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College receives $500k pledge for capital campaign

Richard ’71 and Laurie (Cameron) ’72 Brueckner have pledged $500,000 toward Muhlenberg’s $70 million capital campaign, Pride and Progress. (See related story, “Class of 1963 alum to spearhead capital campaign,” page 4).

Richard Brueckner is vice chairman of the College’s Board of Trustees. He is CEO of the Pershing Division of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corporation, a Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) company, and is a managing director and member of the Executive Board of CSFB. A governor of the National Association of Securities Dealers and director of the NASD-Regulation, Inc., Brueckner is also chair of the Board of Trustees of the Securities Industry Foundation for Economic Education.

Brueckner has earned the Baker Award for Advancement of Economic Literacy from the National Council on Economic Education as well as an award for outstanding service to the capital markets from the American Museum of Financial History.

The Brueckners reside in Bedminster, N.J., and have three children. Their son Richard is a member of Muhlenberg’s Class of 2003.


‘Berg in space:
College receives NASA funding for technology enhancement

With the support of U.S. Senators Arlen Specter and Rick Santorum, Muhlenberg has received a $1.5 million congressional appropriation to develop a science program that will bring NASA data and technologies to campus. The program will enhance education in physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, environmental science, mathematics and computer science.

Part of the funding will help with the purchase and installation of a robotic telescope on land adjacent to Australia’s National Observatory in New South Wales, where it will be maintained by an observatory professional. The telescope will be available for use by Muhlenberg students and faculty as well as area elementary and secondary partnership schools by the spring of 2003.

Because of the time difference between Allentown and New South Wales, students attending daytime classes at Muhlenberg will be able to study the southern night sky in real time via the Internet. The College will partner with Telescopes in Education to make the telescope available worldwide when it is not being used locally.

In addition, the grant will support faculty development and the addition of new coursework utilizing NASA satellite data. Independent undergraduate research programs for student/faculty teams will also be developed.

The project will fund remote sensing equipment for data collection at the Raker Field Station, which is owned by the College and includes wetlands and higher elevation land. Bird and nocturnal animal activity will be monitored unobtrusively. Plus, modifications to the Shankweiler Greenhouse on campus will allow biology students to study specimens acquired at the Raker Field Station.

“The ability to access data from across the solar system will provide an important learning experience for our students. When students design their own remote sensing experiments, they gain experience with an increasingly important technology that will be very useful in the workplace or graduate study,” says Robert Milligan, head of the physics department and one of the project directors.

The College also plans to create a NASA Learning Center on campus to allow access to NASA data. The Center will be equipped with high-end computers, a projection monitor, and other reference materials. It will also have direct access to the existing radio telescope on campus and other support materials. It will be staffed by trained student interns who can help other Muhlenberg students and local K-12 teachers in exploring the Center’s resources.

 

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