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Thursday, April 27, 2017

ACC Foundation Awards Grants and Honors Staff

The Alvin Community College Foundation presented $30,000 in grants and awards at the annual President’s Tea on April 26.

The Innovative Initiative Grants are designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize and reward innovative and creative approaches to fulfill the mission of Alvin Community College. The grants will be used for the 2017-18 academic year.

Grants were awarded to support developmental education students, the Fitness Center, foster care alumni, curriculum conference, a nursing empathy program, a pottery benefit, a literary journal, a police bike patrol and more.


A $1,500 grant was awarded for the Academic Foundations Successful Student Scholarships. The funding will provide scholarships for students that are taking developmental course work and improve the retention of our students.


When former foster care students enroll in college, the process of adapting to higher education can be daunting. The Foundation awarded $1,500 to the Foster Care Alumni Support Program which will fund professional development for staff to better assist students with their unique needs.


The Foundation awarded $1,000 to fund the Across the Curriculum Conference. The grant will fund a conference that helps local educators share ideas in a series of seminars.


Demand for workers in science and technology related fields continues to grow. A $1,000 grant was awarded to create a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Family Night to help increase participation in STEM-related careers.


A $1,000 grant was awarded to the Art Department to host a pottery Throw-A-Thon. More than 250 bowls will be made and sold to benefit the Alvin Meals on Wheels.


A $1,700 Innovative grant will fund a program designed to develop empathy within Associate Degree Nursing students using simulation in psychiatric nursing.


The ACC Police Department received a $500 grant to help establish a bike patrol on campus.


The Upward Bound program received $748 to help increase student interest in Texas History and Geology.


A $1,000 grant was awarded to the Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography department to establish a student recruitment and retention program.


The Fitness Center was awarded a $1,090 grant to purchase boxing bags and enhance its offerings for a student martial arts club as well as faculty and staff kickboxing.


The English Department received a $1,000 to create The Fifth Plinth: A Literary Journal which will be comprised of student, faculty and staff works.


The ACC Foundation also presented grants that were part of the “Adopt a Grant” program. Guests at Foundation events such as the annual Gala were asked to support different projects with $100 individual donations.

The departments to receive Adopt a Grant funds included $2,000 for the Music program to purchase new drums and a mixing board, $4,225 to the Communicatioons program for a new camera and audio recorder, $1,100 to the Culinary Arts Department for equipment for a new heating and proofing cabinet, $1,700 to the Lab School for Snow Day and $1,700 to the Upward Bound program to fund cultural events.


The ACC Foundation also presented faculty and staff members with the Foundation Excellence Awards which recognizes college’s Technical, Clerical, Support and Maintenance employees, an administrative staff employee and a faculty member. Winners this year are Fiscal Affairs Assistant Director Laurel Joseph, Biology instructor and interim Dean of Arts and Sciences John Matula and Administrative Assistant Juanita Marasckin. Each received $1,000.


The ACC Foundation’s work this past year has provided more than $ 106,000 to scholarship programs and staff development which will benefit the college now and in the future, Crumm said.


The Foundation is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization. Its mission is to provide opportunities for students, faculty and the college. For more information about the Foundation or to learn about how to donate, visit or call 281-756-3600.



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