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Released January 26, 2004


HATTIESBURG - Six University of Southern Mississippi students recently attended the American Humanics Management Institute Jan. 2-5 in Kansas City, a three-day educational symposium for students enrolled in American Humanics nonprofit management programs at college and university campuses across the country.

Barbi Broadus, Beenu Deuja, Jovonna Hart, Katrina Stewman, Jessica Wilson, and Ronald Wood attended the institute, which serves as the capstone academic experience leading to American Humanics certification in nonprofit management. More than 75 colleges and universities from across the United States and more than 30 corporations and national nonprofit organizations were represented at the event.

The American Humanics Program at Southern Miss is a certificate program that prepares both undergraduate and graduate students for entry-level positions in nonprofit organizations. Southern Miss also offers a professional track program for those in the field who are interested in expanding their knowledge base and skill sets.

To attend the conference, the students were required to raise the money needed for registration, airfare, lodging, and meals. Over the last year, American Humanics students engaged in a variety of fundraising activities, such as holding a nonprofit career fair for Southern Miss students interested in finding out more about the fast-growing nonprofit sector.

"We took part in a national dialogue that adds the voice of students to ongoing national policy discussions, as well as meet nonprofit and student leaders from all over the United States," said Beenu Deuja, a graduate student in Economic Development. "I really got a better sense of my role in the big picture."

Kala Stroup, president of the American Humanics Student Association at Southern Miss, referred to the students attending the conference as "the new generation of civic and nonprofit leaders."

Due to a partnership between the Center for Community and Civic Engagement and the Office of Community Service-Learning, Southern Miss became the first postsecondary institution in Mississippi to affiliate with this national organization. American Humanics will provide students at Southern Miss the opportunity to learn the skills needed to become successful nonprofit professionals, while simultaneously providing local nonprofit organizations valuable resources through professional development opportunities and skilled interns and graduates.

For more information on how you can become involved or support the American Humanics Program at The University of Southern Mississippi, contact the Office of Community Service-Learning at (601) 266-5074.


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April 20, 2004 4:09 PM