2009 Seed Grants

2009 Seed Grants

Computer Art Service-Learning Course with Indianola Middle School Girls

Computer ArtThis grant was obtained to secure a partnership between OSU Extension, the Art Education Department, and Gidget Technology for Girls through a service-learning course (GEC) on computer art. The seed grant allowed time to fine-tune the Service-Learning course Autumn quarter of 2009. The course met both on-campus and in the community during Winter and Spring quarters of 2010. In making this course sustainable beyond the faculty instruction, the grant allowed for a GTA to be trained and prepared to teach the course. The grant helped to build a sustainable and ongoing service-learning relationship with Indianola Middle School, Gidget Technology for Girls, the University Area Enrichment Association, OSU Extension, and the OSU Art Education Department.

The Computer Art project directly impacted 18 low-income middle school girls by introducing them to college life, Photoshop and Gimp, photography, design and artmaking, and new relationships built on community assets. It impacted 35 adults who were community partners, instructors, and college students through interactions with the neighborhood next to campus, relationships with middle school girls who are often labeled negatively, and consideration of issues of inequality of access to technology, quality education, and resources. This project also created a community of partners, youth, college students, and adults who found value in one another by contributing an important and necessary piece to a larger puzzle, an outcome which depicted the possibility of positive social change through unlikely relationships.

This grant was submitted by Karen Hutzel, Assistant Professor, Art Education; Susan Colbert, OSU Extension, Indianola Middle School After-School Program; Catherine Girves, Director of University Area Enrichment Association, Gidget Technology for Girls Project


Co-Parenting: Strengthening and Enhancing Communities, Neighbors and Families

Successful Co-ParentingOSU Extension – Mercer County, Department of Education at OSU-Lima, and O.U.R. Home Family Resource Center formed a partnership and designed a program to address the dynamics of the changing family unit. There has been an increase in the number of adults who parent a child, but do not marry in Mercer County. With changes in the family unit, there are legal issues that need to be resolved. Traditional co-parenting classes have  generally focused on getting along in the relationship, with children and family members. The co-parenting class recognized and educated participants on the other aspects of the family unit when the family structure is significantly changed. Class presentations addressed issues of communication, the impact of separation, reducing conflicts, basic child development, resource management basics and creating blended families. Participants learned strategies to deal with these various aspects of their changed family structure. The realization and confirmation that a child or children need a positive relationship with both parents was stated by program participants. Parents reported an increase in the ability to evaluate changing resources. Parents confirmed that it is possible to create a happy, satisfying future for themselves and children through managing a variety of emotions during a time of changing family structure and build a family support system. The program was supported by the Mercer County Courts and involved a variety of local agencies and organizations.

This grant was submitted by Barbara Hennard, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H Youth, OSU Extension Mercer County; Karla Kessler, O.U.R. Home Family Resource Center; Young Ah Lee, Assistant Professor of Education, OSU-Lima; Cynthia Torppa, Assistant Professor and Specialist, Human Communication and Family Science, OSU Extension


Dining with Diabetes – Outreach into OSU Medical Center Communities: A Strengthening Families and Communities Effort

Dining with DiabetesThrough the OSU CARES grant awarded to the Dining With Diabetes team, the program was able to expand its offerings in three locations. These locations were chosen because of their affiliations with Ohio State University Medical Center. Two of the locations were rural (Mercer and Crawford County) and one was urban (Franklin County). The classes followed the Dining With Diabetes curriculum and each contained three lessons: carbohydrates; fats and sodium; and vitamins, minerals and fiber. Each of the content lessons were taught by a Registered Dietitian employed with the hospital in which the classes were offered.

The classes, with over 150 participants, also had notable impact. The focus on prevention of diabetic complications and managing the disease at home was the goal of each class. Each class had participants that stated they were planning to use or already had started using the recipes demonstrated. The participants were confident that they could improve their blood sugars through reducing portions and being more aware of those foods containing carbohydrates and how to distribute them throughout the day. One participant from OSU Medical Center East location stated “…Since this class started, I’ve followed recipes and information given. My testing went from 127 to 97 for blood sugar. I feel much better and appreciate all the help you have given me. Hopefully, I can reduce amount of insulin I take each day.” Additionally, this grant has provided the three counties involved opportunities to partner in the future and avenues to explore future classes and ways to deliver research-based materials to those in the counties that may not have been served in the past by Extension programming.See fcs.osu.edu/diabetes/.

This grant was submitted by Cindy Oliveri, Extension Specialist, Family and Consumer Sciences; Jennifer Landau, Ohio State Health Network; Erin Bontrager, Department of Communications and Marketing, OSU Medical Center; Julie Meddles, Associate Director, Food and Nutrition Services, University Hospital East