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January 2008

Release Date: January 29, 2008

Coordinator Named for ASU Sponsored Projects Office

Angelo State University graduate Katie Marie Plum has been named coordinator of the university’s new Office of Sponsored Projects, which will assist faculty and administrators in securing research and programmatic grants from state and federal agencies.

Dr. Carol Diminnie, dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Director of Research and Faculty Innovation, announced the appointment.

“Katie brings to Angelo State a wealth of experience and knowledge that will assist our faculty and administrators as we work to broaden our extramural funding,” Diminnie said. “She will coordinate our grant activity and will ensure ASU compliance with state and federal regulations.”

Plum comes to ASU from the Shannon Health System, where she spent the past five years working on various aspects of grant writing and oversight. During her five years with Shannon, she was involved in securing grants of more than $5.3 million from various state, federal and private agencies.

She has also served as a grant reviewer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and holds certification as a grants specialist and grant evaluator from Research Associates.

She graduated summa cum laude from ASU in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in English and received the Distinguished Student Award from the College of Liberal and Fine Arts. She is currently enrolled in ASU’s master of education program, majoring in student development and leadership in higher education.

Plum has been active in community activities, including Big Brothers, Big Sisters of San Angelo, ASU’s Mother-Daughter program, American Heart Association and San Angelo Asthma Coalition.

The Office of Sponsored Programs will serve as a clearinghouse on funding opportunities and assist faculty and staff in developing, writing and submitting grant and contract proposals. The office will maintain university databases and files to meet reporting requirements and will coordinate grant writing workshops for ASU employees.