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Ursinus Receives $175,000 from Alden Trust for IDC

The grant brings the total amount raised for the Innovation and Discovery Center, set to open this fall, to $16,355,427.

The aim of the Alden Trust, established in 1912, is “the promotion of education in schools, colleges, or other educational institutions” with particular emphasis on undergraduate education.

“Ursinus has had a long partnership with the George I. Alden Trust and they are staunch supporters of the mission of our college,” says Jill Leauber Marsteller, senior vice president for advancement. “This generous grant demonstrates the depth of their belief in our direction and Ursinus is grateful for their continued support.”

The $29 million, 42,500-square-foot facility is being constructed on the Ursinus campus off Main Street and Ninth Avenue in Collegeville, physically connecting its two academic science buildings, Pfahler and Thomas halls. Designed to boldly reflect the college’s liberal arts legacy, the IDC will prepare students for careers of the future by blending science, policy and entrepreneurship.

The IDC will house Ursinus’s Parlee Center for Science and the Common Good, which provides opportunities for students to become civically engaged scientific leaders, and the U-Imagine Center for Integrative and Entrepreneurial Studies, which encourages students to exercise innovation, leadership, imagination, and creativity.

Collaborative spaces among multiple academic disciplines will further cultivate the concept of a shared, common experience. The IDC will incorporate 30-seat and 50-seat technology-enhanced active learning classrooms; flexible laboratories; open meeting and work spaces that bring together students and faculty from every discipline; and a unique “maker space” that allows students to create their own tools and technology required for original research and entrepreneurial initiatives.

The Alden Trust focuses its support on institutions in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and the six New England states with fulltime traditional undergraduate enrollments of at least 1,000 students and with a total undergraduate and graduate student population of fewer than 5,000.

To date, the Alden Trust has given $750,000 to Ursinus, which has funded work to improve the basement in Thomas Hall, the third floor of Bomberger Hall, and the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art. —By Ed Moorhouse