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Awards Announced for SEED Funding for 2015-16

Office of the ProvostMay 2, 2016

President Eibeck has approved the AY 2015-16 Strategic Planning Committee's recommendation that nine projects receive Strategic Educational Excellence Development (SEED) grant funding from the Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) for 2015-16. The Committee reviewed proposals that align with Pacific 2020, and prioritized those that align with the theme of the Academic Plan, Crossing Boundaries.

The total resources available for allocation this year were $500,000 plus $171,402 rolled over from last year. The SPC received a total of 19 proposals last November, 14 of which were moved to the second round. To make its final selection, the SPC spent several hours in discussion and scored the remaining proposals using a rubric it created.

Funding for the nine projects selected totals $461,484.18. The remaining $209,917.82 will be rolled over to next year, and next year's theme will once again be student success.

The AY 2015-16 Strategic Planning Committee recommends the following proposals for Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) Strategic Excellence in Emerging Directions (SEED) funding.

Digital Delta History Incubator Project
Award: $100,000
Sponsors and Units:
Edie Sparks, Associate Professor, College of the Pacific, History
Jennifer Helgren, Associate Professor, College of the Pacific, History
Mike Wurtz, Assistant Professor/Librarian, Library
Robin Imhof, Associate Professor/Reference Librarian, Library

This project is a student-driven "Digital Delta" website documenting the history of the Delta region, knitting together Stockton, Sacramento, and San Francisco. The goal of the Digital Delta project is to generate and embed digital history expertise at Pacific and to leverage this expanding pedagogical and archival practice to benefit our students, faculty and community.

Science and the Liberal Arts:  A Signature General Education Program in the Natural Sciences
Award: $55,000
Sponsors and Units:
Gesine Gerhard, Associate Dean and Director of General Education, College of Pacific
Balint Sztaray, Associate Professor, College of Pacific, Chemistry
Larry Langley, Associate Professor, College of Pacific, Mathematics
Helene Flohic, Assistant Professor, College of Pacific, Physics
Kris Alexanderson, Assistant Professor, College of Pacific, History
Greg Rohlf, Associate Professor, College of the Pacific, History

Funding for this project will support the development of a series of courses in the natural sciences. The goal of the project is to champion the liberal arts by building a signature GE Natural Sciences program at Pacific, featuring classes taught by faculty from across the natural science disciplines. The new cross-disciplinary courses will relate to issues addressed in the Pacific Seminar series about the nature of a good society and community involvement.

Humanities Enrichment Experience
Award: $20,000
Sponsors and Units:
Macelle Mahala, Associate Professor, College of Pacific, Theatre Arts
Courtney Lehmann, Professor, College of the Pacific, English

Funding for this project will support an experiential learning cohort experience among humanities majors for a series of five site visits to important humanities institutions beyond Pacific's gates. Students will visit the de Young Museum, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Coit Tower Murals, City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco International Film Festival and the San Francisco Opera.

Interdisciplinary Program in Entrepreneurship
Award: $15,000
Sponsors and Units: John Kirlin, Distinguished Professor of Law, Capital Center for Government Law and Policy, McGeorge School of Law
Cynthia Eakin, Associate Professor, Eberhardt School of Business
Michael Colatrella, Professor of Law, McGeorge School of Law
Dan Wadhwani, Associate Professor, Eberhardt School of Business
Jeffrey Michael, Executive Director/CBPR, Eberhardt School of Business
Dorothy Landsberg, Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills, McGeorge School of Law
Jeff Proske, Professor of Lawyering Skills, McGeorge School of Law
Lewis Gale, Dean, Eberhardt School of Business

Funding for this project will support the planning for a graduate-level program of study where students from various disciplines will collaborate on simulated or real-world projects, with a particular emphasis on building entrepreneurial and leadership skills in the areas of healthcare, water resources and public policy. The program would consist of selected courses in each of the participating graduate programs (MBA, MSI, MPP and MPA) that would permit cross-registration of students from other participating programs. The learning outcomes for students participating in the program would include leadership, "teaming" best practices, innovation, collaboration, professionalism and problem solving.

Piloting Strategies for Building Undergraduate Enrollment in Small Departments
Award: $48,138
Sponsors and Units:
Rena Fraden, Dean, College of Pacific
Lydia Fox, Associate Professor, College of Pacific, Geological and Environmental Sciences
Laura Rademacher, Associate Professor, College of Pacific, Geological and Environmental Sciences

Funding for this project supports the establishment of a series of pathways with surrounding two-year colleges, intended to increase enrollment in the GESC and ENST programs. The pathways include a Bridge program, an internal community-building program, and a summer transboundary field trip followed by a related service project.

Sacramento Summer Program
Award: $53,125
Sponsors and Units:
Rena Fraden, Dean, College of Pacific
Jay Mootz, Dean, McGeorge School of Law

This program will offer an intensive, experiential program where undergraduate students drawn from a variety of majors from the Stockton campus, as well as other institutions, will work in internships and live in Sacramento, while taking a class co-taught by faculty from the College of the Pacific and the McGeorge School of Law.

Standardized Patient Program
Award: $88,000
Sponsors and Units:
Jed Grant, Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Program
Rahnea Sunseri, MD, Assistant Professor/Medical Director, Physician Assistant Program

Funding for this project will support the development of an innovative pedagogical approach across the Pacific health professions programs in which actors replicate patients with particular health conditions and concerns. These actors, known as Standardized Patients, will be carefully instructed and coached to simulate actual patients, providing students with experiences in many aspects of the real clinical world.

State of the Art Prototyping Equipment for Multi-Disciplinary Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship Space
Award: $61,700
Sponsors and Units:
Cynthia Wagner Weick, Professor/Director-Powell Scholar Program, Eberhardt School of Business
Mahdi Khazaeli, Assistant Professor-Engineering Management Program, Engineering and Computer Science

This project will fund the purchase of state of the art prototyping equipment to undertake a year-long pilot program targeting students and faculty in specific courses. The equipment will be used in the Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship Space and will provide students and faculty with a common venue to foster multi-disciplinary collaboration on creative projects.

Prevention and Screening of Voice Disorders: Providing a Bridge between Academic Disciplines at Pacific
Award: $20,521.18
Sponsor and Unit: 
Derek Isetti, Assistant Professor, Speech-Language Pathology

The funding for this project will support the acquisition of voice screening equipment and free, voluntary voice screenings offered to students and faculty. The funds will also support guest lectures focusing on laryngeal anatomy and the care/maintenance of the professional voice for teachers, vocal performance and music therapy students.

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