Faculty and Staff Grants and Funding

Faculty and Staff Grants and Funding

Outreach and Engagement Grant Opportunities

The Office of Outreach and Engagement will be providing grant funds through a competitive process to university faculty and staff to support program impact assessment, public policy review/development, professional development programs, and professional conference or workshop participation. The deadline to apply is March 22, 2020. Funds will be available beginning May 15, 2020 and must be expended with report due to the Office of Outreach and Engagement by March 31, 2021. Grants up to $10,000 are available.

Learn more about Outreach and Engagement Grant Opportunities

International Affairs

The Office of International Affairs funds grants and scholarships that are made available to faculty, graduate students, professional students, and undergraduate students at The Ohio State University. These opportunities provide funding for interdisciplinary conferences and workshops on international themes, travel, international collaborative research, pre-dissertation research, as well as study abroad programs. International Affairs also administers the U.S. Department of Education's Fulbright-Hays grants and serves as the campus representative for the Fulbright Scholars program.

All of these grant programs serve to promote international educational opportunities that will have a lasting impact on increasing global awareness and understanding.

Learn more about grants from the Office of International Affairs


The Office of Service-Learning grants are available to any Ohio State University faculty or staff member who would like to develop or improve a service-learning course. This includes courses offered at regional campuses and undergraduate or graduate level courses. Courses can include either a partnership the course creator develops independently or a partnership with the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML).

Learn more about Service-Learning grants

Opioid Innovation Fund

The Opioid Innovation Fund (OIF) grants encourage faculty, staff and students, and, if appropriate, their respective public/private sector community partners to submit proposals with the objective of reducing the burden of the opioid crisis in Ohio. We are seeking to fund proposals that will run the gamut from innovative new approaches in technology to implementation of evidence-based strategies in the community.

Learn more about the Opioid Innovation Fund

Engagement Scholarship Consortium Grants

Engaged Scholarship Research/Creative Activities Grants Program for Faculty

Conducting scholarship that is mutually beneficial for the university scholar and for the community is a topic of great interest to members of the Engaged Scholarship Consortium (ESC). The ESC Scholarship committee has been charged with the role of helping to facilitate this outcome for higher education faculty. In response to this need, a small grants program has been developed.

No indirect costs will be associated with this seed award.

The goals of the program are as follows:

  • Increase faculty involvement in engaged scholarship
  • Increase awareness of the wealth of engaged research/creative activities occurring at member universities
  • Enhance the level and amount of engaged research/creative activities that occur at member universities
  • Enhance the ability of ESC member faculty to conduct engaged interdisciplinary research/creative activities within and between member universities

Learn more about the ESC Grants Program

Previous Outreach and Engagement Grant Recipients

The Office of Outreach and Engagement Impact Grant program supports the application of innovative and creative scholarship to address important societal challenges and fulfills Ohio State's land-grant university commitment to public service by partnering with communities to address challenges of local, national and global significance.

This year, seven programs received Engagement Impact Grant funding totaling $300,000.

An additional $100,000 was provided to programs through the OSU Cares/OSU Extension Seed Grants and Service-Learning Grants programs.

OSU and South Africa Collaborate to Combat Antibiotic Resistant "Superbugs"

Antibiotic resistance is a complex global health care crisis requiring a multifaceted solution with trans-disciplinary approaches and global partnerships. To address this challenge, hospitals are implementing antibiotic stewardship programs (ASP), multidisciplinary teams led by specialty trained infectious disease physicians and pharmacists, and include microbiologists and infection control preventionists. The OSU ASP is recognized nationally and internationally for its ability to improve patients' lives through the judicious use of antibiotics. By collaborating through this program to train and mentor South African pharmacists, it will provide them with the necessary skills to become active in establishing their own ASPs.

Team Lead: Debra Goff, College of Pharmacy

OSU College of Pharmacy
OSU College of Veterinary Medicine
OSU College of Medicine
OSU Wexner Medical Center
Medicine University of Cape Town Groote Schuur Hospital
Ampath National Laboratory Services, South Africa
Department of Medicine, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
Netcare, Ltd.

Bold Booths: A New Strategy to Engage Columbus and its Infrastructures

The project interjects thought-provoking and functional architectural installations in downtown Columbus' more banal spaces: surface parking lots. It involves collaboration between faculty and students from the university with other organizations supporting ColumbusPublicArt, as well as leading professional designers. These new booths, once valued merely for their ability to watch over vehicles in exchange for dollar bills and credit card swipes, will become exchange points in the city for exploration of public art.

Team Lead: Beth Blostein, Knowlton School of Architecture

OSU Knowlton School of Architecture
OSU College of Engineering
OSU College of Arts and Sciences
Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District

Creation of the Central Ohio Community Technology Clinic

The Community Technology Clinic is an interdisciplinary collaborative endeavor, serving as a haven within an under-served Columbus-area neighborhood to enable the design of novel technological solutions, tailored to the needs of community members, provide course-work and research opportunities for faculty and students, and serve as an instrument of change in addressing immediate needs of residents. Ultimately, transformational change will occur through improvement of services to neighborhood residents through the innovative application of technology.

Team Lead: Kevin Passino, College of Engineering

OSU College of Engineering
OSU College of Social Work
OSU College of Education and Human Ecology
Columbus Coalition for the Homeless
Catholic Social Services
Healthy Worthington Resource Center and Food Pantry

Ghana Sustainable Change Program

This is an interdisciplinary service-learning study abroad program that provides culturally sensitive, localized district planning to assist the Offinso North District in meeting the challenges of population growth. The program focuses on working hand-in-hand with the community, that includes a pre-travel, interdisciplinary group of undergraduate and graduate OSU students to determine a series of focus projects including housing, mapping and land use planning, water, sanitation, public health, agriculture, and more. In May session, students travel to the Offinso North District to implement these projects in collaboration with local teams of District staff and university students from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

Team Lead: Jennifer Evans-Cowley, Knowlton School of Architecture, with coordination from City and Regional Planning Section

OSU College of Engineering
OSU Knowlton School of Architecture
OSU College of Public Health
OSU Center for African Studies
OSU School of Environmental and Natural Resources
OSU Fisher College of Business
OSU Office of International Affairs
Offinso North District Assembly
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana
Brong Ahafo (Ghana) Association of Columbus, Ohio
planning NEXT
University of California at Berkeley
Habitat for Humanity, Mid-Ohio
Ghana International Organization for Migration and United States Association for International Migration
Ghana Sustainable Change Program Alumni

Inclusive and Equitable Neighborhood Revitalization on Columbus' Southside: A University and Community Partnership to Assure Diversity and Inclusion in the Neighborhood's Renaissance

This program will leverage the partnership with local neighborhood leadership, to apply Ohio State's expertise and analytical capabilities to bring about a Renaissance on Columbus' south side. The partnership will bolster the neighborhood's diversity through inclusive community planning and neighborhood engagement that builds a bridge of social capital among the community's diverse populations. As the Renaissance emerges, this initiative hopes to produce an equitable and opportunity- rich community and also provide a model of re-vitalization for neighborhoods locally and nationally.

Team Lead: Jason Reece, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity

The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
OSU Moritz College of Law
OSU John Glenn School for Public Affairs
Community Development for All People

Understanding Barriers to Reproductive Health Care Among Somali Women in Columbus, Ohio

Somali immigrants in the US have low levels of preventative health care utilization. Particularly for women, lack of utilization of reproductive health services has negative impacts for women directly, and for their children, families and the community as a whole. Through qualitative research with Somali women in Columbus, this study will assess barriers to reproductive healthcare utilization. We will consider, for example, how cultural and language differences, low medical literacy, and discrimination may create barriers to healthcare for immigrant women. Through engagement with members of the Somali community, we will develop evidence-based, culturally-acceptable programmatic interventions to improve care around prenatal care, births, STI treatment, and cervical cancer prevention.

Team Lead: Alison Norris, College of Public Health

OSU College of Public Health
OSU College of Medicine
Center for Somali Women's Advancement
District Office for Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, 3rd Ohio Congressional District
Columbus Public Health
Community Relations, City of Columbus
Barbara K. Brandt, Inc.

Camp NERF (Nutrition Education Recreation and Fitness): A Summer Intervention Designed to Empower Disadvantaged Children to Make Healthy Dietary and Physical Activity Choices and Prevent Unhealthy Weight Gain

Childhood obesity negatively affects the physical and mental health of the child, and also academic success. Many school-aged children experience unhealthy weight gain during the summer. There is a need for evidence-based nutrition and physical activity programs to equip children with the knowledge, skills, and resources to prevent unhealthy weight gain during this time. Camp NERF is an innovative, theory-based 10-week daily nutrition and physical activity summer program, grounded in an existing, evidence-based curriculum and infused with cognitive behavioral techniques, designed to help reverse this trend in underserved school-aged children. The goal is for Camp NERF to become the prototype summer program to achieve optimal nutrition, physical activity and wellness in school-aged children across the nation.

Team Lead: Carolyn Gunther, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

OSU College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
OSU Extension
OSU College of Medicine
OSU College of Education and Human Ecology
OSU College of Nursing
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Children's Hunger Alliance

The Office of Outreach and Engagement Impact Grant program supports the application of innovative and creative scholarship to address important societal challenges and fulfills Ohio State's land-grant university commitment to public service by partnering with communities to address challenges of local, national and global significance.

This year, seven programs received Engagement Impact Grant funding totaling $300,000. These programs will promote health, wellness, and local community development, empower women to deliver healthy babies, inspire science education and the next generation of women engineers and scientists, and eliminate rabies in sub-Saharan Africa. Read more about each program below.

Making a Difference Program

Two people standing in front of a YMCA sign

Partners: College of Nursing; Making a Difference, Inc.; the Eldon and Elsie Ward Family YMCA

A critical component of Healthy People 2020, is to eliminate health disparities that stem from the interplay of the environmental, biologic, and social determinants of health.

Mark Twain said, The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.

Through the proposed Making a Difference Program, The Ohio State University College of Nursing will partner with a Near East Side community organization, Making a Difference, Inc., in the first step of getting started.

This program will develop and implement a synergistic model of community and civic engagement for improvements in health and wellness by creating a steering committee and advisory board, implementing health screenings, participating in community events, developing a community-engaged model for research and scholarship, and seeding community agency-initiated innovation projects.

The program will encourage alignment of complementary resources to augment capacity, create trans-disciplinary teams, maximize research and educational advancement within the College of Nursing, and increase and guide community partners through sustained, mutually-beneficial relationships.

The Science of Language: Using Language Sciences to Promote Science Education at COSI

Student working in a lab.

Partners: College of Arts and Sciences; Center for Science and Industry (COSI)

The Science of Language seeks to expand a combined research and science education project sited in the "language pod" exhibit at the Center for Science and Industry in Columbus. The pod is one of three glass enclosed research spaces that enable museum visitors to witness and participate in actual scientific research on language.

Inside language pod, faculty from the Buckeye Language Network (BLN) conduct state-of-the-art research on how people acquire and represent language mentally, how language is produced and understood in real-time, and how it contributes to reasoning about social patterns of language use.

Ohio State students make this an interactive enterprise by engaging with COSI visitors outside of the pod to demonstrate concepts from the science of language through the use of portable exhibits and several research toys' created collaboratively by Buckeye Language Network members. The demonstrations provide accessible, interactive illustrations of concepts, ranging from basic physical and biological facts about speech to complex phenomena such as how language conveys meaning from one mind to another.

The project will provide students the opportunity to share the excitement of scientific explanation with COSI visitors, who in turn will be able to observe research in progress, participate in actual studies, and learn about the interpretation of research results.

Women in Engineering Robotics Outreach Initiative

Partners: College of Engineering; TECH CORPS; the Teaching and Learning Collaborative; the Ohio STEM Equity Pipeline Project

The Women in Engineering (WiE) Robotics Outreach Initiative (ROI) is a collaborative partnership that leverages existing Ohio State University programs and the expertise of three nationally recognized community partners - TECH CORPS, the Teaching and Learning Collaborative (TLC), and the STEM Equity Pipeline Project.

The WiE ROI initiative will impact educators and students on a state-wide, national, and international level. With the help of TECH CORPS, TLC, and the STEM Equity Pipeline, the program will host three community workshops for educators seeking to start programs for 4th through 8th grade students.

