2008 President’s Partners grants fund on-campus innovation

SMU faculty and staff members from across the University have received 2008 President’s Partners grants to implement their ideas for everything from improving the orientation experience for new faculty members to enabling graduate students in education to receive mentoring via video. Learn more about this year’s projects.


These recipients received full or partial funding for the following projects:

Rhonda Adams, Human Resources – Professional services to customize Human Resources’ online orientation tutorial, currently available to incoming staff, to serve incoming faculty members

H. Charles Baker, Electrical Engineering – New Electrical Engineering laboratory computer and peripherals

Stuart Cheney, Music – Scanner for images of musicians, instruments, performance spaces, maps and musical sources

Jennifer Cranfill, Southwest Review – Filing cabinets to secure historical and sensitive materials

Andrell Gautier, Human Resources – Security cameras for the Human Resources lobby/reception area at Expressway Tower to provide increased work-space safety

John Gibson, SMU Staff Association – Website development, archival supplies, video and CD services and digital hard-copy reproduction to assemble SMU history related to staff achievements and activities, in support of the University’s Centennial History Project

Casey Givens, Human Resources – Duplex scanner to help provide a faster and improved record-keeping and retrieval system

Thomas Hartsell, Dispute Resolution – LCD projector to replace older projector that is not compatible with newer computer technology, and teleconference equipment for distance phone mediation sessions.

Megan Knapp, Jan McCutchin and John Sanger, Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention – Banners, printed promotional materials (wallet cards, brochures, etc.) and presentation materials to help publicize SMU’s Peer Advisory Network, which promotes health-related behaviors on campus

Richard Lytle, Student Media Company – Macbook laptop and LCD projector for use in training student news staffs of The Daily Campus and Rotunda, as well as to support sales and marketing of the yearbook and as a back-up unit for the newspaper reporting staff

Stella Mulberry, Leadership and Community Involvement – Production of an updated service-learning guide that will help faculty in the development of new courses and syllabi and to incorporate service-learning components into existing courses

José Perez, Police Department – Protective gear and steel targets to help SMU police officers train for an “Active Shooter” situation

Jeanene Renfro, Dedman College – Table-top banner and eco-friendly bags for books and groceries to be used in undergraduate recruitment events

Kyle Roberts, Literacy, Language and Learning – Apple iMac for conducting large-scale data analysis and conducting simulations and will be available to graduate students for conducting their research

George Eric Walker, Guildhall at SMU/Art Creation – A Wacom Cintiq interactive pen-on-screen display to give students first-hand working knowledge of new technologies that directly relate to art creation in the gaming industry

Paige Ware, Literacy, Language and Learning – Digital cameras and accessories for an online mentoring project involving SMU graduate students in Education courses

Ron Wetherington and Katherine Stanglin, Center for Teaching Excellence – Apple iPod and peripherals to record and publish online the CTE’s Roundtable, Forum, and Reading Circle discussions, as well as board meetings

SMU faculty and staff members support the work of their colleagues through their contributions to the program, which can be made by credit card, check and payroll deduction. Make a contribution or apply for a grant at the President’s Partners website.

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