A few weeks ago, a CSL graduate student interested in learning more about development in college athletics approached Dr. Greenhalgh with an idea. Greg Moon asked, with so many CSL alums working in development, could we create an opportunity to bring them together to discuss one of the most important areas in college athletics.
Monday, that idea came to life when CSL alum Justin Jannuzzi hosted graduate students Greg Moon, Scooter Renkin and Corey Pegram for an initimate discussion about development in college athletics at Duke’s Development Office in Durham, NC. Justin is the Director of Iron Duke Major Gifts. He was joined by Brandon Cunningham, Associate Director of NC State’s Wolfpack Club and Phil Pilewski, Senior Philanthopic Gift Officer for The V Foundation for Cancer Research
Here is our students first person account of the experience:
Greg Moon, CSL Graduate Student:
The first hour we discussed day to day operations with Justin and met some of the development staff at Duke. It was amazing to witness such a strong group of conversational individuals all in one room. In development it’s important to have a personality that stands out in order to be remembered. It was very obvious that each person exceeds their fundraising by their skills in having great and beneficial conversations with donors.
For a couple hours, we had discussions with all three development representatives about the future of the industry, resume’ building tips, insight to strong relationships with donors, and typical job responsibilities in the field. It was a great experience to understand how much of an impact the personality of a one person can have on an entire athletic program. These were a group of individuals that are certain to leave a legacy at their respective programs through their hard work and that’s what I found most intriguing about the meeting.
Scooter Renkin, CSL Graduate Student:
This was one of the most informative and beneficial trips I’ve made this semester. Speaking with three powerhouse development/fundraising professionals I realized how important it is to build relationships wherever you go. All three of them stressed the value of your network, and how they only applied for the their first job. The other jobs they have received came from a reference of someone they’ve worked with in their field. They also stressed the importance of communication and having your own voice, and that trying to be someone else will come off disingenuous. Be yourself and be confident. I am so happy I made this trip, and I can’t wait to head back down to Durham and Chapel Hill this winter with the entire class. I believe everyone will find it to be extremely beneficial. I can’t thank Dr. Greenhalgh enough for setting it up for Greg, Corey and I.”