Four areas of the College of Business received Civic Engagement Grants, presented at a reception on January 29th. Applications for the grants, ranging from $2,500 to $5,000, were submitted at the end of the Fall 2013 semester to the Office of Civic Engagement and made possible through a gift from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation. Grants were awarded to 20 CSU faculty members and four CSU student organizations.
The purpose of the grants is to further collaboration between CSU and external partners that mutually benefit the community and students. Applications were evaluated on a number of factors including community relevance, community benefit, student benefit and academic scholarship.
Within the College of Business, three $2,500 Faculty Grants were received and one $2,500 Student Organization Grant was received.
Victoria Avi, Lecturer in the Department of Operations and Supply Chain Management and the Coordinator of the Center for Sustainable Business Practices, received a Civic Engagement Grant to develop learning tools to help small and medium sized companies in Northeast Ohio to understand the challenges of carbon regulations that impact their supply chains and to adjust their strategies accordingly. Said Avi, “The support of this grant means that we could create a more robust experience for students and a useful product for our community partner, Neundorfer, Inc. What really excites me is how we could apply this project beyond the classroom walls. Our community partner is open to share the results of the project with other small and medium sized companies in Northeast Ohio. The challenge that Neundorfer Inc. is facing with regulatory changes is not unique; many small and medium sized companies in NEO will be facing the same issues in the next couple of years. This partnership is a proactive effort to understand how carbon regulation will impact supply chains and to explore innovative solutions that could impact our region's environmental, social and financial bottom lines.”
Dr. Vickie Coleman Gallagher, Assistant Professor in the Department of Management, was awarded a Civic Engagement Grant to expand an initiative that allows graduate students in organizational change to help businesses, non-profits and other organizations incorporate practices in sustainability, restructuring, mergers and other change opportunities. “I'm so honored to be the recipient of this through CSU's Center for Civic Engagement,” said Dr. Gallagher. “The grant will help to fund Doctoral student research in the form of employee surveys for local businesses. These studies are important benchmarking activities for companies that wish to implement change. The findings can be shared with future MLR 605 classes, studying Organizational Change, in an effort to make recommendations on how to improve outcomes. Furthermore, the research helps our Doctoral students to publish in academic publications and present their findings at conferences. Finally, I am able to partner with my doctoral students to help advance my own research agenda. It is a win-win-win situation for students, faculty, and the business community.”
Colette Hart, Senior Director of the Outreach and Engagement Centers, was awarded a Civic Engagement Grant to launch CSU’s new interdisciplinary undergraduate minor and graduate certificate in entrepreneurship by providing students with real-world project opportunities with local entrepreneurs and business accelerators. “The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Cleveland State University’s Monte Ahuja College of Business is very excited to be a recipient of a Civic Engagement Grant,” said Hart. “The Monte Ahuja College of Business in partnership with the Washkewicz College of Engineering, College of Science and Health Professions, Cleveland Marshall College of Law and Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs are in the process of obtaining final approval for an interdisciplinary undergraduate minor and graduate level certificate in entrepreneurship. The programs will enable students and the Northeast Ohio business community to enhance their knowledge, challenge their thinking, explore new ideas and ultimately, act on these ideas to create new products and services that support the economic development and sustainability of our region and beyond.”
The CSU Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), received a student organization grant which will be used to continue the partnership with the Veterans Administration Domiciliary (VA DOM) to provide resume writing, workshops on networking, mock interviews and other critical job-hunting skilled to unemployed veterans. Said Dr. Tracy Porter, Lecturer in the Department of Management and CSU SHRM Faculty Advisor, “The Civic Engagement Grant demonstrates how important civic engagement truly is to the CSU leadership. These funds will allow the SHRM students to take their work with the veterans to the next level, to expand the program, and to demonstrate what Engaged Learning really means." Anna Gibson, graduate student in the Department of Management and President of CSU SHRM has been integral in creating the program with the VA. “I’m very proud to have won this grant for the CSU SHRM Volunteer Resume Project. This grant recognizes the importance of the work that we are doing at the VA DOM. The program gives students studying human resource management a chance to give back to the community and to veterans who served our country selflessly and are in need of assistance to get back in the workforce. The task of completing a resume from start to finish is daunting, but when a resume is printed out for the first time all the hard work pays off. This grant will give us an opportunity to get supplies for the vets that the VA can’t provide due to their own funding limitations. We hope to improve the program by giving the vets incentives to come to our sessions and expand our sessions to include workshops on networking, how to market/brand yourself, attending job fairs, conducting mock interviews and other critical job-hunting skills. Winning this grant gives our student organization the opportunity to have a greater impact on the veterans that we are working with and I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish this semester.”Congratulations to all of the winners from the Monte Ahuja College of Business.