Stetson Receives $210,000 Grant for Prison Education Project

The Stetson Community Education Project was awarded a $210,000 grant and will expand classes for incarcerated men in Tomoka Correctional Institution, as well as begin offering college credit for courses this fall.

The Laughing Gull Foundation approved a grant for $70,000 a year for three years for the Community Education Project (CEP), which has offered classes in the Daytona Beach prison since 2015, said Pamela Cappas-Toro, Ph.D., assistant professor of World Languages and Cultures (Spanish) at Stetson.

Beginning this fall, the project will offer one course each semester for non-degree-bearing college credit. Twenty students are expected to enroll this fall and that number will grow to 30 men next fall.

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Stetson Receives $400,000 Volusia Country ECHO Grant to Aid in Construction of Sandra Stetson Aquatic Center

Stetson University has officially begun construction on the Sandra Stetson Aquatic Center, named after the great-granddaughter of  John B. Stetson, who awarded the university with a donation of $6 million to carry out the project. The Aquatic Center will be a home for Stetson's intercollegiate rowing teams, as well as a place for activities of the Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience to be held.

Volusia County made a grant of $400,000 to aid in the process of construction, as the initial phase is expected to cost approximately $6.2 million. The ECHO grant, for environmental, cultural, historical and outdoor recreation projects will help Stetson achieve a goal of completing the center in October of 2018.

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Stetson economics professor awarded virtual reality grant

Alan Green, Ph.D., assistant professor and chair of Stetson’s Economics Department, is one of just 50 instructors at elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools around the world to be awarded as part of the inaugural Virtual Reality Grant Program founded by Nearpod. The education technology company develops digital learning tools, virtual reality and interactive content for use in classrooms.

Green, who also is director of Africana Studies at Stetson, will have access to Nearpod VR headsets and more than 25 VR-based lesson plans. The grant also includes professional development, one-on-one support services and a Nearpod license for the university.


Kudos to Stetson faculty and staff members for successful grant awards!

Provost Beth Paul is pleased to congratulate the many faculty and staff members who have worked with the Office of Grants, Sponsored Research and Strategic Initiatives during the past year. There has been positive growth in research activity on campus as the university works to support teacher-scholar excellence.

For FY15 to date, the Grants Office has submitted 32 grants proposals and contracts totaling $2,565,997. Sixteen have been awarded totaling $1,408,840, five were declined and 11 are still pending, totaling $1,052,550. The Grants Office assisted more than 22 faculty and staff members in submitting grant proposals.

Volusia Center for Excellence in Education

Stetson's Department of Education partnered with the Volusia County Schools, Bethune-Cookman University and the New Teacher Center (a national non-profit) to submit a winning $1.1 million proposal to create and launch the Volusia Center for Excellence in Education (VCEE). We are honored that our proposal was one of only four that were funded by the Florida Department of Education for this highly-competitive opportunity. Stetson is the lead institution and fiscal agent for the grant.

The VCEE will strengthen and enhance the skills of teachers, as well as their knowledge of core subject matter. In-depth coursework, labs, field experiences, and clinical education training will be required for all teacher candidates participating in this program.

Faculty and staff members who contributed to this project include:

  • Dr. Chris Colwell, Principal Investigator (PI)
  • Dr. Rajni Shankar-Brown, Co-Principal Investigator
  • Dr. Bette Heins
  • Dr. Doug MacIsaac
  • Dr. Kathy Piechura-Couture
  • Dr. Carine Strebel
  • Dr. Mercedes Tichenor
  • Shelley Gross-Gray

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Historic Preservation

The Grants Office worked with the Associate Vice President for Facilities Management Al Allen to submit a historic preservation proposal to the Florida Department of State to reroof three Stetson buildings: Conrad, Flagler and Sampson Halls. The Roof Replacement proposal ranked in the top 10 out of 66 proposals. The Florida Secretary of State will forward the top-ranked proposals to the Florida legislature for funding. Stetson will receive $275,000 after the Governor approves the legislation.

The Coleman Foundation

The Coleman Foundation awarded Stetson's Prince Entrepreneurship Program in the School of Business Administration a $20,000 grant to create a Coleman Foundation Fellows Network in partnership with the university, which has provided matching funds of $6,500. The Network is a community of cross-campus champions of entrepreneurial education. The Foundation is funding three faculty members from disciplines outside of the Price Entrepreneurship Program and the School of Business Administration, with Stetson funding a fourth fellow. The faculty Fellows are:

  • Dr. Eric Kurlander, History
  • Dr. Dan Plante, Math & Computer Science
  • Patrece Robinson, Music
  • Dr. Nathan Wolek, Digital Arts

The goal of the Coleman Fellows is to advance entrepreneurship and self-employment education and grow entrepreneurship education across campus. Working in close collaboration with Dr. Gary Oliphant, Associate Professor of Management, coordinator of the Prince Entrepreneurship Program and Stetson Coleman Fellows Project Director, the four Coleman Fellows are developing a new entrepreneurship course within their discipline or are modifying an existing course to add entrepreneurial components - both leading to permanent courses/course changes.

