Three Fort Hays State University faculty members have taken advantage of opportunities to receive funding in the form of minigrants to help defray expenses of service-learning courses.
Dr. Jean Gleichsner, associate professor of agriculture, used minigrant funds to purchase two concrete flower planters placed along Main Street in Hays. Students in the Home Horticulture class designed and planted all of the planters that line Main Street.
She also received mini-grant funds to purchase videotapes, bread-making supplies, posters, and handouts used by students in the Cereal, Fiber and Oil Crops class. Students visited pre-schools and grade schools in Ellis County and presented a program about wheat production and the making of bread.
Recently, she received minigrant funding to purchase preserved insect mounts and cover the cost of photocopying and laminating posters depicting good and bad insects.
These materials were used in a display at the Home and Garden Show held at The Mall in Hays. During the show students aided visitors in insect identification and answered questions about the control of insects.
Dr. Cheryl Duffy, associate professor of English, used minigrant funds to cover the printing costs of newsletters written collaboratively by students in English Composition and international students enrolled at the Hays Language Institute.
Christie Brungardt, instructor of leadership studies, has used minigrant dollars for several semesters to help defray the expenses of the teams of leadership studies students working on projects in the Ellis County community.
Minigrants are available to higher education faculty for class projects that incorporate service-learning into an existing course. Service-learning is a teaching and learning methodology intended to be used as a teaching tool, not as an add-on to a course.