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Apra-IL Presents Notes on Gratefulness

Wed, December 11, 2019 7:43 AM | Anonymous

As the year comes to a close, this new series will highlight what our members have been most grateful for in this industry in 2019. We look forward to hearing about rock star co-workers, tools without which we would be lost, and experiences that will stay with us for years.

Apra-IL would like to express its gratefulness for its members who continually push us to provide better programming, introduce new ways to network, and find the best catering and happy hour spots around!


This week's notes are provided by Kara Mehrkens, Associate Director for Advancement Research at Illinois Wesleyan University.

I'm grateful for a supervisor who loves to play with data. I think I'd even call him a data geek!

I'm also appreciative of all of the resources I have at work. This includes subscriptions, conferences, Apra sources, list servs, etc. There are so many ways to not only do prospect research but also to connect with colleagues.

Finally, I'm most grateful for walking out at the end of the day with a sense of accomplishment. It's good to work hard but it's even better to go home.


  • Thu, December 12, 2019 8:46 AM | Amy T
    There is something so great about working with someone who geeks out at playing with data. "I think this might be a trend... what if we look at these data points...? Let's pull a query, ok, add-in this, expand that range... look at this group! AHA!"

    Even when (after all that) it sometimes turns out to be nothing great, it's a good exercise and fun to find new ways to drill into the pool or find new ways to present data.
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