Bucknell University (Pa.) will receive $416,640 to establish a wireless Internet network as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education.
Cameron University (Okla.) received $4 million from the McMahon Foundation as part of the university’s Changing Lives campaign. The grant, the largest in Cameron’s history, will go towards the construction of the $8.5 million Student Activities Complex.
Clemson University (S.C.) received a $1 million donation from the Wachovia Foundation to support two programs aimed at encouraging high school students to consider college. The Call Me MISTER program will receive $700,000 to enhance the program’s Leadership Academy. The remaining $300,000 will fund a class of 50 Emerging Scholars students for the three-year program. Scholarship support is available for those students who complete the program and choose to attend Clemson.
Columbia University’s (N.Y.) Graduate School of Journalism received a $194,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to train journalists to produce more accurate and nuanced reporting on race and ethnicity. The grant will fund the creation of “The Authentic Voice: the Best Reporting on Race and Ethnicity,” a multimedia teaching tool that includes a textbook, DVD, Web site and teacher’s guide.
Duke University’s (N.C.) Fuqua School of Business received a $1 million donation from Jack Bovender, CEO of the HCA health care system in Nashville, Tenn. The donation will help create a scholarship program for minority students in the health sector management program.
Jackson State University’s (Miss.) computer science department received 25 laptop computers and a $50,000 donation from State Farm Insurance’s foundation. Some of the laptops will be used by faculty, but most will go to students working on developmental projects. The donation will be used in large part for faculty and curriculum development and student scholarships.
Miami University (Ohio) received a $4 million contribution from Thomas J. Petters, CEO and chairman of Petters Group Worldwide. The funds will be used to endow a chair in Asian business within the Richard T. Farmer School of Business.
North Carolina Central University has received a $164,000 grant from the North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund to begin a tobacco use prevention and cessation program on campus. The grant is part of the first state-funded effort to prevent and reduce tobacco use among college-age youth in the state. As part of the initiative, $1.6 million has been awarded over two years to 20 colleges, health departments and organizations across the state.
The Searle Fund has awarded a $5 million grant to the Chicago Biomedical Consortium, a collaboration of Northwestern University, the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago. The grant is the first installment of a five-year donation, totaling $25 million. The funds are intended to support and stimulate innovative multi-institutional collaborations in research and education in the city of Chicago.
Sarah Lawrence College (N.Y.) received a $1 million gift from an anonymous donor to endow two scholarships in the Art of Teaching Program. The donor requested that the scholarships be named after longtime sociology professor Regina Arnold, who is now associate dean of studies at the college.
The University of the Ozarks (Ark.) received $20 million from Helen Walton, the widow of Wal-Mart Stores founder Sam Walton. She is a member of the university’s board of trustees. The gift is the second largest in school history, behind the $39.5 million given by the Walton Family Charitable Foundation in 1998.
The University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication received a $10 million grant from the Annenberg Foundation to support the school’s Project for Global Communication Studies. The grant will be used to expand and coordinate the program’s work in international, global and comparative communication research and studies.
The Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale University (Conn.) received a $4.5 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to establish the Yale Center for Public Health Preparedness. The center, one of 52 CDC-funded centers nationwide, is tasked with ensuring that public health care workers in Connecticut are prepared to respond quickly to disasters, disease outbreaks and acts of terrorism.
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