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May 18, 2007
UD Receives $250,000 Grant from The Kresge Foundation


The University of Dubuque has received a $250,000 Capital Challenge Grant from The Kresge Foundation to support the newly renovated and expanded University Science Center. Funding will be given when the balance of the campaign goal ($1,039,610 by January 1, 2008) has been raised.

"On behalf of the entire University of Dubuque community, I want to thank The Kresge Foundation for the opportunity they have provided," stated President Bullock. "The Kresge Foundation's grant evaluation process is among the most rigorous of all philanthropic foundations, so the University is honored to have been selected for this Capital Challenge Grant. We not only appreciate their financial support of the project, but believe that our selection for this grant sends a clear message of confidence in our Missionand Vision, and Plan for Transformation."

From August 2005 through January 2007, the University of Dubuque Science Center underwent extensive renovation and expansion to create a twenty-first century science facility. The 32,000 square foot Goldthorp Hall, originally constructed in 1960, is echoed in Mary Chlapaty Hall, a 21,000 square foot addition anchoring the east edge of the campus. The architectural features of Chlapaty Hall accommodate beautifully designed efficient laboratories, with an eye toward long-term flexibility.
The new laboratories include state-of-the-art equipment, ergonomic furnishings, safety, and ADA measures. The entire Center has been designed to create a welcoming environment for exploration and discovery in an atmosphere conducive to today's interactive, interdisciplinary, hands-on learning styles. Laboratory spaces include geology, zoology, general biology, cell/microbiology, science education, nursing, general chemistry, organic chemistry, geographic information systems (GIS), and five research labs to accommodate student-faculty collaborative research projects.

Rip Rapson, President and CEO of The Kresge Foundation, indicated "With the aid of this challenge grant, we hope that the Universitys campaign can become an even more strategic opportunity to connect with stakeholders and reach out to new donors, volunteers, participants, and the general community. Your compelling plan to sustain the higher levels of giving after the campaign concludes will help strengthen the University well into the future."

The Kresge Foundation is a national foundation with $3 billion in assets. Through its grant- making programs, The Kresge Foundation seeks to strengthen nonprofit organizations by catalyzing their growth, connecting them to their key constituencies, and challenging greater support through grants.

In 2006, the Foundation awarded 20 grants totaling $146,187,060 to organizations in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Mexico.