WWU Professors Receive Missouri Campus Compact Micro-Grants

A grant to enhance “Greening the Campus” is one of four micro-grants recently received by William Woods University professors.

Cassie Davis, WWU service-learning coordinator and an AmeriCorps VISTA member, assisted the professors in applying for the grants from Missouri Campus Compact.


“Initiatives Toward a Greener ‘Woods,’” aims to increase campus involvement and awareness of recycling and conserving energy.


Harriet Yelon, associate professor of social work, received funding to boost the “Greening the Campus” movement. Honors freshmen enrolled in the Connections course will assist Yelon in researching and discussing ways to further encourage recycling on campus. They will also help the campus continue to develop a sustainable recycling system.


Students will research and brainstorm a number of ideas, including ways to get all of the residence halls more involved in recycling, more energy-efficient lighting options for campus buildings and finding out how often the university can dispose of hazardous waste.


Another micro-grant received will assist Terry Martin, WWU professor of art, in securing new art supplies for students at the Rosa Parks Center, located on the campus.


“Teens who have not had the advantage of an advanced art curriculum will be motivated to enjoy art and see its value in their futures,” said Martin.


The Rosa Parks Center is a residential treatment program for troubled young women, ages 12 to 17, which allows residents to play an active role in the community by participating in local service projects. Residents at the Rosa Parks Center participate in group and individual counseling and attend classes in an educational program that is accredited by the state.


Dr. Roger Wen, associate professor of education, along with Dr. Betsy Tutt, professor of education, received funding to support a technological upgrade for their current academic service-learning project, “Teaching English to Fifth Graders in Taiwan.” The grant allowed the professors to purchase a microphone and receiver and a webcam that will assist their students’ continued work with the project.


Students spent the last academic year teaching a class of Taiwanese fifth-graders to read and speak English through live video conferencing.


The final micro-grant will assist Davis and Shari Means, assistant professor of education, with continuing and expanding the current service-learning and civic engagement initiatives.


William Woods University is a member institution of Campus Compact, a relationship that made faculty eligible to apply for micro-grants for projects related to service-learning and civic engagements.


In the last six months, VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) has helped to acquire more than $13,000 through service-learning projects and partnerships for area community partners.