President's Initiatives Fund - Selection Process

Provost Dr. Linda Rinker and Dean of the Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences Dr. Linda Vaden-Goad chaired the advisory committee that screened the proposals. President Schmotter then made the determination of the final recipients. Joining Rinker and Vaden-Goad on the advisory committee were Professor of Finance Dr. Sally DeLoughy, Professor of Sociology and Social Sciences Dr. Steven Ward, Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Yuan Mei-Ratliff, Assistant Professor of Nursing Patricia Moreland, Professor of Art Abraham Echevarria, Professor of Education and Educational Psychology Dr. Marcy Delcourt, student representative Imran Qazi, Associate Professor of Accounting and University Planning and Budget Committee representative Dr. James Donegan, Director of Student Center/Student Life Dr. Paul Simon, Media Services Director Rebecca Woodward, University Computing Project Manager Stephen Veillette and Office Assistant Martha Palanzo.

This is the second round of grants for the President’s Initiatives Fund, supporting projects by WCSU faculty, staff and students during the 2008 and 2009 calendar years. This funding encourages development of innovative ways to employ the educational resources of the university and the broader community to create learning experiences grounded in the exposure to human, intellectual or geographic differences.

Selection criteria included how creatively and effectively the proposals advanced the “learning opportunities that differences can create.” Specific factors that were rated included numbers of stakeholders affected by the project and the measureable impact the project would have on enhancing education outcomes, increasing WestConn’s public visibility or generating potential new streams of revenue. Proposals also were evaluated on their consistency to further develop an environment that values and affirms the unique contributions of WestConn’s many constituent populations, recognizes the learning
opportunities that differences can create and strengthens connections among the university’s various community members. Proposals that featured cooperation among faculty, staff and students were especially welcomed.

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