PCA/CITE announce 2006 partnership grant recipients

Twelve campus/community joint projects have received grants totaling $46,290 from Partnerships for Community Action (PCA) and the Center for Innovative and Transformative Education (CITE).

The recipients will be introduced at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 8) during the seventh annual PCA/CITE grant-launch lunch in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. The lunch is part of a daylong conference on “Sustainable Communities, Powerful Partnerships.”

During the conference, which runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Union, funded projects from 2005 will be on display, and partners will be available to talk about their work through presentations throughout the day.

Following are the projects funded for 2006 and their partners:

•“BGSU and Perrysburg Heights Community Association Collaboration: Oral Histories, Digital Presences and Community Mural” - Anita Serda, Perrysburg Heights; Debra Zappitelli, family and consumer sciences; Laura M. Rusnak, digital arts, and Dr. Radhika Gajjala, telecommunications.

•“Cheer-Leading Away from Dating Violence” - Dr. Mary Krueger, director of the BGSU Women’s Center, and Cheryl Grant-Boyd, founder and CEO of Shay’s Foundation for Life.

•“Elder Abuse Conference”– Sandra Hamilton, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc.; Barbara Van Wormer, Lucas County Department of Jobs and Family Services; Dr. Nancy A. Orel, director of the BGSU Gerontology Program, and Jennifer Wagner, human services/gerontology.

•“Environmental Education Project”– Susan Hardy, coordinator of the Erie County Solid Waste Management District; Tina Sevenbergen, program director for Erie County Recycling and Litter Prevention; Judith Williams, early childhood studies, BGSU Firelands, and Andrew Shella, biology coordinator and lab sciences safety coordinator at BGSU Firelands.

•“A Group Intervention Program for Families of Children with Developmental Disabilities”– Jane Repp, director of educational services at School of Hope; Dr. William O’Brien, psychology, and BGSU doctoral students in clinical psychology Heather Schwetschenau, Jessica Harper, Eileen Delaney and Kristyn Saveliev.

•“Local Food Works”– Michael Szuberla, director of Toledo GROWS, Toledo Botanical Gardens, and Dr. Holly Myers-Jones, director of BGSU’s Center for Environmental Programs.

•“Northwest Ohio Foodways Traditions: Cultural and Nutritional Values of Local Foods”– Sue Clanton, Bowling Green Community Development Foundation; Wendy Stram, Bowling Green Convention and Visitors Bureau; Christie Raber, director of the Wood County Historical Museum; Earlene Kilpatrick, director of Main Street BG, and Dr. Lucy Long, popular culture.

•“Parent/Professional Empowerment Project”– Vicki J. Snyder and Timothy Floyd, Lucas County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, and Dr. Mary M. Murray, intervention services.

•“Project Healthy Choices”– St. Thomas Aquinas School teachers Kacie Traver, Sherry Shafer and Debbi Jeziorowski, and Peggy Adams, Social Work Program.

•“Two Bridges Community Literacy Project”– Pat Bennett, East Toledo Junior High School; Emily Francis, Waite High School, and Dr. Tim Murnen, School of Teaching and Learning.

•“Utilizing Collaborative Problem-Solving to Increase Educational Successes of Youth Who Have Mental Illness”– Elizabeth Sheetz, president of Ohio Public Images, Inc.; Antoinette Knecht, Northwest Ohio Special Education Regional Resource Center, and Dr. Ellen Williams, intervention services and rehabilitation counseling.

•“Vernal Pool Adventures!”– Kim High, naturalist with Toledo MetroParks, and Eileen Sawyer, BGSU doctoral student in human movement, sport and leisure studies.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, contact Partnerships for Community Action at 419-372-9624 or e-mail
February 6, 2006