Illinois Board of Higher Education :: $2,871,845
Illinois Independent Colleges Capital Program (ICCAP)
Funding was used to renovate Gardner Hall, 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.
U.S. Department of Education :: $1,100,000
TRiO (Student Support Services)
Illinois College's TRiO Student Support Services program is funded by a five-year 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.
The Henry Luce Foundation :: $400,000
Asian Studies and the Environment
The Henry Luce Foundation awarded this $400,000 LIASE (Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment) Implementation grant to Illinois College to expand its successful collaboration with Ritsumeikan University. The grant includes a broad program of activities including two summer seminars where Illinois College faculty are developing course modules incorporating Japan and environmental concerns. During the grant period, Illinois College environmental studies and science faculty will travel to Japan, where they will establish and strengthen connections with scientists in Ritsumeikan University labs and choose locations in Japan for students' Research Abroad internships. Illinois College will hold two interdisciplinary conferences at Illinois College involving faculty from Ritsumeikan University students who will conduct research with Illinois College faculty and participate in teaching. This four-year LIASE Implementation grant builds upon Illinois College faculty's accomplishments with a LIASE Exploration grant in the past two years.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation :: $214,000
Revision of General Education Program
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation of New York City 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 has allowed faculty to work together to 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 began with students who enter Illinois College in the fall of 2012.
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National Endowment for the Humanities :: $200,000
NEH Challenge Grant for The Archives at Illinois College
This $200,000 challenge grant has been used to renovate and expand The Khalaf Al Habtoor Archives at Illinois College. The college used this federal grant to leverage $600,000 in non-federal donations to launch the Preserve+Share+Produce Humanities Initiative. The Initiative's accomplishments include 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 facilitates student work with processing and organizing records in a secure location. We now have a research area that allows scholars and researchers to access the materials and provide a space for faculty to work on projects with entire classes.
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NCAA Strategic Alliance Matching Grant :: $112,566.72
Associate Director Position
This five-year grant has made it possible to establish a new, senior-level athletics administrative position in the Office of Intercollegiate Athletics. The Associate Director position will support our successful efforts to increase the academic quality, size, ethnic diversity, and geographic diversity of the Illinois College student body by serving as an important role model and mentor for current and prospective student-athletes.
The Monticello College Foundation :: $24,500
Scholarships for Women
This grant will fund scholarships for seven outstanding female students during the 2015-2016 academic year. Through the Monticello College Foundation's steady support, Illinois College has been able to provide scholarships to more than 117 deserving young women.
Davee Foundation :: $15,000
Resources for Teaching and Learning
These grant funds are being used to strategically enhance learning opportunities for current and future students. The grant is purchasing resources for Schewe Library and the History and Political Science Department, and supporting the Entrepreneurship program.
Council of Independent Colleges :: $4,400
Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Research
Through the Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Research, Illinois College students have opportunities to enhance their critical thinking skills by engaging Shared Shelf digital technologies as users and creators of knowledge. Participating in this Consortium is also allowing the College to more effectively share valuable historical information the College has transferred (and will continue to transfer) to digital formats. These artifacts include the records of the Jacksonville Female Academy, Illinois College President Edward Beecher's unpublished novel, and other unique documents. We are better structuring our digitized holding through utilization of the Shared Shelf service and making the holdings more widely available to other Council of Independent Colleges members and Shared Shelf subscribers.
Naples Orchid Society :: $4,000
Orchid Research in Florida
The Naples Orchid Society has played a key role in funding activities for orchid conservation in south Florida, including internships for 12 Illinois College students during the past five years. The Society has also funded Cuban orchid expert Dr. Ernesto Mujica's research trips to monitor Ghost Orchid populations in the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge.
French American Cultural Exchange :: $2,200
French Film Festival
This Tournées Festival grant is supporting the digital screenings of a series of French language films on campus during the 2016-17 academic year. 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, Franco-American Cultural Fund, Florence Gould Foundation, and highbrow entertainment.
Dollar General Literacy Foundation
Sonya Project Book Fund
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Illinois College this grant to support youth literacy through The Sonya Project. This Jacksonville, Illinois, literacy program was started through The Khalaf Al Habtoor Leadership Program at Illinois College in 2011 after the schools in Jacksonville School District 117 expressed a need for mentors to practice literacy and math with students. The Sonya Project’s mission is to expand literacy and math skills of low-income and at-risk youth through buddy reading, tutoring and mentorship while providing them with role models who encourage them to strive for personal excellence. Thanks to this grant, Illinois College Sonya Project mentors will be able to give the gift of a book to each student they are mentoring at the end of the semester.
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Bryant J. Luxmore Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln
Corporal Bryant J. (B.J.) Luxmore, of New Windsor, Illinois, was a 2009 graduate of Illinois College. He entered the U.S. Army in 2011 and deployed to Afghanistan in March of 2012. He was killed in action in Panjwai, Afghanistan on June 10, 2012, of injuries suffered when he encountered enemy, small arms fire. Luxmore was posthumously promoted to Corporal, awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Infantry Badge. While a student at Illinois College, Luxmore was a valued member of the baseball team. The memorial fund that B.J.’s family established in his name, at the Community Foundation of the Land of Lincoln, has kindly directed support to the Illinois College baseball program. We appreciate this gift and we will never forget him.