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GRANTS (Awarded December 2013)

Dr. Jennifer E. Coffman (Associate Executive Director, International Programs; Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) and Delores Blough (Director, International Student and Scholar Services, International Programs) received $5,360 from Proctor & Gamble for the 2014 International Student Leadership Conference. The grant will help to strengthen business leadership learning and enhance business-oriented programming by implementing “Ethical Business Leadership” as a workshop topic at the conference.

John W. Hooke (Patrol Officer, Public Safety) received $1,000 from the Office Depot Foundation for an AED and CPR Education Initiative, which will provide police and public safety supplies.

Dr. Margaret M. Kyger (Assistant Dean, College of Education; Professor, Exceptional Education) received $25,500 from the Virginia Department of Education for “Consortium of Institutions of Higher Education in Virginia in Visual Impairments – FY14.” The grant will provide initial licensure and continuing education courses to enable teachers to meet the state required competencies for highly qualified teachers of students with vision impairments.

Dr. Robert L. Nagel (Assistant Professor, Engineering) received $14,000 from General Motors Co. to implement a Product Failure Knowledge Management System. The goal is to provide undergraduate students in the Madison Engineering program with experience working as a member of an engineering research and development team.

Gary S. Race (Grants Administrator, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services; Director, Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence) received $394,286 from the Virginia Department of Health for a Home Visiting Consortium, which will offer motivational interviewing to home visiting staff with families with children in out-of-home placement, or at risk for out-of-home placement, due to substance abuse. Race also received $4,620 from the Virginia Department of Health to coordinate trainings for women’s health and domestic violence advocacy professionals.

Dr. Kenneth R. Rutherford (Director, Center for International Stabilization and Recovery; Professor, Political Science) received $30,805 from the U.S. Department of State for Explosive Remnants of War Risk Education Activities for Syrian Refugees in Northern Iraq. The grant will help to facilitate Phase 1 of a program to improve the safety and security of Syrian refugee youth residing in Northern Iraq by carrying out an arts-based ERW risk education program. Rutherford also received $371,633 from the U.S. Department of State for WRA Tajikistan SMC Training to improve the skills of representatives from mine/Explosive Remnants of War-affected countries in relation to management and technical subjects.

Nick D. Swayne (Coordinator for External Relations, College of Education; Interim Director, Education Support Center; Instructor, Learning, Technology and Leadership Education) received $16,300 from Virginia city and county donors for the Virginia/DC FIRST® LEGO® League. Swayne also received $2,000 from Northrup Grumman Information Technology for sponsorship of the Division 1 VA-DC FIRST® LEGO® League State Championship Team, the Cellar Dwellers, in their representation at the North American Open Championship Tournament.



Dr. Brian T. Kaylor (Assistant Professor, Communication Studies) won the Roderick P. Hart Outstanding Book Award from the National Communication Association’s Political Communication Division for his book, “Campaign Rhetoric in an Age of Confessional Politics.” The National Communication Association advances communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific and aesthetic inquiry. The NCA serves the scholars, teachers and practitioners who are its members by enabling and supporting their professional interests in research and teaching.



Dr. David A. Stringham (Assistant Professor, Music), John E. Mills (Loudon County Public Schools; 2012 School of Music Graduate) and Dr. Alden H. Snell II  of the University of Delaware presented “Beyond Ensemble and Solo Festivals: Documenting Students’ Musical Development” at the Virginia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference on Nov. 22, 2013.



Dr. Douglas J. Loveless (Assistant Professor, Early, Elementary and Reading Education) and Dr. Pamela M. Sullivan (Assistant Professor, Early, Elementary and Reading Education) edited the book “Academic Knowledge Construction and Multimodal Curriculum Development,” which was published by IGI Global in November 2013. The book also features chapters written by Loveless, Sullivan and Dr. Teresa T. Harris (Professor, Early, Elementary and Reading Education). The book provides an assortment of essays that detail the various complexities one encounters while experiencing education in the digital age. The book as a whole takes a look at how the digital shift impacts teachers, school administration and curriculum development.


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by Eric Gorton

Published: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Last Updated: Monday, May 20, 2024

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