A Taskforce That Research in Ideas for Innovation. 

Maria Wright
Dr. Lewis
Comm 201
10/21/22

Established in 2021, the Center for Innovation and Strategic Partnership tackles the ideas from faculty, staff, and students that will improve the university. 

This taskforce of innovators is a group of individuals that wishes to enrich the campus experience as well to meet the initiatives of President Alison Morrison-Shetlar.

Chief Innovation Officer Savannah Cook said, “One of the biggest things we have been working on is we have over 90 ideas that have been submitted to us. A lot of them are from last year.”

Cook said the committee is sorting ideas based on the goals of Center for Innovation and Strategic Partnership, CISP and that priority is placed on ideas that are revenue generating, cost saving, or improve the campus experience in some way.

The committee is currently working on the iRacing rig which was a donation from Dr. John “J” Salmon. 

Vice Chair of CISP, Cameron Lohr explained, “the iRacing rig is really important to the IC (Innovation Collaboration) because we had an outside contributor. We also had the donation so that sort of was the first for us also. (This was the first time) where we had someone from the community come in and pitch an idea to us, we helped him make it happen on campus.”

This idea was one of the first initiatives that the committee worked on. 

The University’s article, Racing for education and wins, by Ashlie Walter describes “the iRacing software which connects to a network that organizes virtual races with participants across the globe.”

Innovation comes from change, progress and hope to create a better place especially here on campus. 

To submit or to follow for more news of the Center of Innovation Strategic Partnership you can go to www.lynchburg.edu/center-for-innovation-and-strategic-partnerships/ for more details. 

Sources

Savannah Cook

Title: Executive Director of Graduate Enrollment, Chief Innovation Officer

Format: Virtual interview https://drive.google.com/file/d/1klWotpAkpU3E5bLnseXi0YAAd0m6O2Nf/view?usp=sharing

Contact: cook_sg@lynchburg.edu, 434.544.8913

Date: 10/03/22

Cameron Lohr’10, ’13 MA

Title: Vice Chair of Innovation Collaborative, Gift Records Specialist

Format: voice memo recoding 

  1. Full interview: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1np7-7UCTao9_0Gxb1xLtvNjjKJFPorm-/view?usp=sharing 
  2. iRacing rig Quote: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1z6RekABM4Y-7QWtxIbGhhuR8LKYU90e1/view?usp=sharing

Contact: lohr_cm@lynchburg.edu, 434.544.8321

Date: 10/20/22

“Racing for education — and wins” by Ashlie Walter

Location: https://www.lynchburg.edu/2022/07/racing-for-education-and-wins/

Format: Website News

Electronically Published Date:7/11/22

Date Access:10/16/22

Photos 

Taken by: John McCormick

Savannah Cook

Cameron Lohr

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