Mission Statement

A not-for-profit foundation that operates in the public interest to encourage a prosperous, sustainable future through education and experience in engineering, science, technology and innovation.

The foundation believes that technological advances should be driven by the needs of humanity and that an inspired knowledge of science, engineering and technology can positively influence quality of life, career options for young people, and the prospects of future generations.

Because life’s inspirations begin in childhood, the foundation will support children in their discovery, appreciation and enjoyment of science and technology by providing resources, experiences and learning opportunities.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

GRLIC makes the News!

the Bright Side: Radio station aims to benefit young residents
By Patricia BreakeyDelhi News Bureau

ROXBURY _ A noncommercial educational FM radio station will soon be broadcasting from the hamlet of Roxbury.
The radio station is the first initiative of the Greater Roxbury Learning Initiative Corporation, a new science and technology foundation for the region's young people.
GRLIC will hold a community forum from 10 a.m. to noon June 20 at the old Masonic Lodge at 2335 County Highway 41, Bridge St., in Roxbury. The meeting will be on the second floor above Jane's Dancing Bear Auction.
The nonprofit foundation dedicated to science and technology for youth began with start-up funding from former Roxbury resident Guy Numann. The group plans to support engineering, science and technology initiatives for youth in the region and eventually establish a media technology center.
"There's a natural synergy here, centered on experiential learning, between the new science-tech foundation and Roxbury's new radio operation," Joe Piasek, GRLIC board member, said Friday.
Piasek has been working on the radio-license process and the launch of GRLIC.
"We are pushing back against techno-phobia," Piasek said. "We don't want the kids in the area to be left behind."
Piasek said the radio will serve the area from Delhi to Pine Hill, which he said is much underserved.
"The stakeholders include various institutions ... arts organizations and government including health and safety applications," Piasek said. "It is a work in progress, and we are hoping for a good turnout on June 20 of individuals with ideas to share."
GRLIC initiatives will provide students with resources and experiences in technological learning environments. The foundation plans to:
ä Facilitate participation in community media.
ä Provide educational materials and student scholarships.
ä Explore the connections of Roxbury's historic, rural region to the broader world and beyond.
The group's mission is to encourage a prosperous, sustainable future through the promotion of technological understanding, scientific discovery and innovative thinking.
"From the most technical parts of broadcasting to the most creative, from the wiring and signal transmission to writing and producing shows and publicity for school events, all of it will be avenues for student participation," Jenn Schuman, GRLIC board of trustees chairwoman, said in a media release.
Numann, who has a background in broadcast engineering, was able to provide a state-of-the-art radio transmitter tuned to 91.3FM, the WROX frequency.
Numann's sister, Patricia Numann, a retired surgeon and women's health care advocate from Syracuse, has joined the GRLIC board, which also includes Roxbury Central School Superintendent Tom O'Brien and poet Lee Slonimsky. GRLIC's other board members include Julie Bullock, Joan Riordan and Kellie Sullivan.
In June, the foundation will initiate the GRLIC Technology Award _ an Apple iPhone to a tech-savvy Roxbury Central School graduating senior.
For more information, go to www.roxburyny.com/grlic and click the link to the WROX radio survey. Piasek is encouraging everyone to fill out the survey to participate in the development of the radio station.

Originally published in the Daily Star Oneonta, NY
Patricia Breakey can be reached at 746-2894 or at stardelhi@stny.rr.com.

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