GPCCRS closing its doors
The Great Plains Center for Community Research and Service will end its operation effective Tuesday (April 30). GPCCRS was initially funded with a two-year congressional directed grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education, with the assistance of former Sen. Byron Dorgan. GPCCRS' mission was to engage Minot State University students, faculty and staff in identifying and addressing local community-related issues. The center's ongoing sustainability was based on accessing additional grant/contract funding, which due to federal cutbacks, has not materialized.
GPCCRS aided several faculty-driven projects which include Mikhail Bobylev's mold research after the 2011 Mouse River Flood; Alexey Shipunov's "Flora of North Dakota;" Bethany Andreason's Digital Minot; and Erik Anderson and Jon Rumney's Dakota Chamber Music Scholars, who brought symphonic music to schoolchildren in rural communities. GPCCRS also assisted the Minot Area Community Foundation in identifying flooded homeowners and the extent of damage through a project completed by Joseph Krieg and Guy Hanley. This effort became the foundation for the distribution of flood assistance monies.
"I am proud of the many efforts, hard work and successful outcomes that the Great Plains Center assisted. The results would not have been attainable without the dedication of the students, faculty and staff who participated the past two years," said David Fuller, MSU president. "The projects' benefits are far-reaching and will impact generations, young and old, within our community and region."
Although of limited existence, GPCCRS fulfilled its objective of strengthening communities "while enhancing the university's distinctive mission and role by raising its educational standards and impacting student learning."
For questions, contact Neil Scharpe, GPCCRS director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.