Growth of 193 percent enrollment helps ISU American Humanics program garner honors

November 13, 2009

Indiana State University's American Humanics program has been recognized nationally for its outstanding recruitment efforts.

The program grew 193 percent during the 2008-2009 school year with its addition of 58 students. It now has 90 students enrolled and is considered the fastest growing American Humanics program in the United States.

Nathan Schaumleffel, assistant professor of recreation and sport management and campus/executive director of the ISU American Humanics program, has been commended for the chapter's comprehensive recruitment strategies.

Those strategies include raising faculty awareness, improving campus-wide communication and providing individualized attention to interested students.

At ISU, the American Humanics program is interdisciplinary. It prepares students from a variety of disciplines for meaningful careers in the management of nonprofit agencies, but recreation and sport management students are encouraged to participate in the certification program because their careers demand it.

Department of Recreation and Sport Management Chairperson Steven Smidley believes Schaumleffel's dedication is inherent to the success of the American Humanics program at ISU.

"His efforts are the piece that put the award together for us," Smidley said. "The growth of that program is a direct result of Dr. Schaumleffel's efforts ... and I'm excited to be a part of it."

In a letter announcing ISU's receipt of the award, SueAnn Strom, vice president of academic partnerships for American Humanics, also praised Schaumleffel for developing a staff and faculty advisory council.

That effort "shows a calculated approach to developing campus-wide support for the AH program," she said. "The AH National staff were also impressed by your participation in the Boy Scout National Order of the Arrow Conference, promoting American Humanics programs across the country to thousands of Order of the Arrow members."

Contact: Nathan Schaumleffel, assistant professor of recreation and sport management, College of Nursing, Health, and Human Performance, Indiana State University at 812-237-2189, or Nathan.Schaumleffel@indstate.edu.

Writer: Rachel Wedding McClelland, assistant director of media relations, Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University at 812-237-3790 or rachel.mcclelland@indstate.edu.