The College of Arts and Sciences announced that the Department of Economics is the winner of the 2008 CAS Departmental Advancement Award. This annual $1000 award is presented each fall to the department that conducted the most effective advancement effort during the previous fiscal year. Over the past year, the Department of Economics raised $259,094 in gifts (a 300% increase over the previous year) and established the Jack Chizmar and Anthony Ostrosky Endowment for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Economics and the Scott M. Elliott Pilot Program, which provides start-up funds to interdisciplinary research teams for external grant submissions. The department has also been very successful in engaging its alumni and emeritus faculty through colloquia, awards ceremonies, Alumni Day festivities, and an excellent advisory board. Professor James Payne, Chair of the Department of Economics, said “We’re very grateful for the support of our alumni and emeritus faculty and their continued engagement in fulfilling the department’s mission in teaching, research, and service.” Honorable Mention was awarded to the School of Communication, which raised $117,585 in gifts.