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Nu Lambda Mu Honor Society Fall 2014 Inductees and ASU School of Community Resources and Development Faculty. Back row: Laurie Mook (Asst. Professor), Janice Grandy, Mark Hager (Assoc. Professor), Lise Lindsay, Brian Spicker (Faculty Assoc.), Robyn McLaughlin, Lee Farr, Dr. Robert F. Ashcraft. Front row: Kathleen Andereck (SCRD Director, Professor), Michelle Makanjuola, Denise Wittstock, Lili Wang (Assoc. Professor), Carl Yoshioka (Professor).
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Phoenix, Ariz. (December 12, 2014) – The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation and the ASU School of Community Resources & Development celebrated the newest graduates of the Master of Nonprofit Studies (MNpS) program on December 3, 2014 at Comerica Bank Corporate Offices in downtown Phoenix. This semester five master’s candidates successfully completed all requirements to graduate. During the graduation reception, attendees and guests learned the many ways these talented graduate students have impacted the local nonprofit community through their “Capstone Project Poster Presentations.”
“The Master of Nonprofit Studies degree program has challenged my thinking and pushed me to continue my efforts in making an impact in people's lives. I envision my future working with underrepresented children and young adults by promoting the importance of education,” said Melissa J. Ruiz, Fall 2014 master’s degree candidate. “I now have the tools to bring forward-thinking ideas to an organization and understand the nonprofit sector from a very unique lens,” she added.
Also that evening, eight master’s degree candidates and alumni were inducted into the inaugural class of the Nu Lambda Mu international honor society – a special national honor society for graduate students specifically in nonprofit programs. The society was established in 2012 by the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC) to recognize students dedicated to the study of nonprofit management, philanthropy, and social entrepreneurship and enterprise. Nu Lambda Mu seeks to advance the study of nonprofit organizations and their function in society, and to promote scholarly achievement among those who engage in these academic pursuits. Current students, as well as degreed alumni, are eligible for this honor society if they have achieved a GPA of 3.7 or higher and have completed at least half of their degree coursework. By encouraging rigorous study in the field of public serving organizations, the Nu Lambda Mu Honor Society promotes the professionalization and ethical conduct of all who pursue careers of service.
“The induction of these outstanding individuals to our inaugural Nu Lambda Mu class was enthusiastically embraced by our faculty, family and nonprofit stakeholders in attendance,” said Dr. Robert F. Ashcraft, executive director of the ASU Lodestar Center and professor of nonprofit studies in ASU’s School of Community Resources and Development. “Such an Honor Society is the latest implementation of our student and alumni-centered programming that honors achievement and impact,” he added.
Around the country, several other Universities inducted their newest Nu Lambda Mu inductees, among them were: Bay Bath University, Lindenwood University, North Park University, Regis University, Seattle University, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, University of Notre Dame, University of San Diego, and the University of San Francisco. It is important to note that the inaugural class of inductees at Arizona State University was also the largest class of any of the other Universities.
In its first year of existence Nu Lambda Mu introduced inductees from other prestigious colleges such as: DePaul University, Grand Valley State University, Indiana University, Texas A&M University, University of Notre Dame, University of Oregon, University of San Francisco, University of Southern California and many others.
“The Master of Nonprofit Studies degree program has offered me the educational background and knowledge to effectively [work with] the nonprofit sector,” said Lee Stanford Farr, current vice president of commercial banking at Comerica Bank, Fall 2014 master’s degree candidate, and Nu Lambda Mu inductee.
Master of Nonprofit Studies Fall 2014 Graduates:
Nu Lambda Mu Honor Society Fall 2014 Inductees:
Congratulations to the Master of Nonprofit Studies graduates and Nu Lambda Mu Honor Society Fall 2014 inductees!
ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation
The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation is recognized as a national leader in undergraduate and graduate nonprofit education, research and technical assistance. The ASU Lodestar Center exists to enhance the quality of life in communities through the advancement of nonprofit leadership practices and provides knowledge and tools to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations, professionals, board members, donors and volunteers by offering a wide variety of capacity building workshops, conferences, classes, and programs. For more information, please visit: lodestar.asu.edu.
Nicole Almond Anderson