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Saint Francis receives grant from Dominion Resources and Dominion Foundation

September 23, 2013


enviro engineering grant presentation

Dominion visited the Saint Francis campus to present the grant on September 20. Pictured are first row (left to right): Dr. Denise Damico, assistant professor of history; Paula Craw, director of service learning; and Dr. Irene Wolf, assistant professor of biology. Second row: Dr. William Strosnider, assistant professor of environmental engineering; Jim Mesloh, Dominion Foundation executive director; Dr. Charles MacVean, dean of the school of sciences; Dr. Joel Bandstra, associate professor of environmental engineering; Dr. John Harris, chair of the math, engineering, and computer sciences department; and Dr. Lane Loya, associate professor of biology. The faculty, chair, and dean in the photo are part of Saint Francis University's Center for Watershed Research & Service.

Saint Francis University recently received a $30,000 grant from Dominion Resources and the Dominion Foundation for the university to expand its environmental engineering program to better serve watershed groups and to provide engineering and science students with project-based learning experiences.

The grant is part of $85,000 in education grants awarded by Dominion to six high schools and educational institutions in Pennsylvania for the 2013-14 school year. “We encourage projects that invoke critical thinking and relevant learning,” said Thomas F. Farrell, II, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Dominion.

The Saint Francis grant will help to amplify the activities of its Center for Watershed Research & Service. It will enable student-professor teams to conduct research and service projects for local watershed restoration nonprofit organizations. To help local watershed restoration efforts Saint Francis faculty and students will use real class projects, research on key issues, and volunteer events like stream/roadside cleanups.

The grant will also help Saint Francis create an “Engineers and Scientists Serve!” seminar series for respected engineers and scientists active in the nonprofit sector to share their experiences with all university students and the broader community. The seminar series will be open to the public and will include speakers from the local region and also from across the country.

Upcoming speakers have been scheduled to present on new technology for the treatment of acid mine drainage, innovative waste management, mineral smelting and environmental/societal impact, waterfowl habitat restoration in San Francisco bay, and volunteering for water quality improvement. Other speakers will follow.

Dominion is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 24,500 megawatts of generation. Dominion also operates one of the nation’s largest natural gas storage systems and serves retail energy customers in 15 states. For more information about Dominion, visit www.dom.com.