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   Volume 8                                                                                               Conferences
    Issue 4                                                                                            Grant Opportunities
   April 2009                                                                                                Awards
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From Senior Vice President Joyce Beatty
In everything we do, everywhere we go, with everyone we meet, all of us have the same common goal.

We all want to make an impact.

How you define or measure impact may vary, but the common thread is the desire to facilitate
solutions and improve lives. Our Office of Outreach and Engagement is central to that mission. We
bring new energy and greater emphasis to make sure the work we do on campus can be effectively
put to work off campus. Our focus includes engaging our internal family and our external partners in
initiatives that benefit both.

We offer grant programs to develop service-learning courses and community outreach projects that
both challenge the mind and enhance real-world experience. We sponsor professional development
outlets to develop new perspective for faculty and staff. We host special events such as the Patterson
Lecture Series (featured in this month’s newsletter) and the Roads Scholars tour coming up in
September. We build relationships that pay dividends, not only for our on-campus family, but also for
our off-campus neighbors.

Perhaps most important, we recognize and encourage the efforts of our extraordinary faculty, staff,
and students who give of themselves to better our world. Whether it is the research you conduct or the
way you spend your free time (i.e., the Alternative Spring Break program featured in this newsletter),
all of us have the ability to change the world in distinct, meaningful ways.

Winter Commencement speaker Yvette McGee Brown put the mission very simply to the newest class
of Buckeye alumni: “Seek to be significant and you will be successful.”

That is my charge to you. Challenge yourself to find innovative ways to collaborate with people in our
community, our state, our nation, and our world. That motivation will drive how you approach a task or
a project, and you may even astound yourself.

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6th Annual Patterson Lecture— The Land-Grant College and the University System of Ohio: Evolving
Roles in Higher Education, April 24, 2009, 11am-1:30pm, Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H
Center. Speaker: Eric Fingerhut, Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents. Register at
http://outreach.osu.edu/patterson_lecture.php. (Deadline April 17.) Recipients of outreach-related
grants will be announced, and nominees for the Outreach Scholarship W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Engagement Award will be recognized.
Updating Your Outreach and Engagement Activities. In April, deans will receive a request from Mike
Sherman, vice provost for academic administration, to update each college’s outreach and
engagement work in OSU:Pro by May 15. Check with your dean to ensure that your outreach and
engagement activities are updated. This information is used in many ways: for President Gee’s
speeches and tours, for news stories and publications documenting Ohio State’s community
partnerships, for ideas for the www.osu.edu/outreach page, and more. You can access OSU:Pro
through http://outreach.osu.edu/databases.php.

You can update your outreach and engagement projects in the OSU PRO database anytime throughout
the year. The projects you list should exemplify the definition of outreach and engagement and reflect
the partnerships you and your colleagues have with nonacademic entities and communities
throughout Ohio, the nation and world. These projects should reflect examples of “teaching that
occurs outside the campus walls,” for example, seminars and workshops you provide as professional
development in your field. Or it could be “research that that makes what we discover useful beyond
the academic community,” or “service that directly benefits the public.” The frequently asked
questions page at http://outreach.osu.edu/database_FAQ.php lists the information you will need to
enter in OSU:pro to describe your outreach and engagement work.
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Seeing the Light: Shaping Reflection on Service, April 3, 3:30-4:30pm. This workshop focuses on
developing effective reflection exercises for students in service-learning courses. Location: 400
Stillman Hall. Register online: http://service-learning.osu.edu/events.php#reflection

Celebration of Excellence in Community Service and Scholarship, May 14, 4-6pm. At this annual
reception, awards are presented to students, faculty, staff, student organizations, and community
partners. Location: Hale Black Cultural Center. Register online: http://service-

