The Higher Education Capital Matching Grant Program awarded more than $800,000 to Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Recent articles in the Democrat and Chronicle and in the Finger Lakes Times detail the grant and note the funds will help pay for work the Colleges have already completed to improve academic and extracurricular experiences on campus.
The Finger Lakes Times article explains, the money “Included $231,514 for equipment purchases and $595,834 for technology upgrades. The equipment grant helped upgrade restaurant equipment, food storage and furnishings in the Scandling Center – work completed over the summer of 2008…The technology grant was part of a 2005 modernization effort at the colleges, which was completed at the beginning of the fall 2008 semester.”
The full article from the Times follows.
Finger Lakes Times
Colleges using $800K for upgrades
David Taube • August 8, 2009
GENEVA – State grants totaling over $800,000 will help pay for already completed work at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Announced Thursday, the money from the Higher Education Capital Matching Grant Program included $231,514 for equipment purchases and $595,834 for technology upgrades.
The equipment grant helped upgrade restaurant equipment, food storage and furnishings in the Scandling Center – work completed over the summer of 2008.
The grant was for “anything that improves academic or student activities on campus, and so, of course, the recently renovated Scandling Center spoke to that,” said Anne Stengle, grant writer for the colleges.
The changes helped the student center shift from cafeteria-type lines to serving stations.
“This funding really allowed us to provide equipment that made it more user-friendly,” Stengle said.
The project also included renovations to the student activities office, game room, marketplace café and postal services.
The technology grant was part of a 2005 modernization effort at the colleges, which was completed at the beginning of the fall 2008 semester. The project included the installation of a campus-wide wireless system, upgrades for 25 classrooms from biology to studio arts; and upgrades for the Rosenweig Learning Commons facility for library technology reference support, a help desk, and activities for teaching and learning.
Grants awarded under the state program ranged from under $30,000 to over $8.6 million. The $58 million fund has helped 48 projects.
Gov. David Paterson estimated the funds will leverage an additional $484 million in local investments, creating more than 4,800 construction jobs and 2,200 related jobs.