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President Glassner initiates major projects that aid the college in realizing its mission to prepare students for lives of local and global engagement, explore emerging ideas and technologies that transform students’ educational experiences, and support innovative pedagogical and programmatic efforts of faculty.

President’s Scholarship for Student Engagement

Four $5,000 scholarships have been awarded to students with sophomore standing in 2014-15 for use in their junior year. The President’s Scholarships were established in 2012, and this is the third year that they have been awarded. Faculty members nominate sophomore students whose engagement in their liberal arts experience inside and outside the classroom is of such high quality and visibility as to be exemplary for their peers. Students must have a GPA of 3.25 or better to qualify. A selection committee composed of emeriti faculty members who have likewise demonstrated commitment to the College’s liberal arts mission review and recommend applicants to the President for selection as scholarship awardees. Awards are renewable for the senior year based on continued excellence, making this a $10,000 scholarship. The scholarship is awarded regardless of financial need; however, the total scholarship and grant funds received by the student from all sources may not exceed the total cost of tuition, room, and board.

Strategic Initiative Fund

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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