CMU Awarded $50,000 Grant
Nurturing students to become better people has long been a priority at Central Methodist University, but a $50,000 grant just awarded will bring a whole new commitment to that cause.
The Washington D.C.-based Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) named CMU one of 33 recipients nationwide of a NetVUE program development grant, CMU President Marianne Inman announced.
Dr. Kevin Carnahan, CMU assistant professor of philosophy and religion, is program coordinator for the two-year NetVUE (Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education) grant. It is intended to deepen the intellectual and theological search of vocational interests among students.
CMU aims to use the grant to find practical methods of helping students reflect upon their true calling as they consider courses of study and careers. The program will, among other things, help students see the relationship between faith and career choices, and develop the next generation of leaders.
The CIC?s NetVUE program, funded by a grant from the Lilly Foundation, is designed to further enable independent colleges and universities to teach and mentor students in matters of faith and vocational choices.
CMU faculty who participate in the program will be asked to explore ways to incorporate civic engagement and service learning into the curriculum across disciplines.
"This grant will allow us to put more of our students into contact with pressing issues in the real world, while prompting them to make this kind of engagement a continual part of their lives," Carnahan said.
"At Central Methodist University, we are constantly working to push our students beyond the normal bounds of the classroom.This grant provides a wonderful opportunity to open new avenues of engaged learning," he added.
The concept of being a better citizen is nothing new at CMU. The CMU Mission Statement states it plainly: "Central Methodist University prepares students to make a difference in the world by emphasizing academic and professional excellence, ethical leadership, and social responsibility."
Each spring, CMU cancels classes so that students, faculty and staff can volunteer for Service Day. Students by the hundreds contribute thousands of hours toward service projects across the region.
Service Day is just one example of CMU volunteering for the greater good of society. CMU student-athletes donate countless hours through the Champions of Character program sponsored by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and Greek life at Central has a long history of volunteerism, and there are many others.
With the new NetVUE grant, CMU intends to take that spirit to greater levels than ever before.
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