Women in Philanthropy at EMU awards 12 grants totaling nearly $43,000 to faculty, staff and students

by Geoff Larcom, Published January 16, 2012

Women In Philanthropy at EMU, a group of faculty, staff, alumnae and friends who support Eastern Michigan University, has awarded 12 grants totaling nearly $43,000 to support a variety of projects at the University.

The group organized in 2010 to help support projects that enhance Eastern Michigan's mission, but don't fit neatly into the University's budget. Grants are available to faculty, students, student organizations, and university alumni. This is the group's second year of awarding grants.

This past year, the group received 31 grant applications, totaling $133,675 in requests. Of the applications received, 17 came from faculty members, four from students and ten from staff or administrators.

"These awards represent an excellent range of projects that will contribute to society and the EMU community," said co-president Jaclynn Tracy, professor and head of the Department of Leadership and Counseling in the College of Education at EMU. "We are excited and take great pride in being able to offer this second round of awards."

Each joining member of Women In Philanthropy at EMU pledges $1,000 a year for at least three years and, unlike many philanthropic organizations, each member has a say in which grants are funded.  And while the group is called Women in Philanthropy at EMU, men are welcome, too, as long as they support the group's vision.

The group seeks to fund projects that fulfill one of the following criteria:

  1. Enhance learning for EMU faculty, staff, alumni and/or students.
  2. Collaboratively improve the EMU climate.
  3. Foster creativity and innovation as they relate to EMU.
  4. Improve communication among diverse groups within the EMU community.

The 2011 grant recipients and their awards include:

Go Green: A Year of Sustainability at Eastern Michigan University: Student Lois Vasquez, $4,640.

• EMU Inside Out - Women's and Gender Studies and Language and Literature:  Professor Robin Lucy, $3,360.

• Social Behavior in Two Species of African Tarantula: Student Sarah Schrader, $2,400.80.

• The Travels and Teaching of Ms. Clara Janet Allison: Professor of Classics at Michigan State Normal College 1918-1940: Student/Alumna Lorinda Rausch, $5,000.

• Addressing the Need for Women's Healthcare: Staff Member Amanda Lefeld, $5,000.

• Project E Power: Professor Kay Woodiel, $1,470.

• Detroit's African-American Artists 1926-1986: From the Pen and Palette Club to Gallery 7 and the National Conference of Artists: Professor Julia R. Myers, $3,673.35.

• Supporting Communication Across the Curriculum through the Academic Projects Center: Professor Suzanne Gray, $4,500.

Women in Michigan Agricultural History Exhibit at Tillers International: Professor Robert Duke, $4,700.

• Muriel Rukeyser Website: Professor Elisabeth Daumer, $4,000.

• Gaining a Global Worldview through Service Learning in Jamaica: Professor Marilyn Wedenoja, $2,400.

• Memories and Memorabilia: A Teaching Module: Professor Betty Brown-Chappell, $1,500.

For more information about Women in Philanthropy, visit the website at http://www.emich.edu/wip-emu/



Geoff Larcom



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