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Scholarship of Engagement grant program supports community projects

Scholarship of Engagement grant program supports community projects

The Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach has awarded eight Scholarship of Engagement grants for the 2009-2010 academic year. The grants, which range from $5,000 to $8,000, support projects by academic and public service faculty members who combine teaching, research and outreach activities.

“We have outstanding faculty members and students across the university’s schools, colleges, centers and institutes engaged in scholarship,” said Art Dunning, vice president for public service and outreach. “I am pleased that we are able to provide funding to support faculty and student endeavors to connect their scholarship to the needs of Georgia’s communities.”
The 2009-2010 Scholarship of Engagement grant recipients, their department and project titles are:

• Diane Bales (child and family development) and Karen Shetterley (Georgia Center for Continuing Education), “Social Networking Technology Use to Educate and Connect Childcare Providers;”
• Michelle Carney (social work) and Mel Garber (Archway Partnership), “Strengthening Nonprofit Organizations: A University-Community
• Dave Chatterjee (management information systems) and Mel Garber (Archway Partnership), “Information Systems Needs Assessment and Implementation Service;”
• Karen Cornell and Kate Creevy (small animal medicine and surgery), “Pets and Domestic Violence: Engaging in Recognition, Reporting and Care;”
• Daniel Forrister and Sukhmani Sarao (clinical and administrative pharmacy), “Pharmacy Student Engagement in Delivering Health Care to Archway Counties;”
• Katalin Medvedev and Megan Lee (textiles, merchandising and interiors), “Promoting Collaboration among Small Retailers in Athens and UGA Resources;”
• Kathy Thompson and Gayle Andrews (elementary and social studies education), “Supporting the Sustainability of Service-Learning in Schools;” and
• Amy Trauger (geography) and Eric MacDonald (environmental design), “Meeting the Food Security Needs in Athens with Georgia Grown Food.”

Since 2004, the Scholarship of Engagement grants program has supported outreach projects that address a community need, create collaborations across disciplines and university units and offer service-learning opportunities to UGA students. The public service and outreach office supports UGA’s outreach, research and teaching missions.