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Faculty and staff receive grants

Monday, July 13, 2009

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – St. Cloud State University (St. Cloud, Minn.) faculty and staff received the following grants:

Assistant professor Deborah Biorn of St. Cloud State University’s College of Academic Affairs received a $500 grant from the Minnesota Association of Developmental Education for the development of an online refresher course for incoming intermediate algebra students. The purpose of the program is to assist students with their preparation for intermediate algebra and enhance their performance in the course.

Susantha Herath, professor of business computer information systems, received a $5,000 grant from Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) to fund a symposium on intrusion detection, forensics and software security engineering. The symposium was designed to connect faculty interested in the subject as well as improve the way the subject is taught and learned by graduate and undergraduate students in the MnSCU system.

Tamera Anhalt-Warner, assistant director of training for the center for continuing studies, received a $45,000 grant for "GATE (Growing America Through Entrepreneurship) II Training" from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The project is designed to present entrepreneurship opportunities to dislocated workers who are 50 years of age and older.

Barry Kirchoff, director of the Central Minnesota Small Business Development Center, also received a $14,700 grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to help fund training provided through the GATE II project.

The Small Business Development Center at St. Cloud State received a $210,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to deliver qualified economic impact counseling to small business clients. A $10,000 grant from Initiative Foundation was funded for an outreach program with sites in Sauk Centre and Elk River.

Associate professor Theresia Fisher, center for continuing studies, received $9,440 in grants to fund the Institute for Alternative Dispute Resolution. The services available at the institute are designed to address specific workplace conflicts with trained, highly skilled mediators, coaches and conflict specialists.

Fisher also received a $20,200 grant from the Minnesota Supreme Court, Minnesota Judicial Center for the Community Conflict Response Center, a separate and distinct program under the Institute for Alternative Dispute Resolution at St. Cloud State. The institute’s programs are designed to reduce the time, energy and stress related to conflicts, while increasing productive and collaborative relationships.

Bill Ruhr, associate professor in the center for continuing studies as well as the director of the Minnesota Highway Safety and Research Center, received more than $1.4 in grants this fiscal year to support driving programs in areas such as law enforcement, fire/EMS/first response, school bus/public transportation, fleet and special programs, roads maintenance, construction truck operator, advanced driving skills, snowmobile operator and driver 55+ improvement programs. The center offers courses to refresh the participants’ knowledge of laws and techniques and reaches more than 20,000 people a year.

Tim Sakry, a director in the center for continuing studies, received approximately $65,650 in funding related to construction truck operator training, which helps operators in the safe, legal and professional operation of construction trucks and commercial vehicles. Training is conducted at the Minnesota Highway Safety and Research Center located southeast of St. Cloud State off of Highway 10.

Professor Mick Mayhew of the College of Education received a $66,749 grant from the Minnesota Army National Guard to fund the Minnesota Army National Guard Reintegration Program/Program Evaluation project.  Mayhew will spend the up-coming year evaluating the program to improve the pre-existing Yellow Ribbon Project.

Professor Glen Palm of the College of Education received a $47,500 grant from the Minnesota Initiative Foundation to fund year three of the Greater St. Cloud Area Thrive Project. The community-based program was designed to address infant and early childhood mental health and social-emotional needs. Palm also received a $4,995 grant from District 518 Community Education for the Worthington Even Start Evaluation. The project focuses on parent, child and family changes related to participation in an intense family literacy program.

Associate dean J.C. Turner, learning resources and technology services, received a $2,500 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to assist libraries in presenting public humanities programs that explore the endeavors of the Works Progress Writers’ Administration.

Professor Matthew Julius of the College of Science and Engineering received $52,500 in grants from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and a $10,080 grant from Koochiching County to help purify northern Minnesota lakes, including portions of Rainey Lake, Lake of the Woods and Lake Kabetogama. This project is a collaboration of St. Cloud State University, Trent University, the Lake of the Woods Foundation and the Pollution Control Agency.

Associate professor Rebecca Krystyniak, science and engineering, received a $39,919 grant from MnSCU to fund a program that aims to incorporate learning assistants into courses with larger class sizes to aid professors and to give students additional opportunities for one-on-one attention. The program is designed to improve the quality of the student experience in the course, as well as improve student achievement. 

Assistant professor Juan Fedele, earth and atmospheric science, received a $25,000 grant from Exxon Mobile, Upstream Research Company to fund experimental research on deep-water bedforms in density flows and turbidity currents. The research will focus on the basic understanding of the origin, dynamics and evolution of bedforms.

