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McGill receives $15-million gift commitment from agri-food entrepreneur Marc Bieler

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Landmark philanthropic investment will build resources for McGill’s School of Environment to tackle critical environmental and social issues

MONTREAL, Oct. 14, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ – As a man whose career as a successful agri-food entrepreneur has spanned sectors as diverse as cattle breeding, apple growing, maple syrup production and French vineyards, and who almost single-handedly built Quebec’s cranberry industry into one of the largest and most highly regarded in the world, Marc Bieler, DipAgr’58, BA’64, has always had a profound attachment to the land and a deep respect for the natural environment.

Now, he aims to help advance environmental research and scholarship for the entire planet through a landmark $15-million gift to McGill University to build interdisciplinary teaching, research and experiential learning capacity at the McGill School of Environment.

The gift is comprised of an

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Former cannibal tribe receives Bibles in their own language

In 1968, the Yali tribe of Papua New Guinea that practiced witchcraft and cannibalism killed two missionaries. Today, they hunger for the Word of God. | YouTube/Mission Aviation Fellowship

In 1968, the Yali tribe of Papua New Guinea that practiced witchcraft and cannibalism killed two missionaries. Today, they hunger for the Word of God.

In August, the Yali people received 2,500 Bibles delivered by plane from Mission Aviation Fellowship. Some tribe members walked an entire day’s journey to reach the villages where the Bibles were being handed out. Before the plane landed, women swayed and chanted to celebrate the arrival of the Bibles.

“It felt like we were on holy ground. It was a holy moment — one to be remembered,” said Dave Ringenberg, the MAF instructor pilot and director of Papua operations, told MAF.

Among the Bibles delivered,

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Missouri University Of Science And Technology Receives $300 Million Gift, The Largest In Missouri Higher Education History

Missouri University of Science and Technology(Missouri S and T) announced today that it had received a $300 million donation, the largest single gift in the history of Missouri higher education. St. Louis businessman and Missouri S and T alum Fred Kummer and his wife June are giving the money to a foundation they created that will support several initiatives at the university.

The Kummers’ gift will be administered by The Kummer Institute Foundation. Funds from the foundation will support several new initiatives at Missouri S&T, including:

  • A new research and development entity modeled after other university-affiliated centers like the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland. The new organization will be the home to four new research
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Missouri S&T receives $300 million gift

“Transformative” donation is the largest ever in higher education in Missouri; boost also foreseen for local and state economies

St. Louis businessman Fred Kummer and his wife June have donated $300 million to a foundation that will support Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T). Photo by Terry Barner/Missouri S&T
St. Louis businessman Fred Kummer and his wife June have donated $300 million to a foundation that will support Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T). Photo by Terry Barner/Missouri S&T
St. Louis businessman Fred Kummer and his wife June have donated $300 million to a foundation that will support Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T). Photo by Terry Barner/Missouri S&T
The Kummer gift will enable Missouri S&T to establish a new school of innovation and entrepreneurship, develop new areas for research, provide numerous scholarships and fellowships for students, and bolster the Rolla region’s economy. Photo by Missouri S&T
The Kummer gift will enable Missouri S&T to establish a new school of innovation and entrepreneurship, develop new areas for research, provide numerous scholarships and fellowships for students, and bolster the Rolla region’s economy. Photo by Missouri S&T
The Kummer gift will enable Missouri S&T to establish a new school of innovation and entrepreneurship, develop new areas for research, provide numerous scholarships and fellowships for students, and
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Rancho Cordova Disabled Veteran receives much-needed gift

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Sacramento, CA. (Saturday, October 10, 2020) – A Rancho Cordova disabled veteran received a new heating and air conditioning unit from Bonney and Lennox this Saturday during their national “Feel the Love” event.

Bonney began requesting nominations in June from community members to help those facing physical, mental, or social disabilities, financial challenges, or job loss. Military, community service and local hometown heroes were also critical factors for choosing a Feel the Love recipient.

