College 101 event receives grant from Nemaha County Development Foundation Fund

College 101 event receives grant from Nemaha County Development Foundation Fund

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 4, 2017, 9:00 p.m. CDT
Contact Jason Hogue, Peru State College Marketing and Communications, 620-363-246

 

Peru, Nebraska– Peru State’s Dr. Gina Bittner and Dr. Frank Lynott received a grant from the Nemaha County Development Foundation Fund this week.  The grant will sponsor a new semester-long College 101 on-campus engagement experience for freshmen majoring in education.

The College 101 course helps students define the role of higher education in their personal and professional lives. New Peru State students join a learning community within their academic discipline to better develop the skills necessary for college-level work.

Bittner, an associate professor of education, writes, “Dr. Lynott and I were invited to speak at the Nemaha County Development Foundation’s monthly meeting in Auburn this June.  We shared our vision for improving retention through the first-year experience and developing a stronger relationship [in students] with Nemaha County.”

“With matching funds from other sources, the foundation’s financial support will help to make this kick-off event a success. Following our presentation, we completed the grant application and received a grant award for $600 to make this meaningful collaboration possible.”

Sharon Hessler, a foundation advisory board member, said, “The Foundation Fund was very enthusiastic about connecting with the College, and the opportunity to help with a grant for College 101 was the perfect start.”

Sharon Hessler (center) presents a check and certificate to Dr. Gina Bittner (righ) and Dr. Frank Lynott (left).

Sharon Hessler (center) presents a check and certificate to Dr. Gina Bittner (righ) and Dr. Frank Lynott (left).

Dr. Frank Lynott, assistant professor in the School of Education, writes, “This event will be an opportunity for freshmen to get to know  faculty and staff – as well as develop camaraderie with peers in like majors.”

“The event will kick off with a meal, team building events and will include a t-shirt to show the School of Education’s appreciation of their dedication to scholastic and career endeavors as well as making Peru State College a part of their lives.”

For more information about the new School of Education’s College 101 program, contact Dr. Gina Bittner at gbittner@peru.edu or Dr. Frank Lynott at flynott@peru.edu.

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Ashley Peiman contributed to this release.