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02-22-2006


Cumberlands Receives $2 Million Donation for Science Building

Williamsburg, Ky. - In the midst of reports from our nation's headlines of a decline in scientific and mathematical studies from our schools, University of the Cumberlands has announced it has received a $2 million donation for the renovation and expansion of its science building. A gracious donor from Chicago, Ill., who wished to remain anonymous, contributed the charitable gift.

Recent reports have suggested that the nation is declining in opportunities for students who study science and mathematics. This month's issue of “Time Magazine” published an article titled "Are We Losing Our Edge," which reported the rise in scientific study in other countries such as China and South Korea. The article says that due to lack of challenge in the scientific fields of America, the nation "is starting to lose ground."

Fortunately, Cumberlands has not experienced the decline “Time Magazine” wrote about. Currently, one in four students at Cumberlands has mathematics or science as a major or minor field of study.

With Cumberlands’ new expansion, the university hopes to enhance the overall progress of scientific and mathematical studies and to attract more students, both from within and outside the U.S. The science building, which currently houses the math, physics, biology and chemistry departments, includes strong programs in pre-med, pre-dental, pre-vet and pre-engineering.

Renovations are already underway. Phase one, completed in fall 2005, saw the addition of three state-of-the art chemistry laboratories. When students return for the fall 2006 semester, phase two is projected to have been completed with the existing 38,000 square foot building’s complete transformation from the inside.

During phase three, a 25,000 square foot addition is to be constructed. This addition will consist of technology-equipped classrooms, lecture halls, and office space. The exterior of the addition is to be a replica of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello mansion.

Although the $2 million donation was one of the largest contributions to the science building, there are still others who have donated to what will be an $8 million project.

The project is expected to be finished in August 2008.

University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, is a private liberal arts college in its 117th year of operation. UC offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study, 30 minors and 9 pre-professional programs, as well as online and accelerated, non-traditional programs for adults.