Grant Champions

Because grants of all dollar amounts provide valuable resources to support a variety of needs and visions here at Seminole State, being awarded a grant is an accomplishment worthy of recognition! Listed below are just a few notable Grant Champions who are serving as committed leaders at all levels in grant-funded projects and initiatives involving various departments. Congratulations to all!

2015 - Jason Gaschel, Mike Staley, School of Engineering, Design, and Construction, and Stephen Summers, School of Arts and Sciences - National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education grant to support expansion of academic programming related to green energy/sustainability - $900,000. 

2015 - Jan Lloyd-Lesley, Geoffrey Fortunato, and Jose Toro, student affairs - Lumina Foundation grant in partnership with Heart of Florida United Way to increase student persistence and graduation through increased coordination of academic and non-academic support services - $110,000.

2015 - Jason Gaschel and Mike Staley, School of Engineering, Design, and Construction - US Department of Energy grant in partnership with the University of Central Florida Florida Solar Energy Center and Florida's Clean Cities Coalitions to provide alternative fuel vehicle safety training to first and second responders - $12,800.

2015 - Mike Staley, Cheryl Knodel, and Jason Gaschel, School of Engineering, Design and Construction - US Department of Labor TAACCCT program to partner with Miami-Dade College, Polk State College, and Santa Fe State College to strengthen and expand construction-related career pathways - $1,849,019.

2015 - Jolene Hale and Wayne Hardy, economic development - Florida Department of economic Opportunity Quick Response Training grant to train 20 new hires and 40 existing employees at Dixon Ticonderoga - $31,500.

2015 -  Jan Lloyd-Lesley, AVP of student development, and Janet Balanoff, AVP of equity and diversity - Orlando Magic Youth Foundation grant to increase retention and completion as part of a broader minority retention initiative - $50,000.

2015 - Jolene Hale and Wayne Hardy, economic development - Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Quick Response Training grant to train 50 new employees at Paylocity headquarters - $81,165.

2015 - Maya Byfield, biology faculty, and Barbara Greenwell, Honors Institute - Wells Fargo grant to support scholarships and other expenses related to STEM student participation in undergraduate research experiences - $7,000.

2015 - Kevin Konecny, global engagement, and Bill Elshoff, English Language Studies - Consulate of Mexico in Orlando grant to support scholarships for students of Mexican heritage - $6,000.

2015 - Geraldine Perez, director of disability support services - Harper Family Charitable Foundation grant to purchase a Braille Embosser to better serve visually impaired students - $5,000.

2015 - Lenny Portelli, associate dean of information technology - subrecipient under a State University System of Florida grant awarded to Florida State University to strengthen IT instruction - $25,284.

2014 - Nana Robertson, professor/program manager of early childhood education - Early Learning Coalition of Seminole County grant to provide professional development training to childcare providers throughout Central Florida - $41,783.

2014 - Angela Kersenbrock and Donna Lenahan, School of Career and Professional Programs - U.S. Department of Education Perkins pass-through grant awarded by the Florida Department of Education to enhance workforce programming - $1,116,725.

2014 - Terri Daniels and her team at the School of Academic Foundations - numerous adult education grants - over $500,000.

2014 - Mike Staley and Jason Gaschel, School of Engineering, Design, and Construction - The Duke Energy Foundation grant to establish a mobile solar energy lab designed for experiential learning and outreach - $77,000.

2014 - Paul Luby, associate dean of arts and communication - Florida Blue funding to support the production of the August Wilson drama "Gem of the Ocean" - $5,000.

2014 - Jan Lloyd-Lesley, AVP of student development - American Association of University Women grant to gather and share information about childcare services with student parents - $5,000.

2014 - Cheryl Cicotti and Maureen Tremel, healthcare programs - Blue Foundation grant to advance the use of simulation technology in treating veterans - $41,300.

2014 - Jolene Hale and Wayne Hardy, economic development - Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Quick Response Training grant to train 750 new employees at Verizon Wireless - $1,647,134.

2014 - Jan Lloyd-Lesley, AVP for student development - Association of American Colleges and Universities grant to increase civic minded graduates - $1,000.

2014 - Dick Hamann, VP for information technology and institutional resources/CIO, and Maxine Oliver, director of campus safety and security - flow-through funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to purchase and install emergency notifcation speakers - $23,636.

2013 - Paul Luby, associate dean of arts and communication - Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs grant to support community outreach related to the production of August Wilson's drama "Gem of the Ocean" - $21,838.

2013 - Wayne Hardy, director of economic development - Workforce Florida Quick Response Training grant to train 250 new employees at ACD Search Engine Optimization Online - $276,995.

2013 - Terri Daniels, dean of the School of Academic Foundations - AT&T grant to improve adult high school graduation rates and preparedness for college - $50,000.

2013 - Angel Nater and Jim Lee, public safety - Florida Department of Health grant to use enhanced technology in paramedic training - $19,626.

2013 - Kevin Konecny, director of global engagement - National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant to increase student learning experiences related to different social and cultural issues - $100,000.

2013 - Jim Lee and Jim Jollie, public safety - two Bank of America Charitable Foundation grants to provide scholarships and instructional equipment to publiuc safety students - $20,000.

2013 - Cheryl Cicotti, associate dean of healthcare programs - American Association of Community Colleges grant to increase, enrollment, retention, and completion of students over age 50 pursuing health-related programs - $15,000.

2013 - Stephen Summers, dean of arts and sciences - National Science Foundation LSAMP grant subaward to partner with Valencia College and Lake-Sumter State College to increase underrepresented minority students who graduate and transfer to pursue a STEM baccalaureate degree - $450,000.

2012 - Derek Demeter, planetarium manager - Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust grant to purchase a new digital system - $152,000.

2012 - Wayne Hardy, director of economic development - Workforce Florida Quick Response Training grant to train 380 new employees at BlueChip Energy - $426,689.

2012 - Mike Staley, dean of the School of Engineering, Design, and Construction - National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education program grant to enhance and expand academic pathways in engineering, engineering technology, construction, and design - $857,494.

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Concetta Duren
Coordinator, Grant Development
407.708.2088

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