Projects that need your help:
Catholic Studies Center
The Catholic Studies Center offers a wide array of activities and events to enhance the intellectual and spiritual formation of current and prospective students while also engaging key partners in the local church, the St. Louis community and the national network of SLU alumni. Gifts today will fund two stainless steel work tables, shelving units and a stainless steel rolling cart for a new catering support area in Boileau Hall, which will be used for serving food on Campion Monday Nights. Contributions will also support events at the Catholic Studies Center.
Fund: Catholic Studies Program Fund (11332)
Department of American Studies
Our goal is to fund scholarships for undergraduate summer internships. Since its establishment at SLU in the 1960s, American Studies has had a public emphasis, using interdisciplinary methods to study how diverse American cultures shape political, social, legal, and material life in the United States and elsewhere. Internships enhance this public emphasis while connecting students to a range of career and educational pathways in museums and cultural institutions, law, education, political organizing, public service, nonprofits, and other areas. In addition, internships serve as a leveler for working-class students, first-generation students, and students of color who may not have the benefit of social, professional, and familial connections to their fields of study and work. Yet for these students—of whom American Studies serves a disproportionately large number—the cost of summer internship tuition can be prohibitive. Gifts today would provide tuition scholarships for summer internships to students with demonstrated need. Just $450 would allow one student to complete a 3-credit internship. Our goal is to fund 10. This relatively small investment would have an outsized impact in our students’ lives and advance our mission-based goal to promote equity and justice.
Fund: American Studies Development Fund (10597)
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Research that enhances our understanding of the movement of pollutants through the environment is critical to protect humans and ecosystems. In its efforts to promote environmental justice and hands-on learning opportunities, the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences needs support for students researching the transport of microplastic contamination through urban stream systems. Their work will identify microplastic pollution sources and contribute to environmental protection in urban areas.
Fund: Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Development Fund (11277)
New Kiln for Ceramics Courses
Students in SLU’s ceramics courses are actively engaged in making art and developing skills and ideas in a classroom setting. To fire ceramic work, they need kilns that are in good working order and are safe. SLU’s studio art program is looking for donor support to replace the 15-year-old kiln currently in use.
Fund: Fine and Performing Arts Development Fund (10942)
Theater & Dance Program
SLU’s Theatre and Dance Program is in the midst of a new initiative, the SLU Theatre and Dance Green Captain Program, which aims to develop greener theater practices for a sustainable future. Today, the program seeks to raise funds for a new set of LED lights in the University Theatre, which will help the program reduce its carbon footprint while also enhancing its performances with state-of-the-art features. These LED lights offer saturated colors, strong brightness, bold intensity and long throw without the power of traditional bulbs that heat the stage and the performers. With the new lights, the tech crew can also change a color wash on the stage with the flick of a switch. When you give, you’ll help make the theater experience of future students and audiences even better.
Fund: Fine and Performing Arts Development Fund (10942)
The study of the Humanities is a key component of a liberal arts education. Your support will help build the endowment to secure Humanities education at SLU now and in the future. Gifts can cover scholarships for undergraduates who want to pursue a humanities degree, provide fellowship support for graduate students, fund the Humanities research of visiting scholars and faculty, support a Humanities-focused lecture and speaker series, and contribute to other faculty needs, such as travel for research.
Fund: Humanities Development (07197)
McCulla Bridge Fund
SLU’s Summer Science Research Program provides an immersive research experience for high school students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. In this program, students work with faculty mentors on summer research projects and take part in career readiness activities. Your support of the McCulla Bridge Fund will go toward providing the high school students with stipends so they are not forced to choose between earning money or furthering their education in a high-demand field during the summer.
Today, once 10 gifts are made to the McCulla Bridge fund, an additional $1,200 will be unlocked by generous faculty member Ryan McCulla. Once 20 gifts have been made, an additional $3,800 will be unlocked from generous alumnus Kyle Howerton (A&S ’08).
Fund: McCulla Bridge Fund (11416)
Reis Biological Station
Reis Biological Station is operated by the Saint Louis University Department of Biology to promote education and research focused on ecology, evolution and the environment. Each summer, the station offers three concurrent upper-division field biology courses. The three-week summer session offers hands-on learning and real field work practice for SLU students. Funds raised today will go toward continuing this amazing opportunity for biology students. Plus, once 20 gifts have been made to the Reis Biological Station today, an additional $10,000 will be unlocked from generous alumnus Nilay Patel (AS '08).
Fund: Reis Biological Station Special Fund (10324)
SLU Prison Education Program
The Prison Education Program at Saint Louis University is a Jesuit-inspired initiative that provides access to high-quality liberal arts education for people who are incarcerated and prison staff. For SLU Giving Day, the program is asking for funding toward the Bridge Scholarship. This scholarship fund benefits full-time or part-time undergraduate students who have completed an Associates of Arts degree through the Prison Education Program and are now pursuing a bachelor’s degree in any area of study. The student must be in good academic standing and demonstrate financial need. Today’s $2,500 goal would cover tuition, fees and books for one course toward a bachelor’s degree.
Fund: Bridge Scholarship (29237)