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Fiscal Year 2012


Ohio Campus Compact/Learn and Serve America $2,000 

Project Title: Cardinal Philanthropy Colloquium- Pay it Forward, Year 3 Dr. Melissa Gilbert, Center for Community Engagement A student-led philanthropy project funded by Learn and Serve America administered by Ohio Campus Compact in partnership with Kentucky and Michigan Campus Compacts, serves as a community of practice for interdisciplinary scholars of philanthropy, both our students and community partners alike. The Colloquium offers four service-learning courses. Students serve as advisory boards to assess community needs, provide direct volunteer services, evaluate funding priorities for specific non-profit organizations, assess funding requests, and make persuasive recommendations for funding allocations. Through the Colloquium Otterbein will maintain our on-going dialogue about campus/community relations, leveraging resources, and affecting significant social change.

Ohio Board of Nursing $199,671

Project Title: Linking Education and Practice Partnerships Program (LEAPPP)
Dr. Marjorie Vogt, Nursing

The purpose of this project is to increase the numbers of master’s or doctoral prepared post-licensure nurses in the role of Nurse Educator. The specific goals of this project include increasing the numbers of master’s or doctoral post-licensure student nurses by 10% through development of partnerships with select educational programs and healthcare agencies; collaborate with community partners to increase the number of post-licensure nurses prepared in the role of Nurse Educator; and provide opportunities for nursing staff of community partners by using distance learning techniques to promote nursing staff life-long learning.

Ohio Board of Nursing $199,685

Project Title: Nursing, Academic & Community Partnerships (NCAP)
Dr. Barbara Schaffner, Nursing

The purpose of this project is to increase the enrollment of pre-licensure nursing students by 10%; develop additional non-traditional community partnerships to allow increased access to healthcare training sites; revise the curriculum to include additional emphasis on targeted areas such as quality improvement, safety, culture, gerontology and informatics; and to provide lifelong learning for the post-licensure nurses of the community partners through continuing education offerings and simulations.

National Institute of Standards and Technology $16,216 –

Project Title: Calculating thermochemical and kinetic reference data for the study of monocyclic oxygenates as model compounds for second-generation biofuels.
Dr. Carrigan Hayes, Chemistry

Dr. Carrigan Hayes's research focuses on the chemistry of lignocellulosic biofuels; these are biofuels that are derived from non-edible plant material (and so are not otherwise involved in the food chain).  Lignin and cellulose both have large structures consisting of several interconnected rings; these complex structures make their chemistry complicated.

Dr. Hayes is interested in examining the component individual rings present in lignin and cellulose, with the ultimate goal of better understanding the larger, interconnected systems.  To this end, she and her research students use computational chemistry to calculate the energies and explore the reactions of these monocyclic (one-ring) compounds.

Columbus City Schools    $8,000

Project Title: Ubuntu Mentoring and Leadership for College

John Kengla, Center for Community Engagement

The Ubuntu Mentoring and Leadership for College program educates urban youth through group mentoring. Guided by University and high school faculty and a carefully constructed curriculum, Otterbein students meet each week with students at two Columbus City Schools (CCS), Linden-McKinley STEM Academy and Mifflin High School. Together the students form a community of practice and learn to: 1) apply their own signature strengths in new ways; 2) increase their engagement in learning; 3) grow their college aspirations and understanding of college access; 4) employ resilience skills; 5) advance their active levels of self-control and self-discipline; and 6) practice civic responsibility—all of which are the foundations for strong character, life-long learning and, in the short term, are skills students can use to improve their chances for college access and success.

Ohio Humanities Council    $15,000

Project Title:  The Language of Nature: Reading the Earth

Dr. Terry Hermsen, English

“The Language of Nature: Reading the Earth” is a week-long institute for approximately 20 classroom school teachers held at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center and brings together three strands of interest and concern in the contemporary humanities: 1) the need to help teachers better connect their students to the world beyond the classroom; 2) the imperative to make best use of contemporary insights “how we think,” and finally 3) our pressing need as a nation and a culture to re-establish stronger bonds with the natural world.  The grant was awarded by The Ohio Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment of the Humanities.