These workshops will provide technical content, information on gender equity and diversity, and best practices to encourage girls into STEM and develop 21st century learning skills. The program also will develop training materials to assist up to 20 new FIRST Lego League (FLL) teams across Ohio, potentially reaching more than 200 young students, with the assistance of more than 100 current Ohio State University student mentors.

The more than 30 educators and FLL mentors from Ohio State University and industry will be trained on how to start teams, ways to integrate core subjects especially math - into FLL team tasks, and sustain their efforts.

Those educators who attend workshops will have an opportunity to reach more than 1,500 future students in STEM, and 45,000 students overall.

The program's success will focus on WiE partners and student mentors, who play an integral role in initiating and sustaining the project through integrated education, research, and outreach programs to inspire and increase STEM knowledge of K-8 teachers.

Health Science Frontiers: Advancing Public Engagement

Partners: School of Communication in the College of Arts and Sciences; College of Medicine; the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital; WOSU@COSI; and the Center for Science and Industry (COSI)

As the health sciences advance at a swift pace the question arises about whether the public has the requisite community resources to make informed decisions about their health. At the same time, to be effective communicators, health experts must engage directly with the public to fully understand local community needs.

Building on an existing collaboration, Health Science Frontiers addresses community needs around health science literacy by creating a series of up to eight televised public forums. Each forum will include a panel discussion about a health science issue with a broad array of experts including scientists, communicators, reporters, medical providers, ethicists, advocates, and policy-makers.

The structure of these forums is designed to encourage two-way communication between experts and the public. In each forum, a discussion between invited experts about a specific health topic will be moderated by a WOSU journalist. The panel discussion will take place before a live studio audience of about 100 attendees at WOSU@COSI and will include members of the general public and invited educators and medical professionals.

Audiences will pose questions to the panel and engage in a public dialogue. Each forum will be taped and edited into a 60-minute episode aired later on WOSU TV during primetime, with an estimated audience of nearly 20,000 viewers per episode.

As a means to provide a permanent community resource a project webpage, created in partnership with WOSU and COSI, will post each episode and provide additional educational resources about health science issues.


Women preparing healthy food.

Partners: The Ohio State University: College of Medicine, College of Social Work, College of Nursing, Outreach and Engagement. OSU Extension, College of Education and Human Ecology and Schoenbaum Family Center; Nationwide Children's Hospital; Ohio Better Birth Outcomes (OBBO); The Columbus Foundation; CareSource Foundation,; J.P.Morgan Chase Foundation; The Kroger Company ; Proctor and Gamble; Kiwanis Columbus; MEDTAPP; The Governor's Office of Community and Faith Based Initiatives; Columbus Public Health, Caring for 2; Weinland Park Collaborative; Grace Missionary Baptist Church; Christ Memorial Baptist Church; Broad Street Presbyterian Church; Temple Israel; Godman Guild; American Red Cross; Mid-Ohio Food Bank and New Directions Career Center.

The Moms2B mission is to empower pregnant women in high risk neighborhoods to deliver full-term healthy babies by providing weekly group sessions focused on education, nutrition, clinical and social support that continues through the baby's first year of life.

Moms2B addresses disparities in health and social determinants through weekly group sessions and builds bridges to prenatal care and community resources.

Each session includes pregnant and parenting women and a multidisciplinary team of physicians, midwives, nurses, social workers, medical dieticians and lactation consultants. Faculty and students from OSU and Nationwide Children's Hospital lead and support the groups along with nurses from the Columbus Public Health Caring for 2 programs in collaboration with community partners, student interns and volunteers.

OSU-Ethiopia Outreach and Needs Assessment on Rabies Elimination: One Health Prototype for Zoonotic Diseases Control

Partners: College of Veterinary Medicine; College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; College of Public Health; University of Gondar (Ethiopia); Ethiopian Health and Nutrition Research Institute; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Federal Ministry of Health and Agriculture, Ethiopia; Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority; African Union, Pan African Vaccine Institute

Rabies is one of the most significant zoonotic viral diseases in Africa, causing high morbidity and mortality in both humans and animals.

In sub-Saharan Africa, rabies continues to be a major public health concern, and Ethiopia has one of the highest rabies incidence rates on the continent.

The One Health initiative addresses one of the most significant infectious diseases of global public health importance and brings together diverse disciplines including public health, veterinary medicine, ecology, epidemiology, microbiology, social science, and communication toward a common goal of eliminating rabies in the region.

This project will focus on developing plans to eliminate incidences of rabies in Gondar, Ethiopia, while enhancing sustainable partnerships to make a significant global impact in the area of One Health.

The STEAM Factory: Outreach and Engagement

Children participating in a demonstration at the STEAM Factory.

Partners: College of Arts and Sciences; College of Medicine; University Libraries; College of Engineering; ACCAD; the Franklinton Development Association; and 400 West Rich

The STEAM Factory is an initiative of Ohio State University faculty, post-doctoral students and staff who seek to promote interdisciplinary collaboration across the university community in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, and disseminate research, technology and pedagogy through creative methods of reaching a broad audience.

One forum for public engagement currently used by The STEAM Factory is the multi-purpose facility located at 400 W. Rich Street, in the East Franklinton area of Columbus. During the Spring Semester of 2013 at the bi-weekly 400 W. Rich Winter Market, STEAM Factory members showcased their work, leading to direct interaction between OSU researchers and the local community.

Now, the STEAM Factory is looking to expand its range of activities by establishing a more permanent presence in Franklinton that contributes toward greater outreach between Ohio State and the Columbus community by hosting workshops and public lectures, conducting collaborative research, and showcasing current research to local school and community groups.

The STEAM Factory's presence among the artists and artisans at 400 W. Rich, in proximity to downtown Columbus, COSI and the future site of the Columbus Idea Foundry also supports the possibility for developing a hub of creativity and technology in Franklinton.

The Office of Outreach and Engagement's grant program supports innovative and creative outreach and engagement initiatives that connect academic excellence with societal needs; it enhances and/or creates partnerships between members of the university community and community partners; and enhances development of a unit's outreach and engagement mission. The Engagement Impact Grant program has a proven record of success, with metrics demonstrating an approximately 14:1 return on investment.

Developing FleetCalc to Reshape Our Nations Vehicle Fleets

Partners: Giorgio Rizzoni, Center for Automotive Research and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Beth-Anne Schuelke-Leech, John Glenn School of Public Affairs; Jim Durand and Vincenzo Marano, Center for Automotive Research

Fleet owners now have a plethora of fuel options, vehicle types and technologies to choose from. There is a huge amount of information available on these options, some of which is contradictory, hard to compare, misleading or false. This same gauntlet is faced by policy makers who look to formulate strategies to accomplish a particular goal, or who wonder what the implications are of a particular program or initiative.

Complex fleet calculators have been developed giving fleet owners detailed information on the implications of a particular vehicle option. These fleet calculators require large amounts of data, and their results are complex and difficult to interpret. In contrast, this initiative will develop a simple-to-use software tool called FleetCalc that would: provide policy makers with a high level look at the results of a given policy, enable scoping studies by fleet owners to identify vehicle options of high interest, and provide educational information on available options in a clear, concise and consistent manor.

FleetCalc objectives include: (1) provide the ability to rank vehicle options in a variety of ways; (2) give an overview analysis while still providing accurate guidance; (3) allow the user to get good results with simple inputs; (4) provide policy level outputs and guidance; (5) provide a fleet owner with the capability of doing a high level scoping analysis; and (6) give educational guidance in the forms of hyperlinks, videos, and linked reports to help the user gain a solid overview of each option.

Pay It Forward Marion

Partners: Stuart Lishan, Ben McCorkle, Cassandra Parente, Alexis Martina, Amy Tibbals, Catherine C. Braun, English; Pam Stone, United Way of Marion County

As part of The Ohio State University, Marion's course-based, service-learning initiative, Pay It Forward Marion's (PIFM), this project's purpose is to promote civic engagement in at least six English courses ranging from beginner to advanced and to improve the local community through skill-based service and philanthropy.

Beginning writers will apply their burgeoning research, writing, and rhetorical skills by examining community needs and developing fundraisers to increase available funds.

Their findings and funds will be passed along to intermediate writing students, who will research and volunteer at local non-profit organizations responding to the identified community needs, promote the PIFM project, and collect RFPs. Students in advanced classes will receive these materials, analyze proposals, engage in more in-depth research at the non-profits seeking funds, and create multimodal arguments about how to distribute the funds.

Students will be able to provide $14,000 per year in grants to the community and conduct and record primary research by borrowing digital voice recorders. At an annual celebration where students will not only award grants to selected community organizations, but they will also discuss their research, their volunteer projects, and ultimately what contributed to their final decisions.

Shakespeare and Autism: Intervention in the Columbus Community

Partners: Lesley Ferris, Theatre and OSU/Royal Shakespeare Co. Programs; Marc J. Tass, Psychology, Psychiatry and Nisonger Center; Mary Ey, Columbus Public Schools Student Support Services; Amy Hess, Nationwide Children's Hospital Autism Treatment Network

The Ohio State University/Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) partnership is developing a ground-breaking, collaborative research project between Ohio State Theatre and the Nisonger Center.

Taking its cue from the RSC's innovative Stand Up for Shakespeare pedagogy, the project engages the question of whether drama - particularly Shakespeare - can break through the communicative blocks of autism and whether this therapeutic intervention has long-term benefits. This project includes a full, randomized control study of students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study will begin with community partner, Columbus City Schools, in autumn 2012 and continue through spring 2015.

Anecdotal evidence indicates that drama-based intervention is a useful tool to improve the core symptoms of ASD in children and adolescents. However, such intervention has not been tested in a large-scale, randomized, wait-list control trial.

The team will collaborate with Kelly Hunter, a leading RSC actress, who has worked with children and young people with ASD for 20 years. Her signature approach, the Hunter Heartbeat Method, pairs the recitation of Shakespeare's rhythmic language with physical gesture in a way that is accessible to those with ASD.

Kelly Hunter and Robin Post, Ohio State's project director, have trained a team of Ohio State graduate and undergraduate theatre students in the implementation of Kelly's method. This group has been involved in a pilot project working with a group of middle school children with ASD and the pilot has provided the foundation for the full-scale study. A new team of undergraduate and graduate theatre students will receive the training and this team will work with the new group of children with ASD while the proposed research is conducted. Plans are underway to develop a service-learning course at Ohio State to ensure that this work continues into the future.

Identifying Social & Cultural Barriers to Food Security in Nicaragua

Partners: Barbara Piperata, Anthropology; Kammi Schmeer, Sociology; Andrs Herrera and Mariano Salazar, Center for Demographic and Health Research (Len, Nicaragua)

With approximately 1 billion people world-wide suffering from lack of adequate access to food, food insecurity and maternal-child malnutrition remain critical health issues in poor communities around the world. This project aims to address this pressing need in poor communities in Nicaragua (the 2nd poorest country in the Western hemisphere) through an outreach through research approach.

This effort will involve local researchers and community members in a much-needed food security and health study in Len, Nicaragua, and in outreach efforts that provide evidence-based feedback to the local communities about these health issues.

The team's outreach approach is multi-level, with proposed activities aimed at increasing the capabilities of local community members, enhancing the skills of local research partners, and establishing a new partnership with a local university.

The immediate outcome of the project will be the identification of barriers to food security and child health in poor communities in Len, Nicaragua, while elevating Ohio State's visibility as an international research and outreach university engaging in policy relevant food security and health research and outreach.

In the long-term, this project will yield invaluable future opportunities for Ohio State students and faculty to engage with local communities in research, learning and service in an international setting, where food insecurity and child malnutrition present serious threats to individuals' well-being and require the development of new evidence-based and locally-relevant solutions.

Community Memory Screening and Education for Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Dementia: An OSU-Alzheimer's Association Collaboration ($35,000)

Michelle S. Bourgeois, Ph.D., Professor, Speech & Hearing Science; Douglas Scharre, MD, OSU Memory Disorders Clinic, College of Medicine, Partner: Ken Strong, Alzheimer Association, Central Ohio chapter

As the baby boomer generation ages the prevalence of dementia diagnoses such as Alzheimer's disease(AD) have increased dramatically. Current advances in the early detection of and medical treatments for dementia provide hope for addressing the devastating consequences of these diseases. The purpose of this project is develop the infrastructure for creating a state-wide network of diagnostic, educational, and treatment services for Ohioans who are facing the challenges of memory loss due to dementia. A pilot program of community memory screenings paired with educational presentations will be offered in collaboration with the Central Ohio Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, which currently serves 14 counties in central Ohio.

