PCA/CITE announce 2007 Partnership Support Grant recipients

Twelve campus-community partnership projects will receive grants this year totaling $45,000 from Partnerships for Community Action (PCA) and the Center for Innovative and Transformative Education (CITE).

PCA provides funding for projects that address community needs and are built on partnerships between BGSU and the community. CITE is dedicated to fostering collaborative efforts in urban and regional Pre-K–12 education and in interdisciplinary university programming at undergraduate and graduate levels. PCA/CITE programs are based on reciprocity, mutual benefit and equal participation.

The recipients will be introduced during the eighth annual PCA/CITE Grant Launch at 11:30 a.m. Friday (Feb. 16) in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. This year’s theme is “Authentic Commitment: Celebrating 10 Years of Partnership Activity.”

Following are the projects funded for 2007 and their partners:
• “Cultural Exchange through Arts Education Program” will allow BGSU students to introduce basic art fundamentals and Latino culture to disadvantaged, artistic youths in the Toledo area. Leading the project are Joe Balderas from the Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center and Gordon Ricketts and Jessica Takla from BGSU’s Arts Village.

• “Early Literacy Partnership” is a project in which BGSU Firelands faculty and students will develop a literacy partnership with staff and parents of Norwalk Catholic Schools. The project is directed by Linda Hamaide and Lori Pierce, both of Firelands’ associate degree program in early childhood education, and Cindy McLaughlin and Diane Hammersmith from Norwalk Catholic School’s Early Childhood Center.

• “Eastwood High School Math Peer-Tutoring Initiative” is a partnership between Lisa Foos and Michelle Heckman, BGSU Math and Stats Tutoring Center; and Donna Schuessler and Chris Standring, Eastwood High School, to establish a math peer-tutoring program at Eastwood modeled after the University’s program.

• “Education to Reduce Risky Behaviors in Youth” is aimed at promoting informed decision making and reducing risky behavior among middle school students by defining and identifying risky behavior and its consequences. Partners include Peggy Adams, BGSU Social Work Program; Violetta Rhea, Fremont Middle School, and Shelley Fannin, Fremont Ross High School.

• “For HER (Honesty, Equality, Respect),” coordinated by Dr. Mary Krueger, director of the BGSU Women’s Center, and Cheryl Rucker, Shay’s for Life Foundation/Shay’s Hearts LLC, will focus on dating-violence awareness education as well as legal advocacy services and support groups for high school-age students in northwest Ohio public schools.

• “Foundations on Ice” is a partnership between Lona Leck and Laura Dunn from the BGSU Ice Arena and James E. Gault, principal of Toledo’s DeVeaux Junior High School, to build leadership and self-esteem in junior high students through the instruction of ice skating skills.

• “Healthy Lifestyles Project” is designed to promote health goals for individuals with serious mental illness who are members at the Connection Center in Bowling Green by utilizing education sessions, potluck dinners, a walking program and a “library” of health resources. The partners include Ann Sezesny, Behavioral Connections of Wood County Inc., and Dr. Catherine Stein and graduate assistants Kathleen Young and Kristen Abraham from BGSU’s psychology department.

• “La Petite Ecole” is a collaboration in which residents of the French House will teach French to groups of elementary and junior high students in a pilot after-school program. Leaders of the project are Drs. Opportune Zongo and Corinne Mann-Morlet, romance languages; Wendie Cuckler, principal, and Anne Wade, teacher, at Bowling Green Christian Academy.

• “Sexuality, Medication and HIV/AIDS and the Older Adult” is a partnership between Drs. Nancy Orel and Charles Stelle of the BGSU Gerontology Program; Dr. Wendy Watson, family and consumer sciences, and Danielle Brogley, Wood County Senior Center, to develop an HIV/AIDS prevention/education program for people over 50, the fastest-growing age group of HIV-positive individuals.

• “Summer Program for Enhancing Language and Literacy” is a partnership to promote language and literacy skills in at-risk first-graders. Leading the project are Dr. Lauren Katz and Laura Schrock, communication disorders, and Dick Dillon, principal at Lincoln Elementary School, Findlay.

• “Transgender Education and Media Project,” led by Joelle Ruby Ryan of BGSU’s Transcendence organization and Marlene A. Bomer, TransGender Toledo, is a partnership to further education about transgender issues in northwest Ohio by establishing a speakers bureau and producing an educational video on transgender people.

• “WCHD-BGSU Partnership to Address Community Concerns about Factory Farms” is a partnership between Dr. Bob Midden, director of the Chapman Community, and Brad Espen, Wood County Health Department, to utilize BGSU students, faculty and staff in monitoring the quality of surface water near new factory farms in our area.

February 12, 2007