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Muhlenberg to reinstate men's lacrosse

Muhlenberg launches middle school science development program

Muhlenberg posts ninth straight application rise, sixth consecutive record

Art gallery receives Getty Grant

A day of good deeds

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

Muhlenberg grads, students earn prestigious awards

Community competition is Olympic-sized success

Book drive, dance party benefit school

College earns $128K state grant for political science initiatives

Muhlenberg establishes polling institute

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

Muhlenberg College has received a $5 million commitment from alumnus Edward H. Robertson '42, and his wife, Lois. The College will name one of two new residence halls, currently under construction, for the Robertsons.

The residence halls, which will house 140 students, are scheduled to be completed in December 2001, and students will move in in January 2002.

The Robertsons currently reside in Winter Park, Fla. Ed is a retired partner of Price Waterhouse. He received his MBA from Columbia in 1947 and served three years in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the College's Board of Trustees from 1971-81 and was elected a Life Trustee in 1981. Ed also helped to arrange for the endowment of the Price Waterhouse classroom in Ettinger Hall. Plus, the Robertsons are charter members of the Circle of 1848, the College's planned giving society.

The residence hall construction project is part of a $70 million capital campaign that will also include major renovations and additions to the Student Union and the Life Sports Center. That initiative will include a fitness center, a new health and counseling center, coaches' offices and additional locker rooms. In addition, the College is seeking to expand its endowed professorship program, as well as add significantly to its endowment for scholarships and financial aid.

"This is just one more example of the loyalty and goodwill that our alumni and friends have for the College," says Muhlenberg College President Arthur R. Taylor. "While this is an ambitious capital campaign, the largest in our 153-year history, we have supreme confidence in our alumni and friends.

"We have raised the bar, and positioned Muhlenberg College to be among the best small, private colleges in the nation," says President Taylor. "Edward and Lois Robertson Hall will be a beautiful building and it will honor a wonderful and generous couple."

Muhlenberg launches middle school science
development program

Two members of the class of 2001 have been awarded Fulbright scholarships for the 2001-2002 academic year.

Katie McCleary '01, a double major in Spanish and history, will study in Madrid, Spain. Nina A. Forsberg '01, who earned a B.A. in English with a minor in environmental studies, will teach English in South Korea.

Fulbright scholarships are awarded to graduating college seniors and graduate students in all academic fields for research and study. One-year English teaching assistantships are also available. Grantees plan their own programs; Fulbright full grants provide round-trip airfare, language or orientation courses when appropriate, book and research allowances, and maintenance for the academic year.

Two rising seniors also gained recognition recently both on- and off-campus:

Adrienne Zitka '02, a communication major with a minor in environmental studies, has been awarded a Morris K. Udall Scholarship. Udall Scholars are nominated by faculty members and selected on the basis of academic merit. Zitka, a Dean's List student, plans to use the $5,000 award for law school tuition, and hopes to study environmental dispute resolution.

While studying in Washington, D.C. this spring, Ilana Scharff '02 won a scholarship essay contest sponsored by the Washington Post and the Interfaith Council. Her essay, "Faith Based Initiatives: Promises and Pitfalls," was named "Best Undergraduate Essay." Scharff is a psychology major with a minor in Jewish studies.

Community competition is Olympic-sized success

More than 700 Jefferson Elementary students and 200 Muhlenberg student volunteers participated in the 12th annual Jefferson Field Day on May 3. Activities included relay races, obstacle courses and team sports. The day-long competition is the most widely participated-in community service event at Muhlenberg.

Jefferson Field Day is the culmination of a variety of yearlong events sponsored by the Muhlenberg-Jefferson Partnership, which pairs college students with Jefferson students in numerous ways. This year the partnership is funded by a community service grant from Kraft Foods, Inc.


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