The development and evaluation of screening and educational modules will lead to the implementation in future years of a Train-the-Trainer approach to replicating the program across the state with other partners, including the other 6 Chapters of the Ohio Alzheimer's Association currently serving all 88 Ohio counties (Appendix C). The desired outcomes of this project include the increased rate of early diagnosis and treatment of dementia, the increased opportunity for individuals to participate in research projects focused on Mild Cognitive Impairment and dementia, the increased knowledge of dementia and its consequences by program participants, an increase in the numbers of professionals, caregivers, students, and the public who received dementia specifictraining, and a sustainable network of diagnostic, research, educational, and treatment services for Ohioans at risk for dementia.

The Columbus Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) at The Ohio State University ($46,000)

Terry Bahn, EdD, College of Medicine; Lisa Durham, MSW, College of Social Work; Rev. James Childs, Jr., Ph.D., Trimity Lutheran Seminary; Bill Ownes, LISW, ACSW, Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resouce Center; Qiana Williams, Human Services Chamber of Franklin County

The Schweitzer Fellows Program provides community service fellowships for graduate and professional students in health-related fields who are dedicated to addressing unmet health needs in their local areas. The mission is to develop "leaders in service": individuals who are dedicated and skilled in addressing the health needs of underserved communities, and whose example influences and inspires others.

DEALL K-12 Chinese Outreach ($35,000)

Galal Walker, Professor, Department of East Asian Langues and Literatures, Partners: Robert Bowers, Franklin County Educational Council; Marcy Raymond, MA, Metro Early College High School; Zhiwei Bi, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures

Since 2007, the Chinese Flagship program has been operating an ambitious outreach program intended to increase the number of K-12 students taking Chinese in Ohio. Through ongoing dialog with the Ohio Board of Regents this program has now been joined to a larger effort to improve the quality of Chinese education in the state through an OSU certification and licensure program delivered principally via distance learning. The grant being requested here will provide seed funding that will lay the foundation for the entire effort.

Sustainable Futures for Linden Village: A Model for Increasing the Social Capital and the Quality of Life in an Urban Neighborhood ($53,949)

Jesus J. Lara, PhD, Department of Landscape Architecture; Qian Chen, Ph.D., LEED AP, Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering; Charisma Acey, PhD, Department of City and Regional Planning and The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Partners: Donna J. Hicho, Greater Linden Development Corporation; Michael Wilkos, The Columbus Foundation

The proposed "Sustainable Futures for Linden Village" project is a partnership between OSU Faculty in the Colleges of Engineering, Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Greater Linden Development Corporation (GLDC). It supports the realization of community-defined priorities for affordable green, energy efficient housing development, job training opportunities, homeowner assistance with renovation, and practical, hands-on learning environments in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills development for local students. Specifically, this project is closely related to a comprehensive local redevelopment effort, the Linden Village Initiative, designed to revitalize and improve a target urban area surrounding the Linden McKinley STEM Academy on Duxberry Avenue. This initiative integrates urban revitalization, home rehabilitation, energy retrofit, repair and maintenance with sustainable development goals. The OSU project team and involved students will play several roles in the initiative through integrated research, education, and outreach programs that will enhance local revitalization efforts by providing technical assistance to the community and increasing the awareness, knowledge, and skills of local community residents, teachers/students, and organizations in sustainable community and housing development.

Take a Loved One to the Doctor: African American Diabetes Management and Preventive Care Initiative ($10,000)

Dorian Harriston, MA, Department of Strategic Communications & Marketing, Partners: Patti Johnson, Reach media, Inc., Ryan Johnson, MPH, Columbus Office of Minority Health/Columbus Public Health; Annie Ross-Womack, Longstreet Businessmen's Association, Inc.; Judson J. Jeffries, Ph.D., OSU African American Studies Community Extension Center; Kim Jordan, Eldon and Elsie Ward Family YMCA; Kwame Osei, MD, College of Medicine; Wanda Dillard, MS, The Ohio State University Medical Center; Trudy Gaillard, PhD, College of Medicine; Cara Harris, MS, College of Medicine, Melanie Paris-Arum, The Ohio State University Medical Center; Dawn Tyler-Lee, MA, OSU/City of Columbus East Side Project

OSU Medical Center has established its first multicultural partnership with the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show's Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day campaign. The campaign's purpose is to impact African-American health disparities and encourage annual visits to the doctor, thus preventing health problems and treat existing issues.

The Medical Center's initiative will educate African Americans on cultural health disparities and promote preventive care. Additionally, the concept of becoming the example for your family will be heavily promoted, with techniques taught for leading a healthier lifestyle, making smart choices and visiting the doctor regularly.

This grant will act as an extension of the Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day campaign, with a focus on diabetes. The local African American population in Franklin County will be targeted, with a high concentration on the 43205 and 43203 zip codes. The Columbus Health Department's 2004 Healthy Neighborhood Report concluded that in the predominantly African American populated area of the near east side of Columbus, diabetes is the leading health problem. The study reported that African American men had the highest mortality rate for the state of Ohio.

Columbus Public Art 2012 ($45,000)

Partners: Malcolm Cochran, College of Arts & Humanities (OSU Department of Art) Wexner Center for the Arts The Arts Initiative at Ohio State City of Columbus: Columbus Art Commission, Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District, Office of Mayor Michael B. Coleman Experience Columbus Greater Columbus Arts Council Columbus Museum of Art Otterbein University Columbus College of Art & Design

This initiative will develop and mount an exhibition of public artworks, installations, and events on the occasion of the 2012 celebration of the bicentennial of Columbus, Ohio. Ten to fifteen regional, national, and international artists will be commissioned to create site-specific work to activate the core downtown area between spring and fall 2012. The initiative represents a collaborative effort on the part of the university, Columbus's major visual arts institutions, and the City of Columbus. Art in public spaces can provide exhilarating and spontaneous encounters for a broad audience and engage individuals who would otherwise not consider going to a museum or gallery. Especially in conjunction with the bicentennial, it will open a new chapter for art in public spaces in Columbus.

Columbus Violence Prevention Collaborative (CVPC) ($50,000)

Partners: Deanna Wilkinson and James L. Moore III, College of Education and Human Ecology Keith Gooch, College of Engineering Ola Ahlqvist, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Angela Harvey, Sociology, Ohio State Newark OSU Researchers and Members of the OSU Youth Violence Prevention Advisory Board, including community youth and residents, faith leaders, non-profit organizations, government agencies, health, mental health, education, business, law enforcement, juvenile justice, courts, corrections, and state policy leaders

Youth violence is a serious public health problem that compromises the healthy development of youth and communities. Advances in research have identified numerous prevention and intervention strategies that are effective for reducing youth violence and promoting healthy adolescent development in high-crime neighborhoods. Effective partnerships between university researchers and community stakeholders hold promise for strengthening the capacity of stakeholders to implement evidence-based violence prevention strategies. Aligned with Ohio State's land-grant mission, this research project will build the capacity for innovation among individuals, organizations, and the community to further the development of a holistic, multi-system, community-based, and data-driven intervention approach. Further, the Columbus Violence Prevention Collaborative (CVPC) aims to reduce and prevent serious violence through a multi-phase process. The goals will be met through a joint learning process, which is an expansion of current work of the OSU Youth Violence Prevention Advisory Board (YVPAB).

Homeownership Investment Program ($50,000)

Partners: Stephanie Moulton, The John Glenn School of Public Affairs; Czilia Loibl, College of Education and Human Ecology, OSU Extension; and Michael Collins, School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin Cooperative Extension The Ohio Housing Finance Agency The Office of Affordable Housing Research The Center for Financial Security

The proposed Homeownership Investment Program is a high-impact community outreach program evolving out of an ongoing partnership between the John Glenn School of Public Affairs and the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, in collaboration with an experienced team of university extension faculty. This outreach program will build on the Ohio Housing Finance Agency's successful affordable mortgage program and educational services for homebuyers by adding an interactive online financial planning module and providing phone-based financial counseling services for the first year after home purchase. The overarching goal is to equip Ohioans with the financial planning skills necessary to sustain homeownership, build savings, and obtain long-term financial security. The effectiveness of this outreach program will be evaluated by creating several treatment groups that receive different combinations of financial planning services. The results of this innovative outreach program will provide replicable, evidence-based practices to improve the Ohio Housing Finance Agency's homebuyer program and to be shared as a model for policy and practice at the local, state, and national level.

Social Innovation and Commercialization ($45,000)

Partners: Peter Rogers, Rob Siston, and Mark Ruegsegger, College of Engineering College of Medicine College of Arts Fisher College of Business Tony R. Wells Foundation Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio United Cerebral Palsy of Central Ohio Easter Seals Central and SE Ohio Southeast Ohio, Inc.

The College of Engineering defined the need to create an experiential opportunity for students to learn the process of product design and commercialization. The Tony R. Wells Foundation created a vision to promote social entrepreneurship and innovation across the OSU community and, specifically, to provide nonprofits with an alternate source of revenue through the concept of a social venture. The Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering departments offer a year-long capstone design course with a declared mission to design assistive devices for people with disabilities. The Engineering Education and Innovation Center (EEIC) combined these three concepts; created license and contractual agreements (ref: MOA signature page in appendix) with OSU legal and commercialization offices; and formed the Social Innovation and Commercialization (SIAC)a self-sustaining community outreach and engagement program. Multi-disciplinary teams of students work with community partners to define, design, and commercialize products to meet the needs of people with disabilities. Income resulting from manufacturing these products provides an alternative revenue stream to our non-profit partners and financial support to sustain the College of Engineering SIAC program.

The State of OHIO gets FUEL FOR LEARNING ($49,279)

Gail L. Kaye, Program Director, Department of Human Nutrition, College of Education and Human Ecology; Maryanna Klatt, Assistant Professor, School of Allied Medical Professions, College of Medicine; Partners: COSI, OSU Extension

This project blends Move-Into-Learning (College of Medicine) and Food Fit (College of Education and Human Ecology), two successful outreach research programs that have been locally implemented in socioeconomically stressed areas of the city of Columbus, to create a sustainable statewide program addressing childhood obesity, learning readiness, behavior, and stress prevention. DVDs that address nutrition, exercise, and stress reduction strategies will be provided to classroom teachers along with professional development in conjunction with COSI. OSU Extension Family and Consumer Sciences educators will be trained to evaluate the program once it has been implemented at school sites across the state.

Learning in Fitness & Education (LiFE): An Innovative Service, Teaching, and Research Project ($56,508)

Dawn Anderson-Butcher, Associate Professor, College of Social Work; Rebecca Wade-Mdivanian, Project Coordinator, College of Social Work; Jerry Davis, Department of Athletics; School of Physical Activities and Educational Services, College of Education and Human Ecology; Undergraduate Admissions and First Year Experience, Economic Access Initiative, P-12 Project, Office of Academic Affairs; Department of Recreational Sports, Office of Student Life. Partners: The Boys and Girls Club of Columbus; Ohio Department of Education Office for Safety, Health, and Nutrition

This comprehensive youth development initiative project is built upon a historical community outreach program operating at Ohio State for the past 40 years, the National Youth Sport Program (NYSP). The interdisciplinary team will implement a 20-day (4-week) summer sports program for 600 low income youth, focused on the development of social competence through sport and other play-based enrichment activities, college access, and career exploration. Follow-up booster sessions will be provided to youth six times throughout the academic year at Boys and Girls Club of Columbus sites. These booster sessions will be focused on group-based mentoring and developing connections with caring adults. The LiFE Sports team will also partner with First Year Experience and the Economic Access Initiative to provide all project participants with college access and career exploration activities in the summer and throughout the year.

A Partnership of Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and Metro High School ($47,630)

Elaine Grassbaugh and Mark Bennett, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; Partners: Neal Bluel, Metro High School; Sheli O. Smith, PAST Foundation

Metro High School students partnered with Ohio State graduate and undergraduate students to develop and operate a vegetable, flower, and herb farm. The farm provided a hands-on learning environment for students interested in sustainable agriculture practices including crop production and marketing, farm management, water conservation, irrigation systems, integrated pest management, and renewable energy resources. Ohio State students acted as mentors to the Metro students. The project addresses global issues of food production and access, locally grown food, and entrepreneurship.