“We received more than 50 nominations from across the greater Sacramento region,” said Oscar Poort, General Manager of HVAC and Electrical for Bonney. “The committee chose Karriem Glaster from Rancho Cordova as we learned he was a disabled veteran that served in the army, he has asthma and just didn’t have the resources to replace a non-working unit since he

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Smith College receives $50M gift; largest individual donation in its history

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College has received a $50 million endowment gift — the largest individual donation in the school’s 155-year history.

The college announced Tuesday that the gift — $40 million designated for student financial aid and $10 million to “re-envision” the school’s career development program — is from an alumna who wishes to remain anonymous. It was made through a private foundation.

“I could not be more grateful for this alumna’s generosity, vision and belief in the power of a Smith education,” Kathleen McCartney, Smith College president, said in a statement.

“Her investment in the college will allow us to make a giant stride in equalizing the Smith experience for students from low- and middle-income backgrounds.”

The announcement included a statement from the donor saying, “Smith had a meaningful impact on my life, both personally and professionally, and I feel an obligation to pay it back.”

One of Smith

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Grand Canyon University Scholarship Program Receives Substantial Gift From The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation

PHOENIX, Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Grand Canyon University’s Student Inspiring Students (SIS) Scholarship Program has received a $500,000, five-year grant from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation. The grant will fund full-tuition scholarships for “Parsons Scholars” – high school seniors who are the most academically qualified among SIS recipients. The largest single gift in the program’s history, the multi-year grant will provide life-changing opportunities for high-achieving youth who otherwise may not be able to afford a college education.

“Supporting higher education, and organizations like Grand Canyon University, is about more than funding a scholarship, it’s about investing in a person’s future,” said Founder & CEO of PXG Bob Parsons. “Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders, and I’m proud to support those who are willing to put in the hard work and earn a college degree.”  

The SIS Scholarship Program is a public-private partnership in which a community-minded

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BACK ON MY FEET RECEIVES $1M MAJOR GIFT FROM LIZ AND PHILL GROSS

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National nonprofit Back on My Feet is honored to share the news of a $1M major gift from Liz and Phill Gross of Boston, MA. Back on My Feet has helped over 7,500 individuals combat homelessness in 14 cities across the country. Program participants from homeless shelters and addiction treatment facilities walk or run alongside volunteers in the early morning. By committing to this three day a week fitness program, participants have the opportunity to move into Back on My Feet’s workforce development and training program which then provides support finding employment and housing. This $1M gift creates the Elizabeth and Phill Gross Emergency Alumni Fund, supporting Back on My Feet senior program members and program alumni who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and are at

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Ohio State Women’s Basketball Receives Early Recognition

Rise and shine, Buckeye Nation! Each morning, we get you caught up on the latest news and information regarding Ohio State and the world of college athletics. Here are your headlines for October 1, 2020.

OSU Women’s Basketball No. 21 in ESPN’s Top-25 Poll

After finishing 21-12 last season, the Buckeyes find themselves ranked in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early rankings.

Ohio State mostly ended last year on a high note, if it wasn’t for CoVID-19 striking the wrong chord. The team won four of its last five games, including three victories in the Big Ten Tournament by an average of 16 points before falling to Maryland in the title game.

Five Big Ten teams were included in the poll; Maryland (12), Northwestern (16) and Indiana (17) were ranked higher than the Buckeyes while Michigan received the No. 25 slot. 

Ohio State will be led once again by 6-foot-4 Hungarian Dorka Juhasz,

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Yamiche Alcindor Receives the 2020 Gwen Ifill Award From the International Women’s Media Foundation


Yamiche Alcindor (file)

This week, the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) announced that they would be honoring PBS NewsHour White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor with the 2020 IWMF Gwen Ifill Award for her coverage on race relations and politics in addition to her commitment to promoting diversity within journalism.

“It is truly an honor and a blessing to receive this award from the IWMF during such a critical and historic year,” said Alcindor in a press statement. “Gwen Ifill was a journalism icon who exemplified all the virtues of the craft that we need now – fairness, bravery, and truth-telling at all costs. Gwen, her dear friend Athelia Knight, and a number of other women and men in my life have helped me navigate my career and embrace my passion for civil rights journalism on many beats and in all forms. I am forever grateful for their support as

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