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VC Foundation awards $20,000 in faculty, staff grants

June 3, 2014 at 1:03 a.m.

The nursing program received a grant for the Victoria College Foundation. Pictured, from left, are Josie Rivera, VC Foundation board member; Nadine Van Beveren, Associate Degree Nursing instructor; Joyce Harper, Vocational Nursing program chair/instructor in Hallettsville; and Ruth Constant, VC Foundation board member.

Seven Victoria College departments have been awarded grants totaling $20,000 from the Victoria College Foundation. The grants will be used for equipment, hosting a professional workshop and a pilot project to help replace expensive textbooks.

"I was very impressed with the selection committee's work in reviewing the grant applications," said Elgin Janssen, VC Foundation board member. "They provided fair and due consideration to all the applicants. All of the grants submitted were worthy of strong consideration. I just wish we could fund all of them."

Janssen served on the committee with four Victoria College faculty and staff members: Bobby Cubriel, Carl Voskamp, Jerry Hamilton and Bridgette Marshall.

"Over the past 15 years, the foundation has awarded grants to faculty and staff, totaling $290,000," said Amy Mundy, VC Foundation executive director. "It is gratifying to know that these funds will directly or indirectly benefit our VC students."

The recipients of the 2014 VC faculty and staff grants are:

Nursing programs - $6,500 to host a professional interactive workshop for nursing faculty. Having the workshop locally will provide a cost-effective means for all faculty to attend. The workshop's purpose is to improve instructional practices, strengthen the instructional program and, thereby, increasing student learning, success and retention.

Fine arts/music - $5,200 to purchase piano lab equipment, thereby increasing the number of students accepted into the piano lab. A teacher control module and expansion kit will be purchased that will expand student enrollment in this fine arts course.

Physical therapy assistant program - $3,500 to purchase 20 iPads for classroom use. This will enable the instructors to use a number of applications available at minimal or no cost for student use that includes clinical simulation, self-assessments and physical therapy evaluations. Use of the iPad technology will also reduce paper and printing costs.

VC/UHV library - $2,000 for a pilot project to encourage faculty adoption of Open Access Resources to replace expensive textbooks.

Key Center - $1,760 to purchase two new laptops and carrying cases for students to check out for home use.

Texas AHEC East Victoria Region - $550 to purchase anatomical models for student instruction. The set includes models of the brain, bladder, thyroid, kidney and the heart for instructional purposes.

Academic foundations - $500 to fund materials to support the New Mathways Project. The purpose of the project is to decrease the time spent in developmental educational courses and provide a better prepared student for credit-level math and integrated reading and writing courses.

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