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Southern Oregon University

Nonprofit Volunteerism, Board Development and Community Mobilization

(Spring Term Course, 2 credits)

Karen ClarkeKaren Clarke, CTP, MAT

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to assist the student in understanding selected issues, theory, and challenges of managing in the nonprofit world. We will specifically study the nonprofit manager's role in volunteer management board development and leadership. We will uncover and discuss methods to strategically mobilize community involvement resulting in positive outcomes for nonprofit organizations.


Required Text

Governance as Leadership, Chait, Ryan & Taylor

(Summer Term Course, 1 credit)

Ed Battistella, Ph.D.

Course Description

When we use language we are judged by others. This course will be an advanced writing and speaking course providing opportunities to understand the range of standard language practices, to identify individual areas of concern, and to practice advanced editing, proofreading, and self-monitoring in writing and speech. The course will include a project in which you extensively edit a portfolio of your writing.


You will need a recent college level dictionary and access to a grammar/style guide. 


Article or URL will be posted on Blackboard; you will be asked to respond and discuss online.


You should be able to demonstrate (1) increased language awareness of grammar and speaking issues, (2) increased revising skills, (3) the ability to research and reason about language issues.

(Fall Term Course, 1 credit)

Karen Clark, CTP, MAT

Course Description

Discover how financial managers interface with their company’s operating and investment functions. Through case studies and interactive exercises, you’ll learn how to read financial statements and determine current cash positions in order to forecast future cash needs. This course is integrated with the Master in Management (MiM) multidisciplinary structure and offers an excellent foundation or refresher experience for individuals enrolled in the MiM and Master in Business Administration (MBA) programs.

Course Goals

  • Define and clarify the principal roles of the finance function and financial manager.
  • Understand the purpose of the four primary financial statements.
  • Look at the financial data provided for both profit and nonprofit financial statements to become aware of the reasons for the similarities/differences.
  • Differentiate between accrual and cash accounting and explain the effect on cash.
  • Define and explain cash forecasting.
  • Calculate and apply key financial ratios in determining cash flow adequacy.
  • “Heard on the Street” – discuss current economic events affecting finance.

Texts and Materials

Required Text:

  • Finance (Foundations of financial institutions and management)


  • Ronald W. Melicher and Edgar A. Norton with Laura Town


  • Wiley Pathways Text – ISBN 978-0-470-00720-4

MM 588
BA 488/588

Hart WilsonHart Wilson, MM
Office: Central 114
Office Hours: By Appointment

Course Overview

This course provides the foundations for managing small, medium and large projects for any type of organization. It assumes the students have little or no prior formal training in project management. The course provides an understanding of effective management practices for simple projects that require only the project manager or complex projects that rely on teams to accomplish the project goals. The course covers the five traditional phases of the project lifecycle: Initiation, Planning, Execution, Control (Change Management), and Closeout. The course also includes assessments with debriefings that help to prepare the individual, organization, and team for project management. Related project management forms and templates will be provided as aids to take back to the workplace.

Course Competency Objectives

Upon completion of this course the student will:

  1. Be able to identify the temperaments of people who are best suited for the success of a given project.
  2. Be able to identify the optimum organizational dynamics for the success of a project.
  3. Be able to identify risks and constraints related to a project and develop contingency plans accordingly.
  4. Understand the concepts involved in the five phases of project management.
  5. Be able to manage a project through all five phases.
  6. Be aware of the features of MS-Project and its usefulness in managing complex projects.
  7. Be able to use standard project management forms as aids to enhance the efficiency and success of project management.

There are no prerequisites to this course. 

Required Text/ Materials

Portny et al, Wiley Pathways Project Management. Wiley 2007.
A student's notebook contains required course materials. Blackboard technology will be extensively incorporated in the course to facilitate instruction and learning.

(Summer Term Course, 1 credit)

Cynthia Scherr

Cynthia Scherr

(541) 552-0340


Course Overview

Every professional speaks publicly. Whether in a staff meeting, board meeting, community forum or other public event, you need to persuade, influence, educate and motivate. Presentation Skills for the Professional will help you hone your public presentations: how you look, sound, engage others and close. Using a variety of tools, from written materials to on-camera and group feedback, this two-session workshop will increase your comfort and level of professionalism in every form of public presentation.