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05-17-2013

INTEL Grants Encourage Innovation, Engagement

Virginia Wesleyan College’s first-ever Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning (INTEL) faculty grants have been awarded to Professor of Philosophy Dr. Larry Hultgren and Assistant Professor of Communication Dr. Lisa Lyon Payne. Each grant provides the recipient with up to $1,000 for a project that encourages and advances a culture of innovation and engaged learning. Hultgren’s project, “Toward the Liberally Educated Physician,” addresses how students who aspire to a career in medicine can be well-positioned for upcoming changes to the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). The test is being redesigned in 2015 to include sections on social sciences, behavioral sciences, and the humanities in addition to the natural sciences. The project also demonstrate how VWC’s new 4x4 curriculum, with its emphasis on inquiry, can help develop more well-rounded medical school applicants. Payne’s project, “Cultivating Honest Hearts and Knowing Heads: An Experiential Learning Plan to Increase Campus Wide Levels of Trust and Responsibility Through a Student-Led Campaign,” sets forth a plan for a student-led communication campaign designed to promote honor, trust and personal responsibility among students. Payne's fall semester “Public Relations” class will implement a campaign directed at educating the campus community about academic integrity and increasing awareness of, and adherence to, the College’s Honor Code. For more information, contact Associate Dean of Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning Dr. Kathy Stolley at 757.233.8768 or kstolley@vwc.edu.

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