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April 30, 2007
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College o f Arts and Science receives Kresge Foundation Challenge Grant

YPSILANTI — With help from friends and The Kresge Foundation, Eastern Michigan’s College of Arts and Sciences is on track to meet a $1.25 million fundraising goal to help it acquire and maintain state-of-the-art science equipment for students and faculty.

EMU already has received $250,000 as part of the Kresge Foundation Science Initiative Challenge Grant program, money it used to buy new biology and chemistry department equipment. One such piece was a Lachet Discrete Analyzer, which measures nutrients in water samples and is more reliable and user-friendly than equipment it replaced. The analyzer is often used by students and faculty in experiments requiring the measurement of excess nutrients, such as fertilizer, in lakes and rivers affected by runoff.

A science initiative leadership gift came from American Electric Power (AEP), one of the largest electric utilities in the United States. The $250,000 gift was made possible by former EMU Regent Michael G. Morris (’69, ’73), AEP chairman, president and chief executive officer, and EMU Foundation Trustee Dale Heydlauff (’78), AEP New Generation vice president.

Kresge will award EMU another $250,000 if the University can raise a total of $1 million by Sept. 1. The EMU Foundation is spearheading the fundraising efforts, and already more than $125,000 has been raised toward the endowment goal. Kresge selected EMU in March 2006 to participate in the program.

EMU’s fundraising goal, coupled with the second and final $250,000 check from Kresge, will create a $1.25 million endowment for future equipment purchases and maintenance of already purchased equipment.

The Kresge Foundation, based in Troy, Mich., is a $3 billion national foundation focused on building stronger nonprofit organizations in three ways: catalyzing their growth, helping them connect with stakeholders and challenging them with grants that leverage greater support.

For more information, contact Patty Warner, EMU Foundation director of corporate and foundation relations at 734.481.2314, or e-mail: patty.warner@emich.edu


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