The Columbus Foundation    $32,000

Project Title:  Ubuntu Mentoring and Leadership for College

John Kengla, Center for Community Engagement

The Ubuntu Mentoring and Leadership for College program educates urban youth through group mentoring. Guided by University and high school faculty and a carefully constructed curriculum, Otterbein students meet each week with students at two Columbus City Schools (CCS), Linden-McKinley STEM Academy and Mifflin High School. Together the students form a community of practice and learn to: 1) apply their own signature strengths in new ways; 2) increase their engagement in learning; 3) grow their college aspirations and understanding of college access; 4) employ resilience skills; 5) advance their active levels of self-control and self-discipline; and 6) practice civic responsibility—all of which are the foundations for strong character, life-long learning and, in the short term, are skills students can use to improve their chances for college access and success.

The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio     $10,000

Project Title:  Women’s Leadership Network

Melissa Gilbert, Center for Community Engagement

The Otterbein Women’s Leadership Network will provide educational, networking, and transformational leadership opportunities for girls, students, and community leaders to cultivate a collaborative system of support that will increase women’s upward social and economic mobility.

Ohio Board of Regents      $106,480

Project Title: Operation Physics for Central Ohio Middle Grades (OP2)

Dr. Wendy Sherman Heckler, Education

Now in its third year, Operation Physics develops an understanding of basic physics among teachers of students in grades 4-9. Teachers will enroll in 9 quarter credit hours (5 semester hours) of graduate coursework through Otterbein University that will provide them with sequences of inquiry activities, demonstrations, readings, and outside projects to be completed with their students. Teachers will learn to recognize and challenge some naive ideas in order to inspire student interest in physics concepts, encourage problem-solving, and improve student learning in areas of physical science specified in Ohio's Academic Content Standards. Teacher participants will receive approximately 90-100 hours of instruction between the summer of 2012 and spring of 2013.


Fiscal Year 2011

The Presser Foundation $4,800
Project Title: Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award
Dr. Craig Johnson, Department of Music

Presser Scholars are students majoring in music who demonstrate excellence and artistic potential. One scholarship is awarded annually by the President of Otterbein University and the Chair of the Department of Music.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) $27,098
Project Title: Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship 
Dr. Patricia Keane, Nursing 

This grant offers scholarships to increase the number of advanced practice nurses who provide health services to diverse underserved populations in rural counties in Central and Appalachian Ohio where poverty and unemployment still contribute to a variety of health care problems and intensify the need for quality health care. The presence of advanced practice nurses gives people in these underserved areas increased access to health care services that include screening for health risks, health teaching, and promoting healthy lifestyles.

 Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) $1,292
Project Title: Nurse Anesthetist Traineeships 
Dr. Elizabeth Seibert, Nursing 

The purpose of this project is to increase the numbers of certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) in the central Ohio and rural Ohio Appalachia. Before this program began in 2010, there had not been a nurse anesthesia program in Central Ohio since 1987. This award will be used to 1) successfully fund graduate nurse anesthesia students past their first 12 months of study and 2) finally support minority and underprivileged nurse anesthesia students past their first 12 months of study.

Franklin Park Conservatory $2,200
Project Title: The Otterbein Community Garden 
Dr. Melissa Gilbert, Center for Community Engagement 

The garden is a shared living learning landscape with a mission to enrich the lives of local community members facing food insecurity while providing educational opportunities for youth and university students. The garden demonstrates Otterbein’s commitment to responsible and efficient land use, with the goal of ameliorating local hunger. Produce from the garden will benefits four local food pantries. The garden also provides an avenue for self-empowerment for many of the garden participants who are at-risk for hunger themselves.

