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Moravian College Receives HP Technology Grant

$68,000 grant includes HP wireless equipment and faculty stipend to improve student achievement

HP TechnologyBethlehem, Pa., June 6, 2007—Moravian College was recently selected as one of 42 colleges and universities in the United States and Puerto Rico to receive a 2007 HP Technology for Teaching grant, which is designed to transform teaching and improve learning in the classroom through innovative uses of technology.  Moravian received an award package of HP products and a faculty stipend valued at more than $68,000.

Moravian's proposal was initiated by Steve Dunham and Shari Dunham, assistant professors of chemistry at Moravian who took advantage of the opportunity to provide a computer for each student enrolled in the Biochemistry I and/or Fundamentals of Chemistry courses.  The project will create a paperless learning environment that integrates technology and biochemical information to actively engage students in classroom and laboratory experiences.  The equipment supplied by HP, which includes 20 wireless tablet PCs, will expand the students' abilities to collect, share, and analyze data. Both self-directed research and interactive classroom discussions will be transformed by the effective use of this technology.

"I think we were chosen by HP because we put forth a strong proposal that clearly defined how the College is poised to transform the classroom experience for students," says Sue Schamberger, director of foundation relations at Moravian. "Also, Steve and Shari Dunham, the principal investigators for the project, proposed an effective process to measure success and evaluate outcomes. Assessment is key to identifying the strengths and benefits of a project like this, so it can be successfully reproduced."

During the 2007-2008 academic year, HP Technology for Teaching grant projects will impact more than 6,000 higher education students. Each of the HP Technology for Teaching grant recipients will use HP wireless Tablet PCs to enhance learning in engineering, math, science, or computer science.

In 2007, HP is awarding 172 K-12 public schools and two- and four-year colleges and universities in the United States and Puerto Rico more than $7 million in mobile technology, cash and professional development as part of its 2007 HP Technology for Teaching grant program. Since 2004, HP has contributed a total of $36 million in HP Technology for Teaching grants to more than 650 schools worldwide. During the past 20 years, HP has contributed more than $1 billion in cash and equipment to schools, universities, community organizations and other nonprofit organizations around the world.

“HP empowers students and teachers to succeed through innovative uses of technology and training,” said Sidney Espinosa, director, Philanthropy Program, HP.  “We invest in schools to increase educational attainment and contribute to the development of a skilled, diverse workforce in the future.”

More information about the 2007 HP Technology for Teaching program and grant recipients is available at www.hp.com/go/hpteach.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.