Oklahoma Higher Education
Summer 2012 

Dear Faculty and Administrators,


We are pleased to share with you the accomplishments of Oklahoma Higher Education institutions in obtaining grants for research and program development. Our faculty are industruious and innovative in their planning and supporting their campus programs. We hope you enjoy this issue!

Coordinator of Grant Writing 
In This Issue
2012 Grant Writing Institute
ECU Grants
TCC Upward Bound Grant
NSU Grants
NSU Grants
UCO Grants
ROSE Contract
LU Grants
LU Grants


 2012 GWI 

The Oklahoma State Regents hosted the 2012 Summer Grant Writing Institute July 30 through August 3. Twenty creative and energetic particiapnts worked with 5 experienced mentors this summer to produce proposals requesting $10 million for better campus and research programs. Participants from NEOAM, OSRHE, OUSHC, RSU, SE, SNU, SWOSU Weatherford, SWOSU Sayre, UCO and WOSC worked with Penny Coggins, Gerry Cherry, Paul Buntz, Ann Nalley, Beth Shumate, Kayla Tindle, and Kathy Coggins to produce great proposals!   

To learn more about the Summer Grant Writing Institute, email Dr. Linda Mason at  


ECU Bolin



Oklahoma Business Week - $5,000


Stacey Bolin secured funding from OG&E to help underwrite the School of Business' 1st Oklahoma Business Week, an entrepreneurship camp for high school students. Oklahoma Business Weekis a one-of-a-kind summer program that offers students firsthand experience in the world of business!  




 ECI Forshay


Oklahoma Highway Safety Office - $30,000


The Center for Continuing Education and Community Services received a grant to provide training for judges who hear DUI cases. Bridget Forshay is the Director.






 ECU Lancaster                                

Laura Bush 21st Century Library Grant - $65,147

ECU is the lead institution for a collaborative effort of university librarians from LU, NSU, NWOSU, RSU, and SEOSU to provide continuing education for librarians to develop both technological and pedagogical skills necessary to address college students' information literacy skills. Dr. Adrianna Lancaster is the project director.






ECU Patton             

Upward Bound - $507,565

This U.S. Department of Education program provideslow-income and potential first-generation participants the skills and motivation necessary to complete a program of secondary education and to enter and succeed in a program of postsecondary education. Dan Patton is the director.





U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Assistance - $117,000

An award from the Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Program will help underwrite infrastructure costs for ECU's new School of Business and Conference Center.





The US Department of Education awarded Tulsa Community College $250,000 per year for the next five years for the TRIO Upward Bound program.Wanda Holmes is the Upward Bound Director.

State of Oklahoma Supreme Court - $80,051              

NSU was awarded funding for the 19th year of Alternative Dispute Resolution 2012-2013. Project Director is Ann Wilkins. The project provides mediation services according to the Dispute Resolution Act and other directives and forms provided by the Administration Director of the Courts.  Dispute mediation services are provided to northeast Oklahoma as determined by need.


Oklahoma Alliance for Manufacturing Excellence - $111,909

Project Director is Chris Evans.

A Manufacturing Extension Agent working out of the NSU-BA campus will assist local manufacturers in various ways to make their businesses more successful.





US Department of Education - $230,000 BA, $230,000 Tahlequah Campus

The Educational Talent Search Program on the Broken Arrow Campus will identify disadvantaged youths with potential for post secondary education, encourage them to complete secondary school and undertake post secondary educational training; to publicize existing forms of student aid. Tutorial services will be provided to encourage students to undertake or re-enter programs of post secondary education. Diane Walker is the program director.


Oklahoma Arts Council - $1,500

The NSU Chamber Music Series received funding to bring professional musicians to the Tahlequah area to provide both chamber music and solo performances. These artists will also provide master classes to area music students. Dr. Norman Wika is the project director.





Oklahoma Arts Council - $1,500

The NSU Chamber Music Series received funding to bring professional musicians to the Tahlequah area to provide both chamber music and solo performances. These artists will also provide master classes to area music students. Dr. Norman Wika is the project director.





Oklahoma Arts Council - $3,500

Dr. Phyllis Fife directs the Arts of Indigenous Cultures in two events. The first event in November 2012 will be by Mahenwahdose, a Native American theatre group. The second even is day two of the NSU Powwow, held during the Symposium on the American Indian in April 2013.




Oklahoma Arts Council - $2,000

Dr. Tommy Poole is the director of Green Country Jazz Series. Funds will cultivate the growth and development of jazz performances and education for students, music educators, and audiences throughout the region.

UCO Butler  

US Fish and Wildlife Service Service Migratory Bird Monitoring, Assessment and Conservation - $9,614

Dr. Christopher Butler, Associate Professor of Biology at UCO, received funding for field work to determine the threat to protected migratory bird species from energy development in the region, particularly wind farms impact. 



U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - $9,500

Dr. Joe Grzybowski, Funeral Science, received funding for the Effects of Fires on Endangered Black -Capped Vireos, Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. The project is field work in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge to do survey, analysis, and summary reporting of the presence of the endangered species to assess habitat-specific demographic responses to the recent wildfires in the area.



