$1.5 million gift endows
|$6.9 million gift raises Eberly family's total to $39 million|
The College of Education is the beneficiary of a $1.5 million gift made by a 1953 college alumnus to endow a memorial scholarship and a faculty chair.
The Jane Elizabeth Newlin and Everett Mason Batschelet Memorial Scholarship and the Harry L. Batschelet Chair of Educational Administration are the result of a commitment from the late Harry Lawrence Batschelet II, former vice president for financial development at the American National Red Cross. Batschelet died in 2001 soon after completing estate plans to create these endowments.
The Batschelet Memorial Scholarship, named in memory of Batschelet's parents, will be awarded to a public high school graduate or prospective graduate from the active youth of the congregation of the Messiah Lutheran Church in South Williamsport, the donor's hometown. The recipient will be selected, without regard for race or gender, based on scholastic achievement, character, academic potential and financial need.
The Batschelet Chair in Educational Administration honors Batschelet's wife, Beverly Ann Batschelet, an education alumna of James Madison University, who was assistant to the executive director of the American Society for Association Executives.
William Lowe Boyd, distinguished professor of educational administration, has accepted the appointment as the first Batschelet chair professor.
Boyd is professor-in-charge of the graduate programs in educational administration and director of the Pennsylvania Education Policy Center.
A specialist in educational administration and education policy and politics, he has published more than 120 articles and has co-edited 12 books. He has been president of the Politics of Education Association and an officer of the American Educational Research Association. He also has been a visiting Fulbright Scholar in Australia and in England, and a visiting scholar at Gothenburg University, the University of British Columbia, the University of Wales at Cardiff and the University of Warwick.
Boyd has studied education reform efforts in the United States, Australia, Britain, Canada and Sweden.
As a researcher for the National Center on School Leadership, the National Center on Education in the Inner Cities and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory for Student Success, he has studied school effectiveness, coordinated school-linked services for at-risk children and the dynamics of parental choice of schools.
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded a $650,000 grant to the University in support of its World Campus, an online distance learning program.
The grant recognizes the University's leadership in developing and delivering innovative and high-quality educational programs that meet the needs of learners nationally and internationally who would not otherwise have access to a campus-based program.
In 1997, the New York-based Sloan Foundation first awarded a $1.3 million grant to the University to help launch the World Campus. With this most recent grant, the Sloan Foundation has contributed a total of $4.75 million to the University over four years for the development of a content-rich and interactive online learning environment that brings together the expertise of faculty members and instructional designers, the flexibility of advanced information technologies and the support of comprehensive, distance-based learner services.
The new grant will help the University continue its leadership in Asynchronous Learning Networks and will be used to support faculty research and development, student services, and administrative systems, according to Jim Ryan, vice president for Outreach and Cooperative Extension. In asynchronous learning environments, students and faculty do not need to meet at the same time or place in order to exchange ideas (as with e-mail or bulletin boards, for example). The Sloan Foundation supports the use of this technology to reach learners and encourages institutions of higher education to make the leap to distance learning on a large scale.
Having completed its third full year of operation, the World Campus now provides 200 course offerings in 26 certificate and degree programs, and many more programs are in development.
University officials expect to have 10,000 course enrollments in 300 courses and 30 degree and certificate programs by 2003.
U.S. Rep. William F. Goodling recently gave University Libraries nearly 400 linear feet of his career records dating from 1974 to 2000.
The William Franklin Goodling Papers document his 13-term legislative career as a Republican congressman who represented Pennsylvania's 19th Congressional district -- York and Cumberland counties. Goodling spearheaded the educational spending bill, signed into law in December 2000, that established the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy within the University's College of Education.
The legislative records consist of memoranda, correspondence, draft legislation, statements, press releases, legislative research, reference files, campaign and election files, personal correspondence, photographs and constituent service records.
Following an inventory, the papers will be cataloged and incorporated in a finished guide that will be mounted for public access on the World Wide Web.
For information, call James Quigel at (814) 865-1793.