Congratulations to the following faculty and staff who have received external funding for research projects or program grants.
|Faculty/Staff Name||Project||Funding Period|
Texas Sculpture Inside and Out: Invitational Exhibitions
Submitted to the Texas Commission for the Arts: Arts Respond for the purpose of supporting the Wichita Falls Museum of Art’s exhibition Texas Sculpture Inside and Out: Invitational Exhibitions. The exhibitions will include four monumental sculptures by contemporary artists on the museum grounds, and cultures and works on paper by 17 artists in the Museum galleries. Furthermore, the WFMA and MSU will be the site of the 2013 Texas Sculpture Symposium. Programs associated with the Symposium and the WFMA exhibitions will include receptions, workshops, panel discussions and lectures. Additionally, educational programming for adults and children will be produced in conjunction with the two sculpture exhibitions including hands-on art activities and discussions of aesthetics and art theory.
Development and Production of Educational Materials and Content
Submitted to the Marcus Institute for Digital Education in the Arts (MIDEA) to support development and production of educational materials and content, including videos and mobile exhibition tours, at the WFMA. Visitors will access the materials using QR codes as portals for the delivery of information to their mobile devices. Young audiences will readily accept and be excited by this high tech delivery of educational content, offering students a new approach to discovering the enriching experiences that the Museum has to offer. This content will also be available to virtual visitors on the Museum’s website.
Premature Labor: Putting Prevention into Practice
Submitted to the March of Dimes’ Community Grants Program for the purpose of funding a continuing nursing (CNE) conference during Pregnancy Prevention Month. The purpose of the conference for nurses of Wichita Falls and surrounding areas will be to present topics related to the prevention of the premature births. The conference’s theme will be “Putting Prevention into Practice” and will focus on preventive topics such as life style, nutrition and cultural influences, and infant problems associated with premature birth. It will be held at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art and will be co-sponsored by the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.
Submitted to the Texas Commission on the Arts “Arts Create” grant program for Program Support in the Visual Arts at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU. This program provides two years of operational support to advance the creative economy of Texas by investing in arts organizations. Events and activities that would receive support include the Earth/Energy ceramic art exhibition, Sculpture in Metal and Sculpture on Paper exhibition, and the Annual Boys and Girls Club exhibition.
Winter Camp for Chinese High School Students
Submitted to the Shanghai Dian Zhi Ya Cultural Exchange to support a winter camp at Midwestern State University for Chinese High School students. MSU will collaborate with local secondary schools from the Wichita Falls ISD as well as private schools in the area. The students will participate in exercises designed to familiarize them with the campus and community – along with the operational realities, life, and social aspects of area secondary schools. This will have the additional benefit of placing cultural context in their language development. We hope to eventually attract some of these students to MSU after they attend this camp and return to China.
Submitted to the City of Wichita Falls Arts Commission to support exhibition and education programming at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU, serving an audience of 15,000 annually. Upcoming exhibitions include: “Sculpture in Metal and Sculpture on Paper,” August 30, 2013 – August 2014; “The Annual Boys and Girls Club Exhibition” – presenting more than 400 artworks by youth participating in the six club locations in Wichita Falls; and the Wichita Falls Arts Association’s annual juried exhibition in August, 2013.
|Submitted to the Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts Foundation for the purpose of supporting the field and lab studies of undergraduate students at MSU. The grant will allow undergraduate students to pursue research in well-log analysis and mineralogical signatures of lowstand-transgression transitions related to the Bromide formation in the Arbuckle Mountains and Criner Hills regions of Oklahoma. Additionally, the students will be able to learn valuable skills for careers in the petroleum industry such as making thin sections, well-log correlation and evaluation of Bromide sandstone characteristics, sandstone classification and petrologic analysis of rock clasts and field measuring techniques using Brunton compasses and Jacob’s staff.||2013|
|Submitted to the Still Water Foundation to fund a landmark invitational exhibition: Sculpture in Metal and Sculpture on Paper. The exhibition will present monumental outdoor sculpture by leading contemporary artists. Opening in September 2013, the sculptures will be on view for twelve months on the museum grounds adjacent to Sikes Lake. The exhibition will also include a museum gallery show of about 40 works on paper and sculpture by invited artists. Programs associated with the exhibitions and a Sculpture Symposium will include public receptions, workshops, panel discussions, studio workshops and lectures. Through the use of QR-coded labels, visitors may access self-guided tours, videos of the artists work, and other in-depth information on their mobile devices. This easily-accessible online information will replace expensive printed exhibition catalogues, making the information available to a large audience, and creating engaging educational experiences.||2013-2014|
|Submitted to the Alcoa Foundation to create a multidisciplinary summer camp for high school students called the Young Engineer Summer Camp program. The camp will motivate high school students to further studies in fields related to science and technology as well as introduce these prospective students to Midwestern State University and Wichita Falls. In addition, MSU YES Camp will provide participants with an introduction of basic science and mathematics necessary for various disciplines of engineering.||2013|
|Celebrating Wichita Falls Artists Curriculum|
Submitted to The Priddy Foundation to fund the production and presentation of a new Art curriculum unit about Wichita Falls area artists from November, 2012 to November 1, 2013. The unit will be presented at two one-day workshops at the Museum to prepare area teachers to implement the curriculum. This project builds on the successful collaboration between the WFMA and the NTIEVA to create a comprehensive unit of instruction on artists, past and present, in Wichita Falls and the surrounding areas. The materials developed will be for K-12 students and will be made available for workshop participants, printed as a workbook, on a CD, as well as on the WFMA website. This will provide unique opportunities for students to learn about regional art within the context of American art, reinforcing the concept that art is found in our own neighborhoods.