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Project GRO
NSF Early Career Development (CAREER) Award Outreach Workshop, Tuesday, April 14, 2009,
11:30am-1pm, Smith Seminar Room, 1080 Physics Research Building. The OSURF Office of Research
Training, Education, and Communication; Project GRO; the Center for Emergent Materials; and the
Ohio STEM Ability Alliance are sponsoring this workshop to help applicants develop the
education/outreach portion of proposals for National Science Foundation Early CAREER Awards. Hear
from a variety of outreach programs that are interested in collaborating with applicants for the
CAREER award, which is available to untenured, tenure-track faculty. Registration is required to
attend: http://research.osu.edu/ortec/. Video recordings of last year’s panel can be viewed at
http://projectgro.osu.edu/NSFCAREER.html. Questions? E-mail projectgro@osu.edu.
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Stay in Ohio for Spring Break: OSU CARES Can Help You Connect. Last week a group of Ohio State
students stayed in Ohio for their alternative Spring Break. On Sunday the students and Phil
Badaszewski, their Spring Break Advisor, went to Brown County Ohio. By traveling just 2 hours south of
Columbus, the students were able to make a difference in their own state. They started the week with
an orientation and a “family” meal at the home of Becky Cropper, OSU Extension Educator in Brown
County and GearUp Director-West Union. During dinner, they met with Tally Hart from Ohio State
University’s Economic Access Initiative and local community leaders to prepare for their week of
community-based work. The Ohio State students spent the week in four area schools plus 4-H
leadership and robotics training, working with youth to help them aspire to go to college and to learn
more about making choices that would make college a reality. The students also conducted a
workshop for parents on access issues.

Not only did the OSU students give to Brown County and Adams County students, they received as
well. The Rankin House Underground Railroad Tour held a special session for them. They were greeted
with dinner by a local business owner who also had welcomed President Gee last summer and whose
son was a first-generation graduate of Ohio State.

This Alternative Spring Break was successful because of the innovation and spirit of the students, their
Alternative Spring Break advisors, Ohio State faculty and staff, and the collaborations they were able
to form. In November, Laura Kraus of the Economic Access Initiative contacted Karen Bruns of OSU
CARES, looking for suggestions of counties where they could go for an Alternative Spring Break
focused on college aspiration. Through OSU CARES, we were able to connect Laura with Becky
Cropper. Becky had been working in that area with youth in Brown and Adams Counties for the past
several years. Becky and her colleagues knew the community and could help shape a program that
met local needs and created a welcoming environment for the Ohio State students.

OSU CARES can help you in much the same way. If you are interested in having your students do a
service project in Ohio, or connecting with OSU Extension to expand your teaching, contact Dr. Karen
Bruns at bruns.1@osu.edu or 614/292-9613. An Alternative Spring Break right here in Ohio could be
in your future.

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Conferences & Calls for Papers
Deadline: April 17, 2009. Call for Proposals: engage NOW Conference, University of Calgary, Alberta,
September 30-October 1, 2009. Inspired by the Dalai Lama’s visit to Calgary in September 2009,
engage NOW draws on compassion, connectedness, and collaboration to explore the potential of
campus-community partnerships to enhance student learning and promote positive social change and
community development. Proposals for presentations, workshops, case studies, and poster
presentations relating to campus-community partnerships, community development, community-
based research and community service-learning are welcome.
Deadline: April 24, 2009. Call for Proposals: Ninth Annual Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in
Public Life Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, October 1-3, 2009. The theme for this year’s
conference, Culture, Crisis, and Recovery, invokes the current economic crisis, the city of New Orleans’
ongoing experiences after Hurricane Katrina, and the part that engaged scholarship and practice
through the arts, humanities, and design take in recovery efforts of all kinds across the U.S.
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Deadline: April 24, 2009. Call for Proposals: Navigating the Currents of Change: North American
Council for Staff, Program, and Organizational Development annual conference, November 4-7, 2009,
St. Paul, Minnesota. Submit a proposal highlighting your best practice in service-learning. The faculty
developers, administrators, and human resource professionals in attendance are interested in
integrating service- learning into their campus cultures. http://www.ncspod.org
10th National Outreach Scholarship Conference—Pathways of Engagement: Connecting Civic Purpose
to Learning and Research, University of Georgia, Athens, September 28-30, 2009.

