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Foundation awards nearly $20,000 in Spring 2017 Mini-Grants

The Foundation for Seminole State College's Board of Directors has announced its Spring 2017 Mini-Grant awards, which will fund 14 faculty and staff projects totaling nearly $20,000 in support.

The recipients are:

  • Beverly Smith (Grindle Honors Institute): $320 for the rebranding of the Grindle Honors Institute brochure to ensure successful recruitment efforts vital to the growth of the Honors program.
  • Joan Geile (School of Engineering, Design and Construction): $1,645.80 for student-built tiny house branding.
  • Kurt Esser (Raider Athletics): $2,000 for NormaTec Pulse Recovery System to help athletes train harder, recover faster and perform better.
  • Paul Luby (Arts and Communication): $1,099.90 for wireless hand-held and lavalier microphones for public address in Harriett’s Theatre.
  • Richard Harmon (Fine and Performing Arts): $1,982 for portable vinyl dance flooring for the performing arts program to protect student and guest dancers during the annual dance festival.
  • Morgan Tracy (Library): $267 for three card-swipe stations for the library instruction classrooms at the Sanford/Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs and Oviedo campuses.
  • Eden Donahou (Mathematics): $285.75 for a classroom set of Versa Tiles Math, which provides an alternative to practice workbooks, combining the challenge of a puzzle to help students develop fluency of key concepts and skills.
  • Karen Kaufmann & Hatem Akil (Library, QEP): $1,000 for Read to Succeed student READ poster promotion, including a collegewide photo shoot and exhibition of 500 student posters showcasing students holding their favorite books.
  • Hatem Akil (QEP): $699.99 for 10 easels to display information about student events throughout each campus.
  • Douglas Anne Taylor (DOL TAACCCT TRAMCON Grant): $1,458.64 for TRAMCON student/employer hiring events, providing short-term training and job-placement assistance.
  • Michael McConville (Planetarium): $2,000 for 4,000 branded solar eclipse viewing glasses for a giveaway at the observing event on Aug. 21.
  • Lina Williams (Mathematics): $2,000 for the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program.
  • Carlos Vasquez (Energy and Automotive Technology): $1,949.85 for the latest diagnostic and inspection equipment (General Tools DCS1100 Borescope System with 4.9mm Switchable Front), to support the late-model vehicles donated to the automotive programs.
  • James Cokos (Automotive): $1,955.70 for advanced technology equipment upgrade and advancement.

The Foundation has awarded $698,625 to support Mini-Grant requests. The Foundation's Mini-Grant Program was created to provide full-time faculty and staff with financing for projects not supported by their regular department budgets. Awards are selected by members of the Foundation Board of Directors.

There were 17 submissions this term, totaling $26,444,63 in requests. All funds allocated for Spring 2017 must be expended or encumbered by March 31, 2018. Additional awards are planned for the fall, with a request for applications expected to be sent campuswide in October. For more information, please contact the Foundation at 407.708.4567.

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