Support the College
Meet your development officer
Shanna is part of the NKU Development team whose mission is to build significant and lasting relationships among alumni, faculty and staff, foundations and corporations and friends of the university to encourage and secure private investment in support of the College of Informatics. She works to match donor interests with the many gift opportunities that exist at Northern Kentucky University and the College of Informatics. Shanna can facilitate creating or supporting existing endowments, scholarship and fellowship funds, or giving for specific programs and outreach within the college.
Your support will ensure that the College of Informatics continues to provide our region the next generation of innovators, creators, leaders and scientists. Our unique college is well positioned to advance cutting-edge research and technology development in areas critical for the information age, including the focal areas of media informatics, cybersecurity, health information technology, business intelligence, and cloud computing. Our departments of Communication, Business Informatics, and Computer Science collaborate to produce “renaissance people for the information age.”
With private support, we can fund transformational change in this region by enhancing our students’ learning opportunities, promoting our faculty’s research and development, maintaining Griffin Hall, our state-of-the-art facility, and supporting the community via meaningful outreach programs.
Areas of Support
To create a fertile environment for a regional technological renaissance to occur, we must maintain the high-tech, cutting-edge environment that encourages innovative ideas, programs and research. We are committed to providing first-class facilities to our students and the community. Griffin Hall, home of the College of Informatics, will continue to accommodate future enrollment growth, create community gathering spaces that promote team-based learning and foster interaction among students, faculty and the community, and host innovation-centric events such as UpTech, MashComm, Start-Up Weekend, Hackathons, as well as cultural and artistic events.
Dean’s Fund for Excellence
The Dean’s Fund gives the College of Informatics the flexibility to support its top priorities and enhance the collegiate experience for all students, helping them to pursue their dreams and build their resumes with hands-on experiences so they will be better prepared for graduate schools or their future careers. This fund offers the flexibility to capitalize on new projects and initiatives, investigate innovative practices, and support outreach from the College. It also supports ongoing opportunities for faculty and student to connect, share professional expertise, extend and enhance teaching and learning opportunities, and increase public engagement, including outreach to local schools.
Renaissance Scholarships address the need to have a strong population of college graduates who are true “renaissance people for the digital age” – high-performing professionals who can bring computational thinking skills and contemporary technological expertise to a variety of important non-computing disciplines. Such graduates have been called “hybrid professionals” and are valued as people who can work across disciplinary barriers and embody the boundary-free spirit of innovation and creativity necessary to help accelerate economic development in the region. Renaissance Scholars must be enrolled in an undergraduate program in one of the computing majors in the College of Informatics (business informatics, computer information technology, computer science, or media informatics) with either (1) a minor or second major within the college in a non-computing field, or (2) a second major outside the College of Informatics.
General Scholarships provide funds to undergraduate students enrolled in at least one major area of study within a College of Informatics discipline.