College hands out $3,000 in grants through Hartel Program

Marietta College has awarded $3,000 in grants through its Hartel Program to support programs on campus.

"These programs would honor Bill Hartel in a way that he would really appreciate. He was focused on freshman retention and social activism," said Marietta College Provost Dr. Sue DeWine. "These projects selected by Bill Bauer for funding, are definitely in that tradition. I am so pleased to honor Bill Hartel's memory with such high quality student projects."

Hartel (1929-2001) died April 26, 2001 at his winter home in Palm Beach Shores on Singer Island, Fla. He came to Marietta College in 1965 to teach history. He was twice named a Harness Fellow and was honored with the Outstanding Faculty award in 1987 and 1990, and named an Honorary Alumnus in 1993. A major influence in developing the College's groundbreaking Freshman Seminar, Hartel served as co-chair of the program from its inception.

Hartel formed lasting relationships with many of his students. One former student showed her high regard for Hartel and the College through an anonymous donation in 1996 to establish the Perspectives cultural series.

Now the College has awarded six, $500 grants to the following members of the Marietta College community for their programs.

Freshman Retention: Model UN Club (Sponsors: Dr. Mike Tager and Dr. Mark Schaefer)

To promote active participation in the Model United Nations Club that would aid in the groups travel to the American Model United Nations International Conference (AMUNIC) in Chicago. Half of the participants in this group are freshmen. Students will role-play diplomats from assigned countries on U.N. Committees, addressing a variety of world problems.

This year’s students will represent Jamaica. The research time and travel will provide a great opportunity to create friendships and student-faculty interaction will give freshmen a positive experience. A subcomponent of this activity will promote social activism as students will gain knowledge of political problems.

Role-playing a third-world nation like Jamaica, a country well known for sometimes taking foreign policy positions antagonistic to the United States, students should become aware of perspectives significantly different from their own.

Freshmen Retention: Introductory Biology Learning/Sharing Community (Sponsor: Dr. Dave McShaffery)

This fall, approximately 70 freshmen are enrolled in introductory biology courses, which are generally agreed to be difficult because of the breadth of the subject matter. The Introductory Biology Learning/Sharing Community will promote the formation of scheduled study groups and encourage interactions between students and faculty.

The group will meet each Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. in an informal setting. The biology department will train a TA assistant to help organize the series of events and other upperclassmen will be encouraged to attend through credit or extra credit.

Coordination through the ARC and the Writing Center will be included in the program. One of six biology faculty members will attend each session. Focus will be on collaborative and peer-based instruction. The grant will supply refreshments and any materials necessary to aid students in their quests for success.

Social Activism/Change: Improving Family Literacy in Appalachian Ohio (Sponsor: Dr. Cathy Mowrer)

The monies from this mini-grant will provide funds for purchasing books and supplied for students in the Instructional Strategies in Early Literacy. The students will develop book packs to promote the effective strategies in the areas of comprehension, phonics, listening skills, retelling and writing.

The bookracks will be placed in a Washington County elementary school’s library so that students may check them out on a daily or weekly basis.

Social Activism/Change: Prison Service Project-Larkin Correctional Center for Women (Sponsor: Dr. Dan Huck)

The monies will improve the awareness of how the criminal justice system disproportionately impacts women of color and women of poverty. Students will learn advocacy skills to enhance fairness and the personal dignity in the handling of women prisoners in the American criminal justice system. The program also advances the law- and justice-related careers of participants in the program.

Activities include 5-10 students per semester in intern-like service positions at a maximum-security prison for women. Students work directly with the inmates to gain an understanding of the system and promote awareness of needed changes.

Social Activism/Change: Science Enrichment (Literacy) for Preschool and Elementary School Children (Sponsor: Dr. Don Carpenetti)

The monies will be used to develop and implement science presentations at local pre-school and elementary schools, designed to increase science literacy among area youth and promote interests in science that will carry over into adolescence.

Marietta College students will gain experience presenting and teaching scientific principles. Funds requested would be used to purchase materials for the educational presentations. The program will involve 6-10 students per semester in addition to faculty. All involvement by faculty and students will be done on a volunteer basis.

Students will have a better understanding of the challenges the United States faces as we fall further behind other industrialized nations in science literacy and hopefully an increase in interest in science within the youth of the Marietta community.

Social Activism/Change: Preparing Diverse Educators in a Global Community (Sponsor: Dr. Marybeth Peebles)

The monies will be used to allow potential educators to explore the global community. Multicultural, multilingual school districts will become host sites for Marietta College Education students, who are mainly from a mono-cultural background. Students will be immersed in the education of African-American, Latino(a), and other minority students.

The experience will expand the teachers awareness of the impact of race, socio-economic status, ethnicity, language, and gender on the educational opportunities and achievement of minority students and will demonstrate the need for educational equity. Approximately eight students and one faculty advisor will participate in the experience during the week of Dec. 5-9, 2005.