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Minnesota State Mankato selects 31 campus proposals to receive $4 million for ‘Big Ideas’

President Richard Davenport announces 31 campus proposals will receive more than $4 million.

2012-03-09
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [2-29-12]

Mankato, Minn. – Richard Davenport, president of Minnesota State University, Mankato, announced today that 31 campus proposals have been selected to receive more than $4 million in campus funding in support of innovative ideas proposed for advancing the mission, vision and strategic plan of the university.

The selected proposals were among 132 requests submitted to the university’s Planning and Budget sub-meets since the president announced at his 2011 convocation address that $4 million in campus funds would be made available for project proposals.

The 132 requests were made in response to Davenport’s challenge to the university community to help create Big Ideas, “challenges that if achieved would skyrocket us forward in a way that will transform our institution for years to come,” he said.

“Last fall, I invited literally everyone on campus to submit project proposals to help the university create ‘Big Ideas,’” Davenport said. “The University community responded in a magnificent way. All of the submitted ideas had merit, and it was a difficult selection process. We thank everyone for their great proposals.”

Minnesota State University, Mankato
One-Time Non-Base Investment Fund Projects

Project Proposals Awarded Funding (in alphabetical order)

Big Ideas Funding

Academic Advisor for Online and Off-Campus Bachelor Completion Students
Primary Contact: Becky Copper-Glenz Funding Awarded: $117,000
*Project implementation to be coordinated with campus-wide academic advising initiatives and proposal for Improving Academic Advising: Realizing the 2011 Taskforce’s Three Main Recommendations.

Archeological Collections Compliance Project
Primary Contact: Ronald Schirmer Partial Funding Awarded: $84,162

Avatars to Teach our Teacher Candidates
Primary Contact: Scott Page Funding Awarded: $43,000

Campus Renewable Energy Utilization
Primary Contact: Bruce Jones Funding Awarded: $132,432

Culturing Applied Problem Solvers for Today’s Workplace – Launch of Professional Science Master’s (PSM) Degree Programs
Primary Contact: Shannon Fisher Partial Funding Awarded: $242,000

Early Warning System to Identify and Retain At-Risk Students
Primary Contact: Cyrus Azarbod Partial Funding Awarded: $45,000

Enrollment Management Recruitment and Retention Data Analysis
Primary Contact: David Jones Funding Awarded: $96,000
*Data analysis work to be completed as a component of the proposal to be awarded through a competitive bid process.

Establishment of the Minnesota Center for Sport and Performance Psychology
Primary Contact: Cindra Kamphoff Funding Awarded: $101,054

First Year Seminar – Undecided Students
Primary Contact: Nicole Dose Funding Awarded: $27,310

IELI – Funding for Start-Up Period
Primary Contact: Claudia Tomany Funding Awarded: $79,100

Improvement of Student Engagement in Learning through Structured Videos
Primary Contact: Emil Jirik Funding Awarded: $27,000

Improving Academic Advising: Realizing the 2011 Taskforce’s Three Main Recommendations
Primary Contact: Claudia Tomany Funding Awarded: $136,684
* Project implementation to be coordinated with campus-wide academic advising initiatives and proposal for Academic Advisor for Online and Off-Campus Bachelor Completion Students.

Project Outreach and Recruitment Web Pages in Spanish, Somali, and Chinese
Primary Contact: Kelly Meier and Tom Gjersvig Funding Awarded: $150,000
*Implementation of Web Pages in Spanish, Somali, and Chinese to be funded by and coordinated with Project Outreach.

Redesign of Chemistry Programs
Primary Contact: Marie Pomije Funding Awarded: $46,966

Renewable Energy-Hybrid State Passenger Fleet Vehicles Funding
Primary Contact: Helen Walters Partial Funding Awarded: $54,000

Sophomore and Transfer Success Program
Primary Contact: Nicole Dose Funding Awarded: $124,184

The President’s Three Year Tuition Guarantee for Three Year Degree Programs
Primary Contact: Claudia Tomany Funding Awarded: $16,358

Facilities Reinvestment Funding

Armstrong Hall and Morris Hall: Renovations and Innovations
Primary Contact: Kimberly Greer Funding Awarded: $582,469

Dental Simulation and Technology Lab
Primary Contact: Lisa Fleck Funding Awarded: $691,928

Elias J. Halling Recital Hall Sound System Renovation
Primary Contact: John Lindberg Funding Awarded: $33,478

Library Connection to the Centennial Student Union
Primary Contact: Joan Roca Funding Awarded: $420,000

Memorial Library 1st Floor of the Future
Primary Contact: Jessica Schomberg Funding Awarded: $50,000

Morris Hall Crossroads Remodel
Primary Contact: Rory McDonald Funding Awarded: $70,500

Moving Teaching Laboratories into the 21st Century
Primary Contact: Penny Knoblich Funding Awarded: $103,900

Renovate CSU117: Campus Hub/MavCARD/CSU Info Desk
Primary Contact: Karen Bunde Funding Awarded: $150,000

Strategic Priority Funding

College of Business Short-Term Study Abroad in Belize
Primary Contact: Kristin Scott Funding Awarded: $7,900

Composition Program Development for 100% Online Learners
Primary Contact: Anne O’Meara Funding Awarded: $85,055

Development of a Post-MSW Clinical Certificate Program
Primary Contact: Kimberly Zammitt Funding Awarded: $136,148

Expanding the NEW Academic and Behavioral Specialist Program in the Metro Area
Primary Contact: Teri Wallace Funding Awarded: $18,858

Implementation of the College of Graduate Studies and Research Comprehensive Database
Primary Contact: Chris Mickle Funding Awarded: $29,710
* Project implementation to be coordinated with campus-wide database development initiatives.

MS Spanish for the Professions
Primary Contact: Jim Grabowska Partial Funding Awarded: $112,940

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