Kitchings creates marine sciences endowment (Released: 2/16/96)
by Renu Sehgal, Office of University Communications.
STORRS, Conn. -- The Chester W. Kitchings family of New London has created a $240,000 endowment to promote marine sciences at the University of Connecticut's Avery Point campus in Groton.
The Kitchings family endowment was established with a three-year pledge of $120,000, which will be matched by the state of Connecticut through the UConn 2000 program.
''This gift from such a highly respected family in the New London community builds the University's confidence in the future,'' said Chancellor Mark Emmert. ''State and tuition dollars enable the University to sustain programs such as marine sciences. But it is private philanthropy such as that from the Kitchings family that provides the margin of financial support necessary to compete with programs of national and international reputation.
''The Kitchings endowment has further significance in that it manifests the spirit of public/private partnership contained in the matching portion of the UConn 2000 legislation,'' he said.
The University's Marine Sciences & Technology Center houses a National Undersea Research Center (NURC), one of six in the world that provide opportunities for scientists to study the biological, chemical, geological and physical processes in the world's oceans and lakes. The center is committed to developing ocean technology and monitoring, protecting and enhancing coastal habitats.
''We're very pleased to find the Kitchings family so enthusiastic and supportive of our marine sciences program at Avery Point,'' said Richard Cooper, director of the Marine Sciences Center. ''These funds will go to support the High School Aquanauts Program and will benefit our entire operation.''
The Kitchings, who are part of the Coca Cola Bottling Co. of Southeastern New England, are committed to helping the New London community.
Some of the Kitchings' endowment will go to NURC's High School Aquanauts Program, which selects students and teachers from around the region to participate in marine education and research. The program, which is primarily funded by a grant through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has had 420 student and 88 teacher participants since it began in 1987. Students have conducted studies from the affect of noise on marine mammals to the environmental health of Long Island Sound.