University Advancement

WOU Foundation announces winners of competitive grants

The Western Oregon University Foundation announced the recipients of its annual competitive small grants program. For the 2014 calendar year, 14 grants were awarded, totaling $12, 749.

The competitive grants program is funded from unrestricted gifts to the WOU Foundation and each grant is generally $1,000 or less. Criteria used to evaluate proposals consider emphasis on the following: student recruitment, impact on international students, participation in graduate programs, and impact on the greatest number of current and/or potential WOU students. Applications are due in November each year, with announcement of recipients every January. As part of the process, recipients of the grants present a summary report to the WOU Foundation Board of Directors. To invest in any of these projects, or the next round of competitive grants, contact Erin McDonough in University Advancement at 503-838-9120 or

“The WOU Foundation Board is tremendously proud of the recipients of its annual Competitive Grants program,” said Cori Frauendiener, WOU Foundation Board of Directors and Competitive Grants Committee member. “The program demonstrates how gifts to the WOU Foundation directly impact our community through these innovative programs.”

The grant recipients:

A group of students from Dr. David Foster’s “Psychology of Leadership” course received $370 to cover production fees for a video to increase awareness of Green Dot. The Green Dot Club intends to eliminate power-based violence to make WOU’s campus safer by promoting Green Dot, its mission, and motto: “No one has to do everything, everyone has to do something.” The application was submitted by Dane Moorehead.

Abby’s House received $1,500 to develop and produce a print media campaign, video production and smart phone app to promote its mission to bust myths regarding sexual violence and victim blame. This project will provide instant access and visibility of information to both current and prospective students and the campus community as a whole to provide strategies to promote safety. The application was submitted by Mary Ellen Dello Stritto.

University Housing received $375 to purchase a computer desk, office chair, computer program and installation fees so student leaders have access to a workstation and easily work on their projects to support WOU’s student population. The application was submitted by Royanna Sigler.

The Rehabilitation Counseling Program received $1,000 to cover the event costs to celebrate 40 years of excellence for the rehabilitation counselor program in the College of Education. The event will include presentations from students, professionals in the field, community partners, and faculty in order to provide continuing education training in ethics. The application was submitted by Amber Feist.

The ASCD Student Chapter (an affiliate of the organization formerly known as the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development), received $705 as a matching grant to support a member of the chapter to attend the ASCD’s annual conference this March in Los Angeles, Calif. The attending student will not only benefit from the professional development at the conference, but will share what they learned with the rest of the chapter upon their return. The application was submitted by Heather Fledderjohann.

The American Sign Language (ASL) studies program received $1,000 for travel costs so the 20 board members of the program and students can observe sister classrooms throughout the Interstate 5 corridor. This will lead to improvements of continuity in teaching techniques, curriculum, standards, and expectations across identified ASL programs in Oregon. The ultimate goal is to give students a similar experience wherever they are taking classes, as well as to address common issues that occur when students transfer from one program to another. The application was submitted by Kara Gournaris.

The Teacher Education Division received $1,000 to offset costs for five students to attend the 2014 Northwest Mathematics Conference and participate in the “Matharama” sessions coordinated by Dr. Rachel Harrington. All undergraduate and graduate students in mathematics education classes were invited to submit lesson proposals by Harrington during fall term, and those selected will have the honor of presenting at both the conference in October 2014 and WOU’s Academic Excellence Showcase in the spring of 2015. The application was submitted by Rachel Harrington.

The Early Childhood Program within the Teacher Education Division received a $1,000 grant to cover the cost of keynote speakers at the WOU Early Childhood Summer Institute. This three-day conference will provide research-based and high quality professional development through speakers and workshops for college students, families, early childhood, early intervention/early childhood special educators, and program administrators. The application was submitted by Cindy Ryan.

The Gerontology Department along with two gerontology student groups, received $902 to cover the cost of campus-wide activities for national Careers in Aging Week from April 6 to 12. Seven activities are planned and will focus on careers, graduate school options, community college, a social hosted by the WOU Gerontology Student Association, lunch with agency representatives and informational interview opportunities. The application was submitted by Margaret Manoogian, Amy Ringering, and Megan Seifried.

The Mathematics Department received $1,157 to help cover costs for Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day for high school girls. This day-long program was created to help open the eyes of high school girls to the beauty and utility of mathematics and to help convince them that mathematics is a worthwhile and exciting human endeavor. This year’s event will be held Saturday, March 1 on the Western Oregon University campus. The application was submitted by Laurie Burton.

The English, Writing and Linguistics Department received $990 to cover costs for six students to attend the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) conference in Portland in March. This professional development opportunity will be for students who also act as tutors in the English Tutoring Center. The application was submitted by Rob Troyer.

The Mathematics Department received an additional grant, for $1,000, to help cover costs for students to attend various workshops and events this spring. The highest priority will be given to students presenting at conferences and creating visibility for WOU on a national scale. The application was submitted by Scott Beaver.

The WOU’s Softball Team received $750 to cover the cost of food and t-shirts for the first annual Wolves Softball Rally, including a home run derby, “shout” practice and BBQ. This event is designed for community members, staff, faculty and students to meet the Wolves softball team, learn about the game of softball and have a fun time with a goal of increasing the overall fan base. The application was submitted by Lonny Sargent.

And finally, the Associated Students of Western Oregon University received $1,000 to cover partial costs for students representing WOU in England during spring break 2014 to further build a connection with WOU’s sister school, Chichester College. The application was submitted by Travis Meuwissen.

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