Hartwick Receives $100,000 Grant for Classroom Technology

October 27, 2009

The George I. Alden Trust has awarded Hartwick College a $100,000 grant to support the acquisition and installation of advanced classroom learning technology that will enable faculty and students to more easily conduct research and advance their scholarship.

Seven new Crestron systems will provide expanded hands-on experience with digital media, presentation equipment, and discipline-specific software. The systems’ locations—three in Clark Hall, three in Yager Hall, and one in Anderson Center for the Arts—will give students, particularly those who study in the Humanities, access to state-of-the-art technology that is currently available in other campus buildings. The systems allow students and faculty to work with DVDs, cameras, Internet, streaming media, and computer applications to present curricula and interact with classmates.

In announcing the grant to the Hartwick community, President Margaret L. Drugovich thanked Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Tannenbaum for leading a group of faculty members in a discussion of Hartwick’s classroom-technology needs.

“The effort put forth by Mike and Hartwick faculty members assured that we will meet the needs of our students and faculty while honoring the intentions of George I. Alden,” Drugovich said.

Established in 1912, the George I. Alden Trust supports the educational projects of higher education institutions in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New England, focusing on colleges that “demonstrate a combination of educational excellence, exciting programming, and efficient and effective administration.” The organization recognizes projects that offer significant contribution to students’ intellectual growth. Previous grants from the Alden Trust have been used to help fund major construction projects in the life sciences and social sciences.

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,480 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick’s expansive Liberal Arts in Practice curriculum merges traditional liberal arts study, personalized teaching, and experiential learning approaches to emphasize Connecting the Classroom to the World. Add to that a wide range of off-campus internships, collaborative research, study-abroad opportunities, and a unique January Term, and Hartwick prepares students for the world ahead. Strong financial aid and scholarship programs keep a Hartwick education affordable.

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