Indiana State University Newsroom

ISU students, faculty, staff attend national nonprofit education symposium

January 20, 2009

Thirty-seven American Humanics students from Indiana State University participated in the American Humanics Management/ Leadership Institute (AHMI), held January 4-7 in Indianapolis. 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. ISU had the largest contingent of attendees among the 70 affiliated colleges and universities. Twenty-seven of the 37 students received scholarships from the Lilly Endowment or other funding to attend the conference.

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 Indiana State University, and partners with more than 60 national nonprofit organizations including March of Dimes, YMCA and Girl Scouts of the USA.

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 Program; Martha Lamkin, who 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, who served as chief executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service; and Eugene R. Tempel, president of the Indiana University Foundation.

ISU AH Campus Executive/ Director Nathan Schaumleffel accompanied the ISU students in attendance. For more information about the ISU American Humanics program, contact Schaumleffel at 812-237-2189 or