Faculty & Staff Honored for Work With Grants

Earlier this month, the College hosted a breakfast and reception for the 80 faculty and administrators who worked on grant teams during the 2010-2011 academic year. As of May 5, the total of grant funds obtained during 2010-2011 is $8,653,323, and the College is still awaiting a decision on grants totaling close to $3 million.

Each year, a series of awards is presented in the categories of Rookie of the Year, Unsung Hero, Gold Glove, Cy Young and Most Valuable Player. The 2011 recipients are described below.

Rookie of the Year — Jill Beccaris-Pescatore

A novice to grant writing, Jill prepared and submitted a strong proposal for the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources initiative. The grant, which was funded, will enable Jill to develop a course titled “Introduction to Environmental Economics.” The course will use primary source materials from the Library of Congress, and it will meet the sustainability goals of the College’s new core curriculum. It will also increase learning options for students in the area of economics.

Unsung Heros — Sheila Byrne and Maggie Bryans

Combined, Sheila and Maggie have managed over 1.7 million in grant dollars, including the College’s grants from the National Science Foundation. Sheila has provided coordination and support for college and K-12 faculty development and the Northeast Biomanufacturing Center and Collaborative. Maggie has provided leadership for the Rohm and Haas partnership and Northeast Biomanufacturing Center and Collaborative.

Gold Glove: Jerry Coleman

Jerry consistently secures grants to support the College’s sustainability goals. The Montgomery County Conservation District has awarded him grants funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Aqua PA to plant over 200 trees at the Central Campus.  Jerry creatively incorporates the tree plantings into his lesson plans and engages student volunteers to plant the trees.

Cy Young: Diane Haar

Diane’s enthusiasm for the POWER Program has enabled her to obtain funding from the Montgomery County Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, the van Ameringen Foundation, and the Patricia Kind Foundation. Because of this financial support, the POWER Program has expanded and is working toward program sustainability. Diane currently has three proposals pending and is working on two more.

Most Valuable Player: Leonard Bass

Leonard has been actively involved in managing and soliciting grants that support student success since his arrival at the College a little over five years ago. He has provided leadership over the Title III, Act 101 Central and West, Perkins (as the Student Affairs liaison), and two grants from the Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board. Through his leadership, grant funding was also obtained to implement and continue the Minority Male Mentoring Program.

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