Muhlenberg College has received a $50,000 grant from The Andrew
W. Mellon Foundation to augment and extend its service-learning curriculum.
The grant will allow 10 faculty members to develop summer courses
for experiential and service learning, and to participate in a workshop
designed to aid in the development of the courses from departments
throughout Muhlenberg’s extensive liberal arts curriculum.
In addition, the grant will fund a temporary part-time position in
the office of community service. This staff member will work closely
with faculty members to identify and develop additional service learning
“Muhlenberg’s faculty have already displayed energy,
ingenuity and altruism in designing liberal arts courses that link
classroom theory with practice in the wonderful urban laboratory
that Allentown provides,” says Muhlenberg President Peyton
R. Helm. “This grant will allow us to accelerate the expansion
of this approach to teaching – it will benefit both our students
and our community.”
Service learning is a hallmark of Muhlenberg’s campus climate,
with 80 percent of students participating in community service efforts
during their four years in college. Last year, students committed
an estimated 50,000 hours of volunteer work in Allentown community
centers, schools, hospices, day-care centers, nursing homes and other
local venues. The service-learning program funded by the Mellon grant
advances Muhlenberg’s commitment to training students for lives
of leadership and service.
Muhlenberg Meets the Challenge!
In April, Muhlenberg successfully completed the Atlantic Philanthropies’ Challenge.
The College will receive $10 million from the Atlantic Philanthropies,
having met the challenge of raising $20 million before the June 30,
The Atlantic Philanthropies’ Challenge is part of the College’s
$70 million comprehensive campaign. The College has raised more than
$52M toward its goal. The seven-year campaign is scheduled to end
June 30, 2006.
“The Muhlenberg family rallied in a truly remarkable way to
meet such an audacious challenge,” says Muhlenberg College
President Peyton R. Helm. “Our success is a tribute to the
deep devotion that so many of our alumni, parents and friends feel
for ’Berg - but also their commitment to the importance of
our mission and the service we provide to the community.”
’Berg Earns Hewlett-Packard
Grant for Technology
Muhlenberg is one of 197 elementary, middle and high schools, colleges
and universities that will receive funds and equipment for the 2004-05
academic year from the HP Technology for Teaching grant, which is
designed to accelerate learning through the innovative use of technology.
The HP Technology for Teaching grant supports HP’s broader
education goals of transforming teaching and learning through the
integration of technology in the classroom and beyond. The grant
enables teachers to creatively apply technology to enhance learning
and improve student achievement in math, science and engineering
Muhlenberg’s grant package is valued at $50,000 and will allow
the College to examine the use of wireless technology to strengthen
student learning, particularly for students with learning differences.
Coordinated by Dr. Clifton Kussmaul, assistant professor of computer
science, the project will involve students enrolled in computer science,
chemistry and biology courses.