Martha Holden Jennings Foundation $5,000
Project Title: Reading the Earth 
Dr. Terry Hermsen, English 

“Reading the Earth: The Language of Nature” is a week-long summer institute for K- 12 teachers held at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center. This project brings together three strands of interest and concern in the contemporary humanities: 1) the need to help teachers better connect their students to the world beyond the classroom; 2) the imperative to make best use of contemporary insights "how we think," and finally 3) our pressing need as a nation and a culture to re-establish stronger bonds with the natural world.

Ohio Board of Regents $108,584
Project Title: "Operation Physics for Central Ohio Middle Grades Teachers"
Dr. Wendy Sherman-Heckler, Education

Dr. Wendy Sherman-Heckler has been awarded $108,584 from the Ohio Board of Regents for a second year of "Operation Physics for Central Ohio Middle Grades Teachers”. The goal of this project is to develop a better understanding of basic physics among central Ohio based teachers of students in grades 4-9. Teachers will enroll in 9 quarter credit hours (5 semester hours) of graduate coursework through Otterbein University that will provide them with sequences of inquiry activities, demonstrations, readings, and outside projects to be completed with their students. Teachers will learn to recognize and challenge some naive ideas in order to inspire student interest in physics concepts, encourage problem-solving, and improve student learning in areas of physical science specified in Ohio's Academic Content Standards.

Ohio Humanities Council $16,000
Project Title: "The Language of Nature: Teaching in Place"
Dr. Terry Hermsen, English

Dr. Terry Hermsen has been awarded $16,000 for a week-long institute for approximately 20 classroom school teachers held at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center. "The Language of Nature: Teaching in Place" project brings together three strands of interest and concern in the contemporary humanities: 1) the need to help teachers better connect their students to the world beyond the classroom; 2) the imperative to make best use of contemporary insights "how we think," and finally 3) our pressing need as a nation and a culture to re-establish stronger bonds with the natural world. The grant was awarded by The Ohio Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment of the Humanities.

Ohio Commission on Minority Health $3,000
Project Title: "Promoting 'Eu'stress: A Holistic Approach to Becoming Fit for Wellness"
Dr. Denise Hatter-Fisher, Psychology

Dr. Denise Hatter-Fisher has been awarded $3,000 from the Ohio Commission on Minority Health for Minority Health Month 2011. "Promoting 'Eu'stress: A Holistic Approach to Becoming Fit for Wellness" is a two day community health promotion project targeting urban ethnic populations at high risk for developing illnesses related to unhealthy lifestyle practices (e.g. hypertension and diabetes). Topics and activities include healthy cooking demonstrations, non-invasive health screenings, and physical, mental and spiritual well-being activities for the community.

Columbus City Schools $8,000
Project Title: Ubuntu College Clubs
John Kengla, Center for Community Engagement

This award supports the fifth year of the Ubuntu College Access/Aspiration Curriculum, including: (1) facilitating instruction/learning activities about college-related topics; (2) providing values/character-building instruction; (3) providing writing instruction; (4) providing community service activity through mentoring; (5) providing experienced Otterbein University student mentors to work with students at Otterbein, Linden, and middle schools as testimonies to overcoming obstacles; (6) providing after-school coordinator/teaching services of three CCS faculty coordinators; and (7) providing teaching expertise of an Otterbein faculty member who has led, coordinated, developed curriculum, and taught in similar programs for the last 20 years.

Ohio Campus Compact/Learn and Serve America $20,500
Project Title: Cardinal Philanthropy Colloquium- Pay it Forward, Year 2
Dr. Melissa Gilbert, Center for Community Engagement

A student-led philanthropy project funded by Learn and Serve America administered by Ohio Campus Compact in partnership with Kentucky and Michigan Campus Compacts, serves as a community of practice for interdisciplinary scholars of philanthropy, both our students and community partners alike. The Colloquium offers four service-learning courses. Students serve as advisory boards to assess community needs, provide direct volunteer services, evaluate funding priorities for specific non-profit organizations, assess funding requests, and make persuasive recommendations for funding allocations. Through the Colloquium Otterbein will maintain our on-going dialogue about campus/community relations, leveraging resources, and affecting significant social change.