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Grant Opportunities
Deadline: April 22, 2009. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Partnership to Promote Innovation in
Environmental Practice. The National Center for Environmental Innovation (NCEI) is managing the
competition for this funding opportunity seeking proposals to support two symposia over a 4 year
period. The primary audience for these symposia will be state environmental agency officials with
practical experience implementing innovative approaches to environmental protection.
Representatives from American Indian Tribes, local governments, other governments, NGOs, and the
business community will also be invited to participate as appropriate to the ultimate symposia
agendas. The recipient will be responsible for preparing symposia agendas, identifying relevant
speakers and presenters, promoting the event, and managing all symposia logistics.

Deadline: May 1, 2009. American Psychiatric Foundation Helping Hands Program encourages medical
students to participate in community mental health service activities, particularly those focused on
underserved populations. The program seeks to raise awareness of mental illness and the importance
of early recognition of illness and to build an interest among medical students in the field of psychiatry
and in working in underserved communities. The program provides grants to medical schools for
community mental health service projects that are created and managed by medical students,
particularly in underserved minority communities. These projects can be new initiatives conducted in
partnership with community agencies or in conjunction with ongoing medical school outreach
activities. Grants will not fund services beyond basic mental health screenings and referrals. Projects
addressing the needs of underserved populations will receive special consideration. Innovative, new,
or replicable ideas are encouraged.

Deadline: May 11, 2009. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children
and Families National Resource Center for In-Home Services. The purpose of this funding opportunity
announcement is to establish by cooperative agreement a National Resource Center for In-Home
Services (NRCIHS). NRCIHS will serve as a member of the Children's Bureau’s Child Welfare Training
and Technical Assistance Network (T/TA Network), which is designed to improve child welfare systems
and to support states and tribes in achieving sustainable, systemic change that results in greater
safety, permanency, and well-being for children, youth, and families. NRCIHS will be the primary
provider of T/TA regarding effective and promising alternatives to out-of-home placement and will
build the capacity of state, local, and tribal systems to provide services that will ensure the safety and
well-being of children in their homes while preserving, supporting, and stabilizing families.

Deadline: May 26, 2009. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children
and Families National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections. The purpose of this
funding opportunity announcement is to establish the NRCPFC, which will work with other members of
the Children's Bureau (CB) Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Network to build the capacity of
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state, local, tribal, and other publicly administered or publicly supported child welfare systems. The
NRCPFC will provide T/TA and consultation on federal requirements administered by CB related to
children, youth, and families involved with foster care systems which access Title IV-E and IV-B
funding. http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=46331

Deadlines: June 1, 2009, October 1, 2009. The Pentair Foundation has two major areas of focus: (1)
The Education initiative concentrates on organizations and programs that provide school-to-work
initiatives including business concepts and their applications; work readiness; career development;
and guidance on postsecondary education options; offer alternative education methods and
instruction that provide opportunities for students to excel and advance; and support and enhance
arts education by introducing students to art concepts, processes, and applications. (2) The
Community initiative funds organizations that provide resources to strengthen and enhance the lives
of individuals. Programs of specific interest offer job training, education assistance and resources, and
affordable housing, including programs that assist individuals in achieving and maintaining self-
sufficiency; entrepreneurial and small business opportunities for and with economically disadvantaged
individuals; diverse opportunities for youth to acquire and build life skills in an environment that
encourages cross-cultural understanding and respect for individuals; basic needs and support
services for youth in crisis; access to health care services for underserved individuals and families;
and assistance, education, resource information, and rehabilitation services for those suffering from
physical or mental disabilities and life-threatening illnesses. http://www.pentair.com/About-Us/The-

Deadline: September 15, 2009. Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation supports established programs in
the arts or advocacy that must serve adults with disabilities who are age 22 or older. A program grant
request must be for a program in the area of arts or advocacy and must serve adults with disabilities.
Programs in the arts must support professional artists with disabilities or encourage a professional
environment while enhancing creativity among people with disabilities who are not professional artists
themselves. Programs in advocacy must promote change in legislation, or provide education that will
enhance knowledge and action to create laws and policies that will result in better lives for people with
disabilities. http://www.ela.org/grants/grants.html

