Founders in the Sciences Initiative

“A modernization of the rooms with more efficient use of floor space and storage space will allow us more flexibility in room use, and will allow us to perform more complex laboratory activities as we move toward an ever-more technological future. By installing state-of-the-art green technology as part of our science lab modernization project, we can save energy, recycle rain water, and reduce environmental impact. The building itself will become a teaching tool to demonstrate what can be done to green-up an existing structure.”

-Robert Foell, Former Science Department Chair

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Our Vision: Founders in the Sciences

Our vision is to provide comprehensive science facilities consistent with our already strong academic program. These enhancements will provide Mount students with diverse learning opportunities to study science, engineering, and technology. Our new facilities will permit fexibility in scheduling and utilization of lab spaces, and also make more effcient use of the current space allocated for science and technology disciplines.

These new science facilities will represent a tangible manifestation of the importance we place upon “Educating Founders” in the sciences, and clearly distinguish the Mount among potential students and faculty.

The capital improvements to our science wing will include:
  • A complete renovation of three science labs (biology, chemistry, and physics) and two traditional lecture rooms
  • Purchase and installation of new ?xtures and equipment including laboratory tables, washing stations, gas line hookups, hoods, storage, seating, lighting, supplies, and technological support
  • Upgrade of technology equipment including computers, monitors, wiring, Smart Boards, digital microscopes, and digital thermometers

Based upon the signi?cant increase in the number of our young women who seek to further their education in the sciences following graduation, these improvements are urgently needed. These new facilities will greatly assist in engaging their passion for the sciences while at the Mount.

Continuing Our Momentum

Mount students continue to excel, both locally and nationally, in research science competitions. In 2010, three students were awarded 1st prize in the Delaware Valley Science Fair, and competed at the national level in the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles. Their research and experimentation focused on developing a safe and effective vaccine for malaria.

The Firebirds Robotics Program at the Mount has experienced incredible growth over the past 10 years. This program, developed to increase gender diversity in the science, technology, and engineering ?elds, exposes our students to the world of engineering and the possibilities of a career in this feld.

Today, nearly 15% of Mount students participate on the Robotics team. In contrast, across the U.S., approximately 1% of female high school graduates pursue careers in engineering and computer sciences. As testimony to the success of our Robotics Program, 45% of Mount students who participated in Robotics have graduated and moved on to major in engineering in college.

Our Hope

Mount Saint Joseph Academy has continued to thrive through the commitment and generosity of its benefactors for over 153 years. Trusting in the faith, the strength, and the commitment of the Mount community, the Academy is embarking on the “Founders in the Sciences” capital initiative at this time. There can be no delay because Mount students deserve every opportunity to grow, to excel, and to succeed in their scienti?c endeavors.

The planning phase is complete, and the budget for this project has been established. The goal for the “Founders in the Sciences” initiative is $2.5 million. These funds will be used to transform our science facilities and allow us to retire debt that was incurred following the recent facility improvements (parking lot renovation and new boiler systems).

Philanthropic support is essential to our success, and today we invite you to join us in supporting the future of the Mount, and the best and brightest young women in the Delaware Valley.

The Mount stands unsurpassed in the zeal of those who have made a lifelong commitment to supporting its mission, and the excellence of the spiritual, ethical, moral, academic, cultural, and athletic development of its students.

We invite the investment of those with the vision to see tomorrow – and the desire to help shape it. Your gift will have enduring impact on the success of Mount graduates, both now and in the future. Their ability to achieve academic and extracurricular accolades will support admission to some of the finest colleges and universities, and on to positions of leadership and service to society in the scientific community.

Your generosity today will help transform the future in so many ways. We ask you to join us in embracing our mission through support of this initiative, which will provide even stronger foundations for leadership for countless future Mounties pursuing careers in the sciences.

Our Mounties: Making a Difference

In our changing world, the “Founders in the Sciences” initiative is an opportunity to embrace what is valuable, what is worthwhile, what is lasting, and what is true. You can make a difference in the lives of Mount students through stewardship of the Mount and its mission.

We invite the entire Mount community to join us in investing in “Founders in the Sciences” as we launch this initiative. Construction has begun and is expected to be completed by the beginning of the 2013-14 school year. Your support will help make the Mount — perhaps the world — a better place.

We hope you will give careful consideration regarding your level of support. Your gift or pledge may be made over a multi-year term, arranged to accommodate your ?nancial considerations and maximize your tax advantage.

All pledge payments are tax deductible and may qualify for matching gift programs through local companies. You may also choose to make planned gifts or appropriate gifts in kind. As always, donor con?dentiality will be respected.

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