The Health Professions Residential College purchased a new anatomy skeleton with a $1,000 grant they received from Dow Chemical for their volunteer work.
Members of the HPRC came to the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center Friday to pick up the skeleton.
The Volunteer Center, as well as other campus organizations such as the Student Government Association, were involved in the review process for the grant.
“Dow wanted to promote students getting involved in service projects with the grant,” said Office Professional Rachel Thomas. “They contacted Central Michigan University and asked them to be the middleman.”
Ten registered student organizations applied for the grant last academic year, Thomas said.
After a screening process, three RSOs were selected for the opportunity to receive $1,000 each. The other two groups to receive the grant were Club Baseball and the Gamma Iota Sigma Nu Chapter.
To earn the grant, the groups had to take part in environmental beautification service projects. HPRC students worked on two separate projects to reach the required number of hours.
One team traveled to the Chippewa Nature Center in Midland, where they cleaned a pond and surrounding forests. Another group joined the Adopt-a-Highway program and worked on a stretch of highway between Midland and Mount Pleasant on M-20.
The skeleton was shipped to the Volunteer Center, but before taking it back to the residential college classroom where it will be kept, the health students assembled the skeleton and took pictures for their website.
“The skeleton will be a useful resource for our classes,” Midland sophomore Alexis Cherven said. “We’re all going into health professions, so we can use it to study for anatomy courses and to show examples in class.”
The skeleton features the main ligaments and tendons of the body, as well as the skeletal frame. It cost about $806, Thomas said, but after adding the cost of shipping, the price for the skeleton was close to the $1,000 provided by the grant.
The HPRC chose to purchase a new skeleton because the old skeleton at the residential college was missing pieces and lacked the detail necessary for study, Cherven said.
Director of the HPRC Patricia Cwiek said they have considered using future grant money they receive to fund further service projects. The group plans to apply for the grant next year, as well.
“We do a lot of community service, typically around 10,000 hours of service each academic year,” Cwiek said. “We would like to reimburse students for gas, but we don’t have a budget that allows for that. If we had more resources, it would increase our ability to perform service.”