TG Public Benefit - $251,596 

Dr. Jay Corwin and Amy Rogalsky, Enrollment Management, received funding for Operation Degree Completion to provide academic advisors at 2-year state colleges and UCO to track progress towards degree completion for students and provide advisement to ensure graduation requirements are met. 


Americorps Oklahoma in Action - $21,000

Beth Adele, Career Services, received funding for two Americorps volunteer positions. The Veteran Services position will be responsible for identifying and communicating topics of interest for veterans entering or re-entering higher education to enhance or develop resources for the Veteran Higher Education Resources Office. The Financial Literacy position will provide information, conduct research, and plan programs to educate and enable UCO students, faculty, staff, and community regarding money management.  



Oklahoma Arts Council - $750          

Jill Priest, Dance Production, received funding for support of the 2012 Oklahoma High School Dance Festival to be held at Norman North High School October 5-6, 2012.


Oklahoma Arts Council - $6,000

Dr. Greg White, Director of Theatre and Music, received funding for to underwrite outside artistic fees for the Broadway Tonight production schedule.


Oklahoma Arts Council - $1,500

Ines Burnham, Oklahoma Center for Arts Education, received support for the Drama Day Camp series for children K-12 in the area of artistic supplies and/or outside artistic fees or other related expenses.


Oklahoma Arts Council - $2,190

Ines Burnham, Oklahoma Center for Arts Education, also received support for bringing opera singer Angela Brown to UCO to present Opera from a Sistah to approximately 600 area elementary school students.


Environmental Protection Agency Contract

The Oklahoma Environmental Training Center at Rose State College has been awarded a contract by the Environmental Protection Agency to provide water treatment training to Oklahoma's 37 Native American tribes. The Tribal Water & Wastewater Management Institute will provide training for on-site septic and large capacity septic systems on tribal lands. For information, visit


Oklahoma Department of Transportation - $75,000

Dr. Chongo Mungende, Director for the Center Outreach, received the 2012 National Summer Transportation Institute award for project work.






UCO/KUMC Research Institute - $13,000 and $30,000

K. J. Abraham, Associate Professor of Biology, received the KINBRE Undergraduate Coordinator Office Outstanding Mentor award. He also received the KINBRE Undergraduate Office award.  


NSF/UCO STEM Double Bridge Project - $70,000

Dr. John Colman, Associate Professor of Chemistry, received research funds from theNSF/UCO STEM Double Bridge Project.

Dr. John Coleman, Associate Professor of Chemistry, received a NSF/UCO STEP award for Summer 2012 research.




NIFA-1890 Institution Teaching, Research and Extension Capacity Building Grant Program - $145,304

Dr.Vernon Jones, Associate Professor of Agriculture, received funds for "A Working Spanish Language Education Program for Cooperative Extension Personnel."


NIFA-1890 Institution Teaching, Research and Extension Capacity Building Grant Program - $600,000

Dr. Thiahun Sahlu, Reasearch Professor/Director, received funding for "Sustainable Small Ruminant Production through Section for Resistance to internal Parasites."




USDA/ Ohio State - $131,126

Marvin Burns, Dean of Agriculture, received funding for technical support to help with the USAID/FAS/OCBD/DRDA/AMSD project.






Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory - $36,000

Joel Snow, Associate Professor of Mathematics, received funding to support the Dzero Experiment.





NSF OK-EPSCoR - $8,000

Dr. Alonzo Peterson, Assistant Professor, received funding for work with GRE preparation for students.  


NSF-OK-EPSCoR - $37,000

Dr. Alonzo Peterson, Assistant Professor, received funding for the supplemental instruction program.





Dr. Steve Zeng, Agriculture & Natural Resources Chair, received funds for Enhancing the Competitiveness of Undergraduate Multicultural Scholars in the Animal Science: A Collaborative Integrated Approach.



OU - $150,000

Dr. Joel Snow, Associate Professor of Mathematics, received funding for LU High Energy Physics work with the Dzero & ATLAS Experiments with OU.                


Grant Resource Center
Dr. Linda Mason
 The State Regents for Higher Education is offering a new set of services through a Grant Resource Center. With planning, you can obtain more grants to create and improve programs on your campus. Whether it is research, scholarships, or program development, you can do more and better with assistance from experienced colleagues. The new OSHRE Grant Resource Center will offer the following:
  • Planning with a colleague or team for an specific excellent grant proposal
  • Grant source education to become more knowledgable about one agency
  • Panel review for your grant proposal

Email if you have questions or would like to take advantage of the Grant Resource Center. There are no fees for the services.

Quick Links
Grant Writing Resources 
Summer GWI 
Grantwriting Tip
One of the best practices in grant writing is to share your idea with colleagues to get feedback. Pick 3 people to review your concept: 1) a collegue in your field, 2) a colleague in a field related to yours, and 3) someone comepletly out of your field. Ask them for feedback and respond to their comments and questions.
Remember that you are writing for a panel of reviewers. Your message must be clear and easy to understand!



BEGINNING GRANTWRITING: THE PROCESS - A workshop for beginner grant writers who have not obtaned a grant before but would like to apply is being offered on September 14, from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm in the OCAP Center at 421 NW 13 St., OKC. If you wish to attend, send your contact information to Bring a laptop and flashdrive. There is no fee for this workshop. but you must register.