St. Lawrence Announces Innovation Grant Recipients

A student-run garden that will sell food to campus eateries, an awareness effort to inform students about available counseling services, an honesty and ethics campaign, and an orienteering course are the projects awarded for Fall 2013 Innovation Grants at St. Lawrence University.

Supported by the President’s Office, the Innovation Grants program began in 2010 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. Students, faculty and staff are eligible for the grants.

The Innovation Grant Committee consists of Associate Professor Art and Art History Amy Hauber, Noah Fitch ’14, Executive Secretary of Student Life Elaine White, Director of Admissions Jeremy Freeman, and Vice President for Community and Employee Relations Lisa Cania.

According to the committee, the successful grants all have the potential to offer transformative, positive change to campus life:

Garden-Dining Hall Partnership

Grant recipients: Sustainability Semester Homesteader-in-Residence Ben Swimm, and Sophie Owen-Jankowski ’14 of Bristol, Vt.  

The Seed to Table Garden is a student-run garden that focuses on providing local food to the campus community. Despite a successful 2012 season, the garden was not restarted for the 2013 season, and this period revealed some weaknesses in the program.

The proposal seeks to make the student-run garden a permanent fixture at St. Lawrence, by moving the garden to the Sustainability Semester site on Route 68 in Canton. The Homesteader-in-Residence will mentor students in growing the appropriate quantity and quality of food for the Dana Dining Hall and facilitate communication between Food Service staff and the student group.

The grant also will fund one intern for the summer of 2014.

Healthy Connections

Grant recipients: Maddie Wetterhahn ’15 of Adams, N.Y., Director of Counseling Services Tim Corbitt, and Director of Health Services Pat Ellis

The proposal seeks to establish a partnership between one or more student representatives and the Diana B. Torrey ’82 Health and Counseling Center as well as to foster collaboration with other campus organizations such as SWELL, The Hill News, and Residence Life.

The objective is to improve communication between the Health and Counseling Center and the student body to ensure students are aware of the resources available to them and that the Torrey Center is cognizant of the perceived needs of students. 

Integrity Week

Grant recipients: Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Associate Professor of Economics Alison Del Rossi, Associate Professor of History Mary Jane Smith, and Lia Pizzicato ’14 of Rochester, N.Y.

The proposal seeks to organize a week of events around the theme of integrity.

The goal is to make students more aware of the St. Lawrence University Academic Honor Code to reduce academic cheating and to create a culture of academic honesty and integrity in the classroom and across campus.

Tentative events include an integrity fair of campus organizations, a workshop for faculty on academic integrity and the Honor Code, panel discussions on integrity in different academic disciplines, a Thelomathesian student government town hall meeting on academic integrity, a film screening on integrity in journalism, and an guest speaker to address issues of honesty, integrity, ethical behavior in education, politics, and work.  

Orienteering Course

Grant recipients: Science Shop Technician Brian Berg, GIS/Map Librarian Carol Cady, and Nature Up North Project Manager Jacob Malcomb

The proposal seeks to develop a new permanent orienteering course on the Kip Tract portion of campus. Orienteering is a sport in which participants find their way to various checkpoints across a landscape with the aid of only a map and compass.

The project team envisions a long-term project that will serve the campus community by providing an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff of all experience levels to explore the campus property and to learn or to hone their basic navigation skills.

Through a partnership with Nature Up North, this project will also reach out to local North Country residents and draw interest to St. Lawrence University from the surrounding community who may use the course as an opportunity to get outside or to develop navigational skills.

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