Ohio Arts Foundation $1,900
Project Title: Contemporary Chilean Prints
Nicholas Hill, Art Department

Nicholas Hill has been awarded $1,900 from the Ohio Arts Foundation to help bring Chilean artist Isabel Cauas to Columbus to participate in the exhibition of contemporary Chilean prints at the Frank Museum.

 

Fiscal Year 2010

Ohio Arts Council $2,000
Project Title: Contemporary Chilean Prints
Nicholas Hill, Art Department

Nicholas Hill received a grant to travel to Santiago, Chile to select contemporary prints for review, framing and display in the Frank Museum in the autumn of 2010.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) $55,557
Project Title: Preparing the Next Generation of Nurse Educators: the NFLP at Otterbein College
Dr. Barbara Schaffner, Nursing

Dr. Barbara Schaffner and the Nursing Department have been awarded $55,557 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to establish a Nurse Faculty Loan Program.

Solid Waste Authority of Ohio (SWACO)   $6,112
Project Title: Ottercycle, year 2
Paul Baldridge, Service Department

This grant 1) expands student recycling opportunities in one residence hall and classrooms in two buildings; 2) assists housekeeping and the special needs recycling team increase operational efficiency though two equipment purchases; 3) enhances the College’s recycling awareness efforts 4) enables Otterbein to conduct a litter clean up activity in the fall with Plan-it Earth members; and 5) expands general recycling collection through the purchase of additional recycling containers and roll off container services.

Columbus City Schools   $3,000
Project Title: Middle School Summer Institute
Dean Harriet Fayne, Professional Studies, Graduate School

Dean Harriet Fayne received a grant for $3000 from the Columbus City Schools to present a session entitled “Making Content Accessible to all Learners” at the Columbus City Schools Summer Institute.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)     $36,117
Project Title: Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship
Dr. Patricia Keane, Nursing

This grant offers scholarships to increase the number of advanced practice nurses who provide health services to diverse underserved populations in rural counties in Central and Appalachian Ohio where poverty and unemployment still contribute to a variety of health care problems and intensify the need for quality health care. The presence of advanced practice nurses gives people in these underserved areas increased access to health care services that include screening for health risks, health teaching, and promoting healthy lifestyles.

Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation $3,857
Project Title: Safety Grant
Lucy Cryan, Equine Studies

Lucy Cryan of the Equine Center was awarded $3,857 by the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation’s Safety grant program, to improve safety in the workplace and lower workers compensation charges for the institution.

Association of American Colleges and Universities $100,000
Project Title: Ventures in Praxis: The Otterbein Five Cardinal Experiences
Dr. Melissa Gilbert, Center for Community Engagement, and Dean Amy Jessen-Marshall, Academic Affairs

With this grant, community partners, civic scholars-in-residence, faculty, students, and staff are establishing a model Community Council, serving as an alliance to implement the Five Cardinal Experiences, which create transformational experiential student journeys and integrate engagement through service, leadership, research, internships, and global awareness to promote civic and psychosocial development.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources   $23,160
Project Title: Ravenna Arsenal Aquatics
Dr. Michael Hoggarth, Biology and Earth Sciences

Dr. Michael Hoggarth of the Biology and Earth Sciences Department was awarded $23,160 from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, allowing him to inventory the fish, mussels, crayfish and clams of the Ravenna Arsenal.

