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03-13-2006


Cumberlands Receives $200,000 Grant for Science Building

Williamsburg, Ky. - University of the Cumberlands recently received a $200,000 grant for the renovation and expansion of its science building. The donation was contributed by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations and is part of an $8 million project that is expected to be finished in August of 2008.

The Davis Foundations' grant is the fourth gift Cumberland has received from this philanthropic institution.

With Cumberlands' new expansion of its science building, 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.

University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, is a private liberal arts college in its 117th year of operation. Cumberlands 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.