With a gift of $50,000, Frank and Lena Wilson are helping TLU develop a Center For Teaching & Learning. The center, envisioned to be both a physical and virtual space for students and faculty to use for both formal and informal programming, will impact the entire campus. Vice President of Academic Affairs Debbie Cottrell said the Wilsons' generous donation will not only support students and faculty at TLU, it will enrich the support offered to specific segments of our student population, including first-generation and Hispanic students.
“The great thing about this gift is that it allows us to keep the momentum going from last year when we first discussed the idea for the center as part of our planning to submit a proposal for a grant from the Department of Education for Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI),” Cottrell said. “We know from previous research that having a Center For Teaching & Learning at TLU will have a huge impact on our students and faculty by creating a place of intentional focus for activities such as enhanced instruction in gateway or introductory classes that students need to complete before they can move onto higher level courses. We could also further our understanding of diverse student populations and have more opportunities for faculty to expand their teaching approaches and techniques.”
This funding, Cottrell said, will also increase TLU’s chances of receiving an HSI grant from the Department of Education in the future.
“This money is fundamental to eventually reach the goal of receiving an HSI grant,” Cottrell said. “An HSI grant would allow us to expand programming in our Center for Teaching & Learning, as well as create more efforts to diversify faculty and increase opportunities for global travel, especially for our first-generation students. It is through the support of donors like Frank and Lena Wilson, who place such high value on education and have such a strong desire to help all students, that TLU is able to continually focus on student success and ensure programming that helps our students meet their academic goals.”