Monday, December 20, 2010

Vickers Challenge

Dr. Leonard J. Sciorra, Ph.D., The Joseph E. Schuh, S.J., Professor of Health & Natural Sciences and chair of the Department of Applied Science and Technology, has been working on some amazing technology at the College. He and a group of undergraduate students have developed a cell culturing process that could have far-reaching medical implications - right in Gannon Hall.

A few years ago, Charles Vickers '47 decided to direct his philanthropy toward this emerging tissue culture work at Saint Peter’s College. His support named the Charles J. Vickers ’47 and Anne B. Vickers Tissue Culture Facility and helped to make possible and sustain Dr. Sciorra's work, which is likely to result in the first patent in the College’s history.

Mr. Vickers has decided to renew his investment in the tissue culture project by issuing the Vickers Challenge to fellow members of the College’s medical, health and science community. Mr. Vickers will match every dollar raised up to $100,000 between now and December 31, 2010. All gifts will be 100% tax deductible and can be made as multi-year pledges. Donations can be made online for this and many other College initiatives.

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