Student, Faculty & Staff Award Recipients

The Giving Circle has two segments for annual disbursement with 75% of funds allocated to Faculty & Staff Special Projects and 25% of funds allocated as Student Academic Enrichment grants.

Faculty & Staff Special Projects - 75%
Faculty & Staff awards will be up to $5,000 each and proposals will focus on curricular and approved student experiential learning opportunities. Proposals require the approval of the department chair prior to submission. Project funding will be determined by voting Members.

Student Academic Enrichment Grants - 25%
Awards will be up to $2,000 each and any remaining funds are dispersed as appropriate according to Women for BW bylaws. Recipients are determined by voting members as an award. Honoring the current Women's Club legacy, all recipients will be female.

Each year, these special awards allow for opportunities that otherwise may not be possible. 100% of Giving Circle Membership funds are allocated to these awards.

Please visit our Membership page to learn more about how you can help make an
even bigger impact this coming year!

2022 Giving Circle Award Results Are In!

Student Academic Enrichment Award
Up to $2,000 (women students only)

Faculty/Staff Special Project Award
Up to $5,000

2022 Student Academic Enrichment Awards

Abby Bilson (Maestra: The Musical Cast Album)
Abby will use her award to record and produce a professional cast album for the original, collaborative, student-created music theater production titled Maestra: The Musical. She will also use her award to cover fees associated with applying to professional workshop intensives, such as Eugene O’Neil Theater Center National Music Theater Conference, BMI Workshop and ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop, to produce the show commercially.

Natalie Corrin (Exploring Zambia and Reinventing Your Thinking Using Robots)
Natalie will use her award to attend and present her research on the impact of robotics on speech-language therapy at the 2022 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana. Additionally, she will use her award to assist her in her planned participation in a service-learning trip to Zambia, Africa, in January of 2023.

Julia Gersey (Computing in Guatemala)

Julia will use her funding to travel to Guatemala as part of the Mission Guatemala trip and deploy the software BW Software Engineering students have built for Mission Guatemala’s medical clinic. While in Guatemala, she will deliver the software to the clinic, troubleshoot, and help train the doctors and nurses on how to use it.

Total Award Amount for Students: $6,000

2022 Faculty & Staff Special Project Awards

Laura Blesse-Hampton (Standardized Patient Encounters for the Care of Sexual Assault Survivors)
Laura will use her award to expand the use of Department of Theatre and Dance students to represent individuals that have survived sexual assault for students in the Physician Assistant (PA) Program at Baldwin Wallace University. Theatre students will receive training on portraying these individuals and act in scenarios with the PA student serving as the provider. Additionally, PA students will receive detailed provider-based training on these topics. This allows the PA students practice with numerous patient scenarios that more accurately mimic real-world experience. The goal is to use the funds to deliver the project over the next three years (2023-2025). In the second year, the hope is to expand the project to involve the nursing students at Baldwin Wallace.  

Kerry Mullen (BW Safe Campus Initiative) 
Kerry will use her award to provide the education, skills and tools to empower women identifying students to feel safe. BW women students would participate in at least one of the following programs and be gifted a She's Birdie personal safety device. The programs would include R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense program) sponsored by Berea Police Department, personal safety discussion/demonstration provided by BW Safety and Security and an online safety module hosted by Get Inclusive.

Annette Trierweiler (Supporting and promoting transformational educational experiences in the field sciences through outreach and a gear library)
Annette will use her award to increase student exposure to the outdoors via an outreach camping trip to increase awareness of these trips and encourage students from underrepresented communities to consider the field sciences (women included). She will also create a “gear library” for students who often lack of resources to be properly outfitted for extended time outdoors. The outreach trip will take 20 BW students on an exciting overnight trip to the Hocking Hills region where professors can highlight many unique ecological and geological features in an area known for its recreational opportunities and natural beauty. The trip will become an annual experience, with students from previous years returning to serve as peer mentors and ambassadors. 

Christy Walkuski (Collaborative to End Human Trafficking - BW Chapter)
Christy will use her award to launch a new campus initiative which will: 1) organize a student organization dedicated to education about and elimination of human trafficking through campus workshops and discipline specific curriculum modules, 2) develop a student-led research team to contribute to needed areas of research (as identified by local and state partners) 3) provide service opportunities for BW students to contribute to efforts by local organizations. The initiative will equip BW students who are preparing for careers that will put them at the front lines of identifying and supporting trafficking victims, as well as utilize faculty expertise to develop meaningful experiential learning opportunities related to this work. Through research, service, and student leadership the Collaborative will educate, empower and advance the efforts of local community partners to end human trafficking in Northeast Ohio and beyond.

Total Award Amount for Faculty & Staff: $18,000

Total award amount for 2022-2023: $24,000



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