HandsOn Twin Cities is joining with the Central States Communication Association (CSCA) to offer a conference centered on communication within nonprofit organizations. CSCA is an 86-year-old organization for communication scholars and practitioners and has more than 1,000 members from the 13-state region and beyond. This conference will kick off their annual meeting in the Twin Cities.
Event will take place in the Regency Room of the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Minneapolis.
Registration cost is $50 per person. Register HERE.
1-2:05 p.m.: A Conversation about Persuasion and Diversity
Chair: Amy Aldridge Sanford, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi
Panelists: Alberto González, Bowling Green State University, Sandra L. Pensoneau-Conway, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Christopher Rudick, Northeastern State University
This panel brings together communication scholars from across the nation to discuss public advocacy and diversity in the non-profit environment. Scholars will discuss and offer practical advice for crafting appeals and engaging diverse audiences, whether donors, volunteers, employees, or recipients of services.
2:20-3:25 p.m.: A Conversation about Building Relationships
Chair: Jennifer L. Willis-Rivera, University of Wisconsin, River Falls
Panelists: Anne Gerbensky-Kerber, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Katherine M. Kelley, Oral Roberts University, Scott A. Myers, West Virginia University
This panel brings together communication scholars from across the nation to discuss building relationships in the non-profit environment. Scholars will discuss and offer practical advice for developing relationships with donors and volunteers. Additionally, discussion will focus on the superior-subordinate relationship within non-profits.
3:30-4:45 p.m.: A Conversation about Volunteers and Researchers
Chair: Malynnda A. Johnson, University of Mount Union
Panelists: Christine L. North, Ohio Northern University, Victor Keli` Kinolua B. Cole, Metropolitan State University, Sadie Ward, Guthrie Theatre
Working within the communities around us, and around the world, not only builds important relationships that can provide research connections and service projects for students, but also valuable opportunities to give back. However, simply showing up at the door with good intentions is not always the best approach. This panel will discuss best practices when working within the non-profit environment, including how to develop and enhance internship and field experience programs. First-hand accounts from members of HandsOn Twin Cities, as well as communication scholars, will provide insight and guidelines to ensure mutually beneficial experiences.
4:45-5:45 p.m.: Happy Hour with CSCA and HandsOn Twin Cities
Bring your business cards and join us for a networking mixer immediately following the panel presentations. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.