Ohio Campus Compact/Learn and Serve America $20,500
Project Title: Cardinal Philanthropy Colloquium- Pay it Forward, Year 1
Dr. Melissa Gilbert, Center for Community Engagement

A student-led philanthropy project funded by Learn and Serve America administered by Ohio Campus Compact in partnership with Kentucky and Michigan Campus Compacts, serves as a community of practice for interdisciplinary scholars of philanthropy, both our students and community partners alike. The Colloquium offers four service-learning courses. Students serve as advisory boards to assess community needs, provide direct volunteer services, evaluate funding priorities for specific non-profit organizations, assess funding requests, and make persuasive recommendations for funding allocations. Through the Colloquium Otterbein will maintain our on-going dialogue about campus/community relations, leveraging resources, and affecting significant social change.

Columbus City Schools $8,000
Project Title: Ubuntu College Clubs
John Kengla, Center for Community Engagement

This award supports the fourth year of the Ubuntu College Access/Aspiration Curriculum, including: (1) facilitating instruction/learning activities about college-related topics; (2) providing values/character-building instruction; (3) providing writing instruction; (4) providing community service activity through mentoring; (5) providing experienced Otterbein University student mentors to work with students at Otterbein, Linden, and middle schools as testimonies to overcoming obstacles; (6) providing after-school coordinator/teaching services of 3 Columbus City Schools faculty coordinators; and (7) providing teaching expertise of an Otterbein faculty member who has led, coordinated, developed curriculum, and taught in similar programs for the last 20 years.

Ohio Board of Nursing $199,608
Project Title: FLAME: Fostering Leaders, Advocates, Mentors and Educators
Dr. Barbara Schaffner, Department of Nursing

This project helps to prepare licensure nurses in the still sets of nurse educator and clinical nurse leader through an education/leadership program. Through the use of distance technology, the FLAME model will help students complete a Nurse Educator and Clinical Nurse Leader program leading to a Master’s Degree in Nursing and a Nursing Education Certificate.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources $30,942
Project Title: Freshwater Mussel Survey of Lake Erie Refugia
Dr. Michael Hoggarth, Biology and Earth Sciences

The purpose of this project is to sample refugia in Lake Erie for mussels. Dr. Hoggarth has recently discovered unknown communities of mussels in a marina and in river channels emptying into Lake Erie. The objective of this study is to determine if other such habitats also support mussels.

National Science Foundation $199,409
Project Title: Experimental Determination of Chemical Structure in the Undergraduate Curriculum: A Data Driven Approach
Dr. Dean Johnston, Department of Chemistry

The key goals of this project are to develop a new model for integration of structural methods into the undergraduate chemistry curriculum, assess student engagement and learning when working with experimental structural data, establish a local PUI user group to broaden the incorporation of x-ray diffraction methods and resources into the undergraduate curriculum and to create interactive web-based materials for teaching crystallographic symmetry.

Columbus City Schools $174,441
Project Title: Teacher Quality Enhancement (TQE) Year 6
Dr. Harriet Fayne, Education

The final year of this collaboration between the Higher Education Partnership and Columbus City Schools will continue the implementation of specialized urban teacher preparation coursework and target professional development, with a particular focus on math and science at the middle school level, to increase urban student academic achievement. The "urban teacher strand" target Columbus City Schools.

National Science Foundation $113,000
Project Title: Neutrino Experiments with the NuMI Beam
Dr. Nathaniel Tagg, Physics

Dr. Tagg and two undergraduate researchers will study neutrino interactions and oscillations with the NuMI beam at Fermilab, Illinois, using the MINOS and MINERVA experiments. These experiments are large collaborations of over 100 scientists devoted to the study of fundamental particle properties.

Ohio Board of Regents $107,853
Project Title:  OP2 - Operation Physics for Central Ohio Middle Grades Teachers
Dr. Wendy Sherman-Heckler, Education

The goal of this project is to develop an understanding of basis physics among central-Ohio based teachers of students in grades 4-9.  Teachers will enroll in 9 (quarter) credit hours of graduate coursework through Otterbein University, with tuition paid for by the Ohio Board of Regents.  The coursework will provide teachers with sequences of inquiry activities, demonstration, readings and outside projects to be completed with their students.  Teachers will learn to recognize and challenge some naive ideas in order to inspire student interest in physics concepts, encourage problem solving, and improve student learning in areas of physical science specified in Ohio's Academic Standards. Teacher participants will receive approximately 100 hours of instruction during summer and fall of 2010 and spring of 2011.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure $56,413
Project Title:  The Latina Breast Cancer Project
Melissa Thomas, Health and Sport Sciences

