2 November, 2017
Five Margin of Excellence grants were awarded to members of Gadsden State Community College’s faculty and staff at a reception Nov. 1 at the One Stop Center on the East Broad Campus.
“The winners strive to be better at what they do every day for our students,” said Dr. Martha Lavender, president of Gadsden State. “They took the extra step to dream up innovative solutions to the challenges we face in higher education. They went above and beyond, and I’m so proud of the job they do.”
A committee led by Marsue Lancaster, president of Dean’s Sausage Co., provided guidance in the selection of projects that were awarded grants totaling $25,000 for the 2017-18 academic year.
In 1989, the U.S. Department of Education awarded Gadsden State an endowment challenge grant. The following academic year, Gadsden State raised $370,500 from faculty, staff and community supporters. With the federal match, Gadsden State had an endowment fund of $741,000, which was to be held in an interest-bearing account for 20 years. This money is used to fund scholarships and special projects for students through the Margin of Excellence Grant.
“Funding is awarded for equipment for instructional or operational use, special events or projects, student scholarships, professional development, special cultural and educational programs, speakers, publications or other areas that benefit and assist our students, faculty or staff,” Lavender said. “We hope that the projects can be self-sustaining after grant funds are expended.”
The project managers, grants and funding amounts are:
- Cathy Hicks – Scholarships for Students -- $6,300
- Pam Clough – Capture the Magic -- $7,000
- Susan Lindblom – Improving Outcomes and Assessments in the Social Sciences….and Beyond! -- $2,151
- Brian Geislinger – IO Lab Pilot Study for Online Physics Labs -- $2,840
- Alexis McLean – Modern Technology for Multiple Methods -- $6,709
Joining Lancaster on the selection committee members are Donald Jarrells, former technical dean at Gadsden State; Tony Reddick, director of student services at Gadsden City Schools; Dr. Roberta Watts, chief operational officer of Enrestoration; Carolyn Parker, District 5 Etowah County commissioner; Derrick Griffey, director of Teaching and Learning Center at Gadsden State; Johna Lindsey, adult education instructor at Gadsden State; Eric Stringer, community education liaison at Gadsden State; Carver Boynton, general manager of the Gadsden Mall; and Dr. Karen Blythe-Smith, associate dean of instructional services at Gadsden State.
CUTLINE: Gadsden State President Martha Lavender, far right, is pictured with the Margin of Excellence winners. From left, is Alexis McLean, instructor for the Alabama Language Institute; Cathy Hicks, scholarship manager; Pam Clough, coordinator of continuing education and ADA; Dr. Richard Dobbs, division chair of the Social Science Division (and representing Susan Lindblom, child development instructor; and Dr. Brian Geislinger, physics instructor.