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BSC RASP Forges Relationship with Elizabeth City State University Counterpart

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    Monday, April 08 2013
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103

(Bluefield)—Bluefield State College Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (RASP) staff members Lisa Saunders and Julie Kalk traveled on April 5 to Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) in Elizabeth City, NC to observe operations in the highly successful ECSU Office of Sponsored Programs. The BSC delegation was welcomed by ECSU Director of Sponsored Programs Patricia Gibbs and her staff.

The BSC representatives were introduced to how the major components of grant application and management—pre-award services, post-award services, and compliance—are handled at ECSU, after which they met with each of the ECSU sub-units to discuss details.

"It was an opportunity for me to confirm that the issues we have in RASP are universal and to learn some techniques for dealing with those issues," said Saunders. "It was also nice to see that they have been able to grow their office from 2-3 staff and $1.5 million in grants to 10-11 staff and $15 million in grants in the last decade."

ECSU was chosen as a mentor institution because of a broad overlap in mission and activities between it and BSC. Both ECSU and BSC are Historically Black Colleges & Universities that identify themselves as teaching institutions and serve similarly-sized communities. ECSU is a past recipient and BSC a current recipient of the National Institutes of Health Extramural Associates Research and Development Award (EARDA), which is intended to strengthen sponsored programs infrastructure.

Additionally, Dr. Kalk and Dr. Tesfaye Belay are participating in the ECSU Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) which uses technology and critical thinking to improve student outcomes in science and engineering courses. A delegation from ECSU MSEIP will be visiting BSC on April 19 to provide training in the use of a Smart Board that was purchased for BSC through the program.

"We hope that establishing strong ties with ECSU in a range of areas will make both institutions stronger," noted Kalk. "If the reception and acceptance we experienced at ECSU is indicative of future events, this relationship is bound to be a success."