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A university first: Alumni Association wins prestigious TD Fellowship

UToday HomeMarch 12, 2013

Julie Phillips graduated with a communications degree from the University of Calgary. Photo by Tara WhittakerJulie Phillips graduated with a communications degree from the University of Calgary. Photo by Tara WhittakerThe University of Calgary has been awarded a prestigious TD Fellowship in Advancement, one of only two fellowships given to universities across Canada each year.

“Our excellent candidate, Julie Phillips, BA’11, and the program have been recognized for the strong potential to make a meaningful contribution to the University of Calgary and the advancement profession in Canada,” says Mark Sollis, associate vice-president (alumni). “I am extremely delighted that the Canada Council for the Advancement of Education and TD Insurance Meloche Monnex has provided us with this opportunity.”

Receiving the TD Fellowship is an honour for the University of Calgary Alumni Association and this is the first time the university has been selected.

When she begins her fellowship with the alumni association, Phillips will focus her efforts on three priority areas: marketing and social media; advancement services and market research; and program management and volunteer recruitment.

"I'm so excited to be returning to the University of Calgary,” says Phillips, who most recently worked as outreach specialist at Calgary 2012. “I've learned a lot about community engagement over the past year and am looking forward to working with our amazing alumni community in Calgary and around the world. The fellowship provides a great opportunity to explore many areas of advancement and connect with what other schools are doing across the country."

In addition to her BA in communications, Phillips holds a diploma in television broadcast from NAIT and brings experience in volunteer management, social media and marketing.

History of the TD Fellowship in Advancement

The Meloche Monnex Fellowships, created in 1998, and made possible by Meloche Monnex and TD Bank Financial Group, allow three incumbents annually, selected by the CCAE, to be trained in alumni affairs. In 2003 the scope of the fellowships was expanded to cover educational advancement in a broader sense, allowing incumbents to gain practical experience in at least three of the major areas of advancement: alumni relations; development; communications; and student recruitment. For more information, please click here.


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