|SPEC awards mini-grants to seven summer programs|
The Summer Program and Events Council (SPEC) recently awarded nearly $23,000 in mini-grants to aid in the expansion, redesign, and creation of summer courses and programs. Through SPEC’s start-up mini-grant program, funding is used to help support UND faculty and staff in the development, marketing and start-up costs of programs offered on-campus to Grand Forks and surrounding communities.
The Summer 2007 awarded projects are:
• Graduate Certificate in Music for Teachers, Department of Music,
Royce Blackburn, assistant professor/chair, music.
• Mini-Society Entrepreneurship Camp, Department of Teaching and Learning, Barry Striegel, science mentor, RAIN program, nursing.
• Musical Theatre and Dance Production and Performance, Department of Theatre Arts, Kathleen McLennan, associate professor/chair, Theatre Arts.
• Suicide Prevention Seminar, Department of Counseling, Kara Wettersten, associate professor/co-chair, counseling.
• Summer Writing Camp, Department of English, Peter Johnson, associate director, Office of University Relations.
• Wellness Camp, College of Nursing, Lek Seal, assistant professor, nursing.
• Young Scientists and Engineers Academy, School of Engineering and Mines, Cheryl Osowski, student activities coordinator, School of Engineering and Mines.
“The Start Up Mini-Grant Program represents a unique opportunity to encourage program development at UND,” said Kerry Kerber, associate dean of continuing education and co-chair of SPEC. “Because the proposals are from both faculty and staff, the program nurtures creativity from the existing diversity of people and disciplines within the university.”
By aiding in the development of summer programs, SPEC hopes to encourage greater on-campus participation during the summer months at UND. “Marketing efforts for these summer 2007 projects will be far-reaching, and we hope to attract a very diverse group of participants,” said Diane Hadden, director of Summer Sessions and co-chair of SPEC. “We are fortunate to have faculty and staff members who are committed to filling needs in certain academic departments as well as in the community.”
The Summer Programs and Events Council’s mission is to promote all summer events, programs, and courses to the greater Grand Forks community while providing leadership and logistical support for summer programming on the UND campus.
For more information about the Summer Program and Events Council visit www.summer.und.edu, or contact Diane Hadden at (701) 777-6284 for credit activities, or Kerry Kerber at (701) 777-4264 for non-credit activities.
-- Julie Bean, Summer Events Program Specialist, Division of Continuing Education, email@example.com, 701-777-0441