October 2010
Oklahoma Higher Education
Dear Faculty and Administrators,
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The October GRANT NEWS is a way to share with you what grant projects have been funded in October for your colleagues across Oklahoma. The wide variety of projects is as varied as a fall landscape, so enjoy the beauty of Oklahoma higher education funding! And let us know if you have more good news to share.                                                        Dr. Linda Mason

Eastern Oklahoma State College was awarded a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to acquire a 19,500-square-foot building in Antlers. The building will house several training programs and a business incubator for the Pushmataha County area. Eastern Oklahoma State has been using space at the Kiamichi Technology Center in Antlers for several years.

In This Issue
EOSC Grant
TCC Grants
OACC Grant
UCO Grants
LU Grant
NSU Grants
CU Awards
SE Grant
OSU Honor
OU Grant
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TCC Grants
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TRIO Student Support Services (RISE)

Short for Reflective, Integrated, Scholarly, Excellent, RISE will provide a comprehensive academic support system for 160 educationally and economically disadvantaged students and those with disabilities. RISE is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, TRIO Student Support Services program at $226,595 per year for five years. Dr. Margaret Lee, Dr. DeAnna Cooper, Ramona Munoz, and Kelli Schulz were instrumental in the development of the proposal.


Center for Excellence in Energy Innovation TCC Henderson

An Oklahoma Department of Commerce collaborative grant project fo cuses on training at least  1,000 Oklahomans for energy efficiency/renewable energy jobs. The newly established Center for Excellence in Energy Innovation (CEEI) at TCC's Northeast Campus will be equipped with the latest in alternative and renewable energy technologies to provide a hub for community and industry collaboration leading to energy-efficient solutions, to serve as a working example of an energy-efficient, sustainable facility and to promote entrepreneurial initiatives and economic development while creating public awareness of sustainable practices. The TCC CEEI received $233,000 from a U.S. Department of Labor grant through the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. Tommy Henderson, Mary Philpott, Mike Autrey, Dave Sollars, and Dr. Sandra Massey were instrumental in securing this funding.


TCC BatsonFounders of Doctors' Hospital - Dental Hygiene

In the 25 years the Founders of Doctors' Hospital has been awarding TCC projects, the TCC Foundation received its largest award of $232,881 on behalf of TCC to furnish the TCC Dental Hygiene Clinic with 12 dental chairs and supportive equipment and supplies. In this supervised environment, TCC students are able to provide indigent dental care clinical services. This was a collaborative effort between Debbie Batson, Jim Pickens, Midge Elliott, the TCC Foundation, and the TCC Grants Office.

Information Technology Professionals in Health Care:  Region D Community College Consortia to Educate Information Technology Professionals in Health Care (ARRA)

Funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , the Consortium grant led by Pitt Community College provides TCC with $446,461 in the first year to provide information technology and health care terminology to both health care and information technology professionals in health care. The collaborative is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and administered to 21 other partner colleges across a 13-state region by Pitt Community College. Sandy Smith, Jim Pickens, and Midge Elliott were instrumental in securing this funding.


CareerAdvance, a Community Action Project of Tulsa County (CAPTC)

CAPTC partnered with TCC, Tulsa Technology Center, Union Public Schools, and Workforce Tulsa to provide training, support, and connections to secure high-demand jobs paying at least $15/hour for low-income parents with very young children. The program helps participants overcome traditional barriers to employment, provides case management support, and creates partnerships with employers to ensure that job opportunities are available after training. TCC is subcontracted with CAPTC to receive $1,412,367 over five years from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Additionally, seed money for CareerAdvance was provided by the George Kaiser Family Foundation. Lisa Watkins and Midge Elliott were instrumental in the development of this proposal. 


Oklahoma Humanities Council - Red Fork Film Festival

The Oklahoma Humanities Council will support honoraria to teachers and participants in TCC's Red Fork Native American Film Festival events with a grant for  $500. Steven Woods, Ginny Davis, and Dr. Peggy Dyer developed the proposal.


