ancilla_giving-tuesday-2016Following the post-Thanksgiving shopping days of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, comes the lesser known Giving Tuesday – a national call for charitable contributions. On Tuesday, November 29th, Ancilla College opened a 24-hour window in which donations would be accepted.

The goal was $1,200 with the proceeds going towards a software program by BioDigital for Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) students. Through the kindness of the community and an anonymous matching donor, the goal was met quickly.

The program will allow students to have more interaction with the material on a virtual level by using 3D visuals.  “The point of using 3D visuals is to make A&P more ‘real.’  Something the students can ‘touch’ and really immerse themselves into.”  said Kristy Banks, instructor of biology at Ancilla.

Nursing and healthcare professions require extensive knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. Ancilla is planning to supplement their current anatomy courses and laboratory with technologically advanced interaction technology to increase exposure for their students and maximize educational effectiveness.

“We are training the next generation of nurses, surgical technicians, etc. and we owe it to them to be on the cutting edge of learning – this platform can do just that for Ancilla College” Banks said.

Thanks to the donations made on Giving Tuesday of this year, Ancilla will be able to purchase this program and allow their students to take advantage of this new learning technology.

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