I love practical tips … and I love lists, especially short ones. I couldn’t resist sharing this story from the Chronicle of Higher Education, which I’m constantly reading for grant ideas: The 5 Tips for Student Success That a Longtime Instructor Swears By Tony Holland The tips are from Tony Holland of the Alabama Community… Continue Reading 5 teaching tips to boost student completion and retention … what are yours?
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If it seems like I’m a little obsessed with the buzzword “collaboration,” it’s because a bunch of grant funders are, too. Let me give you two recent examples: 1. GO Virginia You may have heard about the GO Virginia program, which has funded some economic development projects in the Roanoke region, including the RAMP business… Continue Reading Why we must collaborate, inside and out
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I painted my fingernails blue and gold, y’all. I was shopping the Elizabeth Arden warehouse sale in Salem this past weekend (where we get a 10% discount with our VWCC ID badge!) and found the $2 nail polish along the back wall. I thought the colors would be perfect during the week of Spring Fling,… Continue Reading How do you show your Virginia Western spirit? (And why it matters.)
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You’ve heard of speed dating, right? Where you meet with a bunch of potential romantic interests in efficient, 10-minute increments? Based on my own comic experience at Roanoke’s now-defunct Saltori’s in the early 2000s, I can’t wholeheartedly recommend this method for actual dating. But I think the concept might help some of us out with… Continue Reading I tried speed dating once … and how it relates to Innovation Grants
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How are those Innovation Grant proposals going? I’ve been hearing some good questions from your colleagues about the process, and I thought I would post some tips for generating grant-winning ideas. Here are five: 1. Think “Project Runway” So if you’ve ever chatted with me for more than 5 minutes, then you probably know I’m… Continue Reading If you’re having trouble coming up with ideas for the Innovation Grant …
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So perhaps you have some creative ideas floating around your head … ideas to help students succeed, or possible solutions to help with student retention. If you’re like me, your idea might feel a bit half-baked … the start of something cool, but you feel like you need to talk it out with another colleague.… Continue Reading Thinking about an Innovation Grant? Don’t skip these important first steps
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More than 20 years since I first watched “Apollo 13,” I’m often reminded of one particular scene. And no, it’s not, “Houston, we have a problem.” In order to save the Apollo crew, a group of NASA engineers raced against the clock to create a carbon dioxide filter from the limited equipment available in the spacecraft. They… Continue Reading ‘Western, we have a problem’: 5 tough takeaways from Dr. Monty Sullivan
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As I’ve emphasized before, ideas — our imagination — are the real power behind grants. And I collect rando ideas like some people collect Star Wars action figures. I read like a maniac because it helps stuff my brain with as many ideas as possible — and then, like magic! — some joke or frustration… Continue Reading Wait! Before you log off for winter break …
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Before we get bogged down in the details of the Paul Lee Professional Development Grant, I thought I’d expound on an idea that I mentioned in a previous blog post. In “The Power of Moments,” authors Chip Heath and Dan Heath introduced me to the Course Design Institute (CDI), a week-long workshop offered at the… Continue Reading Here’s an idea for the Paul Lee Professional Development Grant. What are yours?
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Pictured: The Instructional Technology Mini-Conference at Virginia Western in July 2016. I’m hoping you’re as excited about professional development as these folks are, because the VCCS offers two types of professional development grants: The Paul Lee Professional Development Grant, with a maximum stipend of $2,500 for the summer.The Paul Lee Workshop Mini-Grant, with a maximum… Continue Reading Got a workshop idea for the summer? VCCS Paul Lee grant applications due Feb. 1
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About Stephanie

Stephanie SeagleStephanie Ogilvie Seagle has served as Grant Specialist at Virginia Western since 2016, but she prefers her honorary title: “Chief Joy Officer.” Stephanie spent most of her career at The Roanoke Times, a daily newspaper, where she served in various news and features roles including “Shoptimist” shopping columnist. She earned a bachelor’s degree in integrative studies at George Mason University and a master’s of arts in liberal studies at Hollins University. Stephanie is a mom to one human daughter and multiple chihuahuas … and is obsessed with reading nonfiction, Halloween, and crafting glow necklaces inspired by the Mill Mountain Star. Glow Roanoke!

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