AT&T Foundation and University of the Incarnate Word Introduce the ’AT&T Science Center’
$1.5 Million AT&T Foundation Grant Helps Fund the Renovation and Construction of the New Math, Science and Engineering Complex
San Antonio, Texas, January 27, 2006, The AT&T Foundation announced today the dedication of the new science wing on the campus of the University of the Incarnate Word. The new building, called the “AT&T Science Center,” was made possible by a $1.5 million grant to support the university’s capital campaign to renovate and construct the new math, science and engineering complex. The dedication ceremony was the first event to kick off “Celebration 2006,” commemorating the University’s 125th anniversary.
The past decade has shown record growth in the enrollment in the math, science and engineering academic fields, with a total enrollment of more than 5,200 students at UIW. The new complex doubles the space previously available and includes two buildings. The brand-new AT&T Science Center is a five-story lab building with chemistry and biology labs, unique spaces devoted to faculty research and a specially-designed water-quality lab and student lounges. The second building, dedicated as the “Bonilla Science Hall,” named after Congressman Henry Bonilla, is a newly renovated facility for studies in environmental science, nutrition, physics and math.
“The record enrollment in the fields of math, science and engineering shows just how important a project like this is to the goal of providing a rich learning experience and of boosting enthusiasm and engagement among students,” said Congressman Henry Bonilla. “I am confident that this new facility will have a positive impact on not only its students but also the entire community.”
“We want UIW students to have a strong and vibrant future, and through this new facility, state-of-the-art resources and technological advancements, they can get closer to achieving their academic goals,” said John Montford, AT&T senior vice president-Western Region Legislative and Regulatory Affairs. “We commend Congressman Bonilla and his support of math and science education, as well as the University officials for making this initiative happen. We are pleased to continue a valued history of partnership with University of the Incarnate Word and their faculty, staff and students.”
The grand opening and ceremony also allowed visitors to tour the new complex and view demonstrations by several student groups.
Also coinciding with UIW’s 125th year is AT&T’s anniversary of the laying of the very first phone line in San Antonio. The line ran from downtown San Antonio to the homestead of Colonel George W. Brackenridge, which is located on the UIW campus.
The AT&T Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AT&T Inc., supports programs that build communities and improve access to information technologies, technology training and professional skills development. The new AT&T Foundation will provide more than $60 million in 2006 in charitable contributions, thereby placing it among the top five largest corporate foundations in the country. The new AT&T Foundation combines over forty years and $1.7 billion of philanthropic commitment to communities across the country.
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The University of the Incarnate Word is a private liberal arts university with a 125-year tradition of educating diverse populations throughout the world within the context of faith. UIW is committed to shaping good minds of strong character that will expand our world, and our universe. More than 40 degrees are offered to the 5200 students at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. Students enjoy small classes and personal attention from nearly 600 faculty, staff and administrators. Committed to offering students a global experience, the UIW system continues to develop internationally and boasts a presence in both China and Mexico, as well as in San Antonio. UIW is a leader in international education, with 100 “sister schools” in 30 countries.
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