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Projects Funded

Illinois Board of Higher Education :: $2,871,845
Illinois Independent Colleges Capital Program (ICCAP)

Funding was used to renovate Crampton Hall and Whipple Hall, to install fire sprinkler systems in Ellis Hall and Fayerweather Hall, and to construct a new parking lot near Park Street and College Avenue. Remaining funds will be used in 2014 for other capital improvements on campus.  

U.S. Department of Education :: $1,100,000
TRIO (Student Support Services)

Illinois College has implemented a new TRIO Student Support Services program funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This program is designed to help first-generation college students, students with disabilities and students from low-income families succeed in college and earn their baccalaureate degrees. The Student Support Services Program provides academic tutoring, advice and assistance in course selection; financial aid information and assistance; financial and economic literacy education; mentoring; career and personal counseling; and cultural programming. The grant also provides ongoing funding in support of the Yates Fellowship Program. The Student Support Services program serves at least 140 Illinois College students per year.
For more information, visit our TRiO page.

Margaret A. Cargill Foundation :: $445,337
Environmental Studies

Illinois College uses these grant funds to support the Environmental Studies program, including Environmental Studies internships that support and advance student learning and career goals.

For more information, click here.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation :: $214,000
Revision of General Education Program

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation of New York City has awarded Illinois College a grant to implement its distinctive new general education program. This is the largest award Illinois College has received to date from the foundation. This grant allows faculty to work together as they develop new course modules using the most innovative teaching ideas. Based on learning communities, integrated learning, the inclusion of general education goals into majors, and universal capstone courses, the new Illinois College general education curriculum is designed to make liberal arts knowledge and skills students need for careers in the 21st century – effective communication, clear ethical standards and the ability to use statistics – accessible to all students, including those previously underrepresented in higher education. The new general education requirements begin with students who enter Illinois College in the fall of 2012 and will be gradually implemented as those students progress in their coursework.

For more information, click here.

National Endowment for the Humanities :: $200,000
NEH Challenge Grant for The Archives at Illinois College

This $200,000 challenge grant will be used to renovate and expand The Archives at Illinois College.  The college will use this federal grant to leverage $600,000 in non-federal donations to launch the Preserve+Share+Produce Humanities Initiative.  The plans for this initiative including hiring a full-time archivist, expanding space for archived materials and making archived resources more accessible to students, researchers and the public. The expanded archival facility within Schewe Library will improve archival storage capacity and the ability to solicit accessions from faculty, alumni and local organizations. The dedicated processing area will facilitate student work with processing and organizing records in a secure location. Perhaps most important, the plan will call for a research area that will allow scholars and researchers to access the materials and provide a space for faculty to work on projects with entire classes.  

More information is available in our News Story Archive.

Council of Independent Colleges/NetVUE :: $50,000
Fulfilling Lives: the Holistic Advising Project

With the help of a $50,000 grant from the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE), the “Fulfilling Lives: the Holistic Advising Project” will help students identify a purpose in life that connects their daily actions and careers to meaningful goals broader than their self-interest. NetVUE supports this two-year project through a generous Lilly Endowment, Inc. grant to the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC). This project will enhance students’ vocational discernment, which encourages their reflection about individual courses and extra-curricular activities, religious identity and interfaith dialogue, as well as choosing a major and decisions about careers.  

More information is available in our News Story Archive.

The Henry Luce Foundation :: $50,000 
Asian Studies and the Environment

In 2013, the Henry Luce Foundation awarded this $50,000 LIASE (Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment) grant to Illinois College for a collaboration with Ritsumeikan University. Through this initiative, Illinois College faculty in Japanese studies, in environmental biology, and in other science disciplines visited Japan in the summer of 2013, meeting with Japanese scientists to discuss and plan research opportunities about the environment for Illinois College students at Ritsumeikan University. The next step in the project is a multidisciplinary faculty-student seminar focused on Japan and environmental concerns, which will take place during the 2013-2014 academic year. A Symposium on Science, Sustainability and Teaching in March 2014 will conclude the seminar. Ritsumeikan University science faculty members will join in this symposium, which will include formal academic presentations and informal discussions of science, sustainability and teaching.

More information is available in our News Story Archive.

