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Community College Week and NISOD Recognize Annual Essay Contest Winners

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Community College Week and the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) have announced the winners of the annual Scott Wright Student Essay Contest, and winners were recently honored at the NISOD annual conference in Austin, Texas.

The award is named for a former editor at Community College Week, Scott Wright, who is a highly regarded and award-winning journalist. Students who entered the contest were asked to write about a faculty member, staff member, or administrator who made an impact on their education.

The three winning students and the three employees featured in the essays each received an award of $1,000, plus recognition at the NISOD conference. Additionally, each student’s college received a complimentary 2018-2019 NISOD membership.

To read more about the winners and to see the winning essays, read the full the story on Community College Week’s website.

Visit NISOD's announcement of the essay winners. 

Photo from NISOD.com. Featured are Teela Foxworth, Communication Studies Instructor; Sofia Velasquez Student, Portland Community College; Dr. Edward Leach, Director, NISOD .

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STEM for All Video Showcase

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From May 14 - 21, more than 200 federally funded STEM projects will share short videos detailing how their work is helping to further research in the STEM fields.

This online showcase will include videos that discuss:

  • Broadening participation & access to high-quality STEM experiences
  • Innovative practices transforming education
  • Partnerships that advance education
  • Research informing STEM learning and teaching

For more information and to view the announcement in full, visit the Video Hall .

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Plan, Organize, and Submit: A Look at the ATE Archiving Process

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Please join presenters Kendra Bouda and Rachael Bower on May 15, 2018, at 1 pm EDT for this free webinar on archiving with ATE Central. The presenters will share tips on organizing your materials for archiving, using the archive submission form, and tracking your submissions online.

See what happens with your submissions behind the scenes, as ATE Central staff process your materials, add metadata, and make your resources discoverable to the ATE community and beyond. You will also learn how to find curriculum and other content that ATE grantees have created and shared for you to adapt and use for your own purposes.

Please visit the registration page to sign up

From Ashland University: NSF-Sponsored Grant Writing Workshop for Two-Year College Faculty

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From Sunday, June 3 through Wednesday, June 6, Ashland University will be hosting a grant writing workshop for two-year college faculty members. The workshop will focus on how to effectively apply for Advanced Technological Education (ATE) grants and will include presentations, planning and writing sessions, and time to network with colleagues from institutions around the US.

Full-time faculty members in STEM disciplines are available to apply. Travel costs are available for this workshop. Please visit Ashland University's website for a full description and registration instructions. 

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Students at Cuyahoga Community College Use 3D Printers to Aid Disabled Vets

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Students at Tri-C ’s additive manufacturing program worked directly with disabled veterans to create assistive devices during the summer of 2017. The students, who were working on a Capstone Project by partnering with the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, talked to a group of disabled veterans about what they would like to use these devices for. 

One veteran said he wanted to garden again. Others said they would like devices to aid in using eating utensils, shaving, and turning pages of physical books and e-books. 

The students used a 3D printer to make these assistive devices, which makes them easy to customize and for far less money than with traditional manufacturing methods. 

The instructor of the course, Maciej G. Zborowski, said he wanted his students to be able to apply methods learned in class to actual issues. “It is one thing to assign a project that is just a figment of my imagination, but I figured that it would be more impactful to test the students using problems that actually existed out in the real world,” he said.

Additive manufacturing is a growing field, especially in the medical industry. Tri-C offers a one-year certificate in their 3D...

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