Foundation and Government Relations (FGR) is responsible for managing the College's relationships with private foundations and government agencies. Our goal is to secure grant support in order to maximize educational opportunities for the St. Scholastica community and regional audiences. The College received $4,400,151 in new and renewed grants during 2012-2013, which is the second highest yearly total in our history. Thank you to everyone at the College for contributing to that success.
We are pleased to report that the Ordean Foundation has again funded our Recovery Services Program (CLEAN). Their $10,000 grant for calendar year 2014 will provide coaching and support to students in recovery from drug/alcohol dependency and for the ongoing creation of a healthy campus culture. Ted Nielsen, who was recently promoted to CLEAN Program Coordinator, will provide leadership for the work.
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) awarded the College an $8,000 grant for a project led by Tom Gibbons. The project features two Computer Science and Engineering Career Days at the College to encourage high school students to pursue computer science studies. The project specifically targets students at local high schools.
NCWIT also awarded the College a $10,000 grant in conjunction with Microsoft Research for a project led by Jen Rosato. The goal is to provide professional development to CSS faculty that promotes a "growth mindset" approach to teaching.
Google awarded the College a $15,000 grant for a research project led by Jen Rosato and Chery Takkunen, as well as a $35,000 grant for an online teacher education project. The purpose of the research grant is to evaluate the effectiveness of an online workshop the School of Education offered last summer (2013). The workshop attempted to scale professional development for teachers online to a MOOC-like (Massive Open Online Course) level, while still offering the same level of learning and community benefits of smaller online courses.
The goal of the second grant is to develop and offer three online courses to prepare teachers to use instructional strategies that engage students and broaden participation in Computer Science.
The National Rural Health Resource Center awarded the College an $11,750 subcontract from the Minnesota Department of Health for a project led by Ryan Sandefer and David Marc. The purpose of the grant is to provide education and learning opportunities for healthcare organizations seeking to improve care coordination and become designated as a healthcare home.
Thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the College's 2014-2015 Spotlight series will feature performances of three Minnesota artists: Cantus, Salsabrosa and Dessa. This grant is made possible by the voters of Minnesota and a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Salsabrosa is also funded, in part, by a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. We extend our appreciation to Sue Maki for her continued success in securing great performing artists and the grants to support them.
Paul Khoury, Rick Revoir, and Jen Pilon will work with the Financial Aid staff to administer a $27,450 scholarship grant from the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA). The bulk of this grant will be used to start an endowment and the remainder will be used for $1,000 scholarship awards during the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 academic years.
Rick Revoir and Tom Buck have secured a $5,000 grant from the C. Charles Jackson Foundation to update and reinvigorate our undergraduate Management Ethics course that is delivered face-to-face and online to about 200 students around the country annually. The redesigned course will incorporate a variety of technology-rich assignments and exercises, as well as collaborative and flexible learning environments.