Missouri University Of Science And Technology Receives $300 Million Gift, The Largest In Missouri Higher Education History

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Missouri University of Science and Technology(Missouri S and T) announced today that it had received a $300 million donation, the largest single gift in the history of Missouri higher education. St. Louis businessman and Missouri S and T alum Fred Kummer and his wife June are giving the money to a foundation they created that will support several initiatives at the university.

The Kummers’ gift will be administered by The Kummer Institute Foundation. Funds from the foundation will support several new initiatives at Missouri S&T, including:

  • A new research and development entity modeled after other university-affiliated centers like the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland. The new organization will be the home to four new research centers – focused on infrastructure, advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence and autonomous systems, and environmental and resource sustainability.
  • The Kummer School of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, a new school that will combine academic programs in business with new programs related to innovation and entrepreneurship at the bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. levels.
  • Scholarships, fellowships and other enhancement for high-achieving undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Expansion of the university’s online degree programs.
  • New research faculty positions.
  • Expansion and renovation of existing facilities along with construction of new buildings and labs.
  • Enhanced community outreach through student-community engagement, a lecture series, and a shuttle service between S&T and St. Louis to bring students from the metropolitan area to Rolla

“This gift is transformative for S&T, the Rolla region and our state,” said Dr. Mo Dehghani, Missouri S&T chancellor. “For nearly 150 years, Missouri S&T has been known as the state’s premier technological university. Now, thanks


Smith College receives $50M gift; largest individual donation in its history

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NORTHAMPTON — Smith College has received a $50 million endowment gift — the largest individual donation in the school’s 155-year history.

The college announced Tuesday that the gift — $40 million designated for student financial aid and $10 million to “re-envision” the school’s career development program — is from an alumna who wishes to remain anonymous. It was made through a private foundation.

“I could not be more grateful for this alumna’s generosity, vision and belief in the power of a Smith education,” Kathleen McCartney, Smith College president, said in a statement.

“Her investment in the college will allow us to make a giant stride in equalizing the Smith experience for students from low- and middle-income backgrounds.”

The announcement included a statement from the donor saying, “Smith had a meaningful impact on my life, both personally and professionally, and I feel an obligation to pay it back.”

One of Smith College’s goals, according to McCartney, is to admit qualified students without regard to family circumstances, referred to as “need-blind admissions.”

“It is my deepest wish,” McCartney said, “that this alumna’s generosity will inspire others to help the college reach this goal.”

Smith College, which enrolls more than 2,500 undergraduates from nearly every state and more than 70 other countries, said it awarded more than $80 million in federal, state and college aid to 69% percent of its students during the last academic year.

Established in 1871 and opening four years later, Smith College has educated notable authors, journalists, activists, politicians, philanthropists, actresses, filmmakers, academics, CEOs, two First Ladies and recipients of the Pulitzer Prize, Academy Award, Emmy Award, MacArthur Grant, Peabody Award, and Tony Award.

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Brett Rypien Makes History in First Career Start, Beating Jets 37-28

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The Denver Broncos finally got their first win of the season. With many fans agonizing whether this would mark the second straight 0-4 loss to open the Vic Fangio era, the Broncos came through in Week 4 and beat the New York Jets 37-28. 

A big reason for that was Brett Rypien. As a second-year quarterback, Rypien made his first NFL start on Thursday, doing so on a short-week turnaround with no practice reps and on a brutal, late East Coast start time. 

It was a far from perfect performance but without Rypien, the Broncos don’t find a way to win that 4game. By virtue of the win, though, he carved himself out a nice slice of Broncos history. 

Rypien became just the fifth quarterback in franchise history to lead a fourth-quarter comeback in his first career start.  

Nice work. And it almost didn’t happen. After establishing a two-score lead, Rypien squandered it on back-to-back possessions with an interception, one of which was returned to the house by Jets corner Pierre Desir. 

