Mike Ziemianski Distinguished Service Award
The Mike Ziemianski Distinguished Service Award honors CASE District V members who have excelled in service to the CASE District V community. Formerly the CASE V Distinguished Service Award, the honor was established in 1980 and renamed in 2019 for Ziemianski, a long-time CASE District V volunteer who died in June 2019.
The annual award recognizes advancement professionals who have given outstanding service to CASE District V for at least five years. Service to the district, which is operated totally by volunteers from the membership, is the major factor in determining recipients.
A committee composed of a member of the CASE District V Cabinet, two former award recipients and a member-at-large makes the final recommendation for the selection.
The deadline to submit nominations has passed.
Josh Harraman’s first role in CASE District V involved making sure conference participants enjoyed refreshing snacks between sessions, had enough wine and appetizers at the opening reception, and reveled in tasty lunches. Little did Harraman know that CASE District V was actually serving up him a recipe for a successful career in university advancement.
For just over a decade Harraman has worked his way through volunteering for district leadership — from a conference committee member to chairing the district conference, and eventually serving on the district board. After being selected to chair the board, he was hired as associate vice president for Alumni Engagement for an out-of-district job at Rutgers University. While his new job meant he couldn’t head up the district, he remained on the board as a special appointee leading the district’s strategic planning.
All that involvement led to Harraman being named recipient of the district’s 2020 Mike Ziemianski Distinguished Service Award. The honor recognizes those who have excelled in serving the CASE District V community.
Harraman was introduced to CASE District V while a student at The Ohio State University when he joined the CASE ASAP program and attended a national convention. After receiving his master’s degree from Bowling Green State University and a short stint at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, OSU hired him to direct student programming. He attended the district’s New Professionals Institute and volunteered during the conference. The next year, 2009, he was invited to serve as the Conference Committee’s Food and Beverage chair.
“My early memories of my CASE service were walking into a room where every committee member was hugging one another and I was the new guy,” Harraman recalls. “I remember thinking how close all of the volunteers were. But, there were plenty of memories made with fellow volunteers over the course of the first year filled with late chats about our volunteerism, work and our personal goals.”
He served another year as Food and Beverage Chair before moving to coordinate roundtables the following year. That year included double duty on the board leading the district’s ASAP and scholarship efforts.
Harraman says all that CASE experience has helped him in ways he can't even begin to count.
“CASE exposed me to the broader profession of advancement,” he explains. “It immersed me in trends that I'd be unaware of early in my career and allowed me to find my professional voice.”
But even more important, CASE volunteering produced lasting friendships.
“It's given me lifelong friends, but more importantly, professionals from CASE that I can call upon to ask tough questions or seek advice,” Harraman says. “It's also afforded me the chance to connect with and mentor rising new professionals — many who have gotten involved in CASE and become mentors and friends as well.”
The Josh Harraman file
- Currently vice president for alumni engagement, annual giving and advancement communications for the Rutgers University Foundation. Joined Rutgers University Alumni Association as the associate vice president for alumni engagement in September, 2017.
- Previously director of Student Programs; director of Student and Young Alumni Programs; senior director of Alumni and Constituent Engagement; all at The Ohio State University.
- Holds a bachelor’s degree in history from The Ohio State University; master’s degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University; doctoral degree in educational philosophy at The Ohio State University.
- Lives in Metuchen, New Jersey, with his husband, Cody Grabbe.