March 5, 2015: The “Broadening the Bridge” project leadership committee availed itself of t-shirts with the project logo. Here, members pose after the March 5 committee meeting.
front row, left to right: Bradley Schaffner, College Librarian; Janet Scannell, Chief Technology Officer; Christopher Tassava, Associate Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations; Steven Poskanzer, President; Roberta Lembke, Director of IT and Libraries; Fred Rogers, Vice President and Treasurer.
back row, left to right: Marci Sortor, Provost & Dean of the College; Michael Goodson, Vice President for Human Resources; Janet Hanson, Vice President & Chief Financial Officer; Jennifer Edwins, Assistant to the College Librarian & Bridge Coordinator; David B. Anderson, President; Kerstin Cardenas, Director of Human Resources; Beverly Nagel, Dean of the College. (Not pictured: Helen Warren, Director of Government, Foundation and Corporate Relations.)
(Carleton italicized, St. Olaf underscored.)
Spring 2015: Expected award of third round of grants for faculty and staff members’ collaborative projects, for summer 2015.
March 31, 2014: Overview – A Successful Year
On March 31, Carleton and St. Olaf submitted their first annual project report to the Mellon Foundation. With a very wide array of activities, the colleges reported several key accomplishments in the first year of the grant, which covered the calendar year 2014:
- Library staff conducted substantial research into a new library management system (with adoption planned for 2015).
- Library and information technology leaders developed several shared positions in the library and IT organizations.
- Library and IT staff worked to harmonize numerous library and IT policies and practices, and creatively explored opportunities for additional collaboration.
- A faculty committee awarded sixteen “Exploration Grants” worth a total of approximately $50,000 to faculty and staff teams that are undertaking collaborative projects. (Summaries of these grants can be found here: spring 2014 | fall 2014.)
November 6, 2014: Award of second round of grants made to support faculty and staff members’ collaborative projects, over winter and spring 2015.
October 22, 2014: St. Olaf and Carleton Physics Departments stage a joint poster session for all Ole and Carl physics and astronomy students who conducted research or held internships over summer 2014.
Fall 2014: Offering of first course designed for joint enrollment, Greg Marfleet’s “Political Psychology of Presidential Foreign Policy Decision Making”
Summer 2014: Pursuit by faculty and staff of numerous collaborative projects.
May 19, 2014: Award of first round of grants made to support faculty and staff members’ collaborative projects, largely over summer 2015
December 18, 2013: Award of $1,400,000 grant to the colleges by the Foundation.
October 11, 2013: Submission by the colleges of a joint proposal to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a four-year, $1,400,000 collaborative project.
Fall 2012 through Summer 2013: Completion of exploratory project.
July 16, 2012: Award by the Foundation of the $50,000 exploratory grant to the colleges
June 21, 2012: Submission by the colleges of a joint proposal to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a one-year, $50,000 exploratory project
News articles from Carleton and St. Olaf about the “Broadening the Bridge” initiative:
“Collaborative course brings together St. Olaf and Carleton students” St. Olaf News, November 24, 2014
“After 50 years, pilfered Carleton pennant finds its way home” Minneapolis Star-Tribune, June 28, 2014
“The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Awards St. Olaf and Carleton $1.4 million Collaboration Grant” Carleton News, December 10, 2013
“Mellon Foundation awards St. Olaf and Carleton $1.4 million grant” St. Olaf News, December 10, 2013