Kate Chesley, University Communications (650) 725-3697
Twenty student groups awarded $1,000 grants from the Office of the President and Provost for Community Day
Twenty university student groups have been awarded $1,000 grants from the Office of the President and Provost to participate in Community Day at Stanford, an April 6 university open house for neighboring communities.
The 20 organizations, selected from more than 60 student-group applicants, will join an estimated 25 university departments in participating in Community Day. Last year, 13 student groups were awarded grants from among 40 applicants. The event is an all-day open house designed for families and featuring music, arts, sciences, athletic events, faculty lectures, a children's community carnival and a health fair.
"We were very impressed by the quality of the applications and the ingenuity of the ideas. We wish we could have given grants to all of the applicants," said Gordon Earle, university vice president for public affairs. "We looked for student organizations whose members had a sense of what would be of interest to the community and activities that would educate and entertain kids. The surveys we conducted last year indicated that visitors greatly appreciated the opportunity for their kids to interact with Stanford students."
Community Day was held for the first time last year, drawing about 6,500 people. This year's event, scheduled for April 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be centered around the university's Main Quadrangle at the end of Palm Drive. All events are free and open to the public. University officials hope the event promotes partnerships and increases understanding among Stanford and its neighbors, especially the residents of Palo Alto, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, Woodside, Mountain View and Portola Valley.
The 20 student groups awarded grants from the Office of the President and Provost are:
Among the university departments and organizations scheduled to participate in Community Day are the Haas Center for Public Service, including the Community Carnival; Stanford Athletics; the School of Education; the Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning; the Stanford Writing Center; Stanford Art Spaces; Gravity Probe B; Parking and Transportation; the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital; Stanford Hospital and Clinics; Stanford Hospital Health Library; Women's Health @ Stanford; Lane Medical Library; Environmental Health and Safety; the Cantor Center for Visual Arts; Stanford Lively Arts; the Department of Music; the Student Organizing Committee for the Arts; the Center on Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies; the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center; Memorial Church; the Stanford Alumni Association; Stanford Events/Founders' Celebrations; and the Stanford Historical Society. "Discovering Dickens," the community reading project sponsored by Continuing Education, also will culminate on Community Day.
For more information, visit the Community Day web site at http://www.stanford.edu/dept/news/neighbors/communityday/, call (650) 724-2933 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.