Grants, Sponsored Research and Strategic Initiatives NEWS
Stetson University is the recent recipient of a $5,350 grant from the Stockman Family Foundation for the professional digital photography of works of art from the Oscar Vera Bluemner Collection. Approximately 10% of the collection has already been photographed, and the grant will add 100 more high resolution digital photographs of Bluemner's most important works. The digital images will help make the collection more available to the general public and to scholars studying the artist's work. Bequeathed to the University by Vera Bluemner Kouba in 1997, the collection has been housed in the Homer and Dolly Hand Art Center since 2009, and contains more than 1,000 of Bluemner's works.
The Grants department student assistant, Daniel Hoover participated in the Stetson Showcase on April 16, 2013 speaking on the Social Stigma and Knowledge of Epilepsy in Undergraduate Students. Supported by facts and statistics, he pointed out that research shows students and the general population are very under-and-ill informed on the disease - some countries believing it can be "caught" from the affected person and many people don't know what to do if they witness a person having an epiliptic seizure. Daniel won Stetons's Maris Prize for excellence for his research.
Elizabeth A. "Lizzy" Smith, Grants Program Director, Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, visited Stetson February 11, 2013. She engaged with Foundation student scholarship recipients Kimberly Charles (Business Administration), Lauren Tarulli (Integrative Health Science), and Michelle Vergara (Behavioral Economics). Each discussed her educational background and reasons she selected Stetson, explaining one-on-one mentoring by faculty was an important factor. During a campus tour, Kimberly pointed out her classrooms and the Roland George Trading Room in the Lynn Business Center, and Lauren discussed her research projects in Sage Hall. Lizzy expressed appreciation for the opportunity to meet with the students and repeatedlly commented on the beautiful campus.