Georgetown University’s Engelhard Project, which originated as a concept in a 2005 BTtoP Demonstration Grant, is now approaching its ten year anniversary. Since its inception, the project has reached over sixty faculty members, twenty-eight academic departments, and 11,000 students through the model of curriculum infusion. By connecting and embedding student health and wellness into the classroom, the goal of the project has been not only to foster the gain of knowledge, but to build meaningful relationships between faculty, students, and the community, and to ultimately encourage students’ personal growth. The anniversary events will celebrate and honor the accomplishments of all those involved in this transformative program.
BTtoP has funded over 480 grants at more than 300 institutions to date, and there are still funding opportunities available from our 2015–2017 RFP! Category I Well-Being Grants range up to $1,000 and are aimed at providing support for seminars that give focused attention to a particular dimension of the well-being of those involved—be it students, faculty, or other leaders—in creating and maintaining an engaged culture for learning. We invite proposals to be submitted by the deadline of January 15, 2016. For more information on our RFP, funding opportunities, examples of previously awarded grants, grant frequently asked questions, and other resources, please visit our website at http://www.bttop.org/grants-funding/funding-opportunities.
In 2017, Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life (IA), will complete its ten-year residency at Syracuse University and move to a new host academic institution. To initiate the two-year transition period before summer 2017, IA has put out a call for hosting proposals to assist in determining their new partner institution, with submission open to both single institutions or lead institutions in collaboration with other educational, cultural, philanthropic, and governmental partners. Initial letters of interest are due by November 2, 2015, and full proposals due by January 16, 2016. To find out more about Imagining America and their search for a new host, visit http://imaginingamerica.org/about/transition/.
BTtoP is pleased to welcome Caitlin Salins as a new member to the team! Working as our project coordinator and assistant to the director, Caitlin brings a background of library science, classical languages and literatures, and a passion for working with the higher education community. A native to Prince Georges County and the DC area, she completed both her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Maryland College Park.
Ashley Finley, BTtoP’s national evaluator, has accepted the position of associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of the Dominican Experience at Dominican University in California. During her time as AAC&U’s senior director for research and assessment, Ashley has been integral in building the organization’s assessment program. She has most recently been making strides as a leader in the VALUE/Multi-State Collaborative initiative, supported by the Gates, Sherman Fairchild, and Spencer Foundations, to launch AAC&U’s VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education) approach to direct assessment, enabling the gathering of evidence to evaluate student learning and ultimately better campus teaching. Her new position will allow her to further champion and implement the values she has been instrumental in supporting—liberal education, civic development, and student well-being—with the opportunity to affect and improve higher education on the ground level. Although she will be dearly missed on the east coast, BTtoP offers the highest congratulations and support and is excited to have Ashley continue her work with BTtoP as National Evaluator.