Bruce Jacobson, associate professor of biological sciences, received a $14,990 grant from the University of Minnesota to fund the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program. The goal of the project is to double the number of African-American, Hispanic, Latino and Native American graduates in science, technology, engineering and math.

Associate professor Christopher Kvaal, biological sciences, received a $17,702 grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct a collaborative research workshop to promote professional faculty development and create a proposal regarding genome annotation through undergraduate research. On a broader scale, the workshop will also foster interactions among faculty from community colleges, liberal arts colleges, state universities and government agencies.

Associate professor Marco Restani, biological sciences, received a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Forest Service to investigate the nesting ecology of Swainson’s Hawks on the Little Missouri River and the Grand River National Grasslands. A St. Cloud State graduate student will conduct the field research for the project and will complete a final report as part of a master's degree.  

Restani also received a $133,456 grant from the Center of Excellence for Hazardous Materials Management to bio-monitor ravens in the southwestern United States for Avian Influenza and the West Nile Virus. The prevalence of these diseases in the southwestern U.S. is largely unknown in spite of the fact that both diseases have the potential to threaten human health and agriculture.

Through the suvey center, Drs. Steve Frank, David Robinson, Michelle Kukoleca-Hammes and Sandrine Zerbib received an $800 grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to conduct an annual survey through St. Cloud State. The survey was distributed to Minnesotan adults and regarded the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The center received a $49,122 grant from the Minnesota Lottery to conduct an annual survey of Minnesota adults regarding the Minnesota Lottery.

Professor Robert Johnson, ethnic studies, received a $6,800 grant from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education to fund math, science and computer summer camps.

Johnson also received a $36,000 grant from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education to promote academic success for underrepresented students. The program will target African American students in St. Cloud Area School District 742 in grades 6-12 with risk factors for poor academic achievement. Elements of the project will include intensive mentoring, academic tutoring, academic enrichment activities, cultural programming, workshops and seminars with the target population.

Professors David Wall and Ben Richason, geography, received approximately $110,000 in grants from Target Corporation. The grants will be used for a project that illustrates the location and functional details of storm water and natural resource systems at Target stores through the use of aerial photos. The data is used to create maps that facilitate communication to internal and external partners about the location of storm water and natural resources. 

David Wall, professor of geography, received a $14,000 grant from Wright County Veterans and Nuclear Department to develop a siren system for the areas surrounding Monticello and Prairie Island nuclear generating plants.

Corie Beckermann, director of health services, received a $17,920 grant from CentraCare Health Foundation to continue the efforts of St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud Technical College, St. John's University/College of St. Benedict and St. Cloud Hospital's Behavioral Health Clinic to meet the challenges faced in addressing the psychiatric needs of area college students. This is the third year the project has been implemented.

Jean Donnay and Corie Beckermann received a $7,875 grant from CentraCare Health Foundation to fund QUITPLAN programs including providing smoke-free work environments, making tobacco dependence counseling available and other efforts to expand tobacco treatment services.

Professor Mary Beth Noll, special education, received $60,522 in grants from the Minnesota Department of Education for a project involving assistance for those who are blind or visually impaired. The project is a joint venture between the Minnesota Department of Education, participating institutes of higher education and practitioners from the field of blindness and visual impairments in Minnesota. 

Jorge Arriagada, professor of biological sciences, received a $35,480 grant from the Minnesota Department of Military Affairs to monitor and control invasive plant species at Camp Ripley. The project will determine and evaluate different methods of controlling the plant species using small plots. The ultimate goal of the project will be to implement the most effective controls on large areas. 

Troy Shafer, assistant director of health promotions for health services, received a $500 grant from North Central College Health Association (NCCHA) for a spring break awareness project. Through the program, the NCCHA will match funds raised by students, organizations and groups up to $500 for projects that are directly related to college health.

Associate professor Bruce Jacobson, biological sciences, received a $36,283 grant from MnREM-Wired to assist in funding the creation of a bio-sciences research and business development center in Wilmar, Minn., that will open this coming fall. The center will provide facilities for new and expanding businesses in bio-sciences, technology and related industries.

Linda Donnay, director of grants and contracts in the office of sponsored programs, received a $146,106 in grants to fund geographic information system operations personnel at Minnesota Department of Military Affairs, Camp Ripley.

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