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  Michael Ugarte
  Michael Ugarte

Institutional Advancement Welcomes New Director of Stewardship
Michael Ugarte joined the Office of Institutional Advancement as the new director of stewardship in November. Prior to arriving at CUA, he was the manager of prospect development and relationship in the Office of Development at Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla. He has more than seven years of non-profit experience in both higher education development and special needs summer youth camps.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations and a Master of Science in exceptional student education from Barry University. Michael is a doctoral candidate in organizational learning and leadership with a specialization in human resource development. He is currently an alumni board member for Barry University and active in the Washington, D.C., alumni chapter.

Michael is from Miami and now resides in Silver Spring, Md.

Endowed scholarship awarding has been completed, with almost $1 million given to graduate and undergraduate students this fiscal year. A total of 107 individual reports were sent to scholarship contacts (an increase from 88 reported last year). The scholarship reports were sent in a new format and contained a booklet describing all scholarships and funds as well as denoting the original donors. Each individual scholarship contact also received a personalized financial and student recipient report. The contents of the booklet are available online at

Redesigned Giving Website
The Office of Institutional Advancement recently redesigned its website. After a review process with staff members in the office, a more aesthetically pleasing design with better functionality was created. As a result of this redesign, the office is able to better highlight the accomplishments of students, thank donors, and update the University community on special initiatives. At a time when more donors are choosing to make gifts online, the importance of a streamlined and modern Web presence cannot be overlooked. The refreshed site can be viewed at

Campus Community Campaign
CUA’s dedicated staff demonstrate their support of students and the University through their daily contributions of time and talent. In addition, many employees demonstrate a remarkable commitment to the community by making a contribution to CUA.

The office is happy to announce the launch of a new Campus Community Campaign to bolster this spirit of generosity. Through this campaign, faculty and staff can support the campus priorities that mean the most to them — students, academic research, campus ministry, athletics The options are limitless. Every investment, whatever the amount, blesses a life in a very significant way.

The Campus Community Campaign’s goal is to demonstrate support of the institution and the students we serve. The office will be sending out more information about this new initiative in the coming weeks. The staff in the Office of Institutional Advancement hope you will consider joining your peers in making a difference for CUA.