Research and Grants Report
• Jennifer McMahon, Heidi Scherer and Corinne McNamara received $66,990 from the Georgia Department of Public Health to evaluate their sexual violence prevention programs that are implemented in middle schools, high schools, and colleges across Georgia.
• Jennifer Vandenbussche, Kadian Callahan, Laura Ritter and Eric Westlund received $93,249 from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities to implement a course coordination program in Precalculus and Calculus 1 that will support the course instructors in adopting these proven practices. It is part of the SEMINAL project, funded by NSF, a large collaboration of 12 institutions nationwide seeking to increase the use of active learning in gateway mathematics courses.
• Kandice Porter and Jane Petrillo received $17,000 for the Pipeline Project, a collaborative initiative between KSU's Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education and the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential (GCAPP) with the goal of designing a comprehensive pre-service teacher training model program for sexuality education. The best practices that emerge during the program innovation and planning process will be documented and disseminated so they can be easily utilized by other college campuses seeking to augment their own pre-service teacher training.
• The Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation has made a grant of $214,000 for the academic year 2018-19. The grant supports scholarships for nursing students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate study.
• Jim J. Hills, president of Applied Technical Services, and his company made a joint gift, which benefitted the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering/Engineering Technology in the amount of $35,000. Part of this gift was a challenge to his fellow engineering/engineering technology alum. If alumni can raise $15,000, Hills will match it with a personal gift of $15,000. This challenge will benefit the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering/Engineering Technology General Scholarship Fund. http://giving.kennesaw.edu/those_who_give/JimJHills.php
• The Zuckerman Museum of Art (ZMA) at Kennesaw State University and the Clark Atlanta University Art Museum (CAUAM) will share a $140,000 grant from the Ford Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation that seeks to increase minority participation in curatorial practice and museum professions. The grant will support the Tina Dunkley Fellowship in American Art, a post-baccalaureate fellowship providing hands-on training to individuals from historically under-represented groups who have expressed interest in the field of American art. The fellowship seeks to provide access, exposure and experience in several forms of professional activities in three museums of varied scale with collections focused on American art. The fellowship includes paid placements at CAUAM and ZMA, and a residency at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA).
• The Office of University Advancement & Development received $20,000 for student scholarships from the Frances Wood Wilson Foundation. The scholarships will support students in the Honors College and the WellStar College of Health & Human Services.
• The Office of University Advancement & Development received a $15,000 matching gift from Johnson & Johnson for scholarships in the WellStar College of Health & Human Services’ Academy for Inclusive Learning & Social Growth. The Academy offers a fully inclusive college education and experience to students with different intellectual or developmental abilities.