2012 August 20 - 12:00 am
GRANTS AND GIFTS:
- The Kennebec Valley Community College Foundation (Maine) has been awarded three grants that will directly benefit programs and students at the college. The grants include $20,000 from the Davis Family Foundation to support students whose children are attending Educare Central Maine in Waterville. The money will be used to subsidize childcare expenses for about 20 low-income students; $5,000 from the Plum Creek Foundation to purchase equipment for KVCC’s new Energy Services and Technology Program, a two-year associate degree program which will begin classes in the fall 2012; and $3,000 from the Oak Grove School Foundation to support dual enrolled high school students.
- Arkansas State University-Newport held a ceremonial groundbreaking on its Jonesboro campus Aug. 1 to mark the start of construction of the new Hospitality Services Education Building. The 11,820 square-foot facility will be comprised of a 3,300 square-foot, state-of-the-art commercial training kitchen; a 2,000 square-foot dining space; food-service classroom; computer lab; physical/chemistry science lab; and support space. Grounds include an outdoor dining patio, green space, and parking. A $1 million gift made by the Fowler family will endow the building, provide resources for equipping the facility, and ensure quality educational opportunities for the food service industry of northeast Arkansas. ASU-Newport will forward a request to the ASU Board of Trustees to name the building for the Fowler family.
- Ray Hoy, president of Wor-Wic Community College (Md.) announced the start of the public phase of a $5 million fundraising campaign at a formal kick-off celebration at the college, attended by key donors, and members of the Board of Trustees, the college foundation and campaign steering committee. Hoy announced that gifts and pledges to the “Providing for Today While Ensuring Tomorrow” campaign are almost at $3 million. During the silent phase of the campaign, the college was able to raise almost 60 percent of the $5 million goal. Two leadership gifts were announced at the kick-off, including $1 million from the Hazel Family Foundation and $1 million from the Richard A. Henson Foundation. In recognition of the $1 million gift from the Hazel family, the college announced that it is re-naming the Student Center as the Hazel Center in memory of the late Richard and Patricia Hazel and their children. The $1 million Henson challenge pledge, which is dependent upon the college raising $1 million in gifts from other donors, will establish the Richard A. Henson Fund for Tomorrow. Hoy said the campaign will meet immediate needs and to provide a source of funding for future needs.