The Vida S. Clements Foundation
Otterbein remains grateful for the ongoing generosity of the Vida S. Clements Foundation, which recently pledged $30,000 to support the Department of Chemistry with replacing its nuclear magnetic resonance equipment. The Foundation also made a $3,000 gift to support digitization initiatives for Otterbein’s archives, in addition to support for the “O” Club.
This grant will fund six faculty liaisons from each division to focus and re-imagine the faculty role in student discernment of vocation in preparation for the implementation of Every Student Will in 2022. The six faculty liaisons will be charged with learning and understanding the role of vocation in higher education during the fall of 2021 and, in the spring of 2022, helping to develop and implement training to their faculty peers. The goal will be to transform the faculty advising relationship from one focused on transactional academic progress, to one that focuses on exploring vocation. Additionally, all faculty and staff instructors for the First Year Seminar and Senior Experience courses will participate in a retreat focused on vocational exploration for students embedded in their curricular experiences.
AMOUNT $10,000 RECIPIENTS Jen Bechtold, Co-Principal Investigator Kate Lehman, Co-Principal Investigator AWARDED BY The Council of Independent Colleges and the Lilly Endowment