Five proposals submitted to the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Centennial Opportunity Fund have been chosen to receive a total of $50,000 for the 2017-18 funding cycle, according to Dr. John Davis, director of university relations and chair of the Centennial Opportunity Fund committee.
The Centennial Opportunity Fund is a $1 million endowment created during UAM’s centennial celebration in 2009-10. Each year, a campus committee selects projects for funding that have significant, long-term benefits to the university with an emphasis on items impacting student success.
The following projects were chosen for funding:
- $22,435 to purchase laptop computers for students to check out at the Taylor Library and Technology Center;
- $13,857 to purchase replacement slides, specimens, models and add new models for biology laboratories;
- $7,143 to update the Turner Neal Museum of Natural History, including electrical and lighting repairs and replacing glass panels with acrylic panels;
- $4,583 to transform two music classrooms into smart rooms with new multimedia equipment;
- $1,482 to create a campus map directory to be placed at the center of campus;
- $500 for the Sundell Herbarium and Turner Neal Museum.
“We received 15 proposals totaling $121,446 and it was a difficult decision for the committee,” said Davis. “There were a lot of worthwhile projects. We are fortunate to have the Centennial Opportunity Fund available to help fund projects that will directly help our students be successful.”