Loras College has recently been awarded a $79,000 Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust grant. The grant funds will be used to renovate and equip a new kinesiology laboratory in the St. Joseph Hall of Science on campus.
The Roy J. Carver Kinesiology Classroom and Laboratory project will transform an existing classroom into a modern student research facility serving students studying kinesiology, athletic training, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, neuroscience and those preparing for careers in a pre-health profession. The renovation will create an electronic classroom with an interactive whiteboard (facilitating multi-sensory and interactive learning), increase seating capacity, improve the storage and protection of lab equipment and create an observatory opening in the wall to allow others to watch students and faculty members at work.
In addition to the renovation, the grant will equip the laboratory with models critical to anatomy and physiology classes and research instruments—including blood pressure and glucose testing systems, stethoscopes, an oximeter and spirometer—that will permit students hands-on experience in testing and measuring physiological variables. The anatomy models will provide students with more realistic, three-dimensional replicas of the structure of the human systems and will include everything from a muscle torso to a metabolic syndrome anatomy model set.
Loras College students, faculty and staff have partnered with the Roy J. Carver Trust for more than 22 years. Instrumental in the College’s ability to enhance academic offerings and achieve measurable results, the Trust has provided funding for library automation and the creation of the Roy J. Carver DNA Laboratory, helping to put Loras among an elite group of private institutions in the Midwest with such technology. In 2006, a grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust launched the Loras College Digital Media Center, helping the Loras College Television News program become one of the top 12 collegiate newscasts in the nation. A 2010 grant purchased microscopy equipment and global positioning technologies for the biology and biochemistry programs.
The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust awards grants to IRS-designated, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations to support biomedical and scientific research, scholarships, and programs addressing the educational and recreational needs of youth. The trust was created through the will of Roy J. Carver, a Muscatine industrialist and philanthropist, who died in 1981, and is one of the largest private philanthropic foundations in the state of Iowa with assets of more than $285 million and annual grant distributions of over $13 million. For more information on the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, visit www.carvertrust.org