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Results of Spring 2011 Competition
Warm thanks to everyone who participated in the second round of the Innovation Grants program.  The Committee feels inspired by the proposals we reviewed, which reflect commitment of the University community to improving the quality of life on campus and of the University’s connection to the regional community. Many proposals also reflected commitment to environmental sustainability.

The Innovation Grants project, Spring 2011, received 20 applications from 38 people by the March 4 deadline. The Committee (Bill DeCoteau, Samantha Glazier, Michael Hayden’13, Nicole Campbell’13, Alison Almasian, Elaine White, and Lisa Cania) met three times to assess the proposals, an assessment that included a written evaluation rubric completed by each committee member for each proposal, discussion of our results, vetting of proposals with relevant Senior Staff or department leaders, and contacting some of the proposal writers if we had any questions.  We are able to fund 7 applications. 

Summary, with project descriptions follow:

Project                                                                 Coordinators
Campus Arboretum                          Marcus Sherburne, Louise Gava, Carol Cady
Fruit for the Future                             Ryan Gillard ’11, Cassie DiMarino ’12, Amanda Lavigne
Power of Pink                                     Shelly Roiger, Joe Keniston
Sound Installation,                            Michael Farley
Richard F. Brush Art Gallery
Management 101                              Colleen Manley and Debra Mousaw
Improving the                                     Fatima Sall ’13, Dennis Morreale
Calling All Saints Center
The Next Generation                          Ellen Rocco, Dale Hobson, Martha Foley

For project descriptions

January 24, 2011

Round 2 Announced

St. Lawrence University Innovation Grants:  New Spring 2011 Competition

Thanks to the huge success our initial, fall 2010 competition, and knowing that some projects could benefit from a larger grant award, the St. Lawrence Innovation Grants program, Spring 2011, will award several grants at $2,500 and one or two grants up to $5,000 per project for new initiatives proposed by faculty, staff and students. 

Purpose:  To encourage initiatives that will improve the quality of life at St. Lawrence through curricular, co-curricular, or campus life projects and provide a foundation for St. Lawrence’s future. 

Duration: Projects funded in 2010-2011 could be one-year, one-time efforts, or could be the beginning of a multi-year or permanent program at St. Lawrence.

Source:  Innovation Grants will be funded in 2010-2011 from a special gift from the Mellon Foundation, awarded to St. Lawrence specifically for initiatives suggested to a new president.

Eligibility:  All faculty, staff and students are eligible to submit a proposal to the Innovation Grants Committee. 

Application

December 1, 2010

Warm thanks to everyone who participated in the first round of the Innovation Grants program.  The Committee feels inspired by the proposals we reviewed, which reflect commitment of the University community to improving the quality of life on campus and of the University’s connection to the regional community. Many proposals also reflected commitment to environmental sustainability.

The Innovation Grants project, announced September 6, received 31 applications from 58 people by the October 15 deadline. The Committee (Bill DeCoteau, Samantha Glazier, Michael Hayden ’13, Nicole Campbell ’13, Alison Almasian, Elaine White, and Lisa Cania) met four times to assess the proposals, an assessment that included a written evaluation rubric completed by each committee member for each proposal, discussion of our results, vetting of proposals with relevant Senior Staff or department leaders, and contacting some of the proposal writers if we had any questions. 

We hope to announce very soon the schedule for the second round of funding proposals, planned for the spring semester.   With sincere thanks to all who submitted a proposal and with awe for the great ideas among you, we announce these successful proposals:

Project                                                                                Coordinators

Portable CWA Scanner                                        Allie Shea ’13, Amy Calapa, Robby Glass ’13
Hydration Station                                                   Robby Glass ’13, Amanda Lavigne, Brad Baldwin
SLU for Peace                                                       Sajana Blank, Laura Rediehs
Spirit Week                                                             Joseph Rothrock ’11, Gary Gilmond ’12, Amy Calapa
Campus Connect: Suicide Prevention              Daniel Hernandez and Torrey Center Staff
First-Year Convocation                                         Karl Schonberg, Patti Lock, Tom Pynchon
Healthy Campus Initiative                                    Jodi Canfield, Margie Strait, Robin Durocher
Annual Laurentian Mentorship in the  Arts        Sarah Barber, Pedro Ponce, Amy Hauber
Faculty Café                                                             Alison Del Rossi, Judith DeGroat, Devon Stein
SLU Trail Network                                                  Dan McDonnell
For project descriptions


To:                   The St. Lawrence Community
From:              William L. Fox, President
Date:               September 6, 2010
Subject:          St. Lawrence Innovation Grants

Introduction

Recognizing that great ideas come from many sources, and that St. Lawrence’s future depends on encouraging creativity of its faculty, staff and students, most especially in the face of economic and fiscal pressures, I wish to announce the creation of the St. Lawrence Innovation Grants program, which will award up to $2500 per project.  It is intended to support new initiatives proposed by faculty, staff and students; applications will be reviewed and approved by a faculty-staff-student committee I will appoint. 

St. Lawrence Innovation Grants projects ought to inspire a foundation for St. Lawrence’s future that is in keeping with pioneer spirit, open to experimentation, and new paths, known throughout our campus history.

Purpose:  To encourage initiatives that will improve the quality of life at St. Lawrence through curricular, co-curricular, or campus life projects and provide a foundation for St. Lawrence’s future. 

Duration: Projects funded in 2010-2011 could be one-year, one-time efforts, or could be the beginning of a multi-year or permanent program at St. Lawrence. Projects that have the opportunity for perpetuation are especially welcome.

Source:  Innovation Grants will be funded in 2010-2011 from a special gift from the Mellon Foundation, awarded to St. Lawrence specifically for initiatives suggested to a new president.

Eligibility:  All faculty, staff and students are eligible to submit a proposal to the Innovation Grants Committee, which will include two faculty, two staff and two students appointed by the President and chaired by Lisa Cania, vice president for community and employee relations.  Proposals from students should have a faculty or staff sponsor. Proposals that connect departments or divisions are especially welcome. Faculty or staff who submit proposals will be asked to incorporate the project into their work, rather than have current work displaced or released.

Exclusions:  St. Lawrence Innovation Grants will not fund travel by faculty, staff or students, though travel by visitors (workshop leaders, speakers etc. will be considered); grants will not provide special stipends to current faculty, staff or students; grants will not fund capital improvements or replace equipment in normal operating schedules.