College receives federally funded grant

By Christina Michaluk
February 14, 2008

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Senator Robert Casey and Congressmen Patrick Murphy and Jim Gerlach announced on Jan.10, at Cabrini College that a federally funded grant for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium of Higher Education Institute for Mathematics and Science was presented. The amount awarded was $527,000.

Cabrini President Antoinette Iadarola joined her colleagues, Sister Carol Jean Vale from Chestnut Hill College, Dr. Jerry Greiner from Arcadia University, Dr. Kathleen Owens from Gwynedd-Mercy College, Sister Francesca Onley from Holy Family University, Sister Pat Fadden from Immaculata University, Dr. Rosalie Mirenda from Neumann College and Dr. Sharon Hirsch from Rosemont College, that day to receive the news.

“Given the inferior performance of so many United States students in the areas of mathematics and science and the importance of these disciplines to the future of the country, I was especially pleased that three of our Congressmen made time to gather with administrators and staff from SEPCHE colleges and universities for the announcement of a grant that will provide many teachers in the Delaware Valley with new methods and tools to improve and advance instruction in these areas,” Vale said.

According to sepche.org, “The mission of the South Eastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education is to enhance the quality and efficiency of academic programming, student access, institutional operations, and community outreach at the members’ colleges through inter-institutional cooperation and technological linkages.”

The new grant filled the Presidents of the SEPCHE colleges with high expectations and excitement of what will be made possible through the newly awarded funds.

“Through this federal funding, SEPCHE colleges will be able to offer summer workshops for K-12 teachers throughout the Delaware Valley. These courses will generate innovative math and science teaching techniques, which will have a positive effect on thousands of youngsters in the region,” Mirenda said.

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