The Special Events unit
of IA is responsible for overseeing all fund raising, community and third party
events for the College. It works with
academic and administrative departments, outside organizations, and individuals
to schedule auditoriums, galleries and conference space for purposes other than
regular classes. The events team books facilities ensuring that the appropriate
facilities are used, and coordinates audio-visual and other equipment set-ups,
catering, crowd control, security and parking arrangements.
The College has outlined General Event Policies for events being held at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, and the Walter and Josephine Ford Campus in the Facility Use and Special Events Manual. A Student Fund Raising Event Policy can also be found on Blackboard, to provide guidance to any student groups who may be looking to raise money for projects or departments.
primarily news media outreach, is managed from within IA Marketing and
Communications. The CCS Public Relations function is charged with engaging key
audiences (potential students, donors and potential donors, industry and
government opinion leaders) to promote and strengthen the CCS brand image.
Chief responsibilities of the public relations unit include initiating and
maintaining relationships with the media, promoting newsworthy CCS events and
activities to key audience segments, while helping coordinate CCS involvement
in community activities. Any requests
made to faculty or staff for media interviews, tours, etc. should be run
through the Public Relations manager prior to being accepted.
The IA Marketing and
Communications unit is responsible for planning, budgeting, writing, design,
production and distribution of all internal and external CCS communications
including student recruitment materials and the CCS website and social media
channels. The Marketing and Communications unit also manages the CCS brand and
graphic identity standards.
CCS staff needing print,
or video, web-based marketing materials should contact the Director of
Marketing and Communications. CCS personnel other than Marketing and
Communications staff should not hire designers, contract printing or develop
websites or Facebook pages without the involvement of IA. All print jobs must
go through the Marketing and Communications office.
The College partners with corporations, associations and other enterprises to incorporate sponsored research projects into the educational experience for CCS students. Sponsors typically present a design challenge of strong educational value to a CCS studio class for the class to work on over the course of a semester. Students present their solutions to leading industry representatives at the end of each project. Beyond the educational benefits to students, sponsored research projects enable CCS to build relationships with industry for internships and career placement as well as generating revenue and helping create marketing and public relations opportunities for the College.
The Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations unit in IA secures financial and in-kind contributions from corporations, foundations and government sources. This unit works closely with faculty, staff and others to organize and develop programs for funding, while also cultivating and soliciting prospects for capital giving, endowments, grants, scholarships and other support. A primary role of this unit is corporate sponsored research projects.
The Development unit in IA raises funds to support CCS at all levels, from supporting general operations and addressing ongoing needs to enabling special projects and making possible capital improvements. The Development team is also responsible for managing on-going donor relationships for the College. The CCS Development team generates revenue through fund raising events such as the Detroit International Wine Auction and the Student Exhibition Opening, and through other fund raising tactics including direct mail solicitations and online giving as well as major donor and capital giving campaigns. Development provides leadership and support for alumni and volunteer involvement with CCS. IA’s Development unit builds and maintains a strong regional and national network among alumni to keep them connected with CCS and each other. Volunteers are recruited, trained and assigned based on their interests and CCS needs, which range from helping to staff fund raising events to advising the College on key programs and initiatives.
If faculty and staff are interested in raising money for a project or initiative, they should begin by discussing their idea with their Department Chair and/or Dean to ensure that their initiative aligns with the College’s mission and priorities. Once they have approval, they can refer to the General Events Policies manual found on the IA page on Blackboard, and entitled “Facility Use and Special Events Manual”, if their fundraising would happen via an event, or reach out directly to the Vice President of IA or the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations if they are interested in pursuing grants or other types of funding for their project.
Philanthropy helps the
College for Creative Studies accomplish its mission by supporting scholarships,
faculty, programs and facilities. A
growing base of donors – individuals, corporations, foundations and government
– supplement the financial resources provided by tuition and other operating
income. Institutional Advancement (IA)
is responsible for overseeing fund raising initiatives and promoting the CCS
brand. IA concentrates in three primary
areas: Development (fund raising), Marketing and Communications, and Public
The college has a Crisis
Management Plan, developed by Campus Safety and Human Resources, that details
procedures for responding to man-made and natural emergencies that might
confront the college. The plan covers
medical emergencies, crimes in progress, bomb threats, tornadoes and
fires. The focus is on reporting
emergencies, critical infrastructure assessment, evacuations of buildings,
recovery of services and return to operating standards. The full plan is available on Blackboard;
and, additionally, a pamphlet is available from Campus Safety with important
If you notice any
suspicious or inappropriate activity, please notify the Security office
(extension 7444, Ford Campus or extension 1444, Taubman Campus) immediately, or
push the red “assistance button” on one of the Emergency phones located around
each campus and in the parking decks. When Campus Safety is notified of an
incident, they will take the appropriate action to ensure your safety on
In addition to the
emergency phones and patrols, activity on campus and in the parking deck at CCS
is monitored and digitally recorded by 250 closed circuit television cameras
strategically placed on the campuses.
If you become a victim
of a crime while on campus or in the vicinity of campus, call Security
immediately or report to the Campus Safety office on the main level of the
Kresge-Ford Building, across from the CCS bookstore or on the main floor of the
Taubman Center. Campus Safety will provide immediate assistance and first aid
if required. If additional assistance is
needed, the shift supervisor will make the necessary notifications.
If at any time you would like an escort anywhere on campus, dial extension 7444 at the Ford Campus and 1444 at the Taubman Center and let the Campus Safety officer know your location. The on duty supervisor will send a Campus Safety officer to escort you to your indicated destination on campus.
A pamphlet on emergency procedures is available in each administrative office. Additional copies can be obtained from the Office of Campus Safety and Security or the Human Resources office.
notification system, Everbridge, is maintained by the Security administrative
staff to send out emergency notifications to all personnel enrolled in the
program. In addition to electronic notification, the system has the capability
to send emergency messages to computer labs and electronic information monitors
on both campuses in case of a critical incident. To enroll, log on to Blackboard, locate the
Quick Links menu on the left hand side, select Alert Notifications, and click
on “SIGN-UP NOW” for Everbridge.