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Thomas More Field Station Awarded $50,000 Grant from Duke Energy

Thomas More College's Ohio River Biology Field Station received a $50,000 grant from Duke Energy.

The funds will be used to launch the 50th anniversary celebration of the field station throughout 2017 and will specifically target the ongoing water quality research for undergraduates and related programs for K-12 students.

The field station, located in the Campbell County community of California about 30 minutes from the college's campus in Crestview Hills, is the only academic center for applied biological research along the entire stretch of the Ohio River.
 
“Thomas More College has a long history of creating programs that positively impact our environment and the development of the future STEM workforce,” said Jim Henning, president of Duke Energy Ohio & Kentucky, in a statement. “Education and sustainability are critical building blocks to success, and supporting the Biology Field Station’s water research programs will have positive, lasting impacts on our region.”

According to Christopher N. Lorentz, PhD, Director of the Thomas More College Biology Field Station, the Duke Energy Foundation has been unwavering in its support of the Field Station. "Since 1971, Duke Energy and the Duke Energy Foundation have generously supported the undergraduate research and STEM outreach programs at the Field Station.  Their financial support, including this recent grant, has advanced our scientific knowledge about the Ohio River and afforded hundreds of students the opportunity to gain invaluable research skills," said Lorentz.  

Thomas More College will honor the Duke Energy Foundation, and their gift, during a 50 yard-line ceremony at half-time of the noon football game between the Saints and the Bethany Bison on October 29. “The Duke Energy Foundation reinforces its position in this community as a philanthropic leader with their generous gift to our one-of-a-kind Biology Field Station,” said Thomas More College President David A. Armstrong. “On behalf of Thomas More College, we are grateful to Duke for their unwavering commitment to STEM education programs and water quality research.”

The TMC Field Station will mark its 50th anniversary with a series of education, outreach, and awareness events throughout the upcoming year. The Field Station, formerly Lock House No. 35, is situated on the banks of the Ohio River in California, Kentucky and was acquired by the college from the U. S. Government on March 10, 1967.  

-Staff report