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Gift supports liberal arts education

Connecticut College has received a $1 million gift to support science education. The gift, from an anonymous donor who is an alumna of the College, will be used to enhance science facilities on campus.

"Our alumni recognize the value of a Connecticut College education, especially in today┬┤s rapidly changing, global marketplace," Connecticut College President Leo I. Higdon Jr. said. "We are grateful to this generous alumna for her support of the sciences at Connecticut College. Her gift will have a tremendous impact on our students as they pursue cutting-edge research, develop important analytical skills and collaborate with faculty and peers."

Within the context of a liberal arts curriculum, science students at Connecticut College take classes taught by award-winning professors who excel as teachers, mentors and partners in student-faculty research.

Students have unique opportunities to co-author articles for academic journals, present at national and international conferences and get hands-on experience with state-of-the art equipment typically found only at large research universities.

"I believe a liberal arts education is important for everyone - regardless of field of interest," the donor said. "The sciences hold answers to problems of medicine, environment and quality of life in our society, and giving students the best education and experiences in that area creates individuals who may solve these problems."

September 16, 2009