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St. Louis businessman Fred Kummer makes $300M gift to university

The Kummers’ new gift will be used to establish a school of innovation and entrepreneurship

Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla has received a $300 million donation from a St. Louis businessman and his wife that’s the state’s largest-ever gift in higher education.

Fred Kummer, the founder and chairman of St. Louis-based HBE Corp., and his wife, June, made the gift to a new nonprofit, the Kummer Institute Foundation, to support Missouri S&T, the university announced Monday.

The Kummers’ new gift will be used to establish a school of innovation and entrepreneurship, develop new areas for research, provide scholarships and fellowships for students, and bolster the Rolla region’s economy, officials said.

Fred Kummer, 91, built HBE, which he started in 1960, into a leading design-build firm for health care, officials said. He graduated with a degree in civil engineering from Missouri S&T, then known as the Missouri School

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$300M gift to Missouri S&T sets record for MO university giving

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A St. Louis couple have donated $300 million to a foundation that will support Missouri University of Science and Technology, the largest single gift in the history of Missouri higher education.

The gift from Fred Kummer, who graduated from the institution now known as Missouri S&T in 1955, and his wife June was announced Monday.

The record-setting donation will allow the university to establish a school of innovation and entrepreneurship, develop new areas for research, bolster the economic in Rolla and provide numerous scholarships and fellowships for students.

The Missouri University of Science and Technology, known as Missouri S&T, announced the gift Monday. (Photo: Missouri S&T)

“This gift is transformative for S&T, the Rolla region and our state,” said Mo Dehghani, Missouri S&T chancellor, in a news release.

Missouri S&T was founded in 1870 as the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy. The 8,000-student campus in Rolla is part

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Missouri University of Science and Technology gets $300M

Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla announced Monday it has received a gift of $300 million — which it says is the largest single donation to any college in the state.

The gift is from St. Louis businessman Fred Kummer and his wife, June, who are alumni of the school and longtime donors.

The money will start a foundation to support Missouri S&T, establish the Kummer Institute for Student Success, Research and Economic Development, as well as a new school of innovation and entrepreneurship. It also will develop new areas for research, provide numerous scholarships, and fellowships for high-achieving students, university officials said.

Some of the money will go toward expansion, renovation and construction of campus buildings. A new lecture series is to be established, and a shuttle service between S&T and St. Louis is planned to bring students from that metropolitan area to the campus.

“This gift

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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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Marian University gets $24M gift for engineering school

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Marian University’s plans to open an engineering school have gotten a $24 million boost from a family which owns a company that makes custom, die-cut components for several industries.

The Indianapolis school announced the gift from the Witchger family last week. Officials said the university was now halfway to its $50 million fundraising goal for the engineering school, following more than $1 million that’s been raised from several other donors.

The planned E.S. Witchger School of Engineering will be named for the Witchger family’s patriarch. The family owns and operates Indianapolis-based Marian Inc., which supplies parts for the medical, electronics and automotive industries.


Money raised to date will go toward start-up costs, including facilities and equipment, endowed scholarships, endowed faculty positions, curriculum design and student recruitment, the Indianapolis Business Journal reported.

The university expects the school’s first class will be welcomed in fall 2022. After graduating its

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RUDN University scientist suggested a simple model of dense plasma spectral properties

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IMAGE: A scientist from RUDN University suggested a new physical model to describe the optical properties of dense plasma. The model was tested on available experimental data and does not require…
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A scientist from RUDN University suggested a new physical model to describe the optical properties of dense plasma. The model was tested on available experimental data and does not require complex calculations. The work was published in the Annals of Physics journal.

Plasma is the fourth state of matter, along with solid matter, liquid, and gas. High-density (up to ~1 g/cm3) plasma is used in many technical and experimental installations such as heavy-current electrical discharge devices, control fusion targets, or laser targets that are used to study the properties of matter under extreme pressure.

An important feature of plasma is its light absorptance coefficient. Its value is to a great extent dependent on the

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$240M university gift / Return of theater / History of pot in Maine

Today is Thursday. Temperatures will be in the high 40s to the high 50s from north to south with partly sunny skies throughout the state and a chance for scattered showers in the north. Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.

Here’s the latest on the coronavirus in Maine

Another 48 coronavirus cases were reported in Maine on Wednesday, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. There are 582 active confirmed and “probable” cases in the state and the death toll remains at 142. Check out our COVID-19 Tracker for more information.

Bangor students will not have snow days this school year, even when inclement weather makes it unsafe for them to travel to school.

Takeaways from Wednesday’s vice presidential debate: Pandemic looms over a more civil fight

Vice President Mike Pence listens as Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris speaks during the vice presidential debate
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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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$240M gift to Maine university system the largest ever given to New England public educational institution

The University of Maine System said Wednesday it will receive $240 million from the state’s largest philanthropy, making the public university system the recipient of the largest investment ever made in a public educational institution in New England.

The $240 million gift is the largest one out of $500 million the Harold Alfond Foundation pledged on Tuesday to a variety of higher education and research institutions around the state as part of a long-term initiative to create future jobs and improve Maine people’s skills.

The investment over 12 years will allow the University of Maine System to establish a $75 million College of Engineering, Computing and Information Science that serves multiple campuses in the university system. It will pay for new undergraduate engineering programs at the University of Southern Maine, improvements to the engineering education infrastructure at the University of Maine in Orono and graduate engineering programs offered by USM

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Baylor University Recognizes Gift by Ed and Denise Crenshaw, Names Hankamer School of Business Deanship in Honor | Media and Public Relations

The William E. Crenshaw Dean of the Hankamer School of Business recognizes lifetime of philanthropy by Florida couple

Contact: Lori Fogleman, Baylor University Media and Public Relations, 254-710-6275
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WACO, Texas (September 30, 2020) – Baylor University today announced the naming of the deanship at the Hankamer School of Business to honor William E. (Ed) and Denise Crenshaw of Lakeland, Florida, for their support of the Give Light Campaign and the University’s Hankamer School of Business. The William E. Crenshaw Endowed Dean within the Hankamer School of Business was funded through a portion of the recently announced $5 million gift from the Crenshaws. The new fund will provide endowment support for the initiatives, programs and projects essential to the School’s dean in executing their vision for Baylor Business and the mission of the School.

“The Crenshaw name has become synonymous with support for

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