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Eberly College of Arts and Sciences


Social Work


In this brief newsletter column, the author recounts the story of how a LISTSERV-based discussion list founded in 1991 helped to transform an international multi-disciplinary research society from a "Cinderella organization" that convened once a year for a three-day conference and then effectively disappeared again until the next annual conference. Communications fostered through the discussion list helped to transform the organization into a fully-functioning, year-round operation as subscriptions burgeoned from an original 32 subscribers to more than 1,500.

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An edited version of this recollection was published in the Spring, 2020 issue of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC) newsletter as a contribution to the "Once Upon a Time" feature.



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