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Interactive project receives $1 million grant


Miami University’s Interactivity Initiative, a project aimed at making Miami a national leader in preparing students for the digital era, has received a $1 million grant from The Procter & Gamble Fund.

"The Internet is transforming lives and careers at an unprecedented pace. By supporting this effort, The Procter & Gamble Fund is helping to prepare our students to become change agents in a technological era," said Miami President James C. Garland.

The gift from The Procter & Gamble Fund will:

  • Support a variety of undergraduate efforts in interactive media. Those range from student internships in interactive media to providing funds for a student interactive-media consulting agency that will work with corporate and nonprofit clients.
  • Support a speaker series, an experts-in-residence program and faculty development.
  • Provide funding for an administrative director to coordinate the components of the Miami University Interactivity Initiative.
  • Purchase equipment and provide for renovation of an existing interactive-media laboratory.
"The P&G Fund is pleased to support the Interactivity Initiative. We share Miami’s goal of advancing student learning in an area vital for business and personal success in the 21st century," said Robert L. Wehling, fund president.

The Miami University Interactive Initiative, a joint project of the College of Arts and Science and the Richard T. Farmer School of Business, builds on existing strengths and programs within the university.

A primary goal of the initiative is to offer students practical, innovative ways to solve real-world problems. For example, a multidisciplinary team of students from Miami’s Center for Interactive Media Studies worked with faculty advisers and P&G staff to develop a Web site featuring Febreze, a product that eliminates odors.

"There is an increasing demand for graduates who can think, work and create in the interactive environment," said John Skillings, dean of the College of Arts and Science. "This gift will enhance our efforts in a complex and fast-changing field."

The P&G Fund gift will allow Miami to significantly expand its interactive offerings and enable Miami graduates to continue to be leaders in the knowledge-based economy, said Dan Short, dean of the Richard T. Farmer School of Business.

The project will have a positive impact on students and faculty throughout the university, including those in arts and science, business, graphic design and systems analysis, said university officials.


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