Grants Activities at Marietta College
The 2012-2013 academic year was a good year for grants at Marietta College, with twenty-two grants funded for a wide range of departments and campus interests. Several grants funded in previous years continued operating during this academic year, so grant-funded activity on campus was robust. Grants came from private foundations – local and from afar - as well as from state and federal funding sources. The list below provides highlights of the grants received
Energy and the Environment
Notice the solar panels on the roof of the Pioneer House, aka the Sustainability Demonstration Residence Hall? Congratulate Andy Grimm, professor of Marietta’s Energy Studies and Energy Engineering programs, who developed a project and received a second grant to support a field station laboratory for his classes. The grantor – Dominion Resources – provided funds to install the wind turbine near the women’s softball field in 2011. In August of 2012, Dominion Resources provided another grant to support the installation of solar panels and a solar hot water system in Pioneer House. Students in Professor Grimm’s classes will track the effectiveness of these sustainable energy systems and survey students who live in the dorm about their experiences of living in a hall that uses a sustainable energy resources.
Service to the Region
Veteran grantee Professor Elaine O’Rourke developed and received MC’s sixth grant from the Ohio Board of Regents - Improving Teacher Quality program to enhance mathematics content and pedagogy among southeast Ohio K-8 teachers through the Marietta Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics. The grant graduate level tuition for 45 K-8 teachers, math teaching materials that the teachers select themselves and take to their classrooms in the fall, and provides a stipend for all teachers who participate in the program. The Academy is intense, beginning with an on-campus, two-week institute in the summer, continuing with online courses in the fall and spring, and ending with a spring session on campus. A highly popular component of this project added in recent years is the Kids Math Academy, where children in grades K-8 come to MC’s campus for a week-long afternoon of math learning. The Kids Math Academy was a sold-out event this year – with a long waiting list.
If you see suitcases in the halls of the Erwin Education Department, it doesn’t mean that anyone’s leaving. They’re likely to be part of Traveling History Trunks, a project developed by Dr. Cathy Mowrer and funded by the Marietta Community Foundation and Wal-Mart. Each suitcase represents a special element of a historical person, place, or concept. Students in Dr. Mowrer’s history education courses select the theme, develop lesson plans for various grade levels, then choose and purchase the artifacts that will add the experiential learning components to the theme. In addition to using the “trunks” to teach their own lessons, pre-service teachers have designed a system for teachers and organizations to borrow the suitcases – lesson plans included – to enhance their history teaching. The suitcases are available for other nonprofit groups to use as well.
A partnership between Marietta College and Marietta City Schools known as (MC)2 Science Collaborative received its third year of funding from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation. Professors Ann Bragg (physics), Dave Jeffery (geology), Katie Lustofin (biology), Kevin Pate (chemistry) and Dennis Quist (chemistry) provide their expertise to enhance the content knowledge and science experience of students in K-5 classes in Marietta City Schools. Professors visit local classrooms or teach lessons on campus, and provide consultation to science teachers. Each spring these professors and more of their colleagues host all fifth grade students (about 250) from the school district on campus for Meet a Scientist Day.
The Office of Civic Engagement received several grants to support various ways of engaging students, staff, and faculty in the community.
- Two local foundations – Marietta Community Foundation and the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation – provided funds for Pay It Forward, a student-led philanthropy program that engages students in multiple aspects of philanthropy, including decision-making in awarding limited funds. Heather Eichner, Nonprofits LEAD Program Manager, taught the one-credit hour class and guided the students’ development of philanthropy knowledge and skills.
- The Sisters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund provided a grant to support the second year of a full-time employee to direct and manage the Nonprofits LEAD program. Based on the results of a survey led by Dr. Tanya Judd Pucella in 2008, Nonprofits LEAD coordinates programs that respond to the needs of nonprofit organizations that enhance their organizational capacity. Heather Eichner developed the renewal proposal and will continue as the program manager in the 2013-14 year.
- OCE Director Arielle Jennings worked with a team of leaders from Memorial Health System, Peoples Bank, and Marietta College to design a program titled Food is Elementary, part of the Healthy Appalachia Initiative. Memorial Health System and Peoples Bank provided a grant that engaged MC students in developing and presenting healthy eating programs for children in second grade classes in local schools.
- OCE Director Arielle Jennings developed and received a grant from the Ohio Campus Compact to engage students to “get out the vote” on campus and in the local community.
- Three key service projects of OCE- Make a Difference Day, Community Service Day, and Hunger and Homelessness Week – received a grant from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation. Funds will be used to support the activities students organize for those projects.
Dr. David Brown, Director of the Honors Program and Associate Professor of Biology, received a grant from the ASIANetwork Freeman Foundation that provided funds for a faculty-led student research project in Thailand during the summer of 2013. Four students researched different issues related to shrimp farming and the loss of mangroves in the shrimping villages. Each student’s research focused on a different perspective of the issue: biological, economic, social justice issues related to labor, and the impact of religious beliefs on people’s attitudes toward nature and conservation.
Dr. Ihor Pidhainy, Assistant Professor of History, was awarded a grant from the James P. Geiss Foundation to develop and host a conference titled Biographies in East Asia, 1400-1900. The conference for East Asia scholars was held at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
Dr. Suzanne Walker, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, submitted a proposal to the Association of American Colleges and Universities to develop and host a campus seminar titled ReVisioning the FYE 102 College Life and Leadership Lab Toward Transformational Learning. The seminar will be held in late summer 2013.
Grants to provide services for students with disabilities are not new for Marietta College. This year Dr. Bill Bauer (education) and Dr. Christopher Klein (psychology) submitted a proposal to replicate a program initiated by The Ohio State University that addresses the needs of youth with disabilities as they transition to adulthood. Bauer and Klein plan to refine OSU’s project so that it responds to the needs of youth with disabilities in a rural community. This funded project – locally called Pioneer Pipeline – will engage MC’s education majors as mentors for high school students with disabilities under the direction of Dr. Bauer. Dr. Klein will lead a team of psychology students in measuring the change in participants as they progress through the program’s experiences.
STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medical)
Halliburton Foundation, a long-time friend of the college, provided a grant to support student scholarships and the purchase of equipment for the Petroleum Engineering Program. Another long time grantor, Marathon Oil, included student scholarships and faculty support in its 2012 grant.
The Ohio Board of Regents Choose Ohio First –Programs of Distinction project provided $204,000 in scholarship funds for students from Ohio who are majoring in Physician Assistant Studies, Petroleum Engineering, or Geology. This scholarship is renewable for the 2013-14 academic year.
Have you ever been to a hospital and wondered whether the medical personnel had hands-on experience to treat your condition? Worry no more! Dr. Gloria Stewart, Professor and Chair (retired) of the Physician Assistant Program, worked diligently to raise the funds to purchase a family of human patient simulators (HPS), human-sized manikins that can be programmed to have a variety of (and multiple) conditions. These manikins – man, pregnant woman with birthing baby, infant, and child – allow PA students, other health care students, and professional medical staff in the area to practice complicated medical procedures without endangering any human person. The HPS are costly – over $200,000 – so a cadre of grantors contributed funds toward this project: the Appalachian Regional Commission, Memorial Health Foundation, Sisters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund, and Washington State Community College. The PA program also used funds from its HRSA grant and from its department budget to help fund this project. Watch for news and demonstrations of these state-of-the-art medical training manikins this fall.
Chemistry Department Professor Dr. Debbie Egolf applied for and received a grant from the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh. Funds will be used toward the purchase of a new GCMS for the department, a critical need for the effective teaching and learning of general chemistry.