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Funding awarded to help build campus wellness center
17 August 2004

BISMARCK, ND - United Tribes Technical College is slated to receive a grant to help construct a campus wellness center. The $1.2 million award announced August 4 is a Title III Grant that UTTC submitted to the U. S. Department of Education earlier this year.

      "This is a major contribution to the overall funding of the project," said UTTC President David M. Gipp. "We also have funding commitments from HUD and USDA Rural Development. And we're still continuing to raise funds."

      Constructing a wellness center is the brick-and-mortar part of a comprehensive campus wellness initiative launched in 2002 by Gipp and the UTTC Wellness Circle, a team of college health and wellness professionals.

      The new construction is designed to attach to the east side of the James Henry Community Center, the college's existing recreation and athletic building.

      "Our concern is for the health and well-being of our entire campus community," said Gipp. "We're putting special emphasis on improving the overall health of our students and their families so they feel better and perform better academically."

      The new building will provide up-to-date space, facilities, and a central location for health related programs and services on campus, including the student health center, chemical health center, and some USDA Land Grant Programs related to food and nutrition," said Gipp.

      "We embrace all of the elements that go into wellness, including the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects. We also intend to approach this holistically from a contemporary health care point of view and from that of traditional tribal healing practices as well."

      In announcing the grant award from Washington, DC, U. S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige said the funding was aided because of the White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities.

      "President Bush and I believe the nation's tribal colleges and universities play an important role in the rich traditions of the Indian people," said Paige. "These grants will help tribal colleges and universities open doors of opportunity for more students."

      Nine other tribal colleges received funds for other purposes including new classrooms, new student facilities, new technology, and faculty and support services: Institute of American Indian Arts, New Mexico - $500,000; Leech Lake Tribal College, Minnesota - $1.2 million; Crownpoint Institute of Technology, New Mexico - $1.4 million; Blackfeet Community College, Montana - $3.1 million; Stone Child College, Montana - $1.4 million; Fort Belknap College, Montana - $1.2 million; Sitting Bull College, North Dakota - $4 million; Sisseton Wahpeton College, South Dakota - $861,722.


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