TCC Wavebreak Grant

Tulsa Community College received an extension on a $1.74 million grant from the Department of Labor for TCC's Wavebreak program to continue through March of 2012. Brian Hall, Program Director, launched the project in 2008 as a information technology training program in cloud computing, Web application development and mobile application development. Larry Poor, a Mobile application development student, has about two months left in his class, and believes it gave him access to development tools that are rarely available.As a student, the tools are available at no additional cost and allow students to write programs and put the apps on their iPhone for testing purposes and mobile application development.Best of all, Wavebreak pays tuition, certification testing fees and equipment for all qualified applicants.


Kaisers gives $400K Grant to TCC for Bridging The Gap 

Early childhood education students at Tulsa Community College are getting a boost from a $400,000 grant from the George Kaiser Family Foundation for its Bridging the Gap scholarship program. The grant is the largest single gift TCC has received from a donor outside of an endowment in the college's 41-year history. It will be used to continue a scholarship program that pays for tuition, books and fees for students seeking early childhood certifications and associate degrees at TCC.   

The Kaiser foundation has been supportive of early childhood education as a means to break generational poverty. The foundation has awarded grants to Educare, the Community Action Project of Tulsa County's Head Start programs and the state's pilot program for infant/toddler education.


TCC Trains Health-Care Professionals for the HITECH Medical Records Jobs

By 2015 most health-care facilities including hospitals, doctor's offices and clinics will have to use electronic medical records to better serve patients and decrease health-care costs. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009 gives hospitals and health-care professionals incentives if they use specific electronic medical records technology by 2015. It can also penalize those health-care facilities that don't by the deadline. Some large institutions like hospitals are conducting training in-house, but for smaller or rural hospitals, clinics and doctor's offices, they have to look for training elsewhere. Tulsa Community College received $446,000 to offer a 6-month health information technology certificate program. Sandy Smith is the Director of the Health Information Technology Program at TCC. TCC was the only community college in Oklahoma to receive the two-year grant.


OACC LogoThe Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges received $10,000 from the Kirkpatrick Foundation to support the Keynote Address by Dr. Keith Sawyer for the OACC meeting in the Spring 2011.

UCO Grants

Minority Teacher Encouragement Project VIII 

Dr. Susan Scott and Professional Teacher Education, received $6,510 from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education through the Minority Teacher Recruitment Center to recruit middle school and high school students into teacher education programs.


Especially for Educators  

Dr. Bill Pink, and the College of Education and Professional Studies received $2,700 from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education through the Minority Teacher Recruitment Center to fund the Annual Educators Distinguished Lecture Series.


Urban Teacher Preparation Academy Scholarships

Dr. Bill Pink also received $10 from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education through the Minority Teacher Recruitment Center for Urban Teacher Preparation Academy scholarships.


Teaching Civic Engagement

Dr. Matt Hollrah in the English Department received $2,500 from the Oklahoma Humanities Council to support UCO's College of Liberal Arts' annual interdisciplinary symposium to introduce the humanities to a diverse audience.

Langston Grant for Economic Development

Langston University has received an $800,000 federal grant that it plans to use to help spur economic development in the Logan County town in which the school is located. Langston is one of 10 universities to receive a Historically Black College and University Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The award will be used to construct a farmer's market, continue construction work on a softball field and provide capacity-building support for the town's Business Resource and Incubator Center.

NSU Grants 
NSU Buckholtz

NSF Grant for STEM

Dr. Jody Buckholtz received $20,561 from the National Science Foundation through Oklahoma State University for the Alliance for Minority Participation to increase the number of under-represented minorities receiving B.S. degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This is Year 2 of 5 on this program.


NSU PattersonMcAlester Scottish Rite Care Clinic

Dr. Karen Patterson received $24,900 from the McAlester Scottish Rite for a Care Clinic to provide Speech/Language screening, diagnostic and intervention services along with clinical supervision at the NSU-Muskogee campus for Fall 2010/Spring 2011/Summer 2011 semesters. This is year (4) for this award.


NSU KonyaCoach Enhancement Grant

Jeff Konya received $16,000 from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to address the issues of access, recruitment, selection and long-term success of women, ethnic minorities and other individuals in Division II who seek to overcome hiring barriers by securing funds to assist in creating an assistant coach position in Division II.

