Kayli Hertel – Features Editor
The college received the George I. Alden Trust grant worth $160,000 in December and will go directly towards improving the math and science programs. Neil Hatem, Chair of Mathematics and the Sciences, said the grant is crucial for expansion.
“What this is going to do is jump us from being technologically behind to technologically ahead of other institutions,” said Hatem.
The Institutional Development Office discovered the grant and wrote a proposal with the mathematics department in mind.
“This was a perfect project because it was a curricular initiative designed to improve the educational experience of our students in a very crucial area of math education,” said Steve Bloom, Acting Vice President of Academic Affairs.
The grant will address the financial obstacle previously faced by the department.
New technology such as personalized software and iPads in science classes will be implemented.
A key component of the new technology will be projects servicing all majors. Bloom said the approach is stronger in its ability to “gear math towards students’ majors so they have a real investment in it.”
The money will also create a new space in the basement of Wolfe. The designs are still in the early stages.
“I’m hoping it will create a studying atmosphere where kids can come in after hours and do their work and use the software to their advantage, whatever their major is,” said Hatem.