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Grants & Gifts

California State University-Northridge has received a $2 million contribution from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to support the university’s Performing Arts Center. The 1,700-seat center is expected to begin construction this year and should be completed by 2009.

Chestnut Hill College (Pa.) has received a four-year, $799,600 grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs. The program, “Highly Qualified Special Education Teachers: Highly Successful Students,” will produce 34 special education teachers and two new required courses.

Florida State University has received a four-year, $800,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help train doctoral students to provide services for children with disabilities or children at risk of becoming disabled. The program is expected to emphasize service towards children from diverse cultural, linguistic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has provided a $600,000 grant to the HBCU Library Alliance. It is the foundation’s second contribution in support of the alliance’s Leadership Institute.

The University of Illinois at Chicago has received a $1 million gift from Drs. Allan and Mary Graham to support the College of Medicine’s Clinical Performance Center. The center, which will be renamed the Graham Clinical Performance Center, uses actors in simulated clinical situations for training, assessment and research purposes.

Johnson C. Smith University (N.C.) has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the CATO Corp., to support the university’s CATO Scholarship for Teacher Education. The scholarship provides financial aid to JCSU students interested in teacher education, preferably elementary education.

LeMoyne-Owen College (Tenn.) has received a five-year, $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help fund the HBCU Institutional Aid Program. The program attempts to improve HBCUs by providing financial assistance for a range of projects and programs.

Spelman College (Ga.) has received a $1 million gift from the Bank of New York to establish an endowment for students majoring in computer and information sciences, economics and mathematics. The gift will also be used to create a lecture series on topics of interest to African-Americans.

The University at Albany (N.Y.) has received a $180,000 grant from the Getty Foundation’s Campus Heritage Initiative to create a plan for the preservation of the university’s uptown campus. The preservation plan will also identify areas of potential growth on the campus, which was designed by renowned architect Edward Durell Stone.

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