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While many students were enjoying their break between semesters, seven nonprofit leadership students in the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics at the University of South Carolina Upstate were pursuing professional development training at the Alliance Management/Leadership Institute (AMI) held in Atlanta, Ga., the first week of January.

The students were Andrea Bonner, Angela Cannon, Alexander Dukes, Annette Glover, Joyasha Hicklin, Laurel McAlister, and Nichole Oltz.

John T. Long, Ph.D., the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Campus Executive Director, served as the faculty sponsor.

The students were awarded second place in the undergraduate research poster presentation contest. Their work compared Spartanburg nonprofits to other U.S. nonprofits on best practices in accountability and transparency issues.

Each year AMI brings together approximately 1,000 diverse and talented nonprofit undergraduate and graduate students, university faculty, and nonprofit professionals from across the nation. Students participate in plenary sessions, competency-based workshops, career preparation and job placement services, and case study experiences addressing a real-life scenario on a current management, leadership, or ethical dilemma.

USC Upstate students participated in case work involving the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, Foundation Center, and the Y of Metro Atlanta.  The case studies required preparation sessions with board members about organizational concerns, day-long planning sessions, and formal presentations to the board of directors on suggestions to improve organizations issues.

The AMI theme was “From Passion to Profession:  Learn, Know, Lead” and conference attendance is one of the numerous requirements for those seeking the Certified Nonprofit Professional designation.

To learn more about these students, their award, or the nonprofit leadership major program at USC Upstate, contact John Long at (864) 503-5241 or jtlong@uscupstate.edu.

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