Kent State’s Institute for Applied Linguistics Receives $1 Million Grant to Invest in Distance Learning

KENT, OH - May 25, 2017: Kent State University’s Institute for Applied Linguistics has received a grant for $1 million from the Gawlicki Family Foundation of Hartford, Connecticut, to fund the development of a state-of-the-art distance learning translation studies program. The Institute for Applied Linguistics is a research and education program affiliated with the Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies within the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State.

The funding will be used to further distinguish the institute, which is already recognized internationally as a leading program in translation studies. Specifically, the grant will provide resources to create a new faculty position focused on distance learning in translation studies, develop a new technology infrastructure and develop state-of-the-art distance learning courses. The program will be named the Gawlicki Family Foundation Online Master of Arts in Translation Program.

“We are tremendously grateful to the Gawlicki Family Foundation for this transformational gift,” said Kent State President Beverly Warren. “It will enable us to better fulfill our global mission by bringing our outstanding translational studies program to the world through a high-quality, technology-rich distance learning platform.”

Founded by Ted and Mary Gawlicki in 2012, the Gawlicki Family Foundation grew out of their desire to seek solutions to problems in areas of education, respiratory healthcare and translation as a career. The Gawlickis originally founded Corporate Translations Inc. in 1990, a business focused on translations for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. They sold the company in 2015 and began working full time at their foundation, using the money from the sale of their company to provide funding for the foundation’s initiatives.

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