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Friday Focus Lunch Series At USC Upstate

09- 10- 2006

Spartanburg, S.C. -- The Center for Nonprofit Leadership at the University of South Carolina Upstate will host a Friday Focus Lunch Series at 12:00 noon in the Rampey Center to provide an opportunity to network with other non-profits and to learn about USC Upstate’s internship programs, Nonprofit Administration degree program and other exciting partnerships.

Dates for the 2006 series include:

October 13, 2006
Speaker:  Erika Spinelli
Title:  Words that Work 
Words that Work will be an informational and entertaining discussion around media and public relations.  Spinelli, owner of Words that Work, will talk about fostering a positive and productive relationship with area media outlets.  She will educate the audience about the differences of communication in a crisis versus general public relations. 

November 10, 2006
Speaker:  Lyn Putnam
Title:  Volunteer Recruitment
Lyn Putnam is the Director of Volunteer Recruitment at Hands on Greenville and manages thousands of volunteer hours per year. Find out about simple ways to recruit and maintain your volunteer base.  

December 8, 2006
Speaker:  Susan Hodge
Title:  Topics in Nonprofit Banking 
Susan Hodge, senior director of development at USC Upstate, will discuss how to develop a working relationship with your bank and your CPA.  Discover how you’re the quality of your board can affect your financial status. Cash management and reporting will be additional topics of discussion. Hodge has degrees from Smith College, the University of Michigan, and Duke.  She has extensive experience in academia, nonprofits and the banking industry.  

USC Upstate’s Center for Nonprofit Leadership offers a Bachelor of Arts in Nonprofit Administration, the only university or college in South Carolina offering this degree. The degree prepares graduates for careers in management and administrative positions within a wide variety of nonprofit organizations such as social services, youth activities, health, the environment, and the arts.

Basic leadership and management principles are stressed in the major courses, including strategic planning, board and committee development, nonprofit financial administration, assessment, marketing, volunteer recruitment and coordination, grant writing, special event planning, nonprofit administration and risk management. In addition to actual supervised work experiences in a nonprofit organization, students receive a solid grounding in the history and philosophy of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector in the United States.

To make reservations for the Friday Focus Lunch Series, call 503-5754. For further information, contact Theresa Ricke-Kiely at (864) 503-5703 or tricke-kiely@uscupstate.edu.