Apra MidSouth News - June 7, 2017

Interested in knowing what the various industries are doing in your state? Visit MidSouth's Industry Events 2017 page listing of those events. Many thanks to the Education/Professional Development Committee for putting together this wonderful list. Feel free to send us any additions and updates!

Sabrina Latham

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Apra MidSouth News - April 14, 2017

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Education/Professional Development Committee survey last month. According to committee chair, Tiffany Calhoun, the survey was sent to 53 people and generated a 33.9% response rate.

Here are just a few of the survey highlights:

For the preferred formats of educational/professional development offerings, respondent’s top choices were the following:

  • In-person mini-conference and webinars (tied with 15 selections)
  • In-person presentations and in-person roundtable discussions (tied with 10 selections)
  • Online roundtable discussions (8 selections)

Respondents are most interested in covering the following topics:

  • Prospect research (16)
  • Data analytics (15)
  • Relationship management (11)
  • Campaigns, planned giving info, and high wealth (8)

78% of respondents said they would like to see 1-5 Apra MidSouth education/professional development offerings each year; 22% said 5-10.

The committee is working to finalize a formal proposal to submit for board approval within the next couple of weeks and we are looking forward sharing the implementation plans with you afterward. Many thanks to the committee (Mary Margaret, Tiffany, Courtney, Kate and Dana) for working so hard on this project.

We still need a couple of volunteers to serve on the Marketing Committee to help develop our communication strategy. Please let me know if you are interested in serving. 

Sabrina Latham

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Apra MidSouth News - March 6, 2017

If you haven't visited the main Apra website in a while, please visit to learn more about the major changes to the international association's brand. 

Immediately, you will notice that Apra is now spelled like a word instead of an acronym. 

Several Apra chapter leaders from across the country and Canada met in Chicago a couple weeks ago to learn more about the association's re-branding campaign and discussed options for incorporating the association's changes within each of chapters' communication tools (websites, social media, etc). 

Mary Margaret Roberts-MidSouth VP and I were in attendance and are extremely excited about the new look and the timeliness of these changes as we attempt to improve our communication methods.

Phase one has already started with our professional development offerings. You already know about the launch of our new Education/Professional Development Committee, which is tasked with improving our professional development calendar. The Board expects to receive their recommendations in early April.

Phase two will begin with the formation of our Marketing Committee, which will assist the Board's Communications Director with developing content to reach our current and prospective constituency. They will also be responsible for maintaining our website, social media and other communication devices.  If you or a colleague have an interest in serving on this committee, please let me know by the close of business on March 15th. We would like to have this committee in place to prepare for the recommendations handed down from the education committee. An announcement of the members of this committee will be announced shortly after the roster is finalized.

In the meantime, take a look at the international chapter's re-brand video. I hope you feel as proud as I do. After all, March is #ResearchPride month.

Sabrina Latham

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Apra MidSouth News - February 9, 2017 

APRA MidSouth is happy to announce the results of our recent board elections. Thanks to those of you who took the time out to participate in the voting process. Our 2017 board includes:

  • President - Sabrina Latham (University of Alabama at Birmingham)
  • Vice President/Program Director - Mary Margaret Roberts, CFRE (Mississippi University for Women)
  • Secretary and Treasurer - Geoff Little (Vanderbilt University)
  • Membership Director - Twyanna Frazier (Southern Poverty Law Center)
  • Communications Director - DiNaira Crosby (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

To start off the year, we have established and have recruited volunteers to serve on a very important committee to help us improve the quality of the chapter’s professional development programming. The MidSouth Education/Professional Development Committee comprised of regional representatives from each state will be responsible for helping the board to create a more engaging professional development calendar for conferences, webinars and other networking events.

We are grateful for the following individuals who have agreed to serve. They include:

  • Alabama – Kate Harris (University of Alabama at Birmingham)
  • Kentucky – Vacant seat (please let me know if you are willing to volunteer or nominate a colleague)
  • Mississippi – Dana Lamey (Memorial Hospital at Gulfport Foundation)
  • Tennessee – Courtney Duckworth and Tiffany Calhoun (St. Jude’s Hospital)

Interested in volunteering in another capacity? There will be another opportunity real soon. Stay tuned for more details. By the way, I’ll be attending ARC in Atlanta next month. If you’re planning to attend, please let me know. I would love to meet you!

Sabrina Latham

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