The Educational Foundation has announced the Faculty-Staff Innovator Grant awards for spring 2019. Four projects were funded for a total of $14,170. Launched in 2008, the Innovator Grant program empowers faculty and staff members to develop initiatives that enhance student success through innovative approaches to teaching and learning. Projects are as listed.
- Neva Griffin – Females in Trades (F.I.T.) Boot Camp – at $3,700
The goal of the F.I.T. Boot Camp is to highlight and promote the advancement of women in the Trades/Construction Industry by recruiting 20 women to attend the Trades Boot Camp and Occupational Training Programs at Thomas Nelson. The camp would include job readiness and personal development skills needed to successfully obtain employment in the trades.
- Josh Ostraff – Transfer Forward in Art – funded at $4,000
Transfer Forward in Art is aimed at helping Thomas Nelson art students prepare to transfer to four-year institutions. Art students not only have to apply to the four-year institution, but they also have to apply to the art program. University art programs are highly competitive and require an art portfolio. With a unique collaboration with CHSS Advising, this project is designed to better communicate, guide, and help students prepare competitive transfer materials and portfolios. The grant will be utilized to purchase specialized equipment to assist students prepare their portfolios.
- Julie Young – You too CAN Fly a Drone – funded at $3,970
You too CAN Fly a Drone will promote Thomas Nelson’s Unmanned Systems program by creatively enhancing student recruitment, provide engineering design team projects for students in Introduction to Engineering Technology (MEC 100) and Statics (MEC 131) classes, and support our community by donating canned food to the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank and Thomas Nelson’s Care Team Cupboard. The project will consist of students designing and constructing a large structure out of canned food, which looks like a drone. The completed structure will be on display (in the community or on campus) to highlight the engineering design skills of our students and promote the College.
- Michelle Manfred – Thomas Nelson Ambassadors – $2,500
The Thomas Nelson Ambassadors program provides student representation for visitors to the College and during events. Ambassadors will help improve and enhance the impression that visitors have of Thomas Nelson. They will accomplsih this through positive interaction with the public and sharing with prospective students why Thomas Nelson is a good first choice for their academic career and why they are happy they chose Thomas Nelson.