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Release: Dec.10, 2001

UI offers cross-disciplinary course on nonprofit management

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- This spring the University of Iowa is offering the second semester of a cross-disciplinary course in nonprofit management, which emphasizes leadership and communications skills.

Willard L. "Sandy" Boyd, professor of law at the UI, and president emeritus of both the UI and the Field Museum in Chicago, and Jack B. Evans, president and chief executive officer of the Hall Perrine Foundation of Cedar Rapids, and Jude West, UI professor of management and organizations are organizing the course - "Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness II."

Registration is now under way for the class, which will meet Wednesdays at 5 p.m. starting Jan. 23 in Room 101 of the Biology Building East.

The course has two primary emphases, Boyd said. For the first half of the semester, the class will focus on qualities needed for leaders of nonprofit organizations, including relationship with staff and volunteers. During the second half of the semester, the course covers the relationship of a nonprofit with the external world, examining the nonprofit's community constituencies, governmental entities, and collaboration with other organizations. The emphasis will be on integrated strategic communication involving marketing, public relations, public advocacy and internal relations.

"This is a pioneering new interdisciplinary course involving students and faculty from many departments, " said Boyd.

West, Boyd, and Evans have gathered a group of faculty from across the university to teach his cross-disciplinary course. Lecturers are from the Tippie College of Business, the College of Law, the College of Public Health, Communication Studies, Journalism and Mass Communication, the Office of Legal Counsel, the Women's Resource and Action Center, the Institute of Public Affairs, and Urban and Regional Planning.

The spring session is part of a yearlong non-profit management course organized by Boyd and Evans. Students do not to have taken the fall 2001 portion of the course to enroll this spring. Graduate or undergraduate credits can be applied to the disciplines of studies in Business; Nursing; Public Health; Law; Art and Art History; Health, Leisure and Sports Studies; Library and Information Science; Museum Studies; Music; Religion; Social Work; Theatre Arts; Urban and Regional Planning

For more information, contact Richard Koontz, coordinator of the Iowa Nonprofit Resource center (319) 335-9765 or Boyd at (319) 335-9004.