University of Findlay Receives NetVUE Grant
University of Findlay will receive a $40,000 grant to be used over a two-year period (February 2024—January 31, 2026). NetVUE (Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education) grants are administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and include grant programs tailored to differing circumstances, areas of interest, and capacity for administering projects. Grant topics include professional development, program development, among others. UF has received a grant for “Reframing the Institutional Saga.”
The grant will be used to document the institution’s transition from Findlay College to University of Findlay and its significant growth over a 35-year period, and for renderings that will be used in an interactive timeline representing Findlay’s 140-year history. The first part of the grant will support the book “Rooted in the Past, Reaching Toward the Future.” The book is being written by Diana Montague, Ph.D. professor of communication, and begins where previous institutional stories, including, “Findlay College, the First 100 Years,” by Richard Kern leaves off. The second part of the grant will result in a permanent timeline being installed in the Watterson Center for Ethical Leadership building and will visually and aurally display the diverse stories that tell the University’s history.
“Together, these projects will invite reflection on how the University lives its mission to equip students for meaningful lives and productive careers,” said Sarah Fedirka, Ph.D. associate professor and chair of the English, Philosophy, and Religious Studies Department. Fedirka and Montague worked in conjunction with Hillary Hartman, University grants manager to apply for the funding. “It was stressful because $40,000 was at stake,” Fedirka said. “We knew the value of the work we’d proposed in the grant application, but had we done enough to convince our readers?”
Together, they did enough to convince the CIC and NetVUE to fund the two projects. The three of them will come together before the end of the year to discuss the specifics of the $40,000 grant and then quickly get to work. “There’s research and writing to be done,” said Fedirka.