Dow’s impact on education around Midland


Delta College’s identity is associated with design elements of classic Midland architecture. The water fountain on the Midland campus even inspired the college’s logo.

Alden B. Dow designed the central courtyard at Delta College. The community college’s identity has always been associated with its unique courtyard, said Leanne Govitz, director of marketing and public information at Delta.

On May 18, Dow celebrated its 125th year in business. The Midland Daily News explored the impact of business, foundation and family on local impact institutions throughout the Great Lakes Bay Area.

The Midland Campus of Delta College


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Construction of a courtyard at Delta College in 1964

Construction of a courtyard at Delta College in 1964


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Delta College Rooftop Terrace on the Midland Campus

Delta College Rooftop Terrace on the Midland Campus


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Delta College returns to Dow Impact

Delta College in Midland


The STEM Explorer program is for middle and high school students in the Great Lakes Bay Area, as well as our local communities. Since we make multiple trips to high schools during Deep Dive projects (with multiple student contacts at each school), our “contacts” grow from 29,400 to 38,300 in total.

Through the end of 2019, the STEM Explorer has visited schools in 13 counties in and around the Great Lakes Bay Area – Bay, Saginaw, Arenac, Midland, Tuscola, Sanilac, Huron, Oscoda, Clare, Isabella, Gratiot, Iosco and Genesee.

Elements of the project include an interdisciplinary approach, bringing together multiple topics into lesson plans, project-based activities, and hands-on opportunities.

Thanks to a $4 million grant from the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation in 2014, Delta College was able to build a 38-foot mobile lab — and maker space — featuring the latest in STEM technology.

Thanks to a $4 million grant from the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation in 2014, Delta College was able to build a 38-foot mobile lab — and maker space — featuring the latest in STEM technology.

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In November 2019, we worked with over 29,400 students, teachers and community members while conducting over 300 school and event visits:

2016-17- 7,500 (inaugural year)

2017-18- 10,000

2018-19- 8500

Fall 2019 – 3,978 and on track for another 9,000-10,000 for the year.

An excerpt from Delta College's publication for alumni and donors highlights Dow's impact since its inception.  Executive Director Pam Clark of Institutional Advancement at Delta College told the Daily News that it was difficult to pick a few things to highlight because the company, the foundation and the Dow family have been so supportive of Delta throughout our history.

An excerpt from Delta College’s publication for alumni and donors highlights Dow’s impact since its inception. Executive Director Pam Clark of Institutional Advancement at Delta College told the Daily News that it was difficult to pick a few things to highlight because the company, the foundation and the Dow family have been so supportive of Delta throughout our history.


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“This generous gift is a phenomenal
commitment to Delta and the community,” said Dr. Jean Goodnow
President of Delta College.


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Delta College reflects on the impact of Dow

Saginaw Valley State University in the University Center

Throughout its history, SVSU has benefited greatly from Dow as a company, as well as from the Dow family and its charitable foundations.

Over the past few years, Dow has partnered with SVSU to support various community engagement initiatives, including a teacher scholarship program and a scientific directors program, each designed to boost STEM teaching and learning. in our region. Likewise, Dow supported a mobile STEM lab that travels to K-12 schools and other sites to provide students with access to labs and learning.

Scientific Director Sahiba Kaur, Dow High School

Scientific Director Sahiba Kaur, Dow High School

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Additionally, Dow provides many SVSU students with internship and co-op opportunities. The company also hires many SVSU graduates; currently more than 500 former SVSUs are employed by Dow.

Dow surnames are also evident on our campus. Examples include the Doan Center, one of our oldest facilities, which includes our main cafeteria. It is named after Leland Doan, a Dow chairman who also served on SVSU’s Board of Control. Alden Dow was the architect for the project, which began in 1969 and was completed in 1970; there have been extensions since. SVSU’s Herbert Dow Doan Science Building was built in 1986 and named for “Ted” Doan; it too developed in the years that followed.

The building is named after Leland I. Doan, a Midland resident and original member of the SVSU Board of Control.

The building is named after Leland I. Doan, a Midland resident and original member of the SVSU Board of Control.

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“We are extremely grateful to Dow and the Dow family for investing so deeply and consistently in SVSU over the years, and for our many ongoing partnerships,” said Don Bachand, President of SVSU. “They have long understood that a vital public university is essential to the success of our community. Beyond the dollars – which have been considerable – we have also seen leaders from Dow, the Herbert H. Foundation and Grace A. Dow and the Dow family serve on our Board of Control; their collective service has been a great asset to the growth and development of our university.

SVSU has also received a number of significant gifts from the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, the Gerstacker Foundation, the Strosacker Foundation, and others.

Central Michigan University at Mount Pleasant

An overview of the many projects the Dow and Dow Foundations have supported over the years at Central Michigan University, this is in the millions and spans many projects/colleges on campus while impacting thousands of students. One of their greatest contributions was naming the Health Professions Building in 2000 – the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions Building.

Central Michigan University Health Professions Building (Mitchell Kukulka.Mitchell.Kukulka@mdn.net).

Central Michigan University Health Professions Building (Mitchell [email protected]).

Dow Chemical Company and Foundation

Annually fund the Dow Chemical SAP Award of Excellence (College of Business Administration)

Annually fund the Chemistry Fellowship of the Dow Chemical Foundation (