Science at the Polar Frontier: BPRC, the Zoo, and Metro School ($71,000)

Carol Landis, Education and Outreach Specialist, Byrd Polar Research Center; Nancy Hampson, Director of Conservation Education, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium; Marcy Raymond, Principal, Metro High School

With support from the OSU Office of Outreach and Engagement and the Battelle Memorial Institute, the Byrd Polar Research Center (BPRC) at Ohio State collaborated with the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium to develop a set of presentations about Arctic research in support of the Zoo's new Polar Frontier exhibit. Additional information is also made available on the BPRC website. The most timeless product from this collaboration is a series of computer graphics that are generated from the Polar Weather Research and Forecast model showing real-time temperature and pressure conditions and a 48-hour forecast for the entire Arctic region. Output from the model was adapted to generate color-coded maps specifically for the Zoo, requiring more than a year of effort. The maps are being archived at BPRC for future use by Metro High School and other students who are interested in changing conditions in the polar environment. The model output will also be shared with other members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums with polar exhibits. Visitors to the Polar Frontier are also introduced to the science of understanding past Arctic climate through studies of ice cores and seafloor sediments, two other important research areas at BPRC.

Mansfield Young People's Project ($68,000)

Lee McEwan, Associate Professor, Mathematics, OSU Mansfield; Heather Tanner, Associate Professor, History, OSU Mansfield; Partners: Young People's Project, Algebra Project

The Mansfield Young People's Project (MYPP) is an after-school program and annual summer institute which trains lowest-quartile high school students to be peer mentors, leaders, and advocates for quality education. In conjunction with the national YPP, high school students train along with college students to become math literacy workers (MLWs) in order to build a powerful network of young people from marginalized and under-resourced communities. Organized around entry-level knowledge work, students mentor elementary and middle school kids in an after-school program of math games and activities. They simultaneously learn to take responsibility for the program, creating a virtuous circle of older peers modeling successful academic and leadership skills to younger students, who will develop into similar roles as they grow up.

In 2008, MYPP began developing its first cohort of 9 eighth graders from the lowest academic quartile, with four college team leaders. In 2009, the cohort grew to 19 students, and MYPP served as a bridge to the establishment of the Mansfield Algebra Project (MAP), funded by a five year National Science Foundation grant. MAP currently serves 19 tenth graders, MYPP serves 25 high school students, and more than eight college students have trained as team leaders. The number of outreach schools where MLWs work has doubled from one to two, and seeks to double again in 2010-2011. A short video documenting the summer program can be seen here: http://vimeo.com/14219555

Ohio House of Science and Engineering (OHSE) ($35,000)

Susan Olesik, Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Mathematical and Physical Sciences; David Tomasko, Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, College of Engineering; Amanda Simcox, Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics, College of Biological Sciences; Linda Weavers, John C. Geupel Chair in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Geodetic Science and Associate Professor, College of Engineering

Ohio State University has numerous well-established science/engineering outreach and public science literacy programs that seek to improve grades K-20 science education (Wonders of Our World, W.O.W., GK-12 Program, Future Engineers Summer Camp, and the DNA Fingerprinting Workshop). Operating as a consortium of these highly effective programs, the Ohio House of Science and Engineering will foster and promote STEM outreach and education activities from kindergarten through the PhD. It intends to serve all of the following roles in the university community: a primary point of contact for external constituencies to find STEM outreach programs at the university; a stable administrative structure for programs and physical base for operations; a laboratory or think tank for testing and developing new outreach ideas; and a curriculum development resource for STEM elements in higher education. The proposed Excellence and Engagement project will expand the efforts of a number of current outreach efforts to include inquiry-based teaching in K-12 classrooms. This will be the pilot for demonstrating the OHSE operation. At full strength, the OHSE expects to serve approximately 10,000 K-12 students per year with 1,000-1,500 contributing scientists and engineers.

Engineering to the High Schools ($15,000)

Betty Lise Anderson, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering; Partners: Marcy Raymond, Principal, Metro High School; David B. L. Gould, Director, Upper School, Columbus School for Girls; Susie Carr, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Whitehall City Schools; Chris Brandon, Project Director, Battelle Engineering Experience; Glenda LaRue, Director, Women in Engineering Program, College of Engineering

The United States is facing a shortage of engineers. To address this shortage, the key is to educate school teachers, and through them their students, about what engineering is. The teachers are eager to learn, and the schools are creating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) clubs and engineering clubs to reach the students, but the teachers and clubs need content. Ohio State's Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) students, as part of the ECE senior capstone design course, have developed a series of hands-on engineering activities to increase awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) among high school students and their teachers. ECE seniors and faculty visited 15 Columbus area high schools, engaging students and their teachers in building speakers, audio equalizers, LED displays, touch-screen sensors, electric motors, a Jeopardy! style quiz game with buzzers and timers, and more. The ultimate goal of the ECE STEM initiative is to teach engineering concepts to high school teachers directly, to encourage and support independent teaching of these concepts in the high schools. Thorough documentation including parts lists and detailed directions has been developed. These lists will be posted on websites at STEM Columbus, Ohio House of Science and Engineering, and the College of Engineering. Battelle will help purchase and make available parts kits for these projects to share across school districts in the state. With the projects in place, ECE, with Battelle's support, is organizing build parties at which teachers can come and build the projects themselves before taking them back to their schools.

Stable Cradle ($17,000)

Wanda Dillard, Director of Community Development, Ohio State University Medical Center; Mary Margaret Gottesman, Associate Professor, College of Nursing; Partners: Maryhaven Women's Program; Material Assistance Providers; Andrew Russ, Attorney, Wolfe & Russ LLC

This project is expanding and strengthening the existing Stable Cradle Program, a partnership of the OSU Medical Center and Maryhaven's Women's Program. The Stable Cradle Program aims to encourage pregnant women who use substances to stop using the addictive substances immediately and to provide a support system to help them achieve that goal throughout pregnancy and the first year of the child's life. The support system includes peer health mentors, women who were previously substance abusers and have successfully overcome their addiction and established healthy families. The peer mentors are under the supervision of a licensed substance abuse counselor.

With funding from the Excellence in Engagement Grant, the three strategic goals of the program were met. The licensed counselor's and peer health mentors' hours were increased. The increased hours have improved the program by allowing more timely follow up with participants to lower the 25% loss rate to no more than 7%. On average, the program served 30 women each month, which is an increase of 7 women. And, to evaluate the effectiveness of the program, data was collected from each new client. The data included race/ethnicity, drug of choice, when the client started prenatal care and referral agency, gestation, post-partum visit, involvement with Franklin County Children Service (FCCS), other health issues and referral to community agencies. By changing the reporting process, the program was able to identify areas that need further research.

The impact of the Stable Cradle program is that all the mothers are receiving assistance with establishing a medical home for their infants and with accessing community services to meet their individual needs.

Building Community: Creating Sustainable Childhood Learning Environments ($50,000)

Lisa Tilder, Associate Professor, Knowlton School of Architecture, College of Engineering

This project proposes the design and construction of a series of interactive educational playground structures within the Early Childhood Learning Center's experiential outdoor learning environment for 2007-2008. Architecture honors students will collaboratively build one interactive learning structure per year, with community partners, consultants and members of the community. Currently, a small pilot program is underway, which should contribute to the success of initiating this proposal over the next two years. This environmentally conscious design/build project will serve as an Ohio State honors project within the Knowlton School of Architecture. In partnership with the Early Childhood Learning Center and Urban Wild, students will have the opportunity to design and construct a series of small, interactive outdoor learning structures. This project will introduce students of architecture to principles of service-learning, sustainable design, and construction.

Engaging Fruit and Vegetable Growers in Enhanced Food Safety Practices through Audience Tailored Risk Communication ($60,000)

Doug Doohan, Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture and Crop Sciences, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center; Partners: Jeff LeJeune, Food Animal Health Research Program, OARDC; Hal Kneen, Eric Barrett, Andy Kleinschmidt, Terry Kline, and Mike Gastier, OSU Extension; John Wargowsky, Ohio Farm Bureau; Shari Plimpton, CIFT/EISC, Inc.

Recent events and media coverage have thrust the risks associated with fresh produce into the public eye. These outbreaks and the resulting consequences for the industry have revealed a significant disparity between the need of produce growers for relevant educational programs in food safety and the ability of land-grant universities and other educational stakeholders to deliver. The long-term goal of this project is to promote adoption of farming and produce handling practices that will result in a safer food supply and a more robust agricultural economy in Ohio. The specific objective is to train Ohio produce farmers and gardeners in currently available control measures and practices, using learning strategies that will increase adoption.

The project focused on reaching small to medium-size farmers, especially those who do not participate in Extension and grower-association educational programs. Outreach also focused on Master Gardeners who influence the practices used in thousands of noncommercial gardens. To date informational and education programs have reached 555 Ohioans.

A unique characteristic of this program is delivery of education in the small, rural communities where underserved audiences live. University educators have been able to interact with small, part-time farmers (including many first-time produce growers) who never attend regional and statewide programs. Three types of programs are being provided:

  • a 15-minute teaser' to inform participants about issues of fruit and vegetable safety facing their business, with an invitation to participate in more in-depth training (330 participants to date)
  • a 1-hour program that covers issues and basic good agricultural practices (GAPS) for food safety (75 participants)
  • an in-depth 2-hour workshop including GAPS training and hands-on activities to enhance learning (150 participants)

Many participants did not understand the unique educational role of OSU Extension and initially thought the educators were introducing a new on-farm regulatory process. Thus the project affords a unique opportunity to distinguish the university's role from those of other public sector agencies.

Haiti Empowerment Project: Building a Stronger Educational System through Collaborations ($70,000)

Terri Teal Bucci, Department of Mathematics, OSU Mansfield; Partners: Benito Elementary School (Gallette, Haiti), FAITH Elementary School: Croix-des-Bouquets (Haiti), University of Notre Dame Haiti, University Caraibe (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)

It is imperative that faculty in industrialized countries provide guidance to developing countries in the area of instruction. In a country where only 67% of children attend primary school and an average annual income is $400, Haiti is in desperate need of such intervention. There are three primary obstacles to the Haitian education: a lack of critical thinking, antiquated methods of teaching, and access to quality, sustained professional development. The Empowerment Project is addressing these obstacles through the development of the foundational understandings of problem solving and critical thinking (for both teachers and students) in the classroom, the implementation of school-embedded professional development with the addition of teacher coaches, and the creation of a professional learning community that is based on mutual respect and motivation for transformation.

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Health and Wellness Initiative at Weinland Park: Move-Into-Learning ($30,000)

Jane Case-Smith, Professor, School of Allied Medical Professions, College of Medicine; Maryanna Klatt, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Allied Medical Professions, College of Medicine; Partners: Todd Rogers, Weinland Park Birth to Grade Five Project, Weinland Park Elementary School

Ohio State has taken a coordinated approach to address the complex needs of young children and their families in Weinland Park, a very economically distressed neighborhood near the university. This project was created not only serve this community, but to generate new knowledge and models about how to better serve families and children. The project created a health and wellness initiative and new partnership between the School of Allied Medical Professions and the Weinland Park Project. The goal was to establish a wellness program, Move-into-Learning, that includes music, movement, yoga, and meditation, as an ongoing program in the classrooms of Weinland Park Elementary School.

During the summer and autumn 2007, project staff created three CDs with movement and meditation instruction and music background and developed a thematic weekly program to be implemented at the school. The project directors worked with the school principal to identify the schedule and the class that would be involved. A second-grade class of 29 was identified, most of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds and many with significant behavioral issues, including very aggressive and disruptive behaviors. The 8-week program provided daily yoga, movement crossing the body's midline, and guided mindfulness meditation to help the children become more attentive, feel more centered, and improve their classroom behavior.

The program consisted of a daily 15-minute yoga, movement, and meditation session led by the teacher, using the CDs. Once a week, Drs. Klatt and Case-Smith provided a full hour program of yoga, movement, and meditation. Each week had a theme that supported healthy living, self-worth, and self-efficacy. The goal was to give the children tools and strategies that would empower them to cope with stress and feel positive about themselves. By enhancing their sense of self and feeling of being in control, their behaviors toward others can become more positive.