Fellows will maintain an ongoing connection to the Prince Entrepreneurship Program and continue as part of the Coleman Foundation Entrepreneurship Community of Practice. Stetson must commit to funding additional Fellows to be competitive.

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College of Law

In December 2014, the Grants Office gave a presentation about grants and sponsored research to Dean Pietruszkiewicz and faculty members at the College of Law to encourage collaboration on existing and new grant applications. As a result of this outreach, we are now actively pursuing two grants to benefit the College of Law and are researching funding on behalf of College of Law faculty members. One of the grant proposals is a historic preservation grant to stabilize, conserve and restore four Spanish Colonial Revival architectural water fountains - part of the original architecture of the 1926 Rolyat Hotel, now the Gulfport home of the College of Law. For more about the Gulfport campus, see the online tour.


Stetson receives grant from Stockman Family Foundation

Stetson University is the recipient of a $5,350 grant from the Stockman Family Foundation for the professional digital photography of works of art from the Oscar Vera Bluemner Collection. Approximately 10 percent of the collection has already been photographed, and the grant will add 100 more high-resolution digital photographs of Bluemner's most important works. The digital images will help make the collection more available to the general public and to scholars studying the artist's work. Bequeathed to the university by Vera Bluemner Kouba in 1997, the collection has been housed in the Homer and Dolly Hand Art Center since 2009, and contains more than 1,000 of Bluemner's works.


Hoover presents at Stetson Showcase

The Grants Office's student assistant, Daniel Hoover, participated in Stetson Showcase on April 16, 2013, speaking on the Social Stigma and Knowledge of Epilepsy in Undergraduate Students. Supported by facts and statistics, he pointed out that research shows students and the general population are under-and-ill-informed on the disease - some countries believing it can be "caught" from the affected person, and many people don't know what to do if they witness a person having an epileptic seizure. Daniel won the Maris Prize for excellence for his research.

Smith visits Stetson Campus

Elizabeth A. "Lizzy" Smith, Grants Program Director for the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, visited Stetson University's DeLand campus on February 11, 2013. She engaged with foundation student scholarship recipients Kimberly Charles (business administration), Lauren Tarulli (integrative health science) and Michelle Vergara (behavioral economics). Each discussed their educational background and reasons they selected Stetson University, explaining that one-on-one mentoring by faculty was an important factor. During a campus tour, Charles pointed out her classrooms and the Roland George Investments Program trading room in the Lynn Business Center, and Tarulli discussed her research projects in Sage Science Center. Smith expressed appreciation for the opportunity to meet with the students and repeatedly commented on the beautiful campus.


Batchelor visits Stetson Campus

In November 2012, Dick Batchelor, Principal of the Dick Batchelor Management Group and a former member of the Florida House of Representatives, visited Stetson University with Clay Worden, Scott Wilson and Stetson University alumna Kerry Hannaford of McGladrey, LLP in Orlando, Florida. The visit included tours with K.C. Ma, Ph.D., and finance students of the Roland George Investments Program trading room in the Lynn Business Center, with Stetson University Trustee Betty Johnson and duPont-Ball Library Dean Susan Ryan inside the Politicos Room of the duPont-Ball Library. During a luncheon, faculty from the Department of Political Science, Stetson University C.F.O. F. Robert Huth and students in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Business Administration discussed a range of issues with the visitors.

Bank of America Charitable Foundation awards Stetson $7,500 grant

Bank of America Charitable Foundation is a long-time supporter of Stetson University. In November 2012, the Foundation awarded the university a grant of $7,500 to support internships for first-generation college students. To celebrate the award, Bank of America Vice Presidents Sheila Torres and Gail Kurth met with and delivered the check to Stetson University President Wendy B. Libby. The Office of Grants, Sponsored Research and Strategic Initiatives collaborated with Bank of America's Senior Vice President Christine Ruiz in Tampa and President Samuel A. Willett in Daytona Beach, as well as with Stetson University's Office of Career and Professional Development, to prepare the successful grant.

Eggeman shares experience and tips with Stetson community

Our guest, Gail Eggeman '73, who runs the St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market, and has also been a director of the Florida Association of Community Farmers' Markets, shared her experiences and tips with Stetson University students, faculty and staff on Tuesday, April 10, 2012. Eggeman started a Slow Food chapter in St. Petersburg and has been to the international event (Terra Madre) led by the Slow Food founder, Carlos Petrini. She is also a former municipal CPA and grant-writer, and understands the financing of small charitable groups.