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Lilly Endowment Annual Report Spotlights DePauw's 361°

Lilly Endowment Annual Report Spotlights DePauw's 361°

May 15, 2002

May 15, 2002, Greencastle, Ind. - DePauw University and its 361° initiatives are spotlighted in Lilly Endowment's 2001 annual report, which was released this week. Entitled "Bridging Liberal Arts and Technology," the article states, "At DePauw University, it's not just computer science majors who are unleashing the power of the information age. For evidence, look no further than Karen Mullins, a junior majoring in art history at the liberal arts college in Greencastle. She is an art history major, but she is also adept at creating Web pages and recently taught a desktop publishing workshop on campus for her peers."

Lilly Endowment's $20 million grant, made in March 2001, helped set in motion the technology initiatives that are in place today. The annual report states, "Mullins' ease with and enthusiasm for technology is the kind of confidence and ability DePauw hopes to encourage through 361°, a national e-learning initiative, a first-of-its-kind model using technology to enhance liberal arts education."

The story, which includes a photo (at right) of Mullins with Dennis Trinkle, director of 361° initiatives, associate coordinator of information services and technology, and Tenzer University Professor in Instructional Technology at DePauw, describes the programs that the University has put in place to make its students more fluent in technology. "Just as we hope they leave here better writers or mathematicians, we hope they are also more sophisticated about technology," Dr. Trinkle is quoted as saying.

"While many universities are focusing on distance education and 'delivering' education online, DePauw remains solidly behind its traditional face-to-face teaching and learning," the article states. Trinkle adds, "When you combine the creative, adaptable kind of learning that we stress here with the technological fluency the grant will make possible, you have exactly the kind of student the digital world needs."

The story says faculty will benefit from 361° curriculum grants, more classrooms will become technology-enabled, and the state of Indiana stands to benefit, too. "Students who intern typically take their first jobs with the company where they interned. DePauw officials believe that students placed with Indiana companies for internships are more likely to stay in the state. The effort could help counteract what has been termed the 'brain drain,' because too many of Indiana's college graduates leave the state for other opportunities." DePauw President Robert G. Bottoms adds, "If we could place 100 interns each year with Indiana technology companies, that would be a significant increase. We hope that in the long term, really bright students with technology experience and expertise will choose to stay in Indiana."

Finally, the article states, "DePauw intends to raise its national profile by reaching out to other colleges and universities around the country, providing training, sabbaticals, workshops and seminars for faculty of other colleges and universities. The Great Lakes Colleges Association, for example, will hold workshops at DePauw this summer for faculty on how they can use technology to enhance their disciplines."

Lilly Endowment made record grant payments of $594.1 million last year. With $12.8 billion in assets as of December 31, 2001, it ranks among the top foundations in the country. An article in the Indianapolis Star notes, "More than 70 percent of grant payments last year were to Indiana organizations. Lilly Endowment focuses on three areas -- education, community development and religion -- with education getting the lion's share of the funding. Lilly devoted $319.3 million to education. More than $80 million went to Indiana universities: DePauw University, the University of Indianapolis and the Purdue Research Foundation."

Since its founding in 1937, Lilly Endowment has distributed more than $3.7 billion in grants. "We just feel fortunate to have the funds and the resources to do the things we do," Wolfram said. "There are a lot of unseen people out there doing a lot of work."

To read the Star article, click here.