King’s College has been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development under two separate Educational Improvement Tax Credits Programs:

1. Under King’s Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Organization, contributions from business firms earning EITC are used to provide tuition to eligible Pre-Kindergarten students to attend King’s College’s Early Learning Center.

2. Under King’s Educational Improvement Organization, contributions from business firms earning EITC are used to fund costs associated with the following programs:

a. The Young Scholars Program – under this program, gifted high school juniors and seniors take first-year or introductory-level courses during the academic year and in the summer at King’s and receive college credit for their experience; and

b. The McGowan Hispanic Outreach Summer Residential Enrichment Program – under this program, approximately 13 to 20 rising junior and senior low-income Latino high school students board in King’s dormitories for three weeks during the summer each year and participate in a schedule of course work and other enrichment programs during their stay.

If interested in contributing to either of these Programs, please contact:

Michelle Giovagnoli

Director of Institutional and Academic Grants

King's College

133 North River Street

Administration Building - Room 510

Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711

(570) 208-5847

michellegiovagnoli@kings.edu

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PPL FOUNDATION GRANT FOR COMMUNITY GARDEN OUTREACH PROGRAM (https://www.kings.edu/news/community-garden) - King’s College has received a $3,000 grant from the PPL Foundation for its Community Garden Outreach Project.  Funds will be utilized to purchase the supplies necessary to expand the Community Garden on Madison Street in Wilkes-Barre.

In conjunction with sustainability initiatives at King’s, students recently formed a Community Garden Outreach Club.  The club currently consists of more than 25 students from various majors.  The club and community garden are both coordinated through Campus Ministry and the Shoval Center for Community Engagement and Learning at King’s.

As part of this Community Garden Outreach Project, King’s civil engineering students surveyed the property last spring to expand its layout by 10 plots and designed and built a watering system.  During the current academic year, a different group of students are conducting surveying to determine how to further expand the garden and the watering system. 

During the current academic year, various groups, including local Pre-Kindergarten students from the College’s Early Learning Center and high school students in the College’s McGowan Hispanic Outreach Program and the Juvenile Justice Mentoring Program will be “Adopting A Plot.” Each group will prepare, plant, maintain, and harvest the garden.  Harvests will be donated to local families and non-profit organizations.

Through the project, students will learn about sustainable communities, how to practice environmental conservation initiatives, and undertake neighborhood improvement projects.

“Students in the Community Garden Club are invigorated by the support of the local community and eager to pass on the generosity they have received from PPL,” said Emma Gallagher, associate campus minister.

“Fostering the development of safe, strong and sustainable communities is a primary objective of the PPL Foundation,” said Alana Roberts, Regional Affairs Director for PPL Electric Utilities. “We are pleased to support this community garden project and wish the college much success.”

The PPL Foundation contributes more than $2 million annually to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations to promote the development of sustainable communities and innovative education programs, helping to revitalize neighborhoods and fostering the development of the future workforce to strengthen the communities it serves.  For more information, visit www.pplcares.com.

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WILKES-BARRE GENERAL HOSPITAL AUXILLARY FUND OF THE LUZERNE FOUNDATION GRANT FOR OCULAR FUNDUSCOPIC MODELS (https://www.kings.edu/news/pa-grant)  -  King’s College recently received a $5,000 grant from the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital Auxiliary Fund of The Luzerne Foundation for the purchase of two Ocular Funduscopic Models that will be utilized by faculty of the College’s Physician Assistant Studies Program to train fourth-year students as part of a physical diagnosis class.  The models will also be available to faculty and students in the college’s duel degrees in nursing partnership with Luzerne County Community College that began in August.

Instructors place a slide representing one of more than 20 different pathologies behind the eye socket of the model.  Using an ophthalmoscope, students can recognize and access abnormalities that are present.  The common diseases that are recognizable by changes in the eye include hypertension, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetes.

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DEGENSTEIN FOUNDATION GRANT FOR SUSQUEHANNA RIVER RESEARCH (https://www.kings.edu/news/mangan-grant) - Dr. Brian Mangan, director of the Environmental Program and professor of environmental science and biology at King’s College, has received a $10,000 research grant from the Degenstein Foundation. The grant will fund Dr. Mangan’s ongoing research of salamander use of riparian forests and mercury contamination of the Susquehanna River and various terrestrial ecosystems.  

Mangan’s research has been funded by grants totaling in excess of $900,000. In some of his previous research with King’s students, he has documented the crayfish species and their relative abundances along 400 kilometers of the Susquehanna River from the New York border to just north of Harrisburg, as well as the diets of crayfish and smallmouth bass.

A professor at King’s since 2000, Mangan earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and doctorate in ecology from Penn State University and a master’s degree in biology from Bloomsburg University. 

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2018 GOVERNOR'S ARTS AWARDS GRANT FOR THEATRE DEPARTMENT - The King’s College Theater Department was recently awarded a $1,000 grant from Scranton Tomorrow in partnership with the 2018 Governor’s Arts Awards Local Committee.

Funds from the grant will be used to develop a staged reading of Nora Ephron’s play, “Love, Loss, and What I Wore,” to benefit Ruth’s Place and the Kirby Family House in Wilkes-Barre.

Ruth’s Place provides safe, temporary, and short-term housing for women experiencing homelessness in both Luzerne and Lackawanna counties. The Kirby Family House is a homeless living facility, which provides families with the necessary tools to start rebuilding their lives.

The goal of the performance, tentatively scheduled for the spring, is to offer low-income individuals and families the opportunity to experience the arts.