The Japan Foundation, New York :: $30,000
Collegiate Exchange Program grant for Japan BreakAway

This grant will help to fund a BreakAway study tour to Japan in May 2014. The BreakAway, titled “Views of Japan: Food, Culture, and the Environment,” will take two faculty members and a group of students to visit sites in Hiroshima, Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and Kanazawa. The focus of trip will be to engage students in observing Japanese attitudes to healthy living and the role the environment plays in personal health. The group will spend a weekend at an old farmhouse near Ritsumeikan University to experience the type of environmentally-friendly lifestyle enjoyed in Japan 50 years ago. They will engage in a service learning project (e.g., working on a farm together with local people and building a water wheel with them). Students will have 15 hours of pre-departure preparation covering Japanese history and geography, typical Japanese family life and diet, and practical advice for traveling in Japan. They will be responsible for researching various destinations and cultural concepts, preparing a group wiki, and giving oral presentations to the class on their findings.

More information is available in our News Story Archive.

The Monticello College Foundation :: $24,500
Scholarships for Women

This grant will fund scholarships for seven outstanding female students during the 2014-2015 academic year. Through the Monticello College Foundation's steady support, Illinois College has been able to provide scholarships to more than 110 deserving young women.

FutureGen 2.0 :: $24,000
Student-Faculty Research in Carbon Sequestration

This funding supported research related to the FutureGen2.0 Carbon Dioxide Deep Geologic Sequestration project in Morgan County, Illinois, in summer 2013. Illinois College chemistry professor Clayton Spencer worked with an Illinois College student and a recent IC graduate to conduct research at Pacific Northwest National Lab and in Morgan County.

Illinois Board of Higher Education :: $21,830
Cooperative Work Study Program – IC Explorers

Illinois College used this grant to sustain the successful IC Explorers program, which provided internships to students in 2012. These clinical placements and cooperative work study positions were sponsored by employers in state government, private enterprise, health-related higher education and the nonprofit sector. IC Explorers internships encourage students to think critically, solve problems through teamwork, conduct independent research, develop an understanding of workplace dynamics, and prepare for fulfilling lives of leadership and service.

 For more information, visit News Story Archives.

Davee Foundation :: $15,000
Resources for History and Political Science

These grant funds are used to purchase resources for Schewe Library and the History and Political Science Department, to strategically enhance learning opportunities for current and future students.
For more information, see IC receives grants.

American Society of News Editors :: $3,000
Celebration of First Amendment Rights

This grant was used for a series of activities to celebrate and promote Americans’ First Amendment right to freedom of speech. The College held a Banned Books event on campus in September 2013, where students and faculty read aloud passages of books that have been banned at some point in history. Free Speech Week was commemorated in October 2013 by presenting “1st and Foremost,” a multimedia performance that featured several students, current and former faculty, and guest speakers. Free Speech Week is the country’s premier event celebrating free speech and a free press. The goal was to raise public awareness of the importance of free speech in our democracy – and to celebrate that freedom. A presentation on Martin Luther King Jr., Civil Rights and the First Amendment took place on campus in November 2013. A Liberty Tree will be dedicated at Starhill Forest Arboretum in spring 2014. The tree is a symbol of the importance of the First Amendment to an educated public. Funded by a grant from the McCormick Foundation, the “1 for All” campus initiative provides grants to colleges to support campus programming, tapping the talents of local and national experts and educators to illuminate pivotal First Amendment issues.

More information is available here Ken Paulson to speak at IC and First Amendment on display.

FutureGen 2.0 :: $2,125
Student Internship in Carbon Sequestration

This funding is supporting a student internship related to the FutureGen2.0 Carbon Dioxide Deep Geologic Sequestration project in Morgan County, Illinois, in spring 2014.

French American Cultural Exchange:: $1,800
French Film Festival

This Tournées Festival grant supported the digital screenings of five French language films on campus during the period of September 10 to October 1, 2013. The films, which were screened with English subtitles, were: L’Assaut (The Assault), Entre les Bras (Step Up to the Plate), Berlin 1885: La Ruée sur L’Afrique (Berlin 1885: The Division of Africa), La Pirogue (The Pirogue), and Le Bonheur D’Elza (Elza). Support for the Tournées Festival is provided by Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, Centre National de la Cinématographie et l’Image Animée, Campus France USA, Florence Gould Foundation, and highbrow entertainment.

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