WAUKESHA, WIS.— Carroll University's annual Founders' Day Convocation will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, in the auditorium of Shattuck Music Center, 218 N. East Ave., Waukesha. It is free and open to the public.
The keynote speaker will be Dr. David Block, Carroll associate professor emeritus of geography. He will discuss a Carroll service project that will provide safe drinking water to a rural Kenyan village. Carroll has had a connection with Ribe, Kenya, for more than 25 years, when Dr. Bud Hudson, professor emeritus of chemistry, first led student trips to east Africa.
Block, who has made many trips to Kenya, and Allan Katama, a 2000 Carroll graduate and native of Ribe, are working with Katama’s brother Tito, a Ribe-area public official. The Ribe Water Project will help address the village’s critical need for readily available potable water. It is an ongoing concern; many women and children must walk up to six miles each day for their water.
Spurred by the challenge of a $10,000 matching gift from an anonymous donor, Carroll students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends have contributed $11,666 for the project, for a total of $21,666. The water project, expected to begin this year, involves a network of gravity-fed water lines designed by a Kenyan engineer, then installed and maintained by the village women.
The Ribe Project is part of Carroll’s yearlong exploration of WATER: the essential element of life on earth, an interdisciplinary-themed series that explores our relationships with water on personal, regional and global levels. During the 2011-2012 academic year, the Carroll community will examine how water informs cultural, environmental, spiritual, economic and political issues. For more information, visit www.carrollu.edu/water.
Founders' Day recognizes those responsible for Carroll's incorporation on Jan. 31, 1846, and those whose outstanding contributions help keep the university strong.