shady Grove: Richee Smith Andrews

USM Forum

Join us on USM Forum!

Join us on USM Forum, an online community for staff across the System working in advancement, alumni relations, and marketing and communications!

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Our vision is to attract broad resources that transform the USM and its institutions, create a network of advocates to embrace the USM’s role as engine, and to grow a long-term, sustainable culture of philanthropy across the University System of Maryland.

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