ack in 2013, the Missouri Valley College chapter of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance came in second for the Nonprofit Campus of the Year Award, falling to Indiana State University. The following year, the MVC chapter came in second once again, falling this time to the University of Central Florida. Fast forward to 2018 and again,
Recruitment and alumni entering the nonprofit sector are two areas that the MVC chapter has struggled with in the past. These have always been tough for the chapter because of size. As seen above, it is hard to compete against schools like Arizona State University and the University of Central Florida because of numbers, and those schools are always going to have more students and graduates. The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, formerly American Humanics, was founded on the MVC campus by H. Roe Bartle. Bartle was a businessman, philanthropist, and Boy Scout executive who served as president of Missouri Valley College from 1948-1950. He also served two terms as mayor of Kansas City, Missouri from 1955-1963. American Humanics was the first college program of study to train professionals for youth and human service agencies and the program has now spread to more than 40 colleges and universities nation-wide. In January of 2018, MVC established the H. Roe Bartle Center for Community Engagement which includes MVC's nonprofit management studies programs, the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Program, and is connected to the campus-wide service learning initiative. "Winning this award is especially important to our campus this year,” said Heather Troth, campus executive director of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. “Seventy years ago, H. Roe Bartle realized that there was an opportunity to make the world a better place by preparing college students to enter the nonprofit sector as managers and leaders. Valley has seventy years worth of talented professional alumni working in the nonprofit sector.” Though this has already been an exciting year for the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, they only plan to continue their growth and impact in the years ahead. This is more than just an organization—it teaches invaluable life lessons to the students and makes a positive impact in the Marshall and surrounding communities.
the MVC chapter came in second to Arizona State University. After placing as a finalist for this award three times in the last seven years, the Missouri Valley College Nonprofit Leadership Alliance has won the 2019 Nonprofit Campus of the Year Award! This is a monumental feat and is the first time in program history that the Missouri Valley College chapter has won this prestigious award. The award was presented on January 4 at the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance National Conference in Orlando, Florida where a number of representatives from the Missouri Valley College campus were present to accept the award. Representatives included Heather Troth, campus executive director of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, Jamie Gold- Naylor, assistant professor of non-profit leadership, and eleven students. To win this award, the chapter must meet the highest marks in a number of areas. The criteria that is used to determine the best chapter includes: • Service Learning Activities • Relationship with Community Partners and Impact on the Community • Alumni Entering the Nonprofit Sector • Recruitment Schools qualify for the award by submitting an end of the year report that addresses these areas. The report provides chapter advisers the opportunity to detail the efforts of the students and faculty. The MVC chapter focuses a great deal on their relationships with community partners and the impact that they have on the community. They also score very high on the service learning component. This is in large part because service learning is integrated into every nonprofit course that is offered at Valley and the students engage in a tremendous amount of service learning activities throughout the year. “I am amazed everyday with the students who make up MVC’s Nonprofit Leadership Alliance,” said Gold-Naylor. “They work incredibly hard to make a positive difference in our community. They strive to incorporate the things they learn in the classroom into real world experience. It is a joy to work with them and to be a part of their transformation into young professionals. I feel so fortunate to be a part of their journey.”
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