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USC Lancaster Receives Grant from Duke Energy Foundation

Pictured: Dr. John Catalano, Regional Campus Dean, USC Lancaster, Catherine Heigel, President, Duke Energy, South Carolina and  Dr. Harris Pastides, President, University of South Carolina.
Pictured: Dr. John Catalano, Regional Campus Dean, USC Lancaster, Catherine Heigel, President, Duke Energy, South Carolina and Dr. Harris Pastides, President, University of South Carolina

USC Lancaster received a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation for $7,500 to upgrade, replace and augment chemistry lab equipment. The grant will be used to add equipment such as top loading balances, analytical balances, melting pot apparatuses and other equipment to the chemistry department.  This will allow students to conduct more efficient lab exercises, thus making them more comfortable and competent with the equipment.

One of the keys to success in increasing interest, attainment, and learning in science is providing relevant, engaging learning experiences, which requires advanced technology and expensive equipment.  The proposed project involves purchasing additional lab equipment to be used solely for student science education and research. The project fit within the Duke Energy Foundation’s stated focus on education, especially as pertains to assisting community and technical colleges.  Dr. John Catalano, Regional Campus Dean, stated, “Duke Energy has been a great corporate partner through the years, helping the campus with building funds, the Native American Studies pottery collection, and now with chemistry equipment that will help keep USC Lancaster science labs up to date.”

During the Commencement exercises on April 30, Duke Energy South Carolina President, Catherine Heigel presented Dr. Harris Pastides, President of the University of South Carolina and Dr. Catalano with this gift on behalf of the Duke Energy Foundation.  Catherine Heigel stated, “Duke Energy is a proud partner of USC Lancaster and student success is important to us as they are our future leaders and employees. “

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