March 15, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 15, 2011 — Beginning on June 1, 2011, non-profit organizations in the Ozarks will have a resource to develop marketing and public relations solutions with the opening of The Center for Nonprofit Communication at Drury University.
The Center for Nonprofit Communication (CNC) will provide public relations and strategic communications services to support area nonprofit organizations in fulfilling their missions and achieving their goals. The center will serve 501(c)(3) charitable organizations that engage in some of southwest Missouri’s most important issues.
The Center will be housed within the Shewmaker Communication Center, working with the university’s communication department and other academic programs. It will provide instruction to Drury undergraduate and graduate students, and will offer student teams the chance to develop and implement research-driven communication strategies and campaigns for partner nonprofits. The CNC will also provide communication training to the community through workshops, seminars and various resources.
“The Ozarks has a robust nonprofit community. We believe the CNC will be a resource for these institutions while providing our students real-world experience working with clients,” said Dr. Curt Gilstrap, director of the Master of Arts in Communication program at Drury. “Additionally, Drury hopes that the plans and solutions the CNC develops can be duplicated for nonprofit organizations throughout Missouri and the greater Midwest region.”
Dan Prater will lead the Center for Nonprofit Communication. Dan has taught communication courses as an adjunct instructor for Drury since 2007, and he has worked in various communication positions. Most recently he has served as the public affairs director of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Southwest Missouri.
“We are so pleased to add this to our university,” said Dr. Charles Taylor, vice president for academic affairs. “The CNC aligns with Drury’s mission of bettering our communities and civic service.”
The CNC has received major support from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and the Musgrave Foundation, both in Springfield.
To further enhance this focus, Drury is adding a new emphasis to its Master of Arts in Communication: Nonprofit Communication. The graduate emphasis will offer courses specifically designed to prepare professionals who currently work in, or desire a position in, the nonprofit sector. Students can begin pursuit of the nonprofit master’s emphasis in Fall 2011.
To register for the new master’s emphasis at Drury, call (417) 873-4068 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Curt Gilstrap, Director of the Master of Arts in Communication at Drury,
Office: (417) 873-4068, Mobile: (417) 496-8558, E-mail: email@example.com
Dan Prater, Director of the Center for Nonprofit Communication at Drury, Mobile: (417) 576-2210, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Miller, Associate Director of Marketing and Communication, Office: (417) 873-7390, Mobile: (417) 839-2886, E-mail: email@example.com