The project aims to increase knowledge of breast cancer and screening guidelines through the delivery of culturally competent education for Latina women in Central Ohio, Marion, and Clark counties. The project will also continue a resource hotline so that Spanish speaking women can get access to no-cost mammography. The goal is to reach at least 500 women.

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Community Garden Academy of The Columbus Foundation $3,480
Project Title: Westerville Community Gardens
Bruce Mandeville, Equine Studies

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Community Garden Academy of The Columbus Foundation has awarded $3,480 to Bruce Mandeville. He has also received $520 of in-kind support from the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. Both of these gifts are in support of a project to establish a community garden as an educational resource and a commitment of service to the community. A new 52‐stall Equine Center, located on 111 acres two miles from the main Otterbein campus, borders Westerville North High School and will be the site of the garden. Twenty garden plots for area residents will be built, and three raised beds will be built according to accessibility standards for gardeners who are physically challenged. Otterbein and Westerville North students will work with residents from senior living facilities and garden clubs, and the Westerville Parks and Recreation Department to learn sustainable gardening practices and to harvest produce. Sustainable Westerville will help to coordinate the types of plants and vegetables that are needed, and Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM) will help distribute harvests. A portion of the produce grown will be given to food pantries.

Fiscal Year 2009

Cleveland State University $55,000
Project Title: Reading First
Dr. Sue Constable, Education

Reading First – Ohio is a collaborative project between Cleveland State University and Otterbein University to assist K-3 reading teachers in the acquisition of knowledge and skills for effective reading instruction. Otterbein field faculty will continue to train and support literacy specialists in Reading First schools to serve as school based professional developers and coaches of K-3 teachers, establishing standards of practice based on data-based instructional decision-making, accurate diagnosis and powerful interventions that ensure children’s progress in Language Arts.

Columbus City Schools $198,021
Project Title: Teacher Quality Enhancement (TQE) Year 6
Dr. Harriet Fayne, Education

The final year of this collaboration between the Higher Education Partnership and Columbus City Schools will continue the implementation of specialized urban teacher preparation coursework and target professional development, with a particular focus on math and science at the middle school level, to increase urban student academic achievement. The "urban teacher strand" target Columbus City Schools.

Columbus City Schools $8,000
Project Title: Ubuntu College Clubs
John Kengla, Center for Community Engagement

This award supports the third year of the Ubuntu College Access/Aspiration Curriculum, including: (1) facilitating instruction/learning activities about college-related topics; (2) providing values/character-building instruction; (3) providing writing instruction; (4) providing community service activity through mentoring; (5) providing experienced Otterbein University student mentors to work with students at Otterbein, Linden, and middle schools as testimonies to overcoming obstacles; (6) providing after-school coordinator/teaching services of 3 Columbus City School faculty coordinators; and (7) providing teaching expertise of an Otterbein faculty member who has led, coordinated, developed curriculum, and taught in similar programs for the last 20 years.

Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio $8,588
Project Title: Otter-Cycle: A Recycling Awareness and Expansion Program for Otterbein University
Paul Baldridge, Recycling Coordinator, Service Department

This campus-wide recycling grant is designed to promote recycling awareness, expand collection opportunities, involved the college community, and explore the use of recycled-content products.

Merck Undergraduate Science Research Program $60,000
Project Title: Student Scholars for the 21st Century
Dr. Joan Esson, Chemistry and Dr. Amy Jessen-Marshall, Biology and Earth Science

This project provides funding for four undergraduate research experiences annually (stipends, supplies and travel) as well as ancillary programs designed to engage all summer research students in an enriched research experience and expose them to possible career paths.

