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Another Record-Setting Year for Admissions...
Ethics and Disease
   
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’Berg Names New Trustees
New Faces in Development
   
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Catholic Ministry Facilities to Expand
Victor’s Lament
   
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Mellon Grant Advances Service-Learning Initiative
Muhlenberg Meets the Challenge!
’Berg Earns Hewlett-Packard Grant for Technology

Mellon Grant Advances
Service-Learning Initiative

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 opportunities.

“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, 2004, deadline.

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 education.

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.

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