Major gift transforms UWF and our community
February 24, 2017 | Martha D. Saunders, Ph.D.
Every gift and every donor play an important role in allowing the University of West Florida to provide students with access to high-quality, relevant educational opportunities. But every once in a while, a gift like the one from Dr. Usha and Mahadeb Kundu comes along that has the ability to transform what we do.
The Kundus gift of more than $5 million to the UWF College of Health will enhance our ability to provide the very best health care education for years to come.
Stepping into the future
With this gift, we’re taking a huge step into the future by providing our students with exceptional learning and training opportunities in their chosen health care fields of study. UWF has a rich tradition of encouraging undergraduate research opportunities, which will be expanded.
Students and faculty can take advantage of more research and study abroad opportunities. They can travel to conferences where they can meet renowned scientists and expand their professional networks. We can bring in talented nationally renowned faculty as guest lecturers.
The technology and equipment needed for our health care students can be very expensive. Thanks to the generosity of the Kundus, we will have the resources to enhance the high-impact teaching and clinical training environment that they need.
Making a difference in the community
The soon-to-be-named Usha Kundu, MD College of Health partners with many area health care providers including Baptist Hospital, the Medical Center Clinic, Covenant Care, Covenant House, Azalea Trace, Alzheimer’s Association, Home Instead, the Council on Aging and the Studer Group. Most of our graduates stay and work in our area where they care for our friends and loved ones.
We will be taking our commitment to the community a step further by starting a Center on Healthy Living where our students and faculty can engage in community outreach and community-based research that looks at healthy living across the lifespan. This new Center will develop innovative ways to improve the quality of life here in our region. In addition, the Center will increase the opportunities for our faculty to engage students in active, engaged and experiential learning.
Our vision is for the Center to be the premiere center for healthy living education and disease prevention in our area. We will teaching, research and community outreach programs that address unmet health needs in the Pensacola area.
It means a lot when generous individuals trust enough to share their names with our academic programs. We take that trust seriously and could not be more grateful for the vision and commitment of the Kundu family.