2004 Excellence in Engagement Grants

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.

Past Grant Recipients

2013 Engagement Impact Grants

2012 Engagement Impact Grants

2011 Engagement Impact Grants

2010 Engagement Impact Grants

2009 Excellence in Engagement Grants

2008 Excellence in Engagement Grants

2007 Excellence in Engagement Grants

2006 Excellence in Engagement Grants

2005 Excellence in Engagement Grants

2004 Excellence in Engagement Grants

2005 Outreach and Engagement Seed Grants

2002 Outreach and Engagement Seed Grants

2001 Outreach and Engagement Seed Grants

2000 Outreach and Engagement Seed Grants

1999 Outreach and Engagement Seed Grants