| America's Music: A Film History of our Popular Music from Blues to Broadway|
Submitted to the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund Moffett Library's participation in the America's Music series in order to broaden the exposure of Midwestern State University students, faculty, and staff, as well as the surrounding community, to the elaborate variety of music included in the series. The series consists of six different presentations highlighting the history of blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock and mambo, and hip hop. Scholar-led discussions will be held by Alan Black, Assistant professor of Music, and a partner in the series is the Museum of Art at MSU who will be hosting the presentations. Upon completion of the series, Moffett Library will catalog and house the DVDs presented in the series and other audio or visual materials created by the series for the enjoyment of the community.
|Smart Devices and Educator Burnout|
Submitted to The American Society of Radiologic Technologists to fund the national survey of Radiologic Sciences, Nursing and Respiratory Care Educators. The project aims to investigate the possibility of burnout, techno-invasion, or other adverse health effects on these allied health educators from the use of smart devices. In addition, the study will primarily focus on the potential of emotional exhaustion, personal accomplishment and depersonalization, as measured by the Masloch Burnout Inventory, that may develop as a result of the increased connectivity between students and instructors.
| Arts/Historical Preservation Commission Grant|
Submitted to the City of Wichita Falls to fund exhibitions of paintings and other forms of art at the Wichita Falls Museum from July 2012 to August 2013. The Arts/Preservation Project Grant will continue to assist the Museum of Art in supporting our biennial exhibitions which bring attention to the arts and culture in the Texas/Oklahoma region.
| || Texas and Oklahoma Regional Undergraduate Symposium|
Submitted to theNational Science Foundation- Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Conferences (NSF- RUMC) to fund the conference at Midwestern State University which provides the opportunity for undergraduate students to discuss their work in any area associated with mathematics.
| At-Risk Student Tracking and Intervention Project |
Submitted to the Texas Higher Coordinating Board to fund the development of intervention services for at-risk nursing students in order to improve retention rates and academic performance. Online commercial tools for improving students’ reading comprehension and critical thinking test-taking skills will be provided, as well as a support website which provides pertinent articles to assist students on a variety of issues. Expanded counseling services will also be implemented by hiring a retention specialist to oversee and lead targeted interventions for at-risk students through counseling and referral services. In addition, academic remediation services will be offered in the form of structured courses, Regional Simulation Center experiences, and an exam diagnostic tool dedicated to assisting students who have demonstrated areas of academic weakness gain the skills necessary to succeed.
| Moffett Library Preservation Assessment|
Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities to support two activities in the Moffett Library. The initial and most critical activity will be a complete assessment of two collections in the library, The Nolan A. Moore III Heritage of Print Collection and the Archives Collection. The second activity will be to fund a one-day training session on "Preserving Your Historical Records, An Archival Holdings Maintenance Workshop." The training will be attended by select staff members of Moffett Library, and an invitation will be extended to regional libraries and preservation organizations in the area.
|Exhibitions 2010 – 2011 |
Funded by the Wichita Falls Arts Commission to support costs associated with exhibits that will be displayed at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University during 2010-2011. WFMA will continue to present exhibitions of international, national, and regional artists and expand educational opportunities providing lifelong learning to its patrons. Exhibits for the coming academic year include: Greek Fortnight, two weeks of art, culture, and seminars focusing on Greek art; Michael Nye: Portraits and Stories of Hunger and Resilience; Survey of Texas Art and Artists, a biennial exhibition recognizing the quality and breadth of art being produced by divergent artists living and working in Texas; Art in Public Places ’11, an outreach program that shares the permanent collection with 14 county and city libraries in North Texas.
|Student Support Services Program |
Submitted to the Department of Education to support approximately one hundred and sixty high-risk students during their collegiate journey by creating an office on campus to support these students. High-risk students are those who are considered low income, first generation college students, or students with disabilities. It has been shown that these students attain graduation goals at a lower rate than others, and they have difficulty making the transition from high school to college because of poor study habits and time management skills. The new office would assist students through a program involving one-on-one and group tutorials, counseling, and/or supplemental instruction sessions based on each students’ personal strengths and weaknesses.
