USC Upstate News

USC Upstate Students Attend National Educational Symposium

02- 02- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - Thirteen students from University of South Carolina Upstate participated in the American Humanics Management/ Leadership Institute (AHMI), which was held January 4-7 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Attending were Sherrie Belton, Cameron Bennett, Martha Brock, Victoria Escudero, Stephanie Kehn, Candace Lamb, Andrea Roberts, Jekeithlyn Ross, Maria Ruvalcaba Trigueros, Brittny Speed, Karmen Spiller, LaDarius Thompson, and Tierra Waters.

Altogether more than 1,000 American Humanics (AH) students, alumni, faculty, nonprofit executives and volunteers attended this educational symposium in nonprofit studies, making it the conference’s largest attendance in its 36 year history.

AHMI is the capstone educational experience for college students earning AH Certification in Nonprofit Leadership and Management. It is a unique opportunity for AH students to network with nonprofit executives, participate in case studies and a national collegiate dialogue, attend workshops led by experts in nonprofit studies, and participate in interviews for nonprofit professional positions.  In addition, the Advanced Practitioner Seminar at AHMI provides programming for entry to mid-level nonprofit leaders as well as faculty and graduate students. 

Keynote speakers and presenters included Robert Egger - Founder and President of the DC Central Kitchen, Jim Morris - President of Pacers Sports and Entertainment in Indianapolis and  former Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, Martha Lamkin - served as President, Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors of Lumina Foundation for Education until her retirement in December 2007, Les Lenkowsky - served as chief executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and Eugene R. Tempel - President, Indiana University Foundation.

American Humanics is a national alliance of colleges, universities and nonprofits dedicated to preparing the next generation of nonprofit sector leaders.  Founded in 1948, American Humanics is affiliated with more than 70 colleges and universities nationwide including University of South Carolina Upstate, and partners with more than 60 national nonprofit organizations including March of Dimes, YMCA, and Girl Scouts of the USA.