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American Humanics students attend national nonprofit conference

Several WKU students and faculty participated in the 2009 American Humanics Management Institute (AHMI), a national nonprofit management educational symposium, Jan. 4-7 in Indianapolis. Participation in this institute is part of the WKU Nonprofit Administration (American Humanics) minor and a national nonprofit administration certification process.

ahmi_groupThe WKU Nonprofit Administration (American Humanics) program was represented by Dr. Raymond Poff, executive director and associate professor in the Department of Physical Education and Recreation, and the following 13 students: Dana Adams of Franklin (who served as the WKU AMHI student representative); Courtney Aldrich of Franklin, Tenn.; Elizabeth Berger of Lexington; Kayla Clausen of Healdsburg, Calif.; Jana Graham of Bardstown; Megan Hensley of Lexington; Devin Joseph of London; Cornelius Lee of Williamson, Texas; Whitney Mattingly of Holy Cross; Valerie Smith of Arcata, Calif.; JD VanSlyke of Wiley, Texas; Laura Walker of Owensboro; and Trisha Weber of Coxs Creek.

Students, faculty, and nonprofit and corporate leaders, took part in this unique opportunity to network, participate in simulated case studies and a national collegiate dialogue, and attend workshops led by local and national experts in nonprofit management. The purpose of the annual Management Institute is to expose students to experiences they will encounter as nonprofit professionals. This educational symposium is considered the capstone professional development experience for students enrolled in American Humanics (Nonprofit Administration) programs. It is held annually during the first full week in January and rotates to a different city each year; next year’s institute will be held in Phoenix.

The WKU Nonprofit Administration (American Humanics) program provides opportunities for students to gain valuable education, experience, and networking in the nonprofit sector while working toward a national certification. The program is housed in the Department of Physical Education and Recreation within the College of Health and Human Services. American Humanics is a national alliance of colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations that prepares and certifies college students for professional careers in youth and human service agencies.

American Humanics is affiliated with WKU and other colleges and universities nationwide, and partners with national nonprofit organizations such as the American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs, Boy Scouts of America, Girls Inc., Girl Scouts of the USA, Humane Society, Junior Achievement, March of Dimes, National 4-H Council, YMCA, and the United Way.

*WKU American Humanics 3rd Annual Community Partnership Request for Proposals can be downloaded here with proposals due by 5 p.m. Jan. 30.

*WKU American Humanics nonprofit and philanthropic business award nominations can be submitted here with nominations due by 5 p.m. Jan. 30.

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