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Alumnae Funds Support 35 Projects

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May 24, 2006

The Alumnae of Northwestern University will give more than $116,000 in 2006 to support 35 projects proposed by Northwestern faculty members and departments.

The 60-member volunteer alumnae organization funds the annual grant and award program through its Continuing Education program and patron sponsorships for the WaaMu Show.

Grants range from $1,000 to $10,000 and were selected from 73 requests.

Among programs selected for 2006 awards are: support for an eight-week archeological dig in Belize at an ancient Maya marketplace; commissioning an orchestrator for the American Music Theatre Project, “The Boys Are Coming Home;” expenses for two Block Museum exhibits, “City Themes in Weimar Art” and “Visualizing Radicalism: Avant-garde Graphics in Russia and Eastern Europe 1912-1932;” a physics and astronomy open house for middle school students; a symposium on Emotion and Meaning in Music for a non-specialist audience; Music Career Day at Northwestern for young musicians in the Chicago public schools; and support for the Northwestern Business Review, a publication of the Institute for Student Business Education.

Grants for equipment include: upgrading the Hagstrum Room in University Hall to a smart classroom; two floor lecterns for Norris University Center; a projector and computer for Harris 108 and the history department graduate lounge; computer equipment to digitize the department of art history slide collection; website redesign for the department of art theory and practice; an interactive response system for the general chemistry program at Northwestern; and chemistry demonstrations for Science Outreach Efforts and flat panel monitors in the geology department to support Project Excite -- both to encourage participation in science at the Evanston public schools.

Awards for academic enrichment, used to bring outstanding specialists to campus, were given for a new department of English event, One Book, One Northwestern; speakers for an interdisciplinary history/political science conference, Cities and National Strength in 20th Century East Asia; residency and stage management for a professional stage manager for the American Music Theatre Festival; guest speakers for the investigative reporting course at Medill; and visiting scholars for the Music Teaching and Learning: Distinguished Teacher Series.

The gifts and grants committee was chaired by Holly Sunshine (Weinberg 1971) with co-chair Sandra Gross (Graduate School 1964) and the academic enrichment committee by Barbara Collins (Medill 1950, Graduate School 1970) with co-chair Barbara Larson (School of Education and Social Policy 1962).

In addition to the grants and gifts programs, the Alumnae of Northwestern awards dissertation year fellowships to graduate students, an undergraduate scholarship, a Teaching Professorship, and Senior Awards for community service. 

Total Alumnae gifts for 2006-07 will exceed $200,000.

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