Below are current and past partnerships of the SNEC Foundation as well as information on their activities.

Current Partnerships:

Salve Regina University

Cultural and Historic Preservation 

Annaquatucket and Daniel Drive Mill Sites Project

Over a two-year period beginning in the spring semester 2018, Salve CHP students will complete National Register of Historic Places nominations for two 19th century textile mill sites – the Annaquatucket and Daniel Drive mills – in North Kingstown. The mills, built during the first half of the 1800s and now in ruins, have never been documented by historians, preservationists, or archaeologists.

Annual CHP Lecture Series

With their grants, Salve Regina’s CHP program established the Grills Lecture Series in Historic Preservation, a public lecture series that will complement the university’s annual conference on cultural and historic preservation. Prominent academics and professionals in historic preservation will be invited to campus to speak on relevant topics in the field.

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Unit – Replacement

A grant was provided to allow the CHP department to purchase a state-of-the-art GPR unit. This equipment is essential to maintain the CHP Program at a high professional level and to provide the students with the best experience during their time as CHP majors. Additionally, using the GPR prepares them to use similar equipment as graduate student or in their occupations in the Historical Preservation field.

Six New Paid Internships for Students

Six new paid internship programs for Salve’s CHP students, both during the school year and during the summer, have been established in partnership with preservation organizations in Rhode Island and New London County, Conn.

3D Laser Scanning, Architectural Documentation, and Coastal Community Resiliency

A grant was awarded to enhance the CHP capabilities with the purchase of a 3D laser scanner. In the professional preservation field, the laser scanner is used to quickly create 3D digital models of interior architectural details and entire structure exteriors. The scanner accurately captures the architectural details, such as historic fireplace mantels, decorative trim, windows, paneling, and lighting fixtures in a fraction of the time it would take to make measured pen-and-paper drawings.

Environmental Studies

Land Steward Intern and Restoration of Migratory Bird Stopover Habitat and Support for the Sweet Flag Bird Banding Station in Middletown

This partnership includes support for a student Land Steward Intern, working with Aquidneck Land Trust, and funds for the Restoration of Migratory Bird Stopover Habitat at the Sweet Flag Bird Banding Station in Middletown. This will consist of a one-time restoration of the habitat through the purchase and installation of native plants, support for habitat maintenance, and funding of the Bird Banding Station’s role as a test of new habitat efficacy.

Mitchell College

Marine and Environmental Science

Marine Invasive Species Research

SNEC funded this research project whose objectives are to examine geographical distribution of the non-native bryozoan, Tricellaria inopinata in the Western North Atlantic, including Long Island Sound; determine the ability of the non-native Tricellaria to outcompete and replace native species; and, assess the extent of the invasion on marine infrastructure to facilitate management and eradication decisions.
To address these objectives, a combined field and laboratory approach will be used. Geographic surveys of the western North Atlantic coast, from Maine through New Jersey to collect bryozoan colonies and other marine fouling organisms, will take place during the summer and early fall of 2018.

Marsh Restoration – Dodge Paddock and Beal Preserve (Stonington, CT).

An undergraduate research assistant from Mitchell College will be funded by SNEC to work with interested organizations to make a meaningful contribution to restoring 2.6 acres of marsh habitat that reside on the Preserve in Stonington, CT. The area is owned by the Avalonia Land Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to conservation via acquisition of natural areas. Mystic Aquarium, CT Sea Grant, Avalonia Land Conservancy and Mitchell College, in consultation with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, seek to rebalance the freshwater wetlands, tidal wetlands, and invasive ridden coastal grassland systems to enhance wildlife habitat, biologically control mosquito populations, and increase water quality by restoring these coastal buffer systems. The undergraduate research assistant will be instrumental in the eradication of invasive areas and restoring habitats through an adaptive management plan. The student will work under the co-direction of Mystic Aquarium and Dr. Christine Ramsay, Assistant Professor of Marine and Environmental Science at Mitchell College.

Providence College

Environmental Conservation

Request for Proposals

Providence College students, and their faculty partners, will propose experiential learning activities related to environmental conservation that both advance the Foundation’s mission and enhance the knowledge and experience of the student. Grant amounts depend on the size and scope of the project but generally will be within the $2000-$10,000 range. The application deadline is Monday, September 10, 2018, and the Award Notification Date is Friday, November 9, 2018.

Past Partnerships

Salve Regina University – 2017

Inaugural Program Award

On Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Salve Regina University’s program in Cultural and Historic Preservation (CHP) received a grant from the Foundation to fund student projects at two historic mill sites in Rhode Island, to launch an annual public lecture series, to allow purchase of equipment for the 3D Digital Preservation Documentation Program and to develop six new paid internships for Salve students over the next two years.

Salve Regina president Sr. Jane Gerrity receives the grant from the directors of the Foundation. (l-r) Sr. Gerrity, Prof. Jeroen Van Den Hurk, CHP Program, Stephen Leal Jackson, Ph.D., Sharon Grills Jackson, and Bernard A. Jackvony, Esq., directors of the Foundation, and Prof Jon Marcoux, Chairman, CHP Program.
The Foundation directors and Sr. Gerrity with some of the CHP students.

3D Digital Preservation Documentation Program

A grant was awarded to the Cultural and Historic Preservation program to expand their capabilities in 3D digital documentation of artifacts, architectural elements, and entire structures. Two computer workstations and two 3D Printers designed for 3D capture and editing were purchased. In addition, a small aerial drone that carries a high resolution digital camera was purchased to train students in the use of a technique known as “photogrammetry.”