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2016 February 5 - 01:34 pm

Grants & Gifts

A summary listing of colleges and institutions receiving grants and gifts

Kirkwood Community College (Iowa) has received a gift of 80 acres of farmland from prominent Iowa farmer John Harder. The donation, worth an estimated $1.1 million, is one of the largest single private gifts in the 50-year history of the college. Located adjacent to the college’s main campus in Cedar Rapids, the land will be farmed by Kirkwood’s Agricultural Science Department. Income from the farm operation will be used to create a memorial scholarship in honor of John’s daughter, Jamie Lynn Harder. Members of her family said she exemplified a positive spirit that will continue with the scholarship. According to a statement by Jamie’s sisters, Alexandra Harder and Jennifer Farrell: “Both of our parents have worked very hard to provide future education opportunities for local students honoring our sister and the extraordinary life she lived. Her spirit lives on through those who knew her, and we can only hope through those lives which will be improved by this donation to all future scholarship recipients.” Jamie Lynn Harder died in 1988 in a plane crash at the age of 17. The Harder family has roots in Benton County, which is part of Kirkwood’s seven- county service area. “It is with great gratitude that we accept this gift,” said college President Mick Starcevich. “Through the Harder’s generosity, many opportunities will be created for deserving students in Jamie’s honor. This land represents the beginning of a permanent legacy for a young woman who was taken from the world too soon. It will be a springboard for many of our students who will go on to do incredible things in the Corridor. We will literally be planting seeds that will sprout into stories of student success.“

The Oakton Community College (Ill.) Educational Foundation announced it received a gift of $100,000 from an anonymous donor in late December. “Oakton is thankful for the generosity of our donors and is excited about the impact this gift will have on our students and programs,” said Oakton Executive Director of Development Mary Knight. “Gifts to the Oakton Educational Foundation are vital to student success and transform many lives of those living in our community.” The gift will be used to support scholarships and programs that include science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as well as manufacturing. Oakton’s STEM courses include biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, and physics. The college’s cutting edge nanotechnology training program includes a 31-credithour nanotechnology certificate that incorporates basic science “building blocks,” college-level nanotechnology courses, access to internship opportunities and hands-on experience with stateof-the-art lab equipment. Additionally, STEM research courses allow students to jump into a “real world” research project and present findings at a STEM symposium. Oakton’s manufacturing technology programs provide students and industry with high-quality, comprehensive advanced manufacturing training that creates pathways to employment and strengthens the economy. ”

The Springfield Technical Community College (Mass.) Foundation awarded five grants totaling $19,000 at the Top of Our City event Dec. 3. The Foundation Innovation Grants (FIG) are awarded each year to STCC faculty or staff to help fund a variety of new campus initiatives. Additional support by the Grainger Foundation with a $5,000 donation helped to make funding all the projects possible. This year, grants were given to support library initiatives through the creation of open educational resources; purchasing a threedimensional printer for manufacturing; creating program opportunities for physics and engineering students; building critical thinking skills into health care curriculum; and implementing a touchresponsive/interactive digital kiosk in high traffic locations across campus to help enhance student experiences on campus. The grants help the college to continue to support faculty and staff innovation and improve the excellence in delivery of academic or student retention services.

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