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Grant Writer to Serve
UW-Eau Claire, Eau Claire Schools

 MAILED:  Sept. 29, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — Laura Short has been hired for a new grant writer position that is jointly funded by the Eau Claire Area School District and the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Short assumed the position Sept. 13. She will provide leadership for initiating, developing, securing and administering public and private external grants and be a resource to university and school district personnel seeking grants.

Partnerships between school districts and universities are required for most major education grants, said Katherine Rhoades, dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences.

"In the current fiscal climate, in both educational arenas, external funding through grants and other means has become a high priority," Rhoades said. "This priority will be well served by Ms. Short's expertise and grant writing experience."

Laurie Hittman, executive director of instructional services for the school district, said the partnership with UW-Eau Claire is an opportunity to develop a closer collaborative relationship with the university on projects and grants that will jointly benefit both organizations.

"Through this partnership, we will be able to secure funds that will assist both institutions during difficult financial times. We are very pleased that we were able to secure Laura Short's expertise," Hittman said.

Short came to Eau Claire from the University of North Texas where she was a senior writer for special projects and for the university's capital campaign. She began her grant writing career 11 years ago at the Bluebonnet Girl Scout Council in Waco, Texas. Since then she has written grants for the Daughters of Charity Services of San Antonio and the University of North Texas, where she earned a master of journalism degree.

"The collaborative nature of this position excites me as well as the opportunity to get back into full-time grant writing," Short said. "I look forward to using my professional skills to contribute to the mission and goals of the school district and the College of Education and Human Sciences at UW-Eau Claire."

In recent years Short has received writing awards from the International Association of Business Communicators, Fort Worth Chapter, and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration, marketing and management, and a master's degree in journalism and public relations from the University of North Texas.

Short's office is located in the Human Sciences and Services building at UW-Eau Claire.



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Updated: September 29, 2004