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Recent grant acquisitions demonstrate confidence in the scholarship of Earlham's faculty and the value of an Earlham degree. Both in terms of dollar amounts awarded and in disciplines involved, this short list indicates a diversity in types of requests made and awards received.
The Bahamas National Trust is managing a grant for $148,486 that was received in April 2011 in response to a proposal from John Iverson (Biology) and his colleague Will Mackin.The grant will allow John and Will to work to support the Restoring Allen Cay for Shearwaters in the Bahamas iguana project.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded Earlham $347,000 in December 2010 to support our Environmental Studies program.The four-year grant will support components that include interdisciplinary course planning and team-teaching, a variety of student-faculty collaborations, thematic summer seminars for students and faculty, and campus activities and events. Most importantly, the proposed project is an investment with significant long-term benefits allowing us to develop our core courses in the new Environmental Studies program now, at the nascent stage, in a way that will impact the character and personality of the program for years to come.
Earlham received the exciting news in September 2010 that our proposal to the National Science Foundation to renovate research labs in Stanley was approved for $807,794. Professor of Chemistry Mike Deibel led a group of Biology and Chemistry faculty who prepared the grant in the summer of 2009.The proposal outlined an innovative program of renovation of existing space to generate “research neighborhoods” conducive to collaborative research, and to ameliorate present severe overcrowding.This well-designed program will significantly improve conditions for research and research-training at the College.
In August 2010, Earlham received $4.8 million from the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation. Combining their dedication to community service with their desire to provide scholarship support for students, the Bonner Foundation endowed Earlham’s Bonner Scholars Program with this award.Endowing the program recognizes Earlham College's long dedication to community service, and will support Earlham's ongoing commitments to civic engagement, volunteerism and service learning in the Richmond and Wayne County communities.
A proposal for $78,450 was approved by the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the improvement of the Post-Secondary Education Fulbright-Hays Initiative. The proposal was submitted by Academic Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs Greg Mahler and Associate Director of International Programs Kelley Lawson-Kahlidi for a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Short-Term Seminar Project. The project will encourage and facilitate the infusion of Near Eastern perspectives and knowledge of the contemporary Near East into the curriculum at Earlham and in area public schools. The four-week seminar in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Ramallah and Amman will include faculty from Earlham, graduate students enrolled in Earlham's Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Education programs, and faculty from public schools in Richmond and Wayne County who are interested in incorporating a Near Eastern perspective into their classrooms.
Earlham was awarded more than $800,000 over a four-year period beginning October 1, 2009, to develop and implement a Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. The purpose of the McNair Project is to prepare low-income, first generation and underrepresented students for graduate study. The goal of the program is to have McNair participants complete undergraduate study and enroll in graduate programs at higher rates than non-McNair participants, and have these participants earn doctoral degrees in a variety of disciplines, with a particular emphasis on mathematics and science. Funds will support research opportunities and student services for the McNair Scholars.
In the summer of 2009, the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation awarded Earlham $10,000 per year for five years for a total of $50,000, and an additional gift of the equivalent of 10,000 shares of Cargill stock will be forthcoming. This award is very flexible as long as it supports the Environmental Studies program.
The Christian Johnson Endeavor Fund approved a small grant to in the early fall 2008 to fund the creation of an Informed Citizen project. The project included student voter registration activities, design of an issues oriented Web site, and community gatherings for the Presidential debates. The project was a tremendous success and attracted students to actively work on voter registration. The presidential debates drew huge, standing room only crowds.
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations awarded Earlham a grant of $200,000 in 2008 to support a project to expand the space in Earlham's Goddard Auditorium. The addition will add storage space to the back of the stage, which will particularly impact Earlham's instrumental and choral music programs. The new space will provide an area to store the piano and other instruments when not in use, and also the risers for the choral program. This expansion will have a lasting effect upon these programs and all performances in Goddard.
The Teagle Foundation approved a request from Earlham in 2008 for a grant of $149,577 for general education learning goal assessment. Kari Kalve was the author of the proposal and will serve as project director. Plans include implementing a procedure for assessing two of our 10 General Education learning goals each year on an ongoing five-year rotation that will include student faculty research projects, selecting the best assessment practices for Earlham and creating a system to carry out assessment every five years. As a result of these projects, we expect to see improved NSSE scores in first-year student engagement, improved campus-wide understanding of our general education process and improved student general education learning.