|Use of a Dedicated Unit to Increase Student Enrollment|
Funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to increase the number of pre-licensure nursing students admitted into the Wilson School of Nursing (WSON) pre-licensure BSN program by 40 students over the two year grant period and develop and implement a Dedicated Educational Unit (DEU) model for pre-licensure clinical education in four medical - surgical courses. The grant will also test the effectiveness of the DEU model of clinical education and develop a faculty research pool of MSN-prepared nurses.
|Midwestern State University Young Engineer Summer Camp (MSU YES Camp) |
Funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to create a multidisciplinary summer camp for high school students, called the Young Engineer Summer Camp program. The camp will motivate high school students to further studies in fields related to science and technology as well as introduce these prospective students to Midwestern State University and Wichita Falls. In addition MSU YES Camp will provide participants with an introduction of basic science and mathematics necessary for various disciplines of engineering.
|The Effect of Off-peak Hospital Environments on Nurses' Work: an Institutional Ethnography|
Funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to learn how and why off-peak work environments are different, and how they affect nurses' work and patient care. This project will provide researchers with insight into how to account for temporal variations in nurses' work environment and provide stakeholders with materials that help them improve efficiency, effectiveness, quality and cost on nursing care provided during off-peak periods.
| Establishing Cooperative Research Opportunities within the TexasView Consortium|
Funded by the TexasView Consortium under the U.S. Geological Survey's Land Remote Sensing Program to identify opportunities, needs, and resources and to make them available for sharing among all Consortium participants, including academic, government, and commercial partners. This information will be displayed on TexasView’s website. The secondary goal of this project is improved communication and coordination among members for purposes including curriculum development, applied research, and pursuit of grant-related funding.
(Beginning Educators Gain Instructional Nurturance)
Funded by the US Department of Education to support teachers in the following areas: science, math, foreign language, and bilingual education.
|Digitization of Maps from the Forrest Monahan Railroad Collection |
Funded by the University of North Texas' Portal to Texas History Project to digitize thirty maps from a collection of Railway Right-of-Way and Track survey blueprints showing plans for the development of railroads in north Texas and Oklahoma from the early 1900s. These railroad blueprints are a significant part of North Texas history in that these railways were a major contributor to the growth and colonization of the United States from the east coast to the west.
Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU
|Art in Public Places 2009: Caldecott Medal Winners from the Collection of the WF Museum of Art at MSU|
Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts to expand the appreciation of art and encourage reading in rural North Texas communities. A guest lecturer will focus on the collection of original illustrations of Caldecott Medal Winners. Both the original illustrations and the winning Caldecott books featuring the illustrations will be discussed and displayed in the exhibition as it travels to thirteen public libraries in rural North Texas.
| Planning a Biological and Geological Research Station in the Big Bend Region of Texas|
Funded by the National Science Foundation as the first step in creating a new research station called the Dalquest Field Station.
| Project BOW|
(Bilingual Opportunity Window)
Funded by the US Department of Education to support students in the teaching field of bilingual education.
| Advanced Education Nursing|
Funded by Health Resources and Services Administration to provide scholarships for Wilson School of Nursing graduate students through the Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship program. The main goal of this grant is to reduce the nurse staffing shortages.
| Region 9 P-16 Council|
Funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to increase the rates of attendance and completion of higher education in Texas, have students school ready (pre K) intervention, gain community and business involvement and support for the initiative.
College Access Challenge Grant
Funded by the Department of Education (through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board) to increase post-secondary education rates in Texas.
Teacher Quality Partnership for Engaged Learning Funded by Teacher Quality Grant Project at THECB to increase teacher content knowledge and pedagogical skills and, by doing so, increase student achievement and engagement in mathematics. Teachers meet for 10 intensive days each summer and 7 days each academic year and are divided accordingly into the two components of this project:
Dr. Christopher Hansen
Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP)
Funded by The University of Texas System Administration to help students prepare for medical school by providing scholarships, summer stipends, mentoring support, and admission assistance and scholarships to medical school for students who complete the program in good standing.
Dr. Grant Simpson
|CCRS - College and Career Readiness Standards|
Funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to educate others about CCRS such as end of course testing and aligning curriculum to better prepare students for college and a career.
|Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Conference|
Funded by the Mathematical Association of American and the National Science Foundation to allow MSU to host a one-day symposium for undergraduates to present research in the field of mathematics. MSU's conference is called the Texas Oklahoma Regional Undergraduate Symposium (TORUS) and is held in February.
|mLearning in Radiologic Sciences: A Case Study|
Funded by the Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences to formulate the strategy for implementation of and explore the application of iTouch into the Radiologic Science curriculum. The issue of educational practicality will also be addressed.
Dr. Rodney Cate
Welch Scholar Program
Dr. Grant Simpson
Summer Merit Grant