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UCM Foundation Awards FY 14 Opportunity Grants to Faculty, Staff

UCM faculty and staff grant recipients
Deborah Curtis, provost, far left, and Jason Drummond, far right, congratulate some of the faculty and staff who will receive Foundation Opportunity Grants in FY14.


Projects that range from helping student veterans to teaching bully prevention will receive funding from the UCM Foundation Opportunity Grants, Jason Drummond, Foundation executive director, announced recently.

"We're excited that the Foundation Board of Directors chose to provide funding for every project submitted in our first year of offering these grants to our faculty and staff," Drummond said. "We had a tremendous response from our academic community, and the review committee was impressed by the variety of projects. We believe these projects will have a significant impact on learning opportunities for our students."

The UCM Foundation Board of Directors voted to create this grant program earlier in 2013 to support targeted, student-centered activities of UCM faculty and staff resulting in significant outcomes that benefit the university's learning environment. Grants, which start at $100 and range to an individual maximum of $5,000, are funded based on the fiscal year, July 1 through June 30.

The UCM Foundation is the official fundraising arm of the University of Central Missouri. Established in 1979, the foundation procures, maintains and administers philanthropic gifts that advance the university's mission and help students attain their college goals. In keeping with that mission, the UCM Foundation established the Opportunity Grant Program in support of faculty and staff who have ideas but insufficient funding for entrepreneurial projects that strengthen the university's learning environment and students' academic experience.

Recipients and projects for FY 2014 are:

  • Darrell Brammer, director of the Small Business and Technology Development Center, for Brightfest (download release as PDF)
  • Karen Foster, associate professor in literacy, for service teaching in Jamaica (download story as PDF)
  • Theresa Gordon and Marlys Peck, associate professors in social work, for the food pantry (link to article)
  • Annette Griffith, adjunct instructor of special education, for applied behavior analysis and autism training
  • Allison Norwood, research analyst for the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment and member/secretary of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, for Empowering Women’s Leadership Potential sponsorship
  • Tricia Hansen-Horn, professor of communication, for Something to Eat
  • Pam Hoyer, assistant professor in the School of Technology, and Yue Cai-Hillon, associate professor of management, for Central Mules Cooperative and Central Water Company
  • Dick Kahoe, associate professor in career and technology education, for wireless camera tethering (download release as PDF)
  • Amy Kiger, director of the Violence and Substance Abuse Prevention Program, for STEBS UP (Standing Together to End Bullying in Schools)
  • Julie Ray Mollenkamp, professor of theatre and dance, for Kindertransport (download release as PDF)
  • Anna Oller, professor of biology and earth science, for research about sanitizer effectiveness and microbial growth in wineries
  • Steve Price, assistant professor of communication and sociology, for sound design studio (download release as PDF)
  • Karin Sartwell, assistant professor of nursing, for challenge coins for student veterans (download release as PDF)
  • Michael Sekelsky, professor of music, for percussion sight-reading performance development and assessment (download release as PDF)
  • Jay Steinkruger, assistant professor of chemistry, for chemicals and chromatography (download release as PDF)
  • Susan Stockton, instructor in nutrition, for Core Training Institute Project Lead the Way

Recent Gifts Helping UCM Students

  • $20,000 to endow new scholarship
  • $25 for Fund for Excellence
  • $50 to department scholarship
  • $25,000 for baseball scholarships
  • $25,000 for scholarships
  • $100,000 for wrestling
  • $250 for Fund for Excellence