Many young quarterbacks one year removed from going undrafted would have gone into a shell, after losing the lead in the fourth quarter. Not Rypien. 

He stayed poised and the moment wasn’t too big. Trailing by two points, and facing another 3rd-&-7 at the four-minute mark, Rypien hit wideout Tim Patrick for a massive 31-yard gain down the left sideline, which put the Broncos in position for a Brandon McManus 53-yard field goal, wresting back the one-point lead. 

That put the onus on Jets QB Sam Darnold and the Broncos defense. However, thanks to some solid play in the secondary and a great fourth-down sack from Bradley Chubb, this time, Denver got the defensive stop it needed. 

The Broncos would score one more touchdown on the


Miami Dade College reopens facing the steepest enrollment decline in its history

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Amid the worst enrollment decline in the school’s 60-year history, Miami Dade College reopened its campuses Monday to thousands of students taking in-person classes, a move administrators hope will encourage students to sign up for courses and soften the revenue drop, but that some faculty have argued is unsafe.

The college started its fall term Sept. 1 with only 5 percent of its courses in person, mainly those that couldn’t be taught remotely, such as aviation, fashion and cuisine, and 20 percent of its courses remote.

The remaining 75 percent were ‘hybrid,’ meaning courses would start online, but would include some in-person components later on, if conditions allowed.

College administrators added in-person components to the hybrid courses as of Monday, citing how Miami-Dade County’s COVID positivity rate remained under 10 percent for two consecutive weeks.

“It’s been nearly four weeks and we are closer to 5% than 10%,” Juan Mendieta, a college spokesperson, said in a Monday email. “Plus, there are numerous safety measures that have been put in place.”

Elizabeth Ramsay, president of the United Faculty of Miami Dade College, the faculty union, said she would have preferred if the college had waited until the positivity rate fell to under 5 percent, and ideally stood at about 2 to 3 percent.

Miami-Dade’s positivity rate shot up to 6.87 percent, according to Tuesday’s report from the Florida Department of Health, up from 2.72 percent in Monday’s report and the highest level in about two weeks. The county’s 14-day average was 4.44 percent, according to Tuesday’s report.

Ramsey said faculty members remain committed to working with the college administration “to make the situation work” but believes state and federal officials forced the college to open earlier than it should have, threatening to take away funding.

“We teach science, but apparently


Scottie Pippen on partnering with American Express and the Calm meditation app to tell the history of basketball in a ‘Sleep Story,’ and the value of mindfulness in his NBA playing career

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  • Scottie Pippen spoke to Business Insider about partnering with American Express and the Calm meditation app to narrate an audio history of basketball for the app.
  • Pippen also discussed how he and the Chicago Bulls used mindfulness to excel as a team, and called the NBA bubble “pickup basketball” in an extended reflection on it. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

NBA legend Scottie Pippen partnered with American Express and Calm, a meditation app, to narrate an audio history of the game of basketball in a “Sleep Story” that debuted on the app on Tuesday. 

Pippen spoke to Business Insider in a phone interview about the partnership that led to “The History of a Dream,” Calm’s 34-minute audio project intended for sleep induction, written by Charles Duffie and narrated by Pippen.

Through the companies’ partnership, eligible American Express cardholders can access a one-year premium membership with Calm to hear Pippen’s story, as well as a virtual discussion with Pippen and sports psychology expert George Mumford, which will take place on October 8 and donate all ticket proceeds to the Scottie Pippen Youth Foundation.

In our interview, Pippen discussed how he used mindfulness as a tool in his NBA career with the Chicago Bulls. He also gave an extended reflection on the NBA bubble, which he described as “pickup basketball,” singling out Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo’s postseason performance as an indicator that the game in the bubble is comparatively “so easy.”

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

What drew you to this project and this partnership?

Well, lately, I’ve been doing some voiceovers. I did one with Michelob Ultra for the return of the NBA in the bubble. So it’s something I’ve been exploring a little

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