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Victoria College Foundation awards internal grants

By Victoria Advocate
June 8, 2013 at 1:08 a.m.

Twelve Victoria College offices have been awarded grants totaling 21,295 from the Victoria College Foundation to be used for upgrades, equipment, improvements and conference attendances. Pictured are, from left, Barbara Sanderson, VN instructor in Hallettsville; Amy Mundy, VC Foundation executive director; Cara Frederick, VC Foundation development director; and Steve Hipes, member of VC Foundation board of directors.

Twelve Victoria College offices have been awarded grants totaling $21,295 from the Victoria College Foundation to be used for upgrades, equipment, improvements and to attend conferences.

"Since 1999, the VC Foundation has awarded nearly $270,000 in faculty and staff grants," said Cara Frederick, VC Foundation development director.

The grant funds are available for a variety of innovative activities, including research projects, professional conferences, stipends for curriculum-based projects, improving instructional practices, increasing student learning, success and retention and strengthening instructional programs, Frederick said.

Those VC departments receiving the grants are:

EMS/Public Service - $1,200

Course tuition to attend the Critical Care Emergency Medical Transport course The course helps prepare paramedics and nurses to meet the needs of critical care patients undergoing inter-facility transfer.

Advising & Counseling - $1,600

Purchase of special regalia for Victoria College military veteran student graduates The stoles will be service branch specific and provide a way to honor and recognize veterans' sacrifice and commitment.

Student Activities - $1,600

Receptions for each of the 2013-14 VC Lyceum Lecture speakers to provide students an opportunity to interact with the speakers and further develop their leadership skills The series provide impressive lecturers who are entertaining, inspirational and educational.

Museum of the Coastal Bend - $1,500

Funding will allow the museum's curator to attend the Society of Historical Archeology conference. The conference will allow MCB to organize a conference session on the intersection of museums and archeology including MCB's efficient model.

Marketing & Communications - $1,610

Purchase of a utility vehicle to be shared by Marketing & Communications, Pre-College Programs & Recruitment, Student Activities and College Advancement & External Affairs for events and support services

Physical Education - $1,618

Purchase of a tennis ball machine to improve the quality of instruction, increase active learning during class, and increase the skill level of advanced players

Physical Education - $1,049

Purchase of a TV/monitor, iPad and DVD player to upgrade its present technology resources and incorporate more interactive technology into classroom activities

Fire Program - $2,048

Provide StageIT Emergency Response Stimulator program to expose students to a more realistic emergency response/different scenarios in the classroom without actually exposing the students to the life-threatening hazards in an environmental setting

Vocational Nursing Program - $2,610

Funds will purchase 15 Kindle Fire Tablets to support instructors use of the DocuCare electronic health record system specifically designed for nursing education which will better prepare them for the workplace.

Gonzales Center - $1,630

Funds to purchase two Swift M3700 Advanced Microscopes to enhance student learning opportunities in VC Gonzales Center science labs which will help improve achievement, retention, transfer, and completion rates

Calhoun Center - $1,576

Funds to become a "True Colors Certified Facilitator"

Academic Foundations - $1,500

Funds for on-campus professional development workshop based on "Mindset and Motivation" The topic focuses on shifting to more of a growth mindset and how community college educators can influence growth mindset in students.

Library - $1,754

Funds to attend the national Special Libraries Association conference which will provide exposure to new ideas and concepts, find new products and services for the Library to consider, and gain access to a wealth of resources and experience from other librarians.

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