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M&T Bank Foundation Pledges $15,000 for Outdoor Classroom at Wilson College

Posted: November 21, 2011

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – The M&T Bank Charitable Foundation recently presented Wilson College with a ceremonial check for $15,000, to be used to help construct an outdoor learning pavilion at college farm.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE:
Nov. 21, 2011
CONTACT: Cathy Mentzer, Manager of Media Relations
Phone: 717-264-4141, Ext. 3178
Email: cathy.mentzer@wilson.edu

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – The M&T Bank Charitable Foundation recently presented Wilson College with a ceremonial check for $15,000, to be used to help construct an outdoor learning pavilion at college farm.

M&T Bank Vice President J. Bret Elbin and Administrative Vice President Vickie Howe presented the check to Wilson President Barbara K. Mistick, Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of the Faculty Mary Hendrickson and Fulton Center for Sustainable Living Program Manager Christine Mayer at the site where the outdoor classroom will be built.

“At M&T Bank, we understand the importance of education,” Howe said. “We are excited to have the opportunity to be part of the pavilion project. The outdoor classroom will be of lasting value to both the college and our community.”

The $15,000 has been pledged over five years and will cover part of the estimated $26,500 cost of the outdoor learning pavilion.

“Wilson College is dedicated to shaping a more sustainable future by educating not only its students, but also the community as a whole, about the importance of thoughtful environmental stewardship,” President Mistick said. “We are grateful to the M&T Bank Charitable Foundation for this gift, which will allow us to hold classes in a comfortable, sheltered space at the farm itself rather than across campus.”

Wilson’s outdoor classroom will be used to host environmental education and sustainability classes at Fulton Farm, which is part of Wilson’s Fulton Center for Sustainable Living (FCSL). Founded in 1994, the FCSL hosts more than 1,500 visitors a year. It includes:

  • The Fulton Farm, 50-acre farmstead with seven-acre, certified naturally grown vegetable farm that raises more than 200 varieties of fruits, vegetables and herbs.
  • A Community-Supported Agriculture program serving approximately 100 members of the surrounding community. CSA members pay for “shares” of the Fulton Farm’s harvests each year.
  • The Robyn Van En Center, a national resource center that maintains a voluntary database of CSAs across the United States. The center is named for the last Robyn Van En, who introduced the CSA concept in North America in 1985.
  • Numerous educational and demonstration programs on such topics as sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, composting, etc.

For more information about the Fulton Center, contact program manager Chris Mayer at 717-264-4141, Ext. 3247, or christine.mayer@wilson.edu.

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Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a liberal arts college dedicated to the education of women. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and located in Chambersburg, Pa. Wilson offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 areas and master’s degrees in education and the humanities. The college’s 2011-12 enrollment in the College for Women and the Adult Degree Program is 746 and includes 21 students from 10 foreign countries.

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Last Updated: November 28, 2011