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Muhlenberg to reinstate men's lacrosse

Muhlenberg launches middle school science development program

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Muhlenberg posts ninth straight application rise, sixth consecutive record

Art gallery receives Getty Grant

A day of good deeds

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Muhlenberg College receives $5 million gift; will name residence hall after Robertsons

Muhlenberg grads, students earn prestigious awards

Community competition is Olympic-sized success

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Book drive, dance party benefit school

College earns $128K state grant for political science initiatives

Muhlenberg establishes polling institute

Muhlenberg posts ninth straight application rise, sixth consecutive record

Muhlenberg College received a record 3,892 applications for freshman admission this year, marking the sixth consecutive record applicant pool and the ninth straight year that applications have increased. The College also registered its eighth straight record for early decision applications.

The Class of 2005 is targeted at 550 students. Muhlenberg received 517 early decision applications and 310 seats were filled via early decision.

In addition, the acceptance rate decreased for the sixth straight year. The acceptance rate dropped to 35 percent, down from 44 percent last year, 55 percent in 1999 and 65 percent in 1998.

"In terms of selectivity, there is no question that we are one of the fastest moving colleges in the nation," says Christopher Hooker-Haring, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid. "The College has been moving dramatically in recent years, and the acceptance rate is just one sign of that positive momentum."

Hooker-Haring notes that 37 percent of the entering class rank in the top 10 percent of their high school class and 67 percent were in the top fifth. Average SAT scores for the entering class are approximately 1200 combined. The College has offered an SAT optional admission program since 1996, but reports all scores in its SAT profile.

"But, the numbers tell only half of the story," says Hooker-Haring. "The leadership, civic responsibility and ethical character of this incoming class is of the highest quality. We are excited about the incoming class and we can't wait to see them in action on our campus and in the community."

Art gallery receives Getty Grant

The Martin Art Gallery has received a $42,500 grant from the Getty Grant Program. The gift is for the conservation and survey of the Edward S. Curtis Collection, "Photogravures of the North American Indians."

Photogravure is an early photographic printing process. The Curtis Collection was given to the College by General Harry C. Trexler in 1930.

"The Getty program is a prestigious international funder of the museum field and their recognition of our collection, programs and vision is an important feather in our cap," says the Director of the Martin Art Gallery, Dr. Lori Verderame. "This project is particularly noteworthy as this collection represents one of the last complete sets of Curtis' photogravures and text volumes in existence. This is a milestone in the Gallery's history, and we are proud of the Martin Art Gallery's position in the national museum community."

There are 743 photogravures in the Muhlenberg collection, which showcases these early photographs as important cultural documents related to the history of Native Americans. Plus, the collection is one of only 12 sets of these photographs still intact, in public or private hands.

The Getty Grant Program is part of the J. Paul Getty Trust, a cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts located at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Since its inception in 1984, the Getty Grant Program has supported over 2,500 projects in more than 150 countries. The Getty Trust also includes the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, and the Getty Conservation Institute.

A day of good deeds

Students and other members of the Muhlenberg community took part in "Mitzvah Day," an afternoon of service projects throughout the Lehigh Valley on Sunday, April 1. Mitzvah means good deed in Hebrew. During the event, which was sponsored by Hillel, the Muhlenberg volunteers worked with children and the elderly in completing artistic projects and outdoor work activities.

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