The Presser Foundation $4,800
Project Title: Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award
Dr. Craig Johnson, Department of Music

Presser Scholars are students majoring in music who demonstrate excellence and artistic potential. One scholarship is awarded annually by the President of Otterbein University and the Chair of the Department of Music.

National Science Foundation $482,992
Project Title: Cardinal Science Scholars
Dr. Joan Esson, Chemistry and Brian Sell, Physics

This project supports scholarships and enhanced programming for students in the STEM fields of study at Otterbein University. After recruiting and selecting students based on academic performance and an essay about their career goals, they will participate in an active learning community with activities including a week long summer immersion experience, programming at the Center for Career Planning, residence in a living/learning house, a year-long seminar program focusing on career options and mentoring through a triad consisting of the scholar, an upper-level students and alum.

National Collegiate Honors Council $1,000
Project Title: Kneading Minds
Dr. Cynthia Rose, Honors Program

This grant supports a venture in which Honors residents come together to bake bread every two weeks, following the Social Entrepreneurial Model. Otterbein's dining hall chefs will teach residents how to bake bread in the residents' hall kitchen. A portion of the bread will be delivered to local food pantries where it will be given away. The remainder will be sold the following morning after local religious services with profits being used to replenish baking supplies. Once a quarter, Honors students will host a group of at-risk youth who participate in service clubs at their schools and will teach them to bake bread at the Honors dorm. The youth will donate that bread to a local pantry.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) $49,159
Project Title: Advanced Education Nurse Traineeship
Dr. Eda Mikoloaj, Nursing

This grant will offer scholarship to increase the number of advanced practice nurses who provide health services to diverse underserved populations in rural counties in Central and Appalachian Ohio where poverty and unemployment still contribute to a variety of health care problems and intensify the need for quality health care. The presence of advanced practice nurses gives people in these underserved areas increased access to health care services that include screening for health risks, health teaching, and promoting healthy lifestyles.

Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges $15,538
Project Title: Ubuntu College Clubs
John Kengla, Center for Community Engagement

For this second year of funding, Linden-McKinley High School and Beechcroft High School eleventh and twelfth graders will attend an Otterbein communications class - COMM 190, Mentoring: Theory and Practice. In a collaborative learning setting, the college and high school students will study mentoring and writing practices, learning the importance of academic achievement, higher education opportunities, college entrance requirements, the application process, and financial aid. The students will conduct regular mentoring/college access sessions for ninth-grade students at Linden-McKinley and Beechcroft High Schools.

Army Research Institute $77,335
Project Title: Cognitive Task Complexity and General Intelligence
Dr. Meredith Frey, Department of Psychology

In the research, Dr. Frey will work to establish a way to form an unbiased assessment of cognitive ability. Measures currently in use by the U.S. Army are loaded on verbal knowledge and are susceptible to environmental effects, like poor quality schools. Therefore, this research will develop a nonverbal battery of elementary cognitive tasks that more directly measure the basic processes of intelligence.

TG Benefits $90,444
Project Title: Ubuntu College Clubs
John Kengla, Center for Community Engagement

The Ubuntu program joins 25 Otterbein students with 75 pre-college students, nearly all of whom aspire to be their family's first generation to attend college. All students learn the art of mentoring, and in the process, develop the personal qualities important for college entry and retention. Through service-learning pedagogy, peer networks are established that inform personal choices about risky behaviors, influence student perception of personal efficacy, and contribute to the development of complex problem-solving skills. Students write a common book about their experience, visit colleges, attend college information sessions held after school. Ubuntu seeks to build a cycle of success where middle school students who have been mentored eventually become the Otterbein students returning to the neighborhood to become mentors. St. Stephen's Community House is Otterbein's community partner. High school students from the Ubuntu program are participating in a dual enrollment program called Seniors to Sophomores, establishing critical role models as we demonstrate how students can enter, pay for, and successfully complete college.

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