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Grant to Fund Upgrade of Multimedia Technology at Moravian

Alden Trust Grant will launch First Phase of Wireless Campus plan

Bethlehem, Pa., April 21, 2005— Moravian College recently received a grant from the George I. Alden Trust of Worcester, Massachusetts to provide significant technological upgrades on Moravian’s two campuses. The grant will fund the installation and upgrade of multimedia technology in six of its classrooms located in the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex, Comenius Hall, and Zinzendorf Hall.

Moravian will also begin the first phase of its wireless campus plan by installing wireless technology on both campuses. On the Main Street campus, wireless capabilities will be added to the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex, Collier Hall of Science, Haupert Union Building, and Reeves Library. On the Priscilla Payne Hurd campus, South Hall, Brethren’s House, and Clewell Dining Hall will become a wireless hotspot.

“The project will begin this summer and be completed by next summer, said Stephen McKinney, Director of the Center for Information Technology at Moravian. “Once completed, wireless computing will provide the flexibility to teach and study in areas not previously possible. The freedom of mobility creates the opportunity to use computers to enhance the learning experience virtually anywhere there’s a wireless hotspot on-campus.”

The grant allocates funding for Moravian to increase its Internet bandwidth by 67 percent. The remainder of the grant will be used to establish an instructional technology simulation center. The center will allow the college’s Center for Information Technology to assess new technology, train faculty, and troubleshoot technical issues.

The grant of $178,000 is the fourth from The George I. Alden Trust in recent years. “Previous grants from The Alden Trust have enabled Moravian to enhance instructional technology in many of our facilities, including the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex and Comenius Hall,” said Hillary Kwiatek, director of foundation relations. “The Trust has demonstrated admirable leadership and a strong commitment to our faculty and students through their support, and we are truly grateful.”

The George I. Alden Trust was founded in 1912 by George I. Alden for charitable endeavors, emphasizing higher education, particularly several Worcester institutions. Over the years, the trustees have put most of their efforts toward institutions of higher education. The trust most often supports those independent institutions with full-time undergraduate enrollment between 1,000 and 3,000 students. These institutions are usually located in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or one of the six New England states. The trust also funds educational programs in Worcester. It last awarded funding to Moravian in order to install multimedia classrooms and labs in the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex.