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We are pleased to announce the successful applications for Grand Challenges mini-grants for fall 2018. As you are aware, the campus community has identified 
Fresh Water for All as the grand challenge for a period of two years, starting fall 2018 when we will collectively take on this challenge across the entire campus. An important part of this initiative brings topics and activities that contribute to our grand challenge to the classroom or as part of student projects; the mini-grants are intended to support this initiative. A subcommittee of the Grand Challenge Oversight Committee concluded its task of reviewing the first set of grant applications submitted and has recommended the following five projects to support for fall 2018.

Lead Applicant: Magdalena Rivera
Project: Fundraise for the purchase and distribution of Koehler Clarity water purifiers to the people of Puerto Rico. Organize a trip for students to Puerto Rico.

Art, Creative Writing, Music in collaboration with We Are Lake Ontario, a city of Oswego eco-group
Lead Applicant: Amy E. Bartell
Project: Fresh Water Chapbook and multi-media public exhibition costs.

Artswego + Career Services + Department of English and Creative Writing
Lead Applicant: Laura Donnelly
Project: Support for public reading of nationally renowned eco-poet Rebecca Dunham, known for poetry about Flint, Michigan, and Deepwater Horizon.

Political Science + Gender and Women’s Studies Signature Courses
Lead Applicant: Mary McCune
Project: Interdisciplinary student study of Fresh Water activism in Oswego, Onondaga and Jefferson counties.

Writing Across the Curriculum
Lead Applicants: Melissa Webb, Kenneth Nichols
Project: Creation, distribution and presentation of student cross-disciplinary work on the Fresh Water Grand Challenge project via a printed anthology of student production.  

If you are planning a spring 2019 project, please consider applying for a mini-grant. For more information, visit the Grand Challenges websiteThe deadline for spring 2019 projects is Monday, Nov. 12, 2018.


Scott R. Furlong
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
SUNY Oswego