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CARD Recognizes its Aces

by Marilyn Pugh, Coordinator of the Center for Academic Resource Development

On November 7, CARD hosted a recognition reception for its faculty and administrative proposal writers, project directors, and project facilitators of the past two fiscal years.  Almost 20 percent of all full-time faculty have participated in these capacities over the past two years with many more as participants in CARD projects.  Vera Zdravkovich, in her opening remarks, expressed the college’s appreciation for those who conceive and run grant projects.  These creative and innovative projects help empower our students, rejuvenate our faculty, train school teachers, prepare pre-college students, and enrich the lives in our community.  The grant funds provide discretionary income to the college that has been used to hire new faculty.  CARD has brought in over $3,750,000 over the past two years.  All honorees were awarded certificates of recognition and appreciation.

At the reception, CARD directors unveiled a new award, the Vera Zdravkovich or "Z" award which was created in honor of Z’s concept of a faculty-run grants office–unique among colleges and universities.  Her hallmark has been one of innovation, collaboration, excellence, and unimaginable energy.  Her grant successes have touched the lives of hundreds of faculty, students, high school teachers and high school students and have made Prince George’s Community College a college that "gets grants," particularly from the Maryland Higher Education Commission and the National Science Foundation.  The award honors the "Power of One" to set in action ideas that change the lives of others for the better.

The first recipient of the "Z" award is Joseph F. Citro who spent 10 years in the Humanities Resource Center, first as part of that unbeatable grant development team, Linville and Citro, and then as its director.  Joe is best know for his ability to dog all the moving parts of every project under his direction, down to the smallest gears.  His attention to detail, his sweating even the small things made his grants run seamlessly in a display of effortless grace which bedazzled the participants and belied all the work that it took to make them look that way.  Joe directed six grants culminating with the Early Slave Cultures in the Tidewater/Chesapeake and Carolina Low Country which was funded from October 1999 - June 2001 by the National Endowment for the Humanities for $198,400.  This project took participants from three weeks in Georgetown to three weeks in Charleston, South Carolina, immersing them in the lives of slaves.  Joe’s projects reached hundreds of people–middle school students, high school teachers, our own faculty and students, and the general public as well. Joe developed a reputation of putting on programs of the highest quality.  Congratulations, Joe, for a decade of devoted, diligent, and inspired work!


The Instructional Area Newsletter, Volume 17, No. 2

Fall 2001