Foundation Grant Awards
The North Idaho College Foundation Board of Directors is proud to be able to fund the NIC Foundation Grant Program for the 19th consecutive year. Charitable dollars raised by the Foundation each year provide the resources to fund this grant program. Including this year’s awards, the NIC Foundation has made available $988,000 in grant funding for 229 grants since the inception of the grant program in 1994.
The Foundation extends much gratitude to the NIC students, staff, and faculty who went above and beyond by submitting a grant request. The 2012-13 grant recipients were determined by a committee consisting of representatives from ASNIC, Staff Assembly, Faculty Assembly, Student Services, Instruction, and the NIC Foundation Board of Directors.
2012-13 Grants Funded
Admissions Office submitted by Heather Johnson and Sara Schmelzer (partial funding of $1,700). Purchase of mobile tablets which will enhance recruitment efforts remotely and in high schools by providing instant access to the NIC website and prospective student information, including verifying the status of applications for admission.
ASNIC submitted by Duncan Menzies (partial funding of $2,500). Commission a piece of art for the Student Union Building that will physically incorporate the college mission and represent the values of the college to foster student awareness.
ASNIC submitted by Gustave Lester ($1,570).Installation of a permanent outdoor chess table on the NIC campus grounds near the Powder Magazine in order to improve student life and connect the student body with the surrounding community.
Business and Professional Programs Division submitted by Kathleen Czurda Page ($5,000). Development of a virtualization instructional training program, which will better equip students for careers in Information Technology.
Carpentry Program, Trades & Industry Division submitted by Matthew Piekarski and Dave McRae ($1,100). Create custom cabinets for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program. A hands-on project in project management and construction for second year carpentry management students.
Children’s Center submitted by Donna Fuller and Cara Stewart (partial funding of $3,400). Purchase of two 6-seater Buggies and one 3-seater stroller to provide a positive, high quality learning environment in the area of outdoor exploration and community involvement by safely transporting infants and toddlers around campus.
Communications, Fine Arts and Humanities Division submitted by Joshua Misner ($4,800). Acquisition of recording technology to upgrade three satellite campus classrooms. This technology will be used for recording student speeches and faculty lectures, and enhances e-Learning opportunities.
Financial Aid Office submitted by Marissa Struck (partial funding $1,350). FAFSA Completion Day is an event that will assist students and community members in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, while also drawing community members onto the North Idaho College campus and exposing them to the programs offered by the institution.
HVAC/R Program, Trades and Industry Division submitted by Jon May (partial funding $6,589). Purchase of up-to-date equipment for the HVAC/R Lab in order to train students to industry standards.
Machine Technology Program, Trades and Industry Division submitted by Jim Straub and Kurt Kimberling ($6,757). Purchase of storage cabinets for the Machining and CNC Technology Lab, which will improve safety, allow for a more efficient use of space, improve efficiency of teaching and learning, and mirror industry standards.
Music Department submitted by Terry Jones, Gerard Mathes, and Debra O'Dell ($1,400). Various marimbas will be purchased in order to complete the current set of instruments and allow for a full Zimbabwe ensemble class.
Natural Sciences Division submitted by Dale Arrington and Karen Ruppel ($1,750). Pilot the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency Science Test, which will measure students’ mathematical, scientific, and symbolic reasoning ability.
Natural Sciences Division submitted by Rhena Cooper and Julie VanMiddlesworth ($4,605). Purchase of water collection equipment to be used for student internships in partnership with local agencies, allowing hands-on experience for STEM students.
Social and Behavioral Sciences Division submitted by Gail J. Ballard and Donna Patterson ($2,851). Purchase and installation of SmartBoard technology to introduce EDUC 201 students to technology used in today’s classrooms.
Student Services submitted by Patricia A. De Smet ($4,883). Creation of a Student Wellness Program modeled after the successful NIC Employee Wellness Program. Aimed at increasing understanding among NIC students about the impact of their daily lifestyle choices on health, sense of well-being, quality of life and ability to pursue academic success.
Welding Program, Trades and Industry Division submitted by Jeremy Dodge ($4,745). Purchase of a Lincoln Ranger 305G portable welding machine, an upgrade to current industry equipment that will benefit student skills that are needed for employment.