Fall 2019 is the second semester that the Institute for Leadership and Service is disbursing funds as part of the Collaboration on High Impact Practices (CHIP). The overarching goal of the micro-grant project is to support creative, collaborative approaches to incorporating high impact practices into curricular and co-curricular programs.

These projects were part of the original round of grant applications, but did not start until this semester. The 2020 Grant Cycle will begin later this semester.

Inside-Out National Instructor Training Institute

Proposed by Dr. Matthew Puffer, Assistant Professor of Humanities and Ethics, Christ College

As part of a larger project to develop a full-fledged prison education program at Valparaiso University, this proposal seeks funding to partially cover expenses related to equipping one faculty member with the pedagogical skills to teach in a prison environment. The Inside-Out Prison Exchange program prepares instructors to offer college courses within a correctional setting, comprised of both “inside students” (inmates) and “outside students” (undergraduates). Consistent with several High-Impact Practices, but especially those of “Collaborative Assignments and Projects” and “Improving Campus Climate/Awareness”, the intent of the program is to offer a transformative, collaborative learning experience that allows all of the students to evolve and grow together by listening seriously to the insights of others and engaging in academic dialogue focused on “difficult differences” including content areas that deal with issues of rights, justice, and power.

“Black Angels” Documentary and Panel

Proposed by Janelle Love, Assistant Director, Office of Multicultural Programs

Through the intentional network that we hope to build with this program, we are able to discuss vocational exploration across multiple student experiences. By hosting a conversation on the history of black nurses, our nursing and health professions students and hour history students have an opportunity to dissect a piece of history that is not widely known throughout the health field or told in American history. Our communications department, through student organizations and course work, will be able to highlight the importance of story-telling of diverse populations. The types of media used to collect interviews and produce the documentary will allow communication students an opportunity to ask practical application questions of our panelists. Our history students will be encouraged to research the stories that are not often told and to further question why those stories are not mainstream within our society. When seeking truth, this panel allows for the experiences of 300 black nurses to be brought to light so that we can better understand the historical impact of African-Americans/Blacks in the USA.

Rediscovering Renaissance Recipes

Proposed by Dr. Timothy Tomasik, Professor of World Languages and Cultures and Nick Rosasco, Assistant Professor of Computing and Information Sciences

A collaborative senior capstone project during the 2019-2020 academic year conducted by students in FLF 493 (Senior Seminar in French) and those in CS 358 (Software Design and Development, the CS capstone course). This project would involve the design, creation, and publication of an electronic scholarly edition of the Renaissance French cookbook, Platine en francoys (1505). The short-term goal and assessment measure would be the successful online roll-out of the edition and presentation of the project at the Butler Undergraduate Research Conference in April of 2020. A longer-term goal would be for this project to serve as a pilot for a larger electronic archive of all printed editions of cookbooks written in French between 1486 and 1650 called Rediscovering Renaissance Recipes.

The initial stage of the project would begin in fall 2019 with an estimated group of twelve senior French majors. The French students would take on the task of transcribing the original 16th Century Gothic script of the cookbook and marking it up in XML (extensible markup language) using the conventions of TEI (the text encoding initiative). To facilitate this task, they would use Oxygen XML editing software. A group of three to five CS students would then create a digital platform that both displays the electronic text appropriately and enables content searching. Though large parts of the work would be done by the individual student groups, substantial communication and collaboration would be necessary to establish parameters both for the platform and coding, which would ensure that the final product is both understandable and usable.