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August 31, 2005
University of Dubuque Receives Iowa College Foundation Awards


The Iowa College Foundation recently announced the award recipients of faculty and student/faculty research projects. The University of Dubuque received awards through the foundation's Library Challenge Program and Faculty Development Integration Program, as well as awards given in combination with the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust and the R.J. McElroy Trust. The six ICF awards totaled more than $14,000.

Library Challenge Program
Through the ICF Library Challenge Program, UD was awarded $6,252.94 for the purchase of two Ebsco databases- Business Source Premier and MLA International Bibliography. Business Source Premier offers in-depth business and economic information with full-text access for approximately 3,800 online scholarly periodicals. The MLA International Bibliography provides articles, books, and dissertations in the fields of literature, language and linguistics, folklore, literary theory and criticism, and dramatic arts. Mary Anne Knefel, university librarian, is the project director.

The Library Challenge Grantprogram was designed to assist member colleges in meeting a variety of their library resource needs.

Faculty Development Integration Program
Through the ICF Faculty Development Integration Program, and in combination with Foundation of Independent Higher Education's (FIHE/UPS) National Venture Fund, UD was awarded $1,000 for the development of Articulate- UD's new student art and literary magazine. Copies of the magazine are available at the Charles C. Meyers Library or online at
www.articulateonline.org

The National Venture Fund was established to inspire and fund creative solutions for the needs of independent colleges and universities, and to encourage participation in such efforts from foundations, corporations, government agencies, individuals, and other nonprofit organizations, including the state independent college funds.

ICF Technology Integration Projects
Through the ICF program for Technology Integration Projects, and in combination with the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, UD was awarded two separate grants of $1,200 each.

The first, awarded to Janet Jamieson, assistant professor of business, is for the project "Technology Links Ministry and Money for Success." The project involves integrating technology into the financial portions of a cross-listed Ministry and Money course.

The second, awarded to Chulsung Kim, assistant professor of chemistry, is for the project "Technology-Assisted Science Learning Experiences for Non-Science Majors." The project involves creating a course website for Chemistry and the Environment.

Both professors will receive an additional $300 stipend to attend an ICF Summer Technology Workshop.
The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust is the largest private foundation in the state of Iowa. It was created through the will of Roy J. Carver, a Muscatine industrialist and philanthropist, who died in 1981. Since the beginning of the Trust's grant-making activities in 1987, more than $100 million has been distributed in the form of nearly 1,000 individual grants.

ICF Program for Student/Faculty Research
Through the ICF program for Student/Faculty Research, and in combination with the R.J. McElroy Trust, UD was awarded two separate grants of $1,900 each.

The first was awarded to Matthew McDermott (environmental science, '06) and Dan Call, professor of environmental science. Their project, "Darters as Bioindicators of Stream Quality in the Catfish Creek Watershed," may determine the need for safeguards against further degradation of water quality in the watershed.

The second was awarded to Andrew Huck (environmental science, '06), Valerie Kimler (environmental science, '07), and Gerald Zuercher, assistant professor of vertebrate ecology. Their project, "Analysis of River Turtle Community Structure and Dynamics on the Cedar River," will address field sampling methods for long-term monitoring to evaluate harvest impact on turtle populations and to assess the presence of threatened or endangered species.

Founded in 1965 by benefactor R.J. McElroy, a pioneer Iowa broadcaster, the R.C. McElroy Trust was established to fund a broad range of educational programs- including scholarships, fellowships, internships, student loan funds, and numerous other projects to benefit youth of all ages.