APU receives $100,000 Rasmuson grant for sustainability

Alaska Pacific University has received a second consecutive Rasmuson Foundation grant aimed at capacity building and sustainability.

Sought by APU President Don Bantz, the $100,000 award will concentrate on attracting more students and enhancing alumni engagement.

The grant announced June 29 follows a fundraiser in June that garnered more than $600,000 for the university. A similar fundraiser in 2011 resulted in giving of more than $500,000, APU said.

Anchorage-based Rasmuson Foundation makes grants to projects involving health, education, history and social services.

“APU’s Rasmuson grant will be used for projects important to APU’s Strategic Plan, including admissions, alumni relations and social media,” Bantz said.

Bantz said the grant also will underwrite faculty institutes that concentrate on teaching technologies and developing a first-year student experience that immerses students in APU’s active learning philosophy.

Founded in 1959, Alaska Pacific University is the state’s only four-year, private baccalaureate liberal arts university and site of Alaska’s only endowed chair in religion studies.

The university offers two-year, four-year, master’s and doctorate level programs. Its internationally ranked Nordic Ski Center is a regional training center for cross-country skiers, including Olympians and national medalists.

APU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

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