Features — 12 December 2013
Regional Outreach grants funding to university projects

MSU welcomed hundreds of students to 2013 Construction Career Day, which receives funding as part of the Regional Outreach Granting program.

 

Murray State University’s Office of Regional Outreach has granted $123,000 in regional grants for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. The granting process has been part of the office’s mission since its inception in 2007. Members of the Regional Advisory Council – made up of at least one representative from all 18 counties in MSU’s service region – take it upon themselves to meet quarterly and determine which projects best support the council’s four main goals. The goals are education attainment, quality of life enhancement, collaborative partnerships and job creation.

These grants have benefitted thousands of students, parents, teachers and families and continue to enrich the lives of those who have contact with projects. The goal of the funding is to provide startup money that lays a solid foundation for sustainable projects. Currently, we have four such projects on-going.

“Once again we have a good mix of internal and external project partners. Building upon the success of our STEM initiatives, we have been able to add three new unique projects,” Gina Winchester, Executive Director of Regional Outreach, said. “Health in a box, an internal project, and The Next Big Thing: Innovation Competition, also an internal project, and Mobile Engineers Day, internal, focus on childhood obesity, entrepreneurship and STEM education, respectively. I’m excited to see where these projects go.”

The impact of Regional Outreach has never been more apparent on Murray State’s own campus. Outstanding faculty, staff and students benefit from this funding to continue going above and beyond to provide for the local community.

“All of the projects we support impact youth in our 18-county service region,” Bentley Utgaard, projects specialist, said. “Murray State’s outreach resources can help make a big difference in education of our youth and dovetail with MSU recruitment efforts. Additionally, many of the projects we support include MSU student interns who go to regional K-12 schools to assist with program delivery.”

For more information on the granting process, visit www.murraystate.edu/outreach, or call the office, located in Heritage Hall, at 270-809-5088.

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