Jack Cooke Kent Foundation Enrichment and Accelerated Learning Programs for Children. The
foundation supports youth education by investing in organizations that expand learning opportunities
for high-achieving, low- to moderate-income students during their K-12 years. The youth education
programs offer direct support to students as well as grants for schools and out-of school programs,
summer enrichment activities, specialized education courses and scholarships. The Enrichment and
Accelerated Learning grants are designed to provide targeted support to organizations that offer
challenging out-of-school and summer enrichment programs for elementary-school children with
financial need. http://www.jkcf.org/grants/youth-education/elementary-school/

Carnegie Corporation of New York Grants for Creating Pathways to Educational and Economic
Opportunity are provided to support generating systemic change across a K-16 continuum, with
particular emphasis on secondary and higher education, to enable many more students, including
historically underserved populations and immigrants, to achieve academic success and perform with
the high levels of creative, scientific and technical knowledge and skill needed to compete in a global
economy. These objectives have been targeted for potential funding: (1) building the K-16 pipeline; (2)
strengthening accountability: development of data management systems, and capacity to use data to
advance teaching and learning; and (3) strengthening human capital-leadership and teaching.

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Deadline: April 30, 2009. The Grawemeyer Award in Education is designed to stimulate the
dissemination, public scrutiny, and implementation of ideas that have potential to bring about
significant improvement in educational practice and advances in educational attainment. The award is
intended not only to reward the individuals responsible, but also to draw attention to their ideas,
proposals, or achievements. The award is designed to recognize a specific recent achievement rather
than a lifetime of accomplishment. The program seeks entries of ideas, policy proposals, technological
advances, program initiatives, and research reports that present a well-articulated approach to the
advancement of teaching and learning. The awards program invites nominations from around the
world by professional educators, educational institutions and organizations, and editors and
publishers of journals, books, and software. Self-nominations will not be considered. Nominees may
be individuals or nonprofit organizations. http://grawemeyer.org/education/

Deadline: May 13, 2009. Ashoka’s Changemakers Cultivating Innovation: Solutions for Rural
Communities. With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ashoka’s Changemakers has
launched a new collaborative competition designed to find innovative solutions that help to improve
the quality of life in rural and farming communities. The competition is open to all types of
organizations (charitable organizations, private companies, or public entities) from all countries.
Changemakers will consider all entries that demonstrate system-changing solutions in agriculture and
in the lives of rural citizens in sub-Saharan Africa, India, and around the world. Entries must indicate
growth beyond the stage of idea, concept, or research. The judges are able to evaluate only programs
that are beyond the conceptual stage and have demonstrated a proof of impact, even at small scale.
The winners of the competition will be those entries that best demonstrate innovation, social impact,
potential for replication, and sustainability. At any time before the deadline, participants are
encouraged to revise their entries based on questions and comments they receive in the
Changemakers community online discussion. A panel of judges will select 10-15 finalists, and the
Changemakers community will then vote online to select three awardees to each receive a cash prize
of $5,000. http://www.changemakers.net/en-us/agriculture

Early deadline April 17, final deadline May 22, 2009. International Economic Development Council
Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development
programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. These 28
awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban,
suburban, and rural communities. http://www.iedconline.org/?p=Awards

Journal for Civic Commitment (formerly Journal for Civic Engagement) is a twice-yearly, online journal
dedicated to service learning and civic engagement, published by the Community College National
Center for Community Engagement.

Gordon, Daryl. (2009, Spring). Cultural competency through service learning. Academic Exchange
Quarterly, 13(1). http://rapidintellect.com/AEQweb/ab4287.htm

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At Ohio State, “outreach and engagement” is defined as meaningful and mutually beneficial collaborations with
partners outside the academic community. This may include partners such as those in education, business, and
public and social service. It is—
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    That aspect of teaching that enables learning beyond the campus walls
    That aspect of research that makes what we discover useful beyond the academic community
    That aspect of service that directly benefits the public

The Office of University Outreach and Engagement works with the following affiliated programs:
   Service-Learning Initiative supports integrating outreach and engagement into teaching. http://service-
   Project GRO enhances the integration of outreach and engagement into research grant proposals.
   OSU CARES/OSU Extension helps units expand their service through partnerships within the university and
    across Ohio. http://osucares.osu.edu
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