The Foundation continues to meet the mission of supporting the college with the following program enhancements and initiatives.
Each academic year when a college instructor starts their class preparations and looks at their own department budget, they start a wish list of what they could do if they just had a piece of equipment or the opportunity to use a new innovative technique for a better teaching and learning experience. Each fall, the Foundation allows the instructor to apply for a mini-grant to purchase that special item that can make a difference in their teaching efforts. Since 2008 the foundation has awarded 109 mini grants totaling more than $74,000.
In the 2017-2018 academic year, several faculty mini-grants were fully or partially funded from the proceeds of the Foundation Sporting Clay Shoot event and individual donors who wish to support faculty needs.
Athletic Training – Manikins & Accessories
Business – Student Field Trip
Choral Music – Magnetic Whiteboard
Criminal Justice – Red Man Training Suit Accessories
Early Childhood Education – Student Field Trip
English – Art Pen & Touch Graphics with Tablet & Accessories
Instrumental Music – Amplifier Road Case
Military Programs – EMT Casualty Simulation Kit & Accessories, Laser Pointer Pens & Speakers
Natural Gas/Scales/Farm Safety – AC Devices & Wiring, Scales, Multi-Meter Test Leads
Nursing – Exam Model & Crisis Prevention Training
Paramedic – Blood Glucose Trainer & Out-of-Hospital Scenario Kits
Voice – Portable Recorder
Welding – Power MIG’s
The Gift of Music and the Steinway Refurbishing Project
The Barton Community College Music Department received an early Christmas present from a loyal and beloved benefactor. The Dorothy M. Morrison Foundation awarded a grant to the Barton Foundation for the purpose of refurbishing the Steinway grand piano in the Morrison Chapel as well as the purchase of nine additional pianos to be used by music instructors and in music labs; one 7-foot Acoustic Grand for the stage of the Fine Arts Auditorium; and one Yamaha Hybrid Grand for performances held in the Shafer Gallery. View pictures on Flickr of the Steinway project.
“How is it that music can, without words, evoke our laughter, or fears, our fondest dreams?” “The true magic of music is that it connects people – It carries a message and the musicians are the messengers”
Karole Erikson, Barton piano instructor, is just one of those messengers and she states “The Barton Music Department is thrilled beyond their highest dreams thanks to the Barton Piano Project funded by the Dorothy M. Morrison Foundation through the Barton Foundation.
The renovations to the 9-foot Steinway Grand Piano will bring it back to sounding and looking like a brand new Steinway by Fall 2018.
All of the other new pianos in the Barton Fine Arts Building affect a wide range of people in a variety of ways. From the piano classes the music majors and minors need for their degrees to the piano classes for Barton students just wanting to learn more about music, these new pianos will assist student learning through new recording advancements and midi capabilities.
Ultimately, both audiences and performers at future Barton music events, will notice the positive effects of the new pianos with their fresh, full and expressive timbres.
The Foundation is grateful and blessed for the many extraordinary gifts they receive, but it is hard to imagine any gift that could possibly have such far reaching outcomes as this one. The piano project will benefit not only the faculty and staff at Barton but members of the communities we serve who attend any vocal or instrumental event at Barton.