To assess the effects of the yoga/meditation program, the students were videotaped during the classroom session one hour before the weekly sessions and immediately afterward. Project staff will measure the behaviors of some of the children who often demonstrated disruptive and negative behaviors (measuring out-of-seat and talking out behaviors). Although the videotapes have not yet been analyzed, the children's and teacher's feedback about the program has been very positive. They demonstrated eagerness to do the Move-into-Learning program on a daily basis in the classroom, and became increasingly more engaged during the weekly sessions with a decrease in disruptive behaviors. The teacher felt that the program has had a positive effect on the students. She intended to continue doing the daily 15-minute CD with the children after the 8-week intervention ended.

Benefits of partnering with Weinland Park Elementary in the Move-into-Learning program include the following:

  • With development of the CDs and the thematic weekly program, the program can easily be replicated and/or disseminated. The project will continue next year with two additional classrooms.
  • This project aligns with the university's commitment to partner with the university-area community by providing a positive interdisciplinary educational program.
  • Five undergraduate and graduate students experienced an important service-learning opportunity.
  • Analysis of the students' behavior before and after the program will provide information about the effects of the Move-into-Learning program and its potential benefit to elementary school students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Based on feedback from teachers and students, the Move-into-Learning program has been a highly positive, beneficial experience that was successfully integrated into the school day.

Preparing Expert Literacy Volunteers to Serve in Urban Schools ($45,000)

Adrian Rodgers, Assistant Professor, College of Education, OSU Newark Partners: Dennis Sykes, Director of OSU Early Childhood Systems; Todd Rogers, Principal, Second Avenue/Weinland Park Elementary School; Judy Valentine, Columbus Education Association

Faculty in the College of Education and Human Ecology formed community partnerships with the Columbus Education Association of Retired Teachers and classroom teachers to create a sustainable model for training retired teachers to work as expert literacy volunteers in schools. Expert Literacy Volunteers in Schools (ELVIS) teach small groups of students in kindergarten through second grade who are performing at the middle range of reading and writing abilities, freeing classroom teachers to work with students experiencing the most difficulty. ELVIS capitalizes on community assets through the identification of community expertise, the communication of needs by partners, the articulation of partnership and helpful supports that can be tailored to the needs of participants, and the use of a literacy intervention at a critical time in children's development.

Phase 1 focused on recruiting volunteers through the Columbus Education Association-Retired Teachers, resulting in 12 high-quality volunteers who attended the first orientation session. Phase 2 turned to development of curriculum in consultation with partners at Weinland Park Elementary, so that the volunteer effort would complement instructional approaches. Eight training sessions for volunteers, which included school visits and practice teaching, were held. In phase 3, volunteers began to work in schools with the support of faculty and clinicians. Nine of the 12 volunteers remained with the program and one shifted to tutoring older students outside of the ELVIS project. Phase 4, during summer 2007, involved recruitment of an additional cadre of volunteers and revision of the training program. Initial volunteers will help train new cadre.

ELVIS was evaluated by comparing a pre and post project Reading Recovery levels for the children and surveying ELVIS volunteers and classroom teachers. Reading level increases from October to June were as follows: kindergartenfrom level A (emerging reader) to levels 2-4; first gradefrom levels 2-4 to 10-18; and second gradefrom levels 4-5 to 16-28. Teachers reported that ELVIS volunteers improved students' reading levels and boosted vocabulary development. Volunteers made suggestions for coping with children's behavior and improving the synchronization with classroom teaching. Volunteer tutors were pleased with the shared reading/interaction strategies used. Their suggested improvements also involved child behavior and working more closely with teachers. Through careful attention in early phases of implementation and a modest initial investment, ELVIS is making a significant difference in the lives of children and retired teachers. Administrators in other states have expressed interest in adopting the ELVIS model in their school and relationships with philanthropic organizations and publishers who could contribute essential infrastructure are under development.

A Pharmacy/Extension Partnership to Improve the Health of Ohioans ($43,000)

Jennifer L. Rodis, Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy Partners: Kenneth E. Martin, Community Development, Ohio State University Extension; Barbara Ludwig, Department Chair Extension, Interim Associate Dean, Human Ecology, Engagement in Extension; Gerald L. Cable, Director, Professional Experience Programs, College of Pharmacy; Doris Herringshaw, Wood County Family and Consumer Sciences, Ohio State University Extension; Shari Gallup, Licking County Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, Ohio State University Extension

The Partner for Promotion program leverages efforts of three university-based partners (OSU COP, OSUE Community Development, and the OSUE Family and Consumer Sciences) with those of Doctor of Pharmacy students enrolled in advanced practice community pharmacy courses, county Extension educators, and community pharmacists (i.e., adjunct clinical faculty) in effective community-based health education. A model for partnering to improve health outcomes for community residents that was piloted through an OSU CARES faculty support grant was implemented in rural and urban communities. Pharm.D. students worked with Extension educators and community pharmacists to conduct community health needs assessments that will be used to develop appropriate patient education materials and programming. To improve health care access, strategies for offering and conducting patient health screening and referral services will be developed. The identified gaps in health education resources will be filled through the development and use of educational materials that enhance health literacy, preventative health, and healthy behaviors in health education interventions.

  • 28 pharmacies have developed and more than half continue to provide innovative patient care services, conducting over 1,400 patient visits.
  • Community pharmacists worked with all partners to receive training and assistance in developing sustainable patient care programs.
  • Collaboration between eight pharmacies and OSUE in five Ohio counties produced targeted services such as grocery store tours at three sites featuring healthy food choices and nutrition labeling.
  • Participating pharmacy students and pharmacists learned how to plan and market health education programs and identify key community contacts.
  • 19 of 28 pharmacies were first-time advanced pharmacy practice experiential sites, thus, expanding the number of high-quality experiential sites for pharmacy students.
  • Surveys of students and pharmacists indicated a 53% increase, in students' perception they had the knowledge and skills to implement innovative pharmacy services.
  • Students reported up to 70% and preceptors up to 30% increase in their confidence to employ specific skills needed in patient care service development, leading to improved access to community-based health care.

Model Preschool Vision Screening Program ($62,000)

Paulette P. Schmidt, Professor of Optometry and Vision Science, College of Optometry Partners: Betty Head, Project Coordinator, College of Optometry; Barbara Ludwig, Department Chair Extension, Interim Associate Dean, Human Ecology, Engagement in Extension, Family and Consumer Science and 4-H Youth Development Programs

Based on award-winning research from the VIP Study, this project developed a community-based model preschool vision screening program for widespread implementation through collaboration among the College of Optometry, the College of Human Ecology, and OSU Extension. Components included educating parents, teachers, healthcare professionals about the significance of vision disorders among preschool-aged children and their negative impact; training lay screeners to implement preschool vision screening programs; creating self-sustaining models for public education, preschool vision screening programs, and screener training programs; increasing the number of preschoolers who have their vision screened; and creating a model preschool vision screening program for use in Ohio, other states, and national organizations.

The VIP Study, a nationwide multidisciplinary study centered at Ohio State, showed that the three best performing screening tests for use with 3- to 5-year-old children were similarly effective when administered by trained lay screeners or trained health care professionals. Based on this finding, a pilot program was conducted:

  • In three Ohio counties (Henry, Shelby, Summit), optometry students and faculty trained and certified high school 4-H members to screen children at childcare centers and community events. In Shelby County, six 4-H teens and the FCS Educator were trained and certified on three vision screening instruments, conducted four screenings, and screened 127 preschoolers 3 to 5 years old to detect three significant eye problems (amblyopia, strabismus, and refractive error), which if caught early are preventable. In Summit County, a team of 4-H members was trained to conduct accurate screenings at Akron-area YMCA preschool sites. In Henry County, 57 preschoolers were screened by one of nine certified 4-H screeners.
  • One screening instrument was retained in each county to establish a self-sustaining community-based program.
  • FCS educators are informing parents, teachers, and health care professionals in all counties about preschool vision problems.

Additional external funding allowed the expansion of the University/Community Model Preschool Vision Screening to seven new counties in 2009. Phase 1 participants, Nancy Stehulak, Henry County; Pam Leong, Shelby County; and Jackie Krieger, Summit County; were trained as Certified Preschool Vision Screening Trainers by College of Optometry staff and they will train an additional seven county educators, adult volunteers and 4-H teens on how to implement the model vision screening program in the following counties: Cuyahoga, Darke, Hancock, Logan, Mercer, Portage, and Trumbull.

Increasing Public Horticulture Volunteerism and Horticulture Education through Technology-Enhanced Learning ($55,000)

Jennifer Pope, Research Associate, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Partners: Stephen C. Myers, Chair, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science; James A. Chatfield, OSU Extension, Cuyahoga County, and Ohio 4-H; Brian E. Holley, Executive Director, Cleveland Botanical Gardens

This partnership between the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, OSU Extension, and the Cleveland Botanical Gardens developed a technology-enhanced public horticulture certification program in the areas of volunteer training and personal development. The first Public Horticulture Volunteer (PHV) and Green Gardener (GG) class at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens was delivered online using Moodle software. It enrolled 18 students; 16 completed the course; 12 received PHV certificates and 4 received GG certificates. Following a focus group evaluation, online content was revised and transferred to OSU's Carmen system. The second course enrolled 24 students; 21 completed the course (10 PHV and 11 GG). Overall, only five students had previously taken an online class and many had never attended college. The course produced highly trained horticulture volunteers, increased volunteer retention, and exposed the volunteers to new ways of learning and developing skills. As a result of the partnership with OSU, CBG received a grant for the Green Corps program, in which OSU horticulture faculty and students will mentor inner-city youth in the development of horticulture skills. The Green Gardener and Public Horticulture Volunteer Certificate programs at Cleveland Botanical Gardens were expanded in 2008 to two courses per year.

Living JerusalemLiving Columbus ($44,500)

Amy Horowitz, Lecturer and Program Specialist, The Melton Center for Jewish Studies, College of Humanities; Partners: Amy Shuman, Associate Professor, Department of English, College of Humanities; Tamar Rudavsky, Professor, Department of English, College of Humanities; Marcelita G. Haskins, Director, Educational Services, WOSU Stations; Mazhar Jalil, Islamic Foundation of Central Ohio; Norman Hosansky, Congregation Tifereth Israel

Living Jerusalem: How do people of different cultures share knowledge of their heritage and practices across the borders between ethnic spaces, especially in disputed territories? Living Columbus: If Columbus were to become the model for religious understanding among Jews, Muslims, and Christians, how would we get there and what would our model look like? This initiative was designed explore outreach across several types of boundaries locally in Columbus and among Columbus-based OSU students and Jerusalem-based Al Quds and Hebrew University students in a virtual community across religious, national, and ethnic divides. Three outreach and engagement projects were conducted:

  • Fifth-grade students and their teachers at Sunrise Islamic Academy, the Columbus Jewish Day School, and St. Joseph Montessori School (Muslim, Jewish, and Catholic day schools) participated in Living Columbus: The Salaam, Shalom, Peace Project. The students learned how to document and think about and present their own religious practices by creating and hosting tours of their schools. The students also learned about the traditions, cultural experiences, and religious observances of the other two schools.
  • Offered in spring 2006, 2007, and 2008, the International Studies 501 course (Living Jerusalem: Ethnography and Bridgeblogging in Disputed Territory) allowed Ohio State students to interact electronically and then travel on a brief mini-study tour of Jerusalem where they met their classmates at Al-Quds University, a Palestinian institution, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an Israeli institution, both located in the contested city of Jerusalem. The students communicated through weblogs and video conferencing, and one component of the course was an examination of how the building of a virtual community facilitated the travel of culture and ideas and even understanding across hostile borders. (onCampus article: http://oncampus.osu.edu/article.php?id=1063)
  • In the Ohio Interfaith Foodways Project, community partners from the Islamic Center of Central Ohio and the Tefereth Israel Synagogue helped organize dinners hosted by Muslim, Jewish, and Christian families, featuring foodways enjoyed by the host religious group and a brief program on food and religious culture and observance. Recipes were collected for inclusion in an interfaith recipe book now in progress and all dinners were videotaped in anticipation of a short documentary that will be completed.

In addition, Palestinian, Israeli, and U.S. scholars attended Jerusalem: Cultures and Communities in Contention, a November 2006 working conference sponsored by the Living Jerusalem Project and hosted by the Mershon Center, Melton Center, and the Middle East Studies Center. One focus of the conference was on re-envisioning an edited volume on Jerusalem begun in the mid-1990s. The working team reassessed essays written in the 1990s in light of developments over the past 12 years.

