Arch alumni contestants in Nau Grant for Change competition

Troy Gallas (B.S. Arch '05) and Colin Kloecker (B.S. Arch '05), co-founders of Solutions Twin Cities, are in the running to receive a $10,000 Nau Grant for Change (G4C). The G4C is awarded to and supports those who instigate lasting, positive change in their communities, including athletes, artists, and activists.

Gallas and Kloecker are one of 294 entries in the contest. Public voting is open until August 31, 2009, to determine the public's top five finalists. In addition, five finalists will be selected by a panel of Nau employees and advisors. According to Nau's G4C Web site, "criteria for finalists include a demonstration of the Collective spirit of change, the project's apparent need of a fiscal boost, and the breadth of impact that the individuals have on community."

Founded in 2006, "Solutions is a Web site, a community, a new frame of mind, but at its core, Solutions is an event," Gallas and Kloecker state on the Solutions Twin Cities Web site. "The event will connect people, communities, and creativity - fostering a new dialogue that will cross creative and cultural boundaries."

To vote for Gallas and Kloecker, go to the Nau G4C registration page and create an account. From there, click on their profile, using the tabs to navigate the site and read their story. Finally, give it a rating from one to five stars. The ten finalists will be announced on the G4C Web site the first week of September.