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Date 04 May 1996 16:07:52


96143                      College News 
                         by Julian Shipp 
HASTINGS, Neb.--Groundbreaking ceremonies for Hastings College's Wilson 
Mathematics and Computer Science Center were held April 13. The 
14,000-square-foot, two-level structure will include classrooms, computer 
labs, a 120-seat auditorium, faculty offices, student commons area, 
study/workroom and patio. Total cost of the $1.7 million project 
incorporates $1.35 million in construction and architecture fees, $175,000 
for furnishings and a $200,000 endowment. Construction of the building, 
expected to be completed by spring semester 1997, was made possible by a 
gift from D. Lloyd Wilson of Cozad as a memorial to his son, Rick, who was 
a student at Hastings College when he died in 1971. 
STAUNTON, Va.--U.S. Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary visited Mary Baldwin 
College April 9, where she shared her knowledge of beltway politics and 
fielded questions from the audience. Selected by President Clinton to serve 
as the nation's seventh secretary of energy, O'Leary assumed her duties in 
1993. She oversees an agency that employs 160,000 federal employees and 
contractors, operates 27 laboratories, maintains 6,000 nuclear weapons and 
over 95 million gallons of radioactive waste, and works with an annual 
budget of $17 billion. O'Leary's appearance is one in an ongoing series of 
women leaders visiting the college. 
BRISTOL, Tenn.--King College was recently awarded a $28,000 scholarship 
grant from the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, Inc. The funds will be 
used for general scholarships during the 1996-97 academic year, making it 
the fourth consecutive year King has been awarded a grant from the 
Whitehead Foundation. 
WOOSTER, Ohio--The Sherman A. and Florence M. Wengerd Department of Geology 
Endowment Fund has been established at The College of Wooster with a 
$250,000 gift from Florence M. Wengerd in memory of her late husband, 
Sherman A. Wengerd, a 1936 Wooster graduate and an internationally known 
petroleum geologist. The major part of the fund, $200,000, will be used to 
establish an endowment, the interest of which will be used to purchase 
equipment and supplies for undergraduate teaching and research in the 
fields of sedimentology and stratigraphy in Wooster's department of 
geology. The remaining $50,000 will be used for an initial equipment 
purchase, including a research-grade microscope for use by geology students 
and faculty members. Of this latter portion, $40,000 will be designated 
toward matching funds available through a National Science Foundation Young 
Investigator Grant that was awarded in 1994 to Lori Bettison-Varga, an 
assistant professor of geology at Wooster. 

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