Whitney Travel Grant Program

During its June 18, 2012 meeting, the Executive Board of the Independent Association of Framingham State Alumni voted to temporarily suspend this program in order to focus on assisting as many students as possible during these difficult economic times.


Spring 2012

Irene Foster ’87, Professor, Fashion Design and Retailing in the Consumer Sciences Department, will be traveling to Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Foster will be presenting a teaching abstract: “Using Stakeholder Theory as the Basis for a Learning Module in a Social Responsibility Course” at the International Textile and Apparel Association 2012 Annual Conference being held November 14-17. She will also visit museum and cultural sites, especially those related to native Hawaiian dress, and share her experiences with her students and colleagues.

Spring 2011

Karen Druffel, assistant professor in the Economics and Business Department, and T. Bridgett Perry-Galvin, professor in the Philosophy and Psychology Department, will be traveling to Izmir, Turkey.  They will present their paper, “Gender Differences in Perceptions of the Role of Industry Mentors in Undergraduate Student Mentorship Programs” at the First International Conference on Business and Management organized by the Social Sciences Research Society.  Their research will benefit students by providing insight into factors that contribute to reduced interest in business careers among women and suggesting ways to increase the participation of women in business.

Erika Schneider, assistant professor of Art History, will travel to Rome, Italy to present her paper, “Melville and the Starving Artist” at the 8th International Melville Conference.  Her travels will give her the opportunity to meet distinguished scholars in 19th century American literature, visit museums and sites in Rome and Pompeii, and investigate exchange programs for FSU students to attend Sapienza University.

Elizabeth Perry, associate professor in the Art and Music Department, and Lynn Parker, associate professor in the English Department, are developing a linked course that they will team teach to provide an active-learning experience.  The course, called “Victorians’ Secrets,” will prepare students for the demands of a growing global marketplace and the need for sensitivity and mature reflection about cultural differences.  The professors will explore London and its Victorian resources while providing the team an opportunity to develop the material into a valuable course, linking literary and art historical analysis with engaging and thought provoking content.

Fall 2010

Lisa Eck is associate professor of world literature in the English Department.   She is designing a new hybrid course that will include a three week travel component in India.  In order to develop the curriculum for this course and to enhance her other courses, Eck traveled to India to visit authors, intellectuals, and artists in New Delhi, Jaipur, and Mussoorie.  Collaborating with these individuals, as well as experiencing the intense contrast between first and third world countries, will impact the way she teaches.

Audrey Kali, associate professor of communication arts, hopes to produce a documentary that will reveal how the shortage of USDA inspected slaughterhouses in New England undermines meat farmers’ economic viability and restricts consumers from buying locally processed and humanely raised animal products.   This grant enabled her to travel to Washington DC and through New England to produce a film trailer that will be used with proposals for larger grants to make the documentary. The project will demonstrate to students how it is possible for someone who studies communication and media to communicate ideas through the medium of documentary film.

March 2010

Antone Dias, assistant professor in the Psychology and Philosophy Department, participated  in an International Faculty Development Seminar sponsored by the Council of International Educational Exchange in Botswana and South Africa. This seminar included lectures and coordinated site visits to  social, political, academic, environmental, and economic institutions.  His goal was to add an international dimension to all his courses  to increase the students’ perspective, sensitivity to, and an understanding of cultural diversity on a global scale.

Kelly Kolodny, chair of the Education Department, is interested in the establishment of the first normal school in America and is developing profiles of four members of the first class:  Louisa Harris, Rebecca Pennell, Mary Swift, and Lydia Stow. She traveled to the campus of Haverford College in Pennsylvania to research the letters of Mary Swift. Kolodny feels that studying the lives of these individuals and detailing their subsequent educational and organizational experiences will result in a broader understanding of the normal school movement and the teaching legacies of these distinguished graduates. This will provide a rich multi-dimensional perspective for the education students in her class.

November 2009

The Independent Association of Framingham State Alumni is pleased to announce Professor Marc Cote as the fall 2009 Whitney Travel Grant Recipient.

Cote, chair of the art department, will travel to Poland during his spring 2010 sabbatical to work with the faculty of the Art Academy of Krakow where he will use traditional and experimental printmaking techniques on a series of artwork. Cote will also travel to Germany to study at the Druckstelle Studio in Berlin.

As president of the Boston Printmakers, Cote will form an international committee to expand the organization and plan the North American Print Biennial. Framingham State College will co-host this juried print exhibition during 2011 at the Danforth Museum of Art.

In addition, Cote will coordinate Professor Marcin Surzycka’s visit to the U.S., during which Surzycka will demonstrate his experimental techniques in collograph printing to FSU students. A student study tour to Central Europe, in which students will have the ability to work and exhibit in both Poland and Germany, is also being planned.

May 2009

This spring, the Independent Association of Framingham State Alumni introduced an exciting new initiative in the form of a pilot program called the Whitney Academic Travel Grant. We are happy to announce that six proposals were approved by the Executive Board in the total amount of $10,000 to the following:

Aline Davis of the Biology Department will travel to the Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Conference in Michigan to present data to the scientific community that was collected by Framingham State students examining commercial milk for potential estrogenic compounds.

Thomas Grove of the English Department will travel to Korea to present a paper to the Society of Korean Oral Literature and to give an address at the Asiatic Research Center in Seoul on multi-culturalism in the United States.

Bernard Horn of the English Department will travel to Israel to present a paper to the Conference of the Association for Israeli Studies and to meet with scholars who are also immersed in Israeli literature and Biblical Studies.

Patricia Lynne of the English Department has written a paper on the pilot program she ran for first-year writing students that will be presented to the Council of Writing Program Administrators in Minnesota. She is looking for peer feedback and suggestions to improve the program for next fall.

Abdul Momen of the Economics and Business Administration Department will present a paper and participate as a discussant on globalization at the World Congress of Political Science in Santiago, Chile. The participants include distinguished professionals from large universities and organizations.

Leslie Starobin from the Communication Arts Department will travel to France and Israel to continue her field work and oral history interviews of displaced Jewish community members to complete her multi-year visual arts project entitled, The Last Address: Traces of Family and History in Memory and Montage to be exhibited at the Holocaust Museum in Houston and later published in book form.

February 2009

Alumni House, the Independent Association of Framingham State Alumni, announces the availability of the Whitney Academic Travel Grant. This two-year pilot program will provide funds to assist with faculty travel for purposes directly related to research, field work, and scholarly activities. Initially, the grant program is available to faculty members of Framingham State College with the possibility of later extension to a wider audience. Applicants may use the grant to cover planned expenses to visit off-campus locations and is intended to enhance the breadth and richness of faculty experience in order to ultimately benefit their students. As part of the grant application process, Alumni House has provided a convenient downloadable information sheet and an application form.

For more information, contact the office in Alumni House.

November 2007

The IAFSA Executive Board is pleased to announce the receipt of a $1.4 million gift from the estate of Adah Elizabeth (Betty) Whitney, a member of the class of 1935. This gift will enable the Association to continue its tradition of service, while working to increase its benevolent support for alumni and students of Framingham State College.

In keeping with the IAFSA mission of serving the financial needs of students and alumni, the Executive Board has decided to use a portion of this gift to honor the legacy of Betty Whitney. The Board will establish a grant program to provide funds to enable students, alumni, and faculty to pursue academic interests that require travel.

To find out more details about the bequest.