|Public Affairs - Press Release|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 27, 2005
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
MUW to receive special funding for campus facilities
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Mississippi University for Women will receive close to $2 million in special funding to create the Center for Wellness and Health and the Southern Women’s Institute and expand program offerings at the Plymouth Bluff Environmental Education Center.
Eckford Hall has been designated to become the Center for Wellness and Health to fully meet the needs for nursing education and to provide space for practical experience on campus. The Center for Wellness and Health would serve as a primary care facility for the campus.
The Southern Women's Institute will be a center for learning and research focusing on the position women hold in the culture and foundation of the south both today and in the past. The institute will provide MUW with a place to build academic programs and a foundation for research to explore and interpret the impact the changing role of women has on the community and family.
MUW President Claudia Limbert, said, “MUW’s heritage and decades of leadership on women's issues uniquely position us to house an institute for the study of women and the regional issues which impact on their success in the home, in the workplace and in public life.”
Funds for the Environmental Education Center will promote the public understanding of science, mathematics and history. The center will provide academic enrichment activities through summer workshops and camps for K-12 students and in-service and pre-service professional development for teachers.
The goal of the program is to provide quality, scientific, inquiry-based environmental programs in an outdoor setting and to enhance science and mathematics instruction through exploration and real-world activities.
Sen. Thad Cochran and Rep. Roger Wicker were very instrumental in securing funds for the three projects.
Limbert said, “We are very appreciative of their support and advice. These facilities will enhance educational opportunities on campus as well as in the community.”
Scott Rawles, vice president for institutional advancement, said, “Last year we submitted four proposals, two of which were funded. This year we submitted six proposals of which three were funded. We are pleased with this progress.”
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