NIC Foundation awards more than $50,000 in grants

The North Idaho College Foundation announced Tuesday the recipients of $50,707 in grant money awarded this year through the NIC Foundation Grant Program.
Funded by gifts received throughout the year, the NIC Foundation has awarded $668,887 to fund 149 grants over the past 13 years.
Of the 33 grants submitted this year from NIC faculty, staff and student organizations, 19 grants were awarded. A committee of representatives from the Associated Students of NIC, Staff Assembly and Faculty Assembly, Student Services, Instruction and the NIC Foundation chose the recipients based on each grant proposal’s relationship to the college’s strategic plan and its potential to advance the vision and mission of NIC.
“The overall goal of the NIC Foundation Grant Program is to encourage outstanding instruction and strengthen support services at NIC,” said NIC Foundation Executive Director Rayelle Anderson. “Thanks to the community’s overwhelming support, the foundation is able to meet these important needs at NIC.”
The grant recipients are as follows:
• $1,754 to the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division/Instructional Technology for an Epson document camera to improve classroom instruction in Lee-Kildow Hall Room 242.
$1,600 to the Music Department for four portable digital recorders to record oral history projects and to record practice sessions to help students analyze their playing abilities.
$2,200 to the Math Department for a Tablet PC to improve the delivery of content for a college algebra Internet class and to help develop future Internet math courses.
$1,200 to the Journalism Department for five units of Adobe In-Design Creative Suite-2 software, a program used for most commercial publications, for student use designing student newspaper pages.
$3,000 to the NIC Children’s Center for kitchen appliances, a dishwasher and cookware to improve the efficiency of food preparation in serving more than 15,000 meals per year.
$2,854 to Information Technology for a podium for the Ponderay Center’s general classroom to accommodate existing and future classroom technology.
$4,748 to Instructional Media Services for Extron control systems for classrooms in Ponderay and Bonners Ferry to allow for simplified operation of classroom equipment.
$610 to the College Skills Division for Dragon Naturally Speaking, which is continuous voice recognition software, to support a college education technology skills course.
$2,000 to the Chemistry Department to develop laboratory kits for Chemistry 100 Internet students so they can complete chemistry labs in their homes, making this the first NIC laboratory science class without an on-campus component.
$5,000 to the Chemistry Department for automated data collection kits to allow students to collect data in a fraction of the time humans could write or even think.
$2,858 to the Ceramics Department for an electric kiln, which permits students to use low-temperature, oxidation-fired ceramics thus giving students a new palette of colors and a fresh approach for the surfaces of ceramic pieces.
$3,061 for the NIC Center for Educational Access for learning materials for sign language interpreters to study for the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment.
$3,000 to the NIC Center for Educational Access for two Dell computers for the assistive technology lab that will allow students and support staff to access assistive technology software.
$4,500 to Career Services for three Dell computers to be added to the Career Center for students to access career-related websites and software to help them identify their educational, career and personal goals.
$1,600 to the Business and Office Technology Program for a site license that will allow QA Navigator software to be utilized by faculty to analyze student medical transcription documents.
$5,055 to the Biology Department for microcentrifuges that allow for greater concentration of digested DNA fragments and a thermal cycler to conduct the polymerase chain reaction technique in the lab. This technology prepares students to link academic course content with applied laboratory techniques.
$1,520 to the Biology Department for Motorola Bluetooth headsets, Camtasia Studio software, a Zen Vision MP3 player and a Canon Rebel camera to improve delivery of anatomy and physiology lab materials via the Internet.
$2,942 to Adult Basic Education for the Hands-On Equation Learning System, a Smart Board and a projector to be used to improve GED math scores.
$1,205 to the Admissions Office for a table banner and retractable banner with a carrying case to use for marketing activities.

For More Information
NIC Foundation Executive Director Rayelle Anderson, (208) 769-5978

Posted: Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006

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