NSU Fife


NIH Grant to American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES)

Dr. Phyllis Fife received $9,816 from the National Institutes of Health through the OUHSC to support the AISES National Conference.  The conference will provide positive experiences for Native American students to successfully bridge science and technology with traditional Native American values.  Students attending the conference will benefit by becoming more prepared for their roles in society and will learn to become more self reliant in leadership roles and will be introduced to professionals in their field of expertise.


Oklahoma Humanities Council Grant for Annual Symposium on the American Indian

Dr. Phyllis Fife received $2,500 from the Oklahoma Humanities Council to support the 39th Annual Symposium on the American Indian to be held April 11-16, 2011.  The support for this program helps benefit the academic community as well as the general public of the state of Oklahoma.  This year's theme is "Hands Across Nations: Smart Legacies-Strong Spirits," built around traditional knowledge and community spirit that cultivates concepts of social entrepreneurship and cultural stewardship.


Health & Wellness Initiative for Women Attending Minority Institutions                             

NSU RogersLibby Rogers received $21,532 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support a partnership with the National Indian Women's Health Resource Center for the health of young minority women in three areas: 1) overall women's health and wellness promotion, 2) HIV/AIDS education and prevention, and 3) ending violence against women. This campus Health & Wellness Initiative will involve many NSU offices and organizations, including Student Affairs, Residential Life, Campus Police, Student Health Services, Women's Studies, and Tribal Studies.

Preventing Risky Behaviors Among Minority College Students                                  

Libby Rogers received $30,000 from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Service for collaborative activities between NSU and the National Indian Women's Health Resource Center (NIWHRC) to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS risk factors and positively alter the future course of HIV/AIDS among young adult Native American populations. This project will develop and implement a campus-wide HIV/AIDS prevention strategy. This is a three-year award.

CU Professors Receive Awards for Excellence

Cameron University's Christopher O. Keller, associate professor of communication, and Kurtis Koll, professor of physical sciences, have been selected as the 2010 recipients of the Harold and Elizabeth Hackler Teaching Excellence Award. The Hackler Lectureship in Teaching Excellence was established in 1996 by Cameron alumni Harold and Elizabeth Hackler to recognize outstanding contributions by faculty in the lives of Cameron students. Through an endowment, Keller and Koll will each receive a stipend and a grant for professional development. Their names have been added to the Hackler Award honor roll plaque that is on display at the CU-Duncan campus.

Southeastern Receives Kaiser Foundation Grant

The George Kaiser Family Foundation and Southeastern Oklahoma State University have announced the establishment of a pre-medical studies scholarship at the University, a three-phase program designed to encourage and support students at Southeastern to pursue careers in the field of rural and urban community medicine.Ten to twelve Southeastern students will be chosen as participants of the program, and it will provide funding for students to attend the fall orientation at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine in Tulsa.

OSU Professor Honored by APA Fellowship

Riley E. Dunlap, Regents Professor of Sociology at OSU, was selected as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association based on his work related to environmental attitudes, values and beliefs. Fellows are selected for outstanding contributions in the field of psychology. Dunlap has studied citizen concern for environmental quality. He is internationally recognized for helping to establish the field of environmental sociology.

OU Professor Receives Nursing Grant 

GWI 10Dr. Geraldine Ellison, Associate Professor of Nursing, OU-Tulsa, received $292,051 for equipment through ARRA stimulus funds to enhance the equipment in a nursing high fidelity simulation lab. Dr. Ellison was a 2010 Summer Grant Writing Institute participant.

This newsletter is sent to you to share the great accomplishments of enthusiastic and dedicated faculty, staff and administrators in Oklahoma Higher Education for the month of October. We hope you ahve enjoyed reading about them. Send your own information or comments to lmason@osrhe.edu.

Dr. Linda Mason
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education


Save the Date!

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Summer 2011 Grant Writing Institute is scheduled for August 1-5, 2011. Mark your calendar now to prepare for this challenging experience! Look online at http://www.okhighered.org/grant-opps/training-opps.shtml in January for applications. It is an invigorating and empowering institute.