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Brueckner elected Chair of Board of Trustees
Coach Carter Comes to Muhlenberg
Moody’s Affirms College’s Long-Term A1 Rating
   
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Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre Schedule
Life Sports Center Wins Award
   
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Students take “alternative” spring break trips
  Faculty Members Awarded Tenure
   
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Encouraging the “19th Street Experience”
Muhlenberg Professor Awarded Grant
from National Science Foundation
   
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Another Way to Give
We are on Track for a Great Finish
Meltsner Foundation Aids College’s Learning Assistant Program
   
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The Graver Arboretum and the Raker Field Station
'Berg Participates in and Hosts Student Chemists' Convention
     

Another Way to Give

In addition to Susan Keinzle Pobjoy’s ’73 valuable contributions as a member of the Board of Trustees and an active donor, in the fall of 2004 she identified another marvelous way to expand her support.

Susan, the vice president for WW technology service sales for Hewlett Packard in Palo Alto, Calif., explains, “While registering my contribution for matching funds last year, I noticed on the Hewlett Packard website a section called, ‘Education Grants.’ Hewlett Packard was offering competitive, state-of-the-art computer equipment and support grants to colleges and universities like Muhlenberg.”

Susan phoned Deb Kipp, assistant vice president for corporate and foundation relations, with the information. Deb and a faculty team crafted a strong application that resulted in a $50,000+ grant to the College, under the 2004 HP Technology for Teaching Grant. “What started as a very easy exercise for me ended with valuable equipment and, more importantly, a unique opportunity for Muhlenberg students to engage in an innovative application of mobile computing,” said Susan.

Deb Kipp admits, “Susan’s help in directing our attention to this new opportunity was instrumental in our applying for and being awarded technology funds.” We encourage you to check out your company websites for education grant alerts or partnership opportunities and notify Muhlenberg’s corporate relations office at (484) 664-3223 or kipp@muhlenberg.edu. Check your company website today!

We are on Track for a Great Finish

The end is near for the Kresge Challenge but we still need help in reaching our goal. If you have not made a gift to the Life Sports Center, in support of the Kresge Challenge, it is not too late.

Make your gift today by logging on to www.muhlenberg.edu/devel or calling the Muhelnberg Fund at 1-800-859-2243.

Thank you for your support.

Meltsner Foundation Aids College’s Learning Assistant Program

By Jessica Kaufman ’05

A gift from the Sylvia and Elmer Meltsner Foundation in the amount of $8,250 was awarded to the College’s Peer Learning Assistant Program, an initiative that will benefit an estimated 500 students this spring. Designed by Academic Support Services five years ago, the Peer Learning Assistant Program complements the traditional tutoring services already available at the College.

The services provided by Academic Support are open and available to the entire student body. The learning assistant program has proven beneficial to all students. A recent research analysis indicates that this is a worthy, cost-effective approach to improving student engagement, student success, and in building academic community and conversation.


Learning Assistants Zachary Weiss ’05 and Nancy Atiyeh ’05 and Melissa Morrow ’02 of the Meltsner Foundation

Alumna Melissa Morrow ’02, a trustee of the Meltsner Foundation, returned to the College to present the gift and to learn more about the expanded Learning Assistant program.

The gift will provide stipends for 11 learning assistants during the spring 2005 semester in courses where faculty members have formally indicated a need for learning assistants. In the past, some of these courses have included: microeconomics, principles of biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, chemistry of art, general physics, physics for life, fundamentals of math, calculus, and psychological statistics. In the context of these courses, trained peer learning assistants work closely with the teaching faculty member and the class, especially those students needing assistance. Assessment indicates that they help strengthen students’ academic independence, risk-taking ability and overall academic confidence.

Professors who work closely with learning assistants find their aid invaluable. Richard Niesenbaum, head of the biology department said, “When I work closely with learning assistants, a partnership develops. The learning assistant provides insight about the mood and psyche of the class and the mind of the student that I might not otherwise have.”

In return for their stipends, learning assistants are required to work an average of seven hours per week, which includes working alongside the students in the classroom, holding workshops and weekly office hours, and meeting regularly with their faculty collaborator. In addition, learning assistants also make themselves available to students throughout the week via e-mail and telephone.

Since the implementation of the Peer Learning Assistant Program, there has been an increased course-student retention rate and higher grade point average in some of the classes supported by learning assistants. While learning assistants can be used in any classroom, they are particularly useful in classes that often serve as the gateway to majors or higher-level work.

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