Drury's Center for Nonprofit Communication (CNC) provides non-profit organizations in the Ozarks with a resource to develop marketing and public relations solutions.
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The center is housed within the Shewmaker Communication Center, working with the university's communication department and other academic programs. It provides instruction to Drury undergraduate and graduate students, and offers student teams the chance to develop and implement research-driven communication strategies and campaigns for partner nonprofits. The CNC also provides communication training to the community through workshops, seminars and various resources.
Dan Prater serves as director for 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 has added 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 this fall.