ComEd/Exelon generously granted Wheaton College $15,000 for the development and implementation of an innovative team-taught course on Global Warming: Science and Politics and the Exelon Climate Change Lecture Series. The course, taught by Dr. James Clark, Professor of Geology, and Dr. Noah Toly, Director of the Urban Studies Program, brought seven notable climate change and policy experts to campus in the fall semester 2010. Students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the general public, responded enthusiastically to this opportunity for meaningful discourse on the science and the politics of global warming.
The Henry Parsons Crowell and Susan Coleman Crowell Trust awarded a grant of $40,000 to Wheaton College in 2010. The grant supports the Billy Graham Center's programs in Muslim Evangelism Ministries and Ethnic Evangelism Ministries. Wheaton is grateful to the Crowell Trust for partnering with the Billy Graham Center to equip believers to share Christ's love with their ethnic neighbors and with the Muslim people.
Illinois Arts Council
The Illinois Arts Council awarded Wheaton an $8,000 grant in 2010 to support the annual Artist Series, which brings world-class performing artists to Wheaton "for the purpose of exploring, enjoying, and celebrating God's creative gifts." Thanks to this grant and others, the Artist Series at Wheaton College has made performances by internationally acclaimed artists accessible and affordable to the local community.
Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation
The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation granted Wheaton $75,000 for the new Science Center’s LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) design and commissioning in 2010. The science building is certified LEED gold, and demonstrates the commitment Wheaton has to sustainability and stewardship. Thanks to this grant, the College was able to incorporate higher energy efficient designs and systems with energy savings of 25% and a payback of eight years. Some of the areas of focus included energy recovery systems, controlling stormwater and heat island effects, reducing waste, and improving indoor air quality.
In 2010, the Koss Foundation donated 20 UR20 stereophones to Wheaton for use in the Science Center's computer science lab. The new equipment perfectly complements the cutting-edge lab setting. The stereophones are used regularly in web programming and databases classes, as well as outside class for projects by students in other departments, including mathematics, chemistry, and bioinformatics.
Tyndale House Foundation and Farney R. Wurlitzer Foundation
Grants from the Tyndale House Foundation and the Farney R. Wurlitzer Foundation support the Community Outreach for Developing Artists (CODA) initiative, launched in 2006 by the Community School of the Arts at Wheaton College. CODA seeks out and gives access to young Latin American, African American, and artistically underexposed talents who might not otherwise have an opportunity to grow through group music classes, semi-private violin lessons, and private lesson scholarships. Thanks to the generous grants from these two foundations, the program currently reaches 160 students (K-2) at West Chicago District 33, as well as 60 refugee and immigrant students at World Relief DuPage Preschool in Wheaton.