Federally funded awards totaling $701,306 support UMass Dartmouth academic success

Grants from National Endowment for the Humanities and Department of Education support University's student services and faculty-led projects

UMass Dartmouth has received three federal grant awards totaling $701,306 from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Department of Education to support the University's Academic Resource Center and two faculty-led projects. 

"UMass Dartmouth provides a world class education. I am pleased that the federal government continues to recognize the University's accomplishments through the awarding of these grants, which will support tutoring and career development, as well as enhance the teaching resources available to UMass Dartmouth teachers. These announcements represent not only a source of pride for the faculty and staff, but an important resource for the entire UMass Dartmouth community." Congressman Bill Keating said. 

UMass Dartmouth's Academic Resource Center (ARC) has received $390,995 through the U.S. Department of Education Student Support Services grant program. ARC offers a full range of study and support programs to assist students with successful understanding and completion of their course work. Tutoring services in math, science and writing and special programs for low income, first generation and students with disabilities are among the many ways we support students earning their degrees. Through the federal grant, the ARC is able to make student support services available to eligible students, including one-on-one tutoring, financial aid workshops, career development counseling, and supplemental grant aid. 

Assistant English Professor Dr. Anthony Arrigo has received $179,076 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for his research related to the Hoover Dam and the shaping of the American West. Dr. Arrigo conducts interdisciplinary research that contributes to scholarship in rhetoric and communications studies, cultural studies, and environmental studies. Dr. Arrigo teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in visual rhetoric and visual communication, document design, rhetorical theory & criticism, and American popular culture, among others. Dr. Arrigo is the author of Imaging Hoover Dam: The Making of a Cultural Icon. 

Emeritus Chancellor Professor of History Dr. Gerard M. Koot has received $131,235 from the NEH to direct a seminar for school teachers on "The Dutch Republic and Britain: The Making of a European World Economy". This is the 18th  NEH Seminar grant received by Professor Koot, which has allowed more than 250 school teachers, selected from a national pools of applicants, to spend five weeks studying the origin and development of Europe's first modern economies. 

UMass Dartmouth distinguishes itself as a vibrant public university actively engaged in personalized teaching and innovative research, and acting as an intellectual catalyst for regional economic, social, and cultural development. UMass Dartmouth's mandate to serve its community is realized through countless partnerships, programs, and other outreach efforts to engage the community, and apply its knowledge to help address local issues and empower others to facilitate change for all.


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