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Strategic Initiatives Fund awards for 2014-15

January 09, 2015

The President’s Strategic Initiatives Fund provides annual support for projects that help Lewis & Clark advance key initiatives. In order to be considered for funding, one or more Executive Council members must sponsor each project.

After reviewing Strategic Initiatives Fund proposals for 2014-15, President Glassner and Executive Council have approved the following projects:

  • Funding to support faculty to hire students as research assistants
  • Academic English Studies recruitment funding to maintain and diversify international student enrollment
  • Distance learning courses in the environmental law program
  • Support for newly implemented law admissions interview program
  • Interventions for Undergraduate Student Success—designed to increase incoming undergraduates’ persistence and academic success
  • Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Cyber-Security—a new course taught by multiple cross-school faculty and offered to students from all three schools
  • Research funds to determine the specific activity of spider venom toxins for commercialization in medicinal (pharmaceutical) and/or agricultural (insecticidal) endeavors
  • Support for the creation of a fellowships-advising system across all three schools
  • Funds to create articulation agreements with feeder colleges to improve transfer recruitment efforts
  • Funding for the law school’s centennial gala event and planning efforts to maximize overall engagement and fundraising success
  • Development of and support for career outcomes for students
  • Funds for graduate faculty to work with the Portland African American Leadership Forum to create a new certificate and/or degree program in community leadership
  • Development of a new online school psychology license-only program
  • CAS Admissions admitted student fly-in initiative to help increase enrollment for first-generation students and students of color, with an emphasis on gender balance and economic and geographic diversity
  • Funding to appoint a new coordinator of district-affiliated programming within the teacher education program
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation brochure and video to promote curricular offerings and cocurricular activities
  • Conference registration, lodging, and travel expenses for graduate students presenting at local, regional, or national professional conferences
  • Funds to increase marketing efforts for planned giving
  • Support for the Gantenbein Society spring event and recruitment of new members
  • Creation of a new natural resources law and policy class aimed primarily at science students and professionals who are not currently Lewis & Clark students
  • Search engine marketing services to find and cultivate prospective law and graduate students
  • “Sophomore Soar” programming to fight off sophomore slump, engage students academically, and build a spirit of community outside of the classroom
  • Funds to host a group of international college admissions guidance counselors
  • Funds to visit Waterford United World College to offer presentations and interviews to prospective students
  • Development of a sustainability-related course to be cotaught by faculty from all three Lewis & Clark schools
  • Sustainability Council funding request for a watershed restoration event (to remove invasive plants and plant natives), Salmon-Safe marketing, the Green Move-Out, and the senior celebration event

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