Total Funding for 2004: $201,500

Discovering the Stories of Native Ohio: An Oral History Project ($65,000)

Lucy E. Murphy, Associate Professor of History, OSU Newark; Partners: Richard Shiels, History, Katherine Borland, Comparative Studies, Christine Warner, Education, Martha Chaatsmith, OSU Newark; Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio; American Indian Education Center of Cleveland; Land of the Singing Coyote Indian Center, Seaman, Ohio; Center for the Electronic Reconstruction of Historical and Archaeological Sites, University of Cincinnati; The Works, Newark, Ohio

The earthworks in Newark and other locations are visible signs of Native American presence in Ohio, but the contributions of the mound builders and their descendents are not as well known. A team of OSU Newark faculty in comparative studies, history, and education worked with students, staff, and community members to collect and record the stories of Native American experiences in Ohio and to make them available to teachers, students, researchers, and other community members. The project team set up recording studios at pow wows held by the Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio, where they also videotaped dancers, singers, and presentations by Native elders. These personal histories are archived in a special library collection, and interviewees received a copy of their oral history as a legacy for their own families. Impacts:

  • Initiated partnerships between Ohio State and members of Ohio's Native communities
  • Created new courses, pedagogies, and educational materials for the teaching of American Indian Studies (15 lesson plans for grades K-12 on earthworks and American Indian Studies, benchmarked to state standards); provided inservice training for teachers and administrators at elementary, middle, and high schools and professional meetings
  • Developed new collaborative research methodology for American Indian Studies
  • Provided great momentum for the Newark Earthworks initiative, including the receipt of more than $100,000 in grants for the Oral History Project and official designation of the new Center for the Study of Native American Earthworks, History, and Culture, an interdisciplinary center on the Newark campus
  • Developed four minidocumentary films incorporating excerpts from the interviews on topics such as language and culture and women and culture; screened at Newark Earthworks Day, a public symposium on earthworks, and other venues
  • Collected interviews with 64 Native Americans with ties to Ohio, plus recordings of lectures, events, receptions and discussions that are housed in the Oral History Project archive

Lucy Murphy, Richard Shiels, Katherine Borland, Christine Warner, and Martha Chaatsmith received the 2008 Public History Award from the Ohio Academy of History for the creation of the Newark Earthworks Center.

The OSU/Port Clinton Performing Arts Festival ($70,000)

Mark Shanda, Professor/Associate Chair, Department of Theatre, College of the Arts; Partners: D. Bowen Loeffler, President, Port Clinton Renaissance Corporation; Tom Brown, Mayor, City of Port Clinton; Richard Spicer, President, and Chic Elum, Chairman, Board of Directors, Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce; Michael Libben, President, Ohio State Alumni Club of Ottawa County Shoreline Properties of Port Clinton, General Manager; Marcia Jess, OSU Extension

This university-community partnership successfully produced three multiweek performing arts festivals showcasing the artistic talents of students, faculty, and staff and expanding the summer tourism season into fall for Port Clinton and Ottawa County. The project demonstrated the positive economic and environmental impact of visual and performing arts in enhancing the well-being of communities. Accomplishments:

  • Presented nearly 150 performance events and exhibitions for more than 1,200 people, involving 175 undergraduate and graduate students
  • Developed a methodology, timeline, and process for community involvement in mounting festivals
  • Expanded performance and educational opportunities for students and local artists
  • Generated nearly $300,000 for the local economy
  • Fostered collaboration among university departments and with community organizations

Connecting People, Education, Services and Quality of Life: The Professional Service Coordinator Certificate Program ($22,500)

Bonnie Kantor, Director, Office of Geriatrics and Gerontology, College of Medicine and Public Health; Partners: Janice Monks, Executive Director, American Association of Service Coordinators; Terry Allton, Vice President of Support Services, National Church Residences; Le Ann Mjelde-Mossey, Assistant Professor, College of Social Work; Christine Price, Assistant Professor, OSU Extension Gerontology Specialist and OSU College of Human Ecology; Virginia Richardson, Professor, College of Social Work; Patricia Schwirian, Professor Emeritus, College of Nursing; Margaret Teaford, Assistant Professor, School of Allied Medical Professions

Service coordinators are social service workers who are responsible for ensuring that residents of affordable housing communities are linked to the specific supportive services they need. In collaboration with the American Association of Service Coordinators (AASC), project directors assembled an interdisciplinary team of OSU faculty members and professionals from the wider community who possess expertise in discipline-specific topics. This team developed 18 modules for an online professional development certification program. The objective was to provide a common body of knowledge, standards of practice, and increased professionalism for service coordinators via distance learning.

  • Program faculty worked with AASC to create the first-ever Comprehensive Examination for Service Coordinators.
  • More than 600 service coordinators have completed over 2,650 modules.
  • In the first two years of the program, 69 candidates passed the examination (84% pass rate).
  • Service coordinators completing this certification have the opportunity to continue their education by participating in Ohio State's SAGE Program (Series in Applied Gerontology Education) online.

Project ProUD AchieveMent: Promoting Unity in Diversity and Achievement Through Mentoring ($44,000)

Dan Christie, Professor, Department of Psychology, OSU Marion; Partners: Anne Bower, Associate Professor of English, OSU Marion; Santo Pino, Director, Middle Schools, Marion City Schools; Kathleen Clemons, Student/Community Intervention Specialist; Sheryl Rhoades, Director, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Marion County; William Zwick, Superintendent, Marion City Schools

Project ProUD AchieveMent (Promote Unity within Diversity and Achievement through Mentoring) was designed to promote three outreach and engagement programs at OSU Marion.

1. Mentoring in Marion City Schools. Through the grant, the mentoring program developed an orientation and training manual, conducted a formal evaluation, increased OSU student participation from 11-14 per quarter to 25-30 per quarter through recruitment activities, and developed a resource library of educational games. Despite the retirement of the project directors in 2006, the mentoring program has been sustained by other faculty in psychology (Chris Daddis) and English (Ben McCorkle). Now called PALS: Pride And Life Skills Mentoring Program, the program continues to connect OSU Marion students with mentees in Marion Public Schools through Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Marion County, and Marion Public Schools.

2. Increasing Tolerance for Diversity in the Marion City Schools. The project focused on the tensions raised by the merger of three middle schools, bringing together teachers, counselors, principals, and OSU faculty/staff members to develop collaborative programs that promote unity within diversity. OSU theatre and psychology students, middle school students, and educators worked together to a theatre production, Sticks and Stones, that examined stereotypes and prejudice. To promote sustainability, a puppetry project on diversity was developed collaboratively by English, psychology, and theatre service-learning courses with grant support from the Service-Learning Initiative.

3. Developing Campus Leadership on Diversity Issues. As part of the overall OSU Marion campus effort in the area of diversity, the grant funded a professional development retreat for faculty and staff that generated additional diversity initiatives and leadership. Shawn Jackson, who had worked with the service-learning project as diversity coordinator in the Marion City Schools, was hired as full-time diversity coordinator was hired for the Office of Campus Diversity.

Project Proud Achievement was identified as one of OSU Marion's 50 points of pride during the regional campus's 50th anniversary.

Total Funding for 2005: $40,408

Oral Health Literacy Pilot Project ($10,000)

Homa Amini, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, College of Dentistry; Partners: Paul Casamassimo, Pediatric Dentistry; Columbus Literacy Council, Community Refugee and Immigration Services, Acculturation Program, Somali Senior and Family Services, Columbus Children's Hospital

The Oral Health Literacy Pilot project provided oral health education and health literacy to adult immigrants of central Ohio through partnership with Columbus Literacy Council and many refugee organizations. Through this project, oral health literacy workshops were presented to 332 students in 12 ESOL, 2 Adult Basic English, and 3 Somali literacy classes. The workshops offered oral health education and free dental screenings performed by the Ohio State University dental and dental hygiene students. Participants identified with dental needs were assisted in finding affordable dental care programs. This project also developed a health literacy curriculum for dental students to increase their awareness about this important issue and educate them about community outreach. The students learned how to communicate with their patients who are at low literacy levels or do not speak English. Project staff shared materials and information with College of Nursing students, who used the data on Somali participants to further their research on oral health literacy in the Somali population in Columbus and presented their findings to the Columbus Health Department.

Art in the Service of Science: Enhancing Science Education in K-12 Classrooms through Arts Integration ($9,500)

Susan Fisher, Professor, Department of Entomology, College of Biological Sciences; Partners: Vita Berezina-Blackburn and Maria Palazzi, Advanced Computing Center for Art and Design; Rachel Boggia, Department of Dance; Marcelita Haskins, WOSU Public Media; ITSCO (Instructional Technology Services of Central Ohio); COSI-Columbus

The goal of this project was to use the arts (dance, music, poetry, and computer graphics) to illustrate fundamental biological principles for K-12 classrooms to enhance learning and retention in science. Two DVDs were created: TBDBITL Marches the Krebs Cycle, in which members of the OSU Marching Band performed the Krebs Cycle of cellular metabolism, and Football and Photosynthesis, in which members of the OSU football team perform the Z-scheme of photosynthesis while Coach Jim Tressel narrates. Two middle school teachers wrote lesson plans to use along with the DVDs in K-12 classes. The DVDs have been disseminated to K-12 teachers across the state and to attendees at the State Science Fair in Columbus. The DVDs have been posted on three servers (Knowledge Bank, WOSU and OIT) and have been made available to ITSCO, which provides digital teaching material to K-12 teachers in several states.

Impact on Teaching. The teaching of Biology 101 has been greatly facilitated by having the DVDs to illustrate key biological concepts in a manner that is more palatable to nonmajors. The success of using art to explain science has led to the creation of two new sections of Biology 101 lab/recitations. In one section, students illustrate a biological concept of their choosing using art, music, poetry, dance, creative writing or some other artistic medium. In the other section, students use Photoshop, iMovie and iPhoto to create a digital story about some biological idea, controversy, or concept. The latest enhancement of Biology 101 using the arts is a rock opera created in collaboration with a music doctoral student.

Impact on Research. An evaluation specialist was engaged to measure the learning of nonmajor as a result of viewing the DVDs in Biology 101 and improve biology teaching. Information gleaned from testing Biology 101 students and their reactions to the DVDs to further the goals of two emerging teaching paradigms: Universal Design for Learning and 21st Century Literacy.

Impact on Partnerships. A new alliance was forged with COSI by this grant to develop Biology Unbound: Stuff of Life, an informal learning presentation for visitors to COSI. An interactive prototype has been developed and installed at COSI in downtown Columbus. The exhibit is designed to help museum visitors understand the structure of DNA and the process of its formation. It includes a multiuser DNA touch screen workbench and a wall projection that lets users engage their entire body in exploring the concepts. Read more about the concept and technology of the project. Funded by the Battelle Endowment for Technology and Human Affairs, Biology Unbound engages all five senses in teaching biology to informal learners in age-appropriate, interactive events.

Community-Based Service Learning for Dental Students through Collaboration with Head Start and Give Kids a Smile! Day ($8,443.33)

Hilary Soller, Clinical Assistant Professor, Section of Primary Care, College of Medicine and Public Health; Partners: Canise Bean and Jessie Tudor, College of Dentistry; Polly Mowrey, Columbus Dental Society; Columbus Children's Hospital Pediatric Dental Residency Program; CDC Head Start Program; CDI Head Start Program

This project provided required dental screenings, oral health education, and fluoride varnish for 5,000 children, ages 1-5, enrolled in Early Head Start, Head Start, and Head Start Plus in Columbus by dental students. It also gave dental students first-hand experience of the oral health needs of underserved populations and issues surrounding access to dental care.

Risk Assessment Directed Treatment Planning for Chemically Dependent Adolescents ($7,415)

Paul Granello, Associate Professor, College of Education; Partners: Darcy Haag Granello, Counselor Education, College of Education; Steven Gavazzi, Human Development and Family Science, College of Human Ecology; Grant Schroeder, Maryhaven

The purpose of this project was to form a community partnership between Maryhaven, Franklin County's largest addiction treatment provider, and OSU to improve the quality of care that is provided to adolescents with addiction disorders. Ohio State faculty trained the counseling staff at Maryhaven's Adolescent Treatment Program for Substance Abusing/ Mentally Ill children in assessment and diagnosis of disorders, treatment planning and counseling interventions, and the use of the Global Risk Assessment Device (GRAD), a computer-driven screening and assessment tool devised to help identify the severity of the adolescent's issues from the perspective of the family and the primary clinician. Maryhaven staff greatly increased their knowledge of current assessment and intervention strategies and are now able to compare individual case severity and to access a database that shows comparison over time. Maryhaven has also developed a best practices committee to review assessment and intervention strategies for all patients served, including the youth and families described in this project. The grant served to establish a strong relationship between the Counselor Education program and Maryhaven that has resulted in clinical internships and paid employment for OSU students.

Planners' Day in School ($2,050)

Maria Manta Conroy, Assistant Professor, City and Regional Planning, Knowlton School of Architecture; Partners: City and Regional Planning Student Association, Ohio Planning Conference, Clintonville Area Commission

This seed grant funded a pilot Planners' Day in School (PDIS) effort. The primary purpose of this project was to engage middle school students in the world around them through an understanding of city and regional planning. The project brought 23 graduate students in The Ohio State University's City and Regional Planning (CRP) program into sixth-grade social studies classes at a local middle school to discuss what planning is, what planners do, and how someone becomes a planner. Additionally, the CRP students facilitated two map-oriented exercises with the middle school students. The mapping exercises helped middle school students identify what they liked and disliked about their community and envision what they would like to see. These exercises coincided with sixth-grade social studies curricula addressing regional change and consequences of change, helped build critical thinking, and set the foundation for a more engaged youth citizenry. Toward the goal of institutionalizing the Planners' Day in School process, a lesson plan aligned with the state level sixth-grade social studies curriculum was created. The lesson is incorporated into a manual developed by the project to help others replicate a PDIS program.

The seed grant continues to bear more fruit. A CRP master's student serves as the PDIS coordinator and makes contacts with area middle schools. In academic year 2007-2008, more than 20 MCRP students have participated in the 2-day programs for 6 social studies classes at Monroe Middle School and visits to Mifflin Alternative School.

Planners Day Manual (PDF, 954KB)

2005 Special Outreach and Engagement/Service-Learning Initiative Grant

Rebuilding the Mississippi Gulf Coast ($2,000 O&E, $5,000 SLI)

Jennifer Evans-Cowley, Assistant Professor, City & Regional Planning, Knowlton School of Architecture

With this special Outreach & Engagement and Service-Learning grant, city and regional planning students in a service-learning course prepared community plans for rebuilding DeLisle and Saucier in Harrison County, Mississippi, areas that were devastated by the 2005 hurricanes. 2009 Outreach and Engagement Award finalist.

Total Funding for 2002: $94,951

Building Partnerships with Local Health Departments Program for Excellence in Environmental Health ($15,000)

Deborah Gray, Health Division of Environmental Health Sciences School of Public Policy

This seed grant was used to conduct the first initiative of the School of Public Health's Program for Excellence in Environmental Health. The program conducted a series of 13 regional workshops designed to build partnerships with local environmental health practitioners and to compile baseline information about the current status of the local governmental environmental health workforce in Ohio. A directory of all local directors of environmental health in Ohio was compiled and distributed via e-mail. The Program for Excellence in Environmental Health seeks to become a focal point for defining and discussing the existing and emerging issues that challenge practitioners of environmental health. This project has enabled the School of Public Health to make contact and begin a dialogue with this community. These newly established relationships will form the basis for long-term partnerships with the local environmental health practice community.

Ohio LEAD Program ($7,040)

Alice Walters Black, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

A partnership was formed between the Ohio Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Program, the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks, and the Hocking, Athens and Perry Community Action Agency/Second Harvest Foodbank of Southeastern Ohio. The Ohio LEAD Program conducted an intensive 3-day study institute that focused on the social issues of poverty, hunger, child poverty, unemployment, and economic development in the poorest counties in Ohio. The institute was delivered in southeastern Ohio to 25 emerging leaders. Evaluations indicated that participants changed their perception of poverty and hunger and became more active in their communities.

Universal Housing Solutions for All Ages and Abilities ($19,323)

Susan Zavotka, Department of Consumer and Textile Sciences, College of Human Ecology. Partners: Human Development and Family Science; Occupational Therapy; OSU Extension; Ohio Department of Aging

Universal Design is a worldwide movement based on the concept that products and environments can be designed to consider the needs of the widest possible array of users. By applying Universal Design techniques, interior features can be designed and existing structures modified to maximize safety and independence for those with physical limitations. This project provided community education about the principles of Universal Design and home modification that would enable senior Ohioans to age in place successfully. The seed grant supplemented Service-Learning and OSU CARES grants that supported community partnerships with Lowe's stores, where Universal Design workshops were offered and a retail marketing strategy that promoted home modification products was implemented. Members of the Extension aging team offered Train the Trainer sessions for family and consumer sciences agents throughout the state. A project website provides training resources for educators: http://ehe.osu.edu/ud/. In 2009, more than 1,500 people attended the Universal Design exhibit at Farm Science Review. Project staff are working with Lowe's and others to develop a laundry/mud room exhibit for next year. Lowe's and Dave Fox Remodeling, which made significant contributions to this project, received the 2008 Award for Excellence in Community Partnership Building from the Service-Learning Initiative. 2009 outreach and engagement awards nominee

Pest Management Kiosk Garden Center Pilot Project ($3,500)

Jim Jasinski, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science/Entomology, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

Seed funding was used to develop the Gardeners' Tool Sheda kiosk with an iMac computer, touch screen, and printer that dispenses research-based information on yard and garden care. The kiosk was tested at a garden center in southwestern Ohio. User surveys indicated that people found it easy to use and added value to their store visit, and they recognized its affiliation with Ohio State and OSU Extension. The pilot test was used to debug and improve the tool for use in other garden centers.

Building Support for Physical Activity ($19,088)

Richard Suminski, School of Physical Activity and Educational Services, College of Education

This seed grant provided preliminary data on community involvement in physical activity. Community members and organizations were involved through a leadership council, focus groups, and community forums that helped gather information on community resources and needs related to fitness. Results of the study were used to obtain a $1.1 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Extramural Prevention Research Program that funded Project ComFit, a 3-year project designed to increase long-term physical activity by altering the physical and social environments of the area.

W.O.W. Science Outreach to the State of Ohio and to the Nation ($18,000)

Susan Olesik, Department of Chemistry, College of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

WOW is an interactive science education program serving 15 elementary schools in 3 districts in the Columbus, Ohio area. WOW staff and faculty have developed more than 125 hands-on experiments designed to increase both students' knowledge and interest in science at a young age. Ohio State student volunteers, as well as scientists and parent volunteers, go into the classrooms to help the teachers facilitate experiments that teach basic concepts of the physical and biological sciences, and they provide more individual assistance to the students. The program's experiments are correlated with state test standards for K-5 science. Schools involved with W.O.W. have seen dramatic improvement in the percentage of students passing the science section of the state proficiency test. The seed grant was used to substantially improve the website as well as to expand the offerings within Columbus inner-city schools.

Fostering Global Awareness: Resources for Learning about China and Japan ($9,500)

Zhiwei Bi and Janet Stucky, Institute for Chinese Studies/Institute for Japanese Studies, College of Humanities

This grant supported the development of several outreach and engagement tools that are currently being used to foster greater global awareness in schools and communities throughout Ohio.

  • The Institute for Japanese Studies offers Japan Artifact Boxes and the Institute for Chinese Studies offers Chinese Culture Boxes, each of which can be borrowed for use in schools, libraries, and community organizations for up to 2 weeks. Each box contains contain information and lessons about Japanese or Chinese history, language, art, culture, toys, and games.
  • Both Institutes have groups of volunteers who give presentations about Japan or China (Passport to China Speakers Program). These volunteers will come to classrooms to conduct workshops or presentations that will give participants a virtual tour of Asian culture through fun, hands-on activities.

The Car ($3,500)

Lynn Sametz, OSU Lima

The Car is a unique opportunity for seventh- and eighth-grade students to become involved in teamwork and cooperative learning using a 1998 Bill Elliott Show Car. The field trip experience engages students in science, mathematics, and language arts as they become part of the racing world for the day. The seed grant provided scholarships to subsidize the cost for participating schools. During the first year of operation, more than 1,280 students and their teachers from a seven-county area participated. The program was also offered to young women by one of the community partners, Girl Scouts of Appleseed Ridge.

2002 Mini Seed Grants

Total Funding for 2002: $10,526

Character Improvement and Team Building within City School Districts ($500)

Tom Cole and Tom Hopkins, OSU Extension 4-H Youth Development, Ashtabula County

Developed a set of team-building activities for character education in the Ashtabula and Conneaut city school districts.

I CAN Go to College (Kids' College) ($1,250)

Sue Kofsky and Dominic Dottavio, OSU Marion

Funding supported elementary and middle school students' attendance at a summer enrichment program designed to encourage interest in postsecondary education.

Middle East Studies Center Lecture and Presentation Activities ($1,250)

Alam Payind, Middle East Studies Center

Grant supported further development of outreach materials designed to provide accurate and timely information about the cultures, politics, and peoples of the Middle East.

Senior Series Personal Profile Workshops ($1,250)

Christine Price, OSU Extension, Human Development and Family Science

Funds supported development and implementation of workshops for Extension and aging professionals on life-planning issues for older adults.

Breakfast of Science Champions ($600)

Melissa Weber, College of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Grant supported costs of a program that introduces middle school children to the work of scientists and to a college campus.

Latino Migration Story Project ($1,250)

Luz Calvo, Department of Comparative Studies, and Ignacio Corona, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

In conjunction with genealogy workshops for Latinos, a competition was held for high school students to exhibit written and visual works about their families' migration stories. Grant funds supported prizes and exhibit production.

Women in Science Day ($1,250)

Raquel Diaz-Sprague, School of Allied Medical Professions

Support for an annual event in which women scientists on the faculty, staff, and graduate and professional students introduce girls in grades 7-12 to careers in the sciences

La Clinica Latina ($1,100)

Raquel Diaz-Sprague, School of Allied Medical Professions

Support for a medical clinic offering free primary care to uninsured and low-income Latino patients and opportunities for intercultural learning and community service for health care professionals and students. 2007 awards nominee

Chadwick Arboretum Promotional Brochure ($900)

Mary Maloney, Chadwick Arboretum, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

Supported production costs for a brochure promoting the educational outreach and volunteer opportunities of the arboretum.

Volunteer Literacy Partners ($1,176)

Mindy Wright, Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing

Provided stipends for volunteer tutors at local elementary schools to improve the ratio of tutors to students.

Total Funding for 2001: $109,709

These grants were made possible by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

The Eye Clinic at Faith Mission and Fort Hayes ($25,000)

LeVelle Jenkins, College of Optometry/Faith Mission/Fort Hayes Career Center

The College of Optometry offers free examinations and eyeglasses to children under 18 at the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center and to homeless adults at Faith Mission. The grant helped provide over 600 pairs of glasses to patients at the mission and 271 examinations and glasses to children at Fort Hayes.

2008 award nominee

The Learning Bridge: Assisting Columbus Public Schools in the University Neighborhoods, P-12 Project ($24,709)

Daryl Siedentop, College of Education/College of Social Work/College of Human Ecology/Interprofessional Commission of Ohio/Campus Partners/Columbus Public Schools/Columbus Education Association

The Learning Bridge was a partnership between The Ohio State University P-12 Project, the Columbus Public Schools, and the Columbus Education Association. The collaboration worked to improve the education of children and youth in the 13 public schools that serve families living in the neighborhoods around The Ohio State University.

OSU Reaches Out for Better Health: Development of a Tobacco Cessation Clinic ($20,000)

Abdel Mohammad, College of Dentistry/The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital/College of Pharmacy

The seed grant supported the early operation of this program in the dental clinic, staffed by students, faculty, a dental assistant, and a behavioral consultant.

College Bound ($20,000)

Charles Ross, College of Social Work

The College Bound Summer Institute for elementary and middle school children was an outreach effort sponsored by the College of Social Work that provided a 10-week summer camp of morning core academic classes and afternoon athletic and cultural activities. The seed grant funded scholarships for participating students.

A Virtual Resource Station for Ohio Spanish Teachers ($20,000)

Terrell Morgan, College of Humanities

The Virtual Resource Station was designed to provide assistance and resources to Spanish teachers throughout the state of Ohio. The site enabled teachers to ask questions about the Spanish language or Hispanic cultures by fax, e-mail, or toll-free telephone.

2001 Mini Seed Grants

Total Funding for 2001: $39,240

Taking Horticulture to the Classroom ($625)

Pam Bennett, OSU Extension, Clark County

Welcome to the Real World ($1,000)

Beth Bridgeman, OSU Extension, Greene County

In the 1990s, OSU Extension conducted a money management program under several titles (Reality Day, Reality Store, Welcome to the Real World) using resources from other states. This grant provided funding to establish the program in Greene County. Greene County Extension staff convened a statewide curriculum committee to develop an Ohio-specific curriculum that would be more comprehensive. The Real Money, Real World curriculum was developed and first offered in 2005. Read more

Young Women's Summer Institute ($1,500)

Susan Brown, Ohio Supercomputer Center

Support for a a week-long program for middle-school girls designed to promote computer, math, science, and engineering skills and provide hands-on experiences.

The Ohio State University and Linden McKinley High School Counseling ($1,500)

Janet Buckworth and Paul Granello, College of Education

Support for a physical activity group designed to aid depression in high school girls.

Katy's Kids ($1,500)

Gerald Cable, College of Pharmacy

Grant supported expansion of an outreach program that teaches elementary school children about prescription drug safety and the work of pharmacists.

Crittenton Family Services ($1,500)

Elizabeth Cullen, College of Nursing

Funds supported purchase of health promotion and disease prevention materials for a service-learning project in which student nurses worked with at-risk families.

Peer Power ($850)

Lin Distel, Department of Women's Studies, College of Humanities

Support for a peer education program that enables undergraduates to become facilitators and designers of presentations and workshops that introduce women's studies topics to middle and high school students.

Outreach School Tours ($1,500)

Lesley Ferris, Department of Theatre, College of the Arts

Support for undergraduate theatre company tours to elementary and high schools.

SKIP (Successful Kinesthetic Instructor for Preschoolers Services) ($1,500)

Jackie Goodway, College of Education

Funded the purchase of early childhood motor skill equipment used by OSU students to teach a motor skills program at a public elementary school.

Department of Psychology's Psychological Services Center ($1,500)

Robert Grant, Department of Psychology, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Support for an outpatient clinic for adults, children, and families seeking psychological assessment and psychotherapy.

Ohio Byzantine Cultural Initiative ($625)

Timothy Gregory, Department of History, College of Humanities

A pilot program to use Internet resources for an educational and cultural program on Byzantine culture.

Bug Zoo ($625)

Jeremy Heath, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center

Supported operating costs of a demonstration program on insects that is presented in schools.

Interactive Youth Learning Center ($1,050)

Roger High, Department of Animal Sciences

Optometry Clinics at Faith Mission and Fort Hayes ($1,500)

LeVelle Jenkins, College of Optometry

Department of Entomology Insectary & Greenhouse ($1,500)

George Keeney, Department of Entomology

Facility that breeds insects and arthropods for teaching and research and provides school tours and classes.

Prairie Program ($625)

Robert Klips, OSU Marion

Support for an elementary and middle school program on seeds, plants, and flowers that is now a regular offering of the Marion Prairie Nature Center.

Kilroy Was Hereand We're in Hot Pursuit! ($1,500)

Jerry Martin, Office of Information Technology

COPC Efforts with the College of Nursing ($1,500)

Barbara Polivka, College of Nursing

Counselor Education (OSU & Linden McKinley Center for Counseling) ($1,500)

Tania Psathas and Paul Granello, College of Education

Young Women's Business Academy ($1,500)

Karen Ream, Alber Enterprise Center, OSU Marion

A program that provided high school females a chance to experience entrepreneurship and the business world, co-sponsored with Ohio State University Extension and the Girl Scouts.

Efforts between Williams County Extension and Williams County Agencies ($1,250)

Melissa Rupp, OSU Extension, Williams County

Supported the formation of a working partnership and training in capacity assessment for LEARN Williams County, a regional strategic planning and capacity building effort.

Lima K-12 Outreach Programs ($1,365)

Lynn Sametz, OSU Lima

Support for the purchase of equipment for three school programs: Decisions, Dilemmas, Discussions; Inquiry, Scientists and the Environment; and Many Hats of Agriculture.

Initiative with Boys and Girls Club: English ($600)

Jacquelyn Spangler, OSU Marion

Funds provided learning materials for children tutored by OSU Marion students and for the publication of student essays and a newsletter about the program.

Adopt-A-Class ($1,500)

D. Elder Stewart and Linda Houston, Agricultural Technical Institute

Grant supported visits to fifth- and sixth-grade classes by OSU agriculture students to present lesson plans they developed and elementary students' visit to ATI to learn about agriculture and horticulture.

Mentoring and Sharing through the Power of Books ($1,500)

David Strauss, University Honors and Scholars

Supported book discussions by OSU honors students and Columbus Africentric School students.

South High School Urban Academy Mentoring Program ($1,500)

H. Lewis Ulman, Department of English

Supported campus visits by high school students who were mentored by OSU English students.

The Virtual Museum as a Tool for Bringing Biodiversity to the Class ($1,500)

John Wetzel and John Freudenstein, Department of Entomology

Designed and implemented web-based exercises on biodiversity for junior high science classes

Minority Youth Arts Saturday School ($1,500)

Wanda White, Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center

Provided equipment and materials for an enrichment program for at-risk preschool and elementary-aged children from the University District.

4-H in the Classroom ($625)

Rhonda Williams, OSU Extension, Darke County

College of Education and Columbus Public Schools ($1,500)

Shelley Wong, College of Education

Supported an educational program for eighth-grade English as second language students

SAFE (Secure and Friendly Environment Program) ($1,500)

Ellen Yokoyama, University Hospitals

A project addressing anxiety disorders in a partnership between the Medical Center and Columbus Public Schools

Total Funding for 2000: $32,358

Outreach to Urban and Suburban Elementary Students: Scarlet and Gray Ag. Day ($7,500)

David Zartman, Animal Sciences Human and Community Resource Development, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

The purpose behind Scarlet and Gray Ag Day is to introduce agricultural literacy and appreciation and to show students the importance of agriculture and natural resources in their life and future. Elementary students take part in learning centers that incorporated hands-on learning activities, allowing them to dye wool, see the inside of a cow's stomach, experiment with fuel cells, check for egg fertility, and conduct experiments testing the basic properties of water. Teachers are given hands-on experience and lesson plans using food, agricultural, and environmental principles that meet schools' academic content standards. More than 600 fifth-graders attended the 2001 event, which was run with the help of more than 150 student volunteers.

TeensLook@Health: Teaming Teens, Teachers, and Technology to Deliver Credible Health Information to Today's Youth ($10,000)

Brenda Rose, Health Sciences, College of Medicine and Public Health

Through a partnership with medical students and faculty from three Ohio universities, high school students schooled their peers in health issues by developing interactive pages for NetWellness, a consumer health website that provides information created and evaluated by medical and health professional faculty at Ohio State, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of Cincinnati. Teams of 40 high school students and 20 medical students produced 13 projects. Faculty from Ohio State and UC then reviewed their work, with 11 of the projects approved for the NetWellness website. At a culmina0ting event, Celebrating Talents in Technology, two students were awarded $500 scholarships for their reflections on how their participation influenced their health choices and those of their peers. The peer-to-peer aspect of the project resulted in engaging, relevant health information that is more likely to be used by teens.

Make It! Sell It! Give It! A Youth Entrepreneurial and Service Project ($5,458)

Bridgett Sloan, College of Human Ecology

This 5-week pilot program focused on comptuer skill development, team building, problem solving, and introduction to business operations was attended by 23 youth from the Weinland Park community adjacent to Ohio State. Participants learned computer skills and business operations related to custom embroidery. They also conducted a service project, designing and making t-shirts given to children at the Homeless Families Foundation.

Contemporary Music Festival 2001 ($5,000)

Donald Harris, College of the Arts

With the support of this grant, the 2001 edition of the Contemporary Music Festival took one of its concerts to the annual conference of the Ohio Music Educators Association in Columbus. Featured guest composer Lukas Foss conducted the OSU Symphony Orchestra for elementary and secondary school music teachers and students attending the conference.

Building a Collaborative Community Learning Project($4,400)

Richard Dempsey, OSU Lima

Total Funding for 1999: $80,358

DNA Fingerprinting Workshop for Middle School Students ($10,000)

Amanda Simcox, Molecular Genetics Department, Biochemistry Department, Microbiology Department, School of Journalism and Communication, and Columbus City Schools

Faculty and undergraduate students in the College of Biological Sciences present workshops in Columbus high schools that give students hands-on experience in DNA analysis using molecular biology techniques. These workshops are designed to stimulate students to consider careers in the biological sciences. Department of Theatre students made a video that serves as a critical part of the workshops.

Grade 9: Strengthening Bridges that Link Schools, Families, and Communities ($6,000)

Barbara Newman, College of Human Ecology, and Indianola Middle School

The Linmoor Middle School Ethnic Student Services Partnership entailed taking University students into the school as volunteer tutors and mentors for Linmoor students in grades six through eight, sponsoring workshops, and inviting Linmoor students onto the Ohio State campus. The student volunteers who served as tutors and mentors showed how the positive decisions they made as early as the sixth grade enabled them to go to college.

The Pied Piper Fantasy ($7,000)

Donald Harris, School of Music, Department of Dance, Wexner Center for the Arts

Thanks to this seed grant, 150 young flutists shared center stage with Ohio State musicians, dancers, and world-renowned composer John Corigliano during the 2000 Contemporary Music Festival. The young musicians were involved in two performances of Corigliano' Pied Piper Fantasy. The School of Music and Department of Dance teamed up for the production, which featureed OSU dancers as the rats and elementary, middle, and high school flutists portraying the children led astray by the Piper.

Mentoring and Sharing through the Power of Books ($4,000)

David Strauss, Office of Minority Affairs, African American and African Studies Extension Center, University Honors and Scholars Center, Columbus Africentric School

The South High Urban Academy Mentoring Program matched approximately 45 Ohio State students with high school students in advanced English classes. The college students combined college life lessons with discussions of literary classics with their e-mail pen pals. The program encouraged high school students to get comfortable with technology and to think about further education. The seed grant was used to purchase literary classics that the high school and college students read and then discussed together via e-mail.

Trevitt Elementary/OSU Partnership for Literacy ($6,135)

Andrea Lunsford/Mindy Wright, Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing, Community Extension Center, Trevitt Elementary School

An English 110W/193W class funded by this seed grant tutored third graders after school at Trevitt Elementary School. The English class combined intensive reading and writing about literacy, language, community, and culture with service in a particular community setting. Trevitt is one of several literacy partnerships undertaken by the Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing with Columbus public schools.

Community Commitment ($2,500)

Tracy Stuck, Office of Student Affairs

The seed grant helped support the annual Community Commitment day, one of the largest single-day student-led community service projects on a college campus in the nation. The event familiarizes students, especially freshmen, with the campus-area community, enabling them to make connections for future volunteer work. 2009 awards nominee

Peer Power!: Making Community Connections and Engaging Ohio's Youth through Peer Education ($8,000)

Elizabeth Allan, Women' Studies and Consumer and Textile Sciences

Peer Power was an interactive peer education program designed to strengthen girls' aspirations and commitment to higher education and promote critical thinking and life skills. OSU undergraduate students were trained to present workshops on a variety of topics including gender socialization, body image/self-esteem, dating violence, leadership development, and changing career aspirations. These presentations were made to Ohio schools, youth groups, and other community organizations. Peer Power was grounded in a Women's Studies curriculum designed to help women and girls acquire a sense of empowerment and catalyze educational and career aspirations that were previously undeveloped.

Living with Dignity: Innovative Health Outreach for Terminally Ill Persons and Their Families ($4,365)

Silvana Napier, Department of Human and Community Resource Development

Columbus Soul: A Millennium Center for Healing through the Creative Arts served as a clearinghouse linking central Ohio hospice directors, staffs, patients, and families to palliative care, stress relief activities, and educational workshops. The seed grant supported a class for somatics graduate students and their onsite training and placement in community partner sites. The partnership included major Columbus hospitals, the Columbus Health Department, the Ohio Hospice Organization, and Ohio State's Cultural Studies/Somatic Studies and Music Education programs (College of Education) and the Department of Human and Community Resource Development. The center was eventually merged into a somatics clinic and studio, a clinical professional practice setting that offered workshops and health care to the unviersity and community.