MONTICELLO, AR — Five proposals submitted to the University of Arkansas at Monticello's Centennial Opportunity Fund have been chosen to receive a total of $50,000 for the 2017-18 funding cycle, according to Dr. John Davis, director of university relations and chair of the Centennial Opportunity Fund committee.
The Centennial Opportunity Fund is a $1 million endowment created during UAM's centennial celebration in 2009-10. Each year, a campus committee selects projects for funding that have significant, long-term benefits to the university with an emphasis on items impacting student success.
The following projects were chosen for funding:
• $22,435 to purchase laptop computers for students to check out at the Taylor Library and Technology Center;
• $13,857 to purchase replacement slides, specimens, models and add new models for biology laboratories;
• $7,143 to update the Turner Neal Museum of Natural History, including electrical and lighting repairs and replacing glass panels with acrylic panels;
• $4,583 to transform two music classrooms into smart rooms with new multimedia equipment;
• $1,482 to create a campus map directory to be placed at the center of campus;
• $500 for the Sundell Herbarium and Turner Neal Museum.
"We received 15 proposals totaling $121,446 and it was a difficult decision for the committee," said Davis. "There were a lot of worthwhile projects. We are fortunate to have the Centennial Opportunity Fund available to help fund projects that will directly help our students be successful."
For more information, contact Jim Brewer, director of media services, at (870) 460-1274.
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