Grants start SSU art, digital media business program

[caption id="attachment_86019" align="alignnone" width="500"] Sonoma State University School of Business and Economics Dean Bill Silver, second from left, with four Small Business and Entrepreneurship students Casey Sullivan, left, Nicole Griffith, Kyle Mossman and Maurice Mickel who won first place in the "Show Me the Money" competition for their VinData service for smaller wineries.[/caption]

ROHNERT PARK -- The Green Music Center board of advisers and University Affairs Committee has awarded $15,000 to establish a Sonoma State University certificate program in Creative Arts and Digital Media Business studies.

[caption id="attachment_85997" align="alignleft" width="272"] Armand Gilinsky, PhD[/caption]

The award to Business Professor Armand Gilinsky, PhD, is part of an ongoing academic integration grant program designed to encourage and showcase academic integration and creative use of the Green Music Center.

This program was approved in December 2012 and the first applications were reviewed in spring 2013. The center's board provided $100,000 for grants during the first year. 

Building on the success of year one, the GMC University Affairs Committee decided to extend the program and fund it for a second year with grants for 2013--2014 totaling $97,450.

"Developing the ability to think outside the box is critical," said Marne Olson, vice chairman of the center's board. "These projects encourage both students and faculty to look for novel and creative ways to integrate the arts with other disciplines within the university."

Dr. Gilinsky reserved a portion of this grant as prizes for student teams in his Small Business and Entrepreneurship class (BUS 451) who won this year’s "Show Me The Money" competition held Dec. 9.

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