Lipinski Obtains $550,000 for Saint Xavier University

Funding will equip new library with the latest technology

Saint Xavier University is set to receive $550,000 to equip its new library with an array of information technology designed to enhance student learning, thanks to the efforts of Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-03).

"I am extremely pleased to have secured this funding, which will provide Saint Xavier's new Stump Library with state-of-the-art technology, helping to prepare the university's more than 5,300 students for life in today's highly competitive digital economy," Lipinski said. "As a strong believer in the importance of higher education, I know how vital Saint Xavier has been for over a century-and-a-half."

"I fondly remember visiting Saint Xavier in the 1970s when my mother was earning her bachelor's degree in history," Lipinski continued. "The school has only continued to get better through the years, both for its students and for the Southwest communities in which it is located. I am proud that by securing this funding I am able to support Saint Xavier's efforts to offer a cutting-edge learning experience that is second to none."

Last week, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services approved $550,000 for the university for equipment and technology for a new media center, library, and distance learning programs. Much of the new technology will find a home in the Robert and Mary Rita Stump Library, which is in the midst of a dramatic expansion and renovation.

"On behalf of the entire Saint Xavier University community, I extend our gratitude to Congressman Lipinski for his efforts to secure federal funding for technological improvements to our Stump Library," said Saint Xavier President Judith A. Dwyer, Ph.D. "With this funding, our state-of-the-art improvements will benefit current and future Saint Xavier students and also provide a valuable resource to the wider community. We are grateful for Congressman Lipinski's dedication and commitment to higher education and to Saint Xavier University."

The money will help pay for a new media center that will stimulate innovation and aid in the development of new applications of technology to teaching; an information commons to support research, library reference services and instruction; a mobile computer lab that will convert regular classrooms into temporary computer labs; and an online communications system that will provide students with live Web casts, on-demand materials and lectures, distance learning programs, and other tools that will expand the university's reach. Equipment in the new media center will be used to develop digital literacy programs for students and the community at large.

The funding measure passed by the appropriations subcommittee must still overcome several legislative hurdles before the money can be distributed to Saint Xavier, but Congressman Lipinski will be working to ensure the funds survive the process.

"Saint Xavier has a proud history and a lengthy track record of success," Lipinski said. "I am glad to be doing my part to help it meet new challenges and adapt to our changing times. I look forward to continuing to work with Saint Xavier."

(July 21, 2009)


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