Bergen Community College
its Title III, Part F (HSI STEM and Articulation) grant, Bergen Community
College is challenging engineering students to think beyond building robots
that can see, move, avoid obstacles, and maybe talk and even walk. Bergen STEM
Student Union members (Peter Lehrer, Brian Giraldo, Faton Spata, Gaby Marani
and Andriy Kovtun) accepted the challenge by insisting that their robots also
in the Summer of 2013, and ongoing since, they have been active leaders of the
UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle, a.k.a. drone) Team of the STEM Student Union and
have been busy building, programming, flying, crashing and re-building their
first flying robot; a quadcopter. These
drones can be seen operating over the BCC campus.
the greatest areas for future growth of drone use is in precision agriculture.
The STEM UAV Team has embarked on an ambitious long term agricultural project
to develop an autonomous UAV scarecrow-like system to deter pests from small
Team’s system, called Scaredrone™, would make use of a computer vision system
that would identify the type of pest and its coordinates on a one-acre farm and
transmit the location to a drone waiting on a docking station. Upon receiving instructions, the drone
self-launches and humanely scares off the offending critter. Its mission
accomplished, it returns back to the docking station and awaits its next set of
coordinates. The team is also learning
CNC machining and 3D printing to create a swarm of mini drones that act as
an autonomous flock to deter pests.
ambitious development project will require many skills and new technologies to
be developed by the UAV Team.
For more information about this grant, contact Dr. PJ Ricatto, Project Director, at email@example.com.
University of Houston - Downtown
MBA program at the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD), funded by a Title V,
Part B (PPOHA) grant, launched a Professional Development Series (PDS).
Through PDS, MBA students and invited guests participate in four annual professional
development events to network with local community professionals and sharpen their business skills. The
series, which hosts executive speakers and workshops, allows MBA students and
College of Business administrators to invite colleagues, supervisors, and guests
to participate in a sampling of the UHD MBA program’s benefits with with current MBA students.
With more than 100 MBA students
and guests in attendance, the
inaugural speaking event featured Laura
Lopez, who shared her insights on “Developing Brand
You.” Laura's humor, insights and advice
were acquired through 20 years'
experience in professional
roles, including corporate success as a senior
executive at the Coca-Cola Company. She is a sought-after
speaker for many Fortune 100 companies
and has been a guest on the Today Show and Fox
To drive home the objectives in
Laura’s presentation, MBA students were
tasked with creating an action plan detailing
how they intend to develop, practice and evaluate their own “Brand You”. Craig D. Vershon, an MBA student, commented: “Laura Lopez helped me
to realize that the foundation
for my development as a business leader is to understand my ‘core brilliance.’
This starts by looking inward
to self-evaluate and identifying what I do exceptionally well. This becomes the platform for describing myself and explaining my ‘core
brilliance’ to others.”
Other executive speakers in the Series have
included Steve Antry, CEO and chairman of the board, Eagle Energy Company of Oklahoma, LLC, and Larry Magee,
president, Consumer Tire U.S. & Canada, for Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations.
For more information about this grant, contact Whitney Morgan, Project Director, at MorganW@uhd.edu.
From the Director
Happy New Year from the Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI)
Division! We extend best wishes to all
of our friends and colleagues as we embark on another grant year. While 2013
left an indelible imprint on all of us, we are nevertheless encouraged and
excited about our prospects for 2014. We
are hard at work planning for the fiscal year (FY) 2014 Developing
Hispanic-Serving Institutions (DHSI) grant competition. While there are always budget uncertainties,
we are moving forward with the necessary steps to prepare for this
competition. The DHSI is the only new
grant competition planned for FY 2014.
We want to remind you that in order to be eligible to submit
an application in the DHSI program competition, you must submit an application and
be designated as an eligible institution for FY 2014. The notice soliciting applications for
eligibility designation was published in the Federal Register on January 13th. The deadline for transmittal of applications
is March 7th. In an effort
to streamline our eligibility process, please note that there is now one
deadline to apply for designation as an eligible institution
and the non-Federal cost share waiver.
In addition to preparing for the FY 2014 DHSI grant
competition, we are also engaged in reviewing your Annual Performance
Reports. This review will enable us to
award your FY 2014 Non-Competing Continuation grants for all HSI programs when
funds become available. If you have
questions about this process, please contact your program officer.
If you are considering applying under the FY 2014 DHSI grant
competition, please give serious considerations to proposing innovative approaches
and initiatives that will expand and enhance your academic offerings, program
quality and institutional stability. As
in recent years, college persistence and completion will continue to remain key
issues of interest.
Finally, we are looking forward to FY 2014 with renewed
energy and commitment to working with you.
Please feel free to share your successes and let us know how we can
better serve you.
Ralph Hines, Director
New HSI Division Team Members
Sarah serves as Coordinator of the HSI STEM and Articulation program and Program Officer for 48 California HSI STEM and Articulation projects. She also continues to serve as a Senior
Program Manager for the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE).
Her responsibilities in FIPSE include the management of budget,
priorities and contracts for all FIPSE programs and initiatives including
designing and crafting priorities and guidelines to meet the President’s 2020
Graduation Goal. Sarah is also the FIPSE Board liaison.
she managed the Institute for International Education grant that created the
successful International Academic Partnerships Program (IAPP). She
designed and managed the interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate student
and faculty exchange programs between Brazil and the United States (U.S.-Brazil
FIPSE/CAPES Program); the European Union and the United States (EU-U.S.
Atlantis Program); and Canada, Mexico, and the United States (North American
Mobility Program). Sarah also served as Team Leader for the
International Studies Team in the International Programs Division. She
was responsible for the overall direction of seven discretionary grant programs
with an annual budget of over $30 million. The programs are authorized
under the Title VI of the Higher Education Act, as amended, and the
Fulbright-Hays Act. She led the International Studies Team in administering
the grant programs, conducting national and international conferences and
numerous research projects. She designed and implemented several international
faculty development conferences with both US and foreign institutions of higher
background includes the study of economics, liberal arts and business both at
home and abroad. She is an enthusiastic internationalist and uses her
influence and talents to help develop sustainable and creative academic
programs at universities and colleges throughout the United States.
Email Sarah: Sarah.Beaton@ed.gov
Terrance is the newest member of the HSI Division and will be serving as a Program Officer. Originally from New Jersey, he has lived in the Washington, D.C. metro area for four years. He holds a bachelor's degree in communications and a master's degree in education from the University of Texas at El Paso (a current HSI grantee).
Before joining the U.S. Department of Education, he served in the U.S. Army as a Communications Specialist and was Honorably Discharged in 2001. He has professional experience at the local and federal government level, in addition to working in public education where he taught English and served as an Assistant Principal.
In his free time, Terrance enjoys watching movies with his children, reading, and participating in recreational activities. He's traveled across the country in support of his favorite New York teams: the Jets, Yankees, and Knicks.
Education is one of his passions and he considers himself to be a lifelong learner. He is dedicated to serving the educational community and is excited about the opportunity to be a part of the U.S. Department of Education and the HSI team.
Email Terrance: firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual Performance Reports
You can now access the Annual Performance Report (APR) system. The system will be open until January 21, 2014 and your reports must be submitted before this date. Remember that the APR is used by your Program Officer to determine whether you are making satisfactory progress. If you have questions about the APR process, please contact your program officer.
FY 2014 Designation of Eligibility
The Hispanic-Serving Institutions Division (HSI), in collaboration with the Strengthening Institutions Division (SID), will be offering informational webinars addressing the necessary procedures to follow when applying for Designation of Eligibility.
Webinars will be held on:
- 1/21/14 at 10 AM EST.
- 1/23/14 at 2 PM EST.
- 1/28/14 at 10 AM EST.
- 1/30/14 at 2 PM EST.
- 2/4/14 at 10 AM EST.
Click here for more information.
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Want to include a success story in the next HSI Bulletin or have ideas for future articles? Email Jeff Hartman.