SPC Foundation Innovation Grant luncheon at the Hilton Carillon on Tuesday, Sept. 10.
The leaders of 16 projects that found innovative ways to promote success for students were honored Tuesday for their efforts.
The projects, all winners of 2012-13 Innovation Grants from the St. Petersburg College Foundation, were spread throughout various disciplines and impacted students and faculty in ways to promote achievement.
“You should feel very proud,” President Bill Law told the honorees. “This is world-class learning. It’s what we want for our community. It’s what we want for our college. It’s what we want for our kids.”
The St. Petersburg College Foundation, with support from the community and the college, awards about $50,000 each year in Innovation Grants of up to $3,500 each. Applications for the 2013-14 grants will be accepted later this semester.
The winners were:
SPC Foundation Innovation Grant winner Monica Lara presents “Marine Science: Support Critical Thinking & Student Success.”
Jennifer Bawell, Student Cultural Enrichment Program
- Established a Culture Pass Program to provide passes to local museums and cultural centers that could be “checked out” like other library materials from the West St. Petersburg Community Library at SPC. It is an innovative way to get students to gain first-hand experience with the humanities, arts, culture, history and local resources. The passes included the Dali Museum, Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg Fine Arts Center, the Florida Holocaust Museum and St. Petersburg History Museum.
Sue Blanchard and Bruce Brodney, Peer-to-Peer Support for Pre-Professional Teachers
- Established a peer mentoring program for new College of Education students, who had expressed a need for assistance with organization and time management skills required at the professional level. The peer mentors were available before and after classes and on the virtual commons every evening from 8 to 10 p.m.
“They spent most of their time helping with organization,” Blanchard said Tuesday. “And perseverance. Sometimes, you just need somebody beside you to keep you going,” she said.
Every student who was mentored under the program during the spring semester has re-enrolled in the College of Education in the fall semester.
From left: SPC Foundation Innovation Grant winners Christine Patel and Susan Blanchard.
Meg Delgato, It STEMs from Money: Grant Writing 101 for Students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
- Provided five one-day seminars for 50 students enrolled at St. Petersburg College. The target audience included students seeking future employment in STEM fields.
Teresa Gaskill, Improving Students’ Understanding of Science through Visual and Quantitative Data Collection
- Aimed to improve retention and success rates of students in the biology for non-majors laboratory class (BSC 1005L) by showing students how good science can be fun and approachable. The laboratory exercises (more than 10 years old) were redesigned to be more dynamic and hands-on.
Timothy Godcharles, Making the Move: Moving Your Face-to-Face Course Online
- Established a “summer camp” to help a group of faculty develop an online course. Many experienced face-to-face instructors looking to move their courses online have had difficulty knowing which interactive tools to use and how to use them effectively. The camp brought together instructors from different academic areas.
“They ran into issues students come up against in technology,” Godcharles said Tuesday. “It’s important never to get so far away from the experience.”
From left: President Bill Law visits with SPC Foundation donors Robert and Clotilda Malloy.
Monica Lara, Independent Research in the Marine Sciences to Support Critical Thinking and Student Success
- Expanded a research lab in marine sciences at the college for lower division and upper division students to do independent scientific research. The students aren’t necessarily science majors but, working independently and collaboratively, they are developing expertise and critical-thinking skills, Lara said. “Our students have super powers they don’t know they have.”
Shannon McQuaig, Filthy Fomites Fostering Infections? A Microbiology Research Project
- Established an undergraduate research group on the Clearwater Campus. This group previously analyzed dollar bills and credit cards for the presence of bacteria possessing virulence factors, including antibiotic resistance. For this project, the students expanded the research to ATMs, elevator buttons, vending machines, shopping carts, door handles and gas pumps.
Marilyn Michael, 2013 Summer Vocal Institute
- Supported the annual Summer Vocal Institute at St. Petersburg College, an intensive five-week training and performance program highlighted by master classes by outstanding vocal clinicians and resident St. Petersburg College voice faculty.
Nicolle Panuthos, Entrepreneurship @ SPC – Technology and Students on the Go
- Helped students understand how to use iPad technology in their entrepreneurial efforts. Students who want to launch or expand a business need to be prepared to embrace the real-world challenges and opportunities that exist in the marketplace. The project helped determine how to incorporate mobile technology.
Christine Patel, An Interdisciplinary Approach to Health Care Education
- Created an interdisciplinary team at the Health Education Center to look at how, in a health care environment, health care professionals from different disciplines can work as a team.
“I truly believe this is how we need to educate our health care workforce,” Patel said Tuesday.
The project included running simulations that brought together students from the dental hygiene, Emergency Medical Services and nursing programs in a clinical setting.
The project also included multidisciplinary lunch-and-learn seminars that are continuing.
Kathy Siegler and Ray Menard, A Pilot Study to Develop a Biotechnology Workforce Laboratory Course
- Established a course to give students graduating from SPC with A.S. degrees in Biology and Chemistry the appropriate laboratory experience to obtain positions in the biotechnology workforce.
Matthew Stewart and Bridgette Willis, Safe Zone: Creating an Inclusive Campus Environment
- Established a collegewide Safe Zone training program. The Safe Zone program is a nationally based training program that includes increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) students; support and awareness and support of LGBT students; and the identification of supportive faculty, staff and students.
Barbara Styers, Reducing Student Stress = Increased Retention
- Allowed participation in the Resilient Educator workshop, which approaches student retention through classroom instruction and computer-based stress-reduction techniques.
Sasha Tuck, Pat Hernley, Alejandro Arenas, Austin Vickory, Marie Sorenson, MIRA (Music Industry/Recording Arts) Recruitment Program
- Supported outreach to Pinellas County schools to promote the Music Industry/Recording Arts program. The project included presentations for school assemblies, a live audio engineering demonstration and live performances by MIRA ensembles. MIRA also is working with the Pinellas County School Board to send student engineers to train faculty and students in music technology and support their live sound needs.
Li-Lee Tunceren, Writing Matters @ SPC
- Established a core group of faculty and instructional assistants to work together to investigate and leverage best practices in teaching a broad array of college writing skills. Whether pursuing certificates or licenses, A.S., A.A. or baccalaureate degrees, students are asked to demonstrate mastery of content, critical thinking and communication skills through their writing performance.
Annelies Williamson, Veterans Academic Adjunct Advising and Veterans Academic Tutoring
- Developed peer advising for veterans returning to college and civilian life. Military veterans returning to civilian life often have concerns and fears about attending college. They have historically responded better to those who understand what they’ve endured on the front lines – other veterans.
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