Fifteen ways of supporting the University


From July 1, 2006, through June 30, 2007, the members of the University of Chicago’s Women’s Board have committed themselves to raising $350,000 to fund 15 projects that span four University-wide categories—faculty research and support, cultural institutions, quality of student life, and community outreach.

Added to $9,000 reallocated from the previous year, that’s $359,000 in programmatic support. Earlier this spring, a committee chose the winning projects from 28 proposals, and this Tuesday board members gathered at the President’s House to hear how the grant monies would be spent.

From an overhead door to a concert grand harp, the Women’s Board will give:

* $47,900 to the Enrico Fermi Institute, to replace the electric controls for an overhead crane and purchase a new overhead door in the Accelerator Building.

* $75,000 to the Smart Museum, to be the primary sponsor of the Smart’s 2007 exhibition Cosmophilia: Islamic Art from the David Collection, Copenhagen.

* $15,000 to the Center for School Improvement, to build classroom libraries for the University’s charter schools.

* $20,860 to Assistant Professor of Classics Helma Dik, to help build a Web site to teach ancient Greek grammar.

* $17,595 to the Department of Music, to buy a concert grand harp for recitals in Mandel Hall, Rockefeller Chapel, and Fulton Recital Hall.

The list goes on and can be found on the Women’s Board Projects site.


Photo: Fulton Recital Hall will get a concert grand harp.

Photo by Dan Dry.

June 7, 2006