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 $5,045,281 in new and renewed grants during 2011-2012, which is the second highest yearly total in our history. Thank you to everyone at the College for contributing to that success.
Our congratulations to Tammy Ostrander and Kevin Seime in receiving a $1,000 grant from Hubbard Broadcasting Foundation (WDIO-TV LLC) to upgrade the production lighting in the St. Scholastica Theater.
The Elizabeth C. Quinlan Foundation gave $1,000 to launch a Latino Student Association. This will support our current Latino students and encourage others to enroll. We will also strengthen our relationships with Christo Rey and DeLaSalle high schools in the Twin Cities.
||Ryan Sandefer, Katie Kerr, Dalerie Lieberz, and Denise Wise led efforts to develop Joined for Health, a partnership between The College of St. Scholastica and FirstLight Health System (Mora, MN) to use telehealth technology to provide patient/family education prior to joint replacement surgery. This $16,944 grant is part of the Blandin Foundation's multi-year work to expand the availability and utilization of broadband technology in rural Minnesota.|
The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation gave $20,000 for the "Mapping for Inclusivity" project directed by Patricia Pratt-Cook and Emily Segar-Johnson. It will enhance our commitment to a culture of inclusive excellence. Work will include a systemic self assessment, gap analysis and recommendations for further actions. It will encompass all college practices and policies, as well as curriculum and student learning outcomes. The assessment (also called diversity mapping) will be conducted with the assistance of Halualani and Assoicates. In the fall, the College will also offer a public symposium on best practices in valuing and creating diversity.
Tom Gibbons and Jen Rosato secured a $16,600 grant to establish a new Securian Virtual Laboratory. This project will transform students' undergraduate experience, allowing them to access complex software from any location. This will allow them to devote more time to learning experiences and assignments and it will also prepare them for the virtual environment which is becoming the norm at most technology-enhanced companies.
Sarah Libbon and Rob Karwath secured renewed funding for TwinPortsConnex. This $70,000 grant will support continued efforts to retain young people in the Twin Ports through mentoring, internships, and networking activities. More information on this project is at twinportsconnex.com.
Sheryl Sandahl secured yet another competitive grant from the New Careers in Nursing Program, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. St. Scholastica is one of only eight colleges nationwide to have received this grant for the six consecutive years that the scholarship program has been in operation. The $60,000 grant will support six $10,000 scholarships for postbaccalaureate nursing students from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds, enrolled on the Duluth and St. Cloud campuses.