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Book drive, dance party benefit school

College earns $128K state grant for political science initiatives

Muhlenberg establishes polling institute

Book drive, dance party benefit school

Responding to the needs of Cleveland Elementary School, members of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity launched a successful book drive this spring, collecting a total of 173 children's books for the school.

Next, the brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon put their dancing shoes on and hosted a party to raise money to support Cleveland Elementary. A total of $250 was raised through the event and, in May, five members of the fraternity went to the school and presented Cleveland Principal Bob Kohler with a check. During their visit, Michael Ficchi '03 read a story to a second grade class that was very appreciative of the donations.

Michael Ficci '03, a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, reads a story to the second-graders at Cleveland Elementary School.

According to members of Sigma Phi Epsilon, these projects, put together by fraternity brothers Steven Dimirsky '01 and Gregory Rhodes '02, may lead to a mentorship program between the fraternity and the elementary school next year.

College earns $128K state grant for
political science initiatives

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has awarded a $128,000 grant to Muhlenberg to aid the College with technology-influenced political science initiatives.

The majority of the grant will be used for faculty projects, course development and infrastructure improvements within the political science department. There will also be additional funding for course development in the departments of accounting, business and economics. The emphasis will be placed on enhancing these majors to include technology-specific skills.

"This grant will enable us to take significant steps in terms of teaching and practical training to enhance the student experience in political science," says political science professor Dr. Christopher Herrick, who submitted the original proposal and will manage the grant. "This grant will provide students with new course units that will explore the effect of informational technologies on international relations, and the impact of IT on the measurement of public opinion and voting."

Herrick noted that the grant would also offer additional resources to the recently launched Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion. (See related story below.) It will enable the College to provide practical internships through the Institute, as well as to continue to provide expertise for college and business/government partnerships, including those with the City of Allentown and its Urban Observatory.

The College was notified of the grant in a March 29 letter from John Bailey, Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the Commonwealth. This is just one in a series of recent grants Muhlenberg College has received from the Department of Education.

This past fall, the College received a $66,000 Eisenhower Professional Development Grant as well as a Higher Education Partnership Grant of $7,200. The Eisenhower Grant provides support for reading in kindergarten through third grade in inner-city Allentown. The partnership grant is for work being done with Trexler Middle School in Allentown and Eyer Middle School in the East Penn School District.

Muhlenberg establishes polling institute

MMuhlenberg College has established the Muhlenberg College Institute for Public Opinion to conduct public opinion research and polling on local, regional and national issues. Polling topics will include political, economic and quality of life issues. The institute will be run by Dr. Christopher Borick, assistant professor of political science.

The College recently signed a partnership agreement with The Morning Call. The Morning Call/Muhlenberg College Public Opinion Poll will produce major polls twice each semester, with opportunities for additional smaller polls.

"This is an exciting partnership and a win-win situation." says Muhlenberg College President Arthur R. Taylor. "The newspaper gets the credibility of quality, non-biased polling, while our students get terrific first-hand research and polling experience."

The Institute received an initial jump start when the Pennsylvania Department of Education awarded a $128,000 grant to Muhlenberg College to aid the institution with technology-influenced political science initiatives.


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