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~Wellesley Receives $5 Million Gift for Learning and Teaching Center~

For immediate release:
October 25, 2001

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Mary Ann Hill
781-283-2373

WELLESLEY, Mass. - Wellesley College's Learning and Teaching Center (LTC) has received a tremendous boost in the form of a $5 million commitment. The gift, from The Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation of New York, will fully fund the innovative center. The center's mission is to support students and provide professional development for faculty members.

"This wonderful gift from the Pforzheimer Foundation acknowledges our work over the years to make the LTC a major contributor to the intellectual lives of students and faculty," said President Diana Chapman Walsh in announcing the gift. At an event this evening, the LTC was renamed the Pforzheimer Learning and Teaching Center.

"One of the hallmarks of a Wellesley education is the two-way learning that takes place between students and faculty," said Betty Pforzheimer '59, a member of the Foundation's board and a Wellesley College trustee. "Wellesley understands and, through the LTC, supports the powerful learning that can occur between peers -- be they students or faculty members."

The LTC was established in 1992 with a dual mission of helping students realize their full academic potential and providing opportunities for faculty to explore different methods of teaching and assessment. Peer tutors are at the heart of the Center's academic services for students. More than 160 specially trained tutors provide individual and group support, such as workshops in study skills and public speaking, to more than 1,500 of their fellow students.

Last year, more than 270 faculty members attended LTC-sponsored presentations and workshops, whose topics included "Promoting Critical Thinking in Classroom Discussions: Asking the Right Kinds of Questions" and "How Can Technology Help Your Teaching?"

Founded in 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in liberal arts and the education of women for 125 years. The College's 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students.

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