Students and Faculty Attend American Humanics Management Institute

American Humanics group

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 31, 2007) – North Park University students and faculty participated in the 2007 American Humanics Management Institute (AHMI), a nonprofit management educational symposium, January 3-6, in Washington, D.C. North Park University was well represented by 2006-7 NLSA President David Johnson, faculty members Gianfranco Farruggia and Noelle Baker, and the following student participants: Kara Beck, Jessica Bracht, Ashleigh Fightmaster, David Johnson, Brady Josephson, Lindsey Novak, Mary Santos, and Benjamin Wall (all pictured at left).

More than 580 American Humanics students and faculty, as well as more than 300 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 junior and senior students to experiences they will encounter as youth and human service agency professionals. This unique educational symposium is considered the capstone professional development experience for students enrolled in the American Humanics nonprofit management program. It is held annually during the first week of January and rotates to a different city each year.

Keynote speakers included David Eisner, CEO, the Corporation for National and Community Service; Diana Aviv, President and CEO, Independent Sector; and Ralph Smith, Executive Vice President, the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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 more than 75 colleges and universities nationwide including North Park University, and partners with more than 50 national nonprofit organizations including the YMCA, the March of Dimes, and Boy Scouts of America.

Campus Director Gianfranco Farruggia shared the following reflections upon his return from the Institute: "It was a distinct pleasure to attend this year’s AHMI with such a fine group of undergraduate students. They were given wonderful opportunities to network and interact with students and faculty from across the country, and all of it was done in the heart of American politics and policy making. I could not think of a better place for our students to witness leadership in action. Each student was a shining example of North Park and its fine traditions."