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Leading the Way

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Every year Hamline earns grants to facilitate programs that help make a difference both locally and globally. Hamline’s diverse academic offerings and collaborative approach have long made it a leader in developing innovative programs. Last year was a particularly impressive year, with grants received in excess of $5 million.

These grants provide exciting opportunities for students and faculty, and allow Hamline to lead the way on:

Peace in the Middle East
Hamline has received grants in excess of $1 million from the U.S. State Department for the Middle East Civic Education Project, which supports activities, workshops, and conferences on civic curriculum development that help promote peace and reconciliation in the Middle East. Professors Nurith Zmora, Arie Zmora, Aida Audeh, Colleen Bell, Duane Cady, George Chu, Barbara Elvecrog, Marie Failinger, Ken Fox, and Earl Schwartz, along with former superintendent of Saint Paul Public Schools Lou Kanavati, have worked together during the past six years on this project. www.mecrd.org

Science education
The Minnesota Department of Education awarded Hamline’s Center for Global Environmental Education (CGEE) a grant of nearly $2.3 million to provide professional development opportunities for K-12 science teachers throughout the state. With the goal of significantly improving science achievement in students, the program will fund ten regionally focused institutes for up to 1,000 K-12 teachers over the next three years. It will also allow 100 teachers to become fully licensed to teach high school chemistry or physics. CGEE is part of the Graduate School of Education. www.hamline.edu/cgee

Environmental education
CGEE also received more than $1 million in additional grants and contracts to develop and deliver education, multimedia tools, and community service on a nationwide basis. They include grants from Ecolab, the McKnight Foundation, the 3M Foundation, Medtronic, and the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. www.hamline.edu/cgee

Urban education
The Graduate School of Education’s Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching received several grants this year. A $200,000 St. Paul Travelers Urban Initiative Grant will enhance a number of teacher preparation programs and initiatives. This grant continues the Travelers Foundation’s many years of generous support, which is in excess of $2.5 million. A United Way- Achievement Gap grant of more than $89,000 will help increase reading skills among fifty K-3 urban learners through tutoring and family support activities led by pre-service and licensed teachers of color. In addition, a Minnesota Department of Education-Collaborative Urban Education Grant of $159,000 will help deliver on-site professional development training and teacher preparation. College of Liberal Arts Education Professor Nancy Desmond and the Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching received a $45,000 grant from the Teacher Quality Board for a “Gearing Up for Algebra” program. http://urbanteaching.hamline.edu/

Lilly Endowment Inc. of Indianapolis, Indiana, approved a $500,000 grant to help sustain Hamline’s Theological Exploration of Vocation Program, which encourages students to pursue lives of leadership and service through holistic advising, curriculum development, and workshops. This grant is in addition to Lilly’s $2 million grant to Hamline in 2002. www.hamline.edu/tevp

Archeology in Alaska
Brian Hoffman, anthropology professor in the College of Liberal Arts, received a $105,000 grant from the National Park Service for the South Aniakchak Bay Project. His field team resumed its archeological excavation of a Native American site in Alaska in June, July, and August. http://bhoffman.edublogs.org