2011 Seed Grants

2011 Seed Grants

A Partnership to Support a Summer Freedom School for Disadvantaged Children in the University District

Summer Freedom SchoolThe grant was used to provide partial funding for a Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School held at the Summit United Methodist Church during the summer of 2011. One hundred Pre-K through 12th grade students were immersed in literacy and spent six weeks reading books, singing songs, learning about social justice, and feeling empowered as individuals, at no cost to their families. The program included a 4-H training component focusing on youth development activities that were designed to help these young people to grow cognitively, emotionally, and physically. The children and their families built relationships with college student interns, community members, and volunteers.  They engaged in meaningful afternoon learning activities through partnerships with OSU Extension and the Linguistics department, which allowed them to explore new things and even launch rockets on the Oval!

This grant was submitted by Don Winford, Professor, Linguistics, College of Humanities; Beth Boomershine, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; April Blaine, Co-Pastor, Summit United Methodist Church


Advancing Employment and Income Opportunities for Independent Restaurateurs in Northwest Ohio

ServSafeThrough this grant, the Hospitality Management program had an opportunity to reach beyond the classroom to support the small entrepreneurs in the hospitality industry in Toledo, Ohio. Using the academic expertise and industry experience of the faculty, staff and students in the program, this project was designed to strengthen this business sector, with important ramifications for stability of employment, the financial viability of businesses, and income for the Toledo area. This was especially true with the opening of the new Hollywood Casino and the negative effects this could have on local, independent foodservice establishments in Toledo. Training and certification sessions for owners, managers and employees of participating restaurants were offered to improve knowledge and behavioral practices in five key components of restaurant management: safe food handling practices,  responsible alcohol beverage handling and service, food cost control practices, labor laws and best practices for  human resource management, and marketing strategies and customer analysis. After offering several of the components, the success of the certification classes helped local businesses improve the food safety knowledge and food handling practices of their employees as well as provided important knowledge on the proper service of alcohol.

This grant was submitted by Margaret Binkley, Assistant Professor, Consumer Sciences, College of Education and Human Ecology; Sharon Seiling, Associate Professor, Consumer Sciences, College of Education and Human Ecology; Betty Kaye, Lecturer, Consumer Sciences, College of Education and Human Ecology; Susan Zies, Assistant Professor, OSU Extension, College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences; Stan Ernst, Extension Manager and Food Marketing Specialist, AED Economics, College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences; Jerold Thomas, Leader, Innovation/Change, OSU Extension, College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences


Weed and Wasp Walking Workshop

WeedClinical disciplines focus on human health. Allergy and related pulmonary disciplines focus on the interrelationship of humans to their environments. The strategies for each patient are dependent on their personal situation. For example with allergens, environmental triggers and sensitivities are common, thus physicians talk with consumers about avoidance, behavior modification and other strategies to reduce reactions. Specifically, a physician will tell a patient to avoid those plants. The consumer will inevitably nod their had “yes”, yet have little idea what willow trees or ragweed actually looks like, so they can avoid it, nor will the physician truly know how those plants appear in nature. Consumers may be pro-active and research on their own, but the immediate opportunity for interaction between the physician and patient is lost.

The working multi-disciplinary group – clinical sciences (allergy), entomology/Extension and plant biology – utilized research/teaching faculty of entomology and plant biology to train allergy physicians to recognize and communicate allergen-reduction strategies. In the “hands-on” workshop, faculty experts focused on insects (stinging insects, bed bugs, cockroaches, dust mites, ticks) and plants (trees, weeds, flowers), and the seasons of concern. The “hands-on” portion of the workshop focused on using plant samples, live plants and insects, slide preparation, and a “walking workshop” using OSU areas (nearby neighborhoods, OSU buildings, local parks). Further, a pocket guide of pictures of trees, flowers, plants and insects was created as a resource for the physicians to use during one-on-one consultation.

This grant was submitted by Bryan Martin, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, Associate Medical Director for GME, (University Hospital), Program Director, Allergy & Immunology Fellowship Program, College of Medicine; Glen Needham, Associate Professor, Entomology Administration/Extension, Natural and Mathematical Science; Cynthia Dassler, Program Coordinator, Evol, Ecology, and Org Biology, Natural and Mathematical Science


Hearing New Voices: Introducing Youth to Production Media

The project, “Hearing New Voices: Introducing Youth to Production Media” was awarded to strengthen the partnership between the School of Environment and Natural Resources, the Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing (CSTW), and OSU Extension through the production of a youth media program. Twenty-two new shows were produced for Youth Beat Radio, a weekly Columbus radio program that features youth leadership, community service, community action, arts, music, and youth perspectives. The shows were produced by college and high school aged youth from Central Ohio, including contributions from Upper Arlington High School broadcasting classes and School of Environment and Natural Resources students. Approximately 50 students participated in radio production training sessions in Columbus, Cleveland, and Youngstown and learned communication and technical skills. Efforts to expand the show to Cleveland and Youngstown have started and will continue into the next year. The show was publicized to schools, youth, organizations, and schools throughout the Columbus area, thereby raising awareness of a new resource and opportunity for youth. In addition, a training manual on radio production for youth and youth organizations was developed. The Youth Beat Radio program and collaboration between partners will continue into 2013 and beyond. Past shows are available at the program’s website youthbeat.osu.edu/.

This grant was submitted by Kristi Lekies, Assistant Professor, School of Environment and Natural Resources, College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Douglas Dangler, Associate Director, Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing, College of Arts and Sciences; Janice Hanna, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Robin Stone and Tiffany Walker, Program Coordinator/Program Assistant, Youth Advisory Committee of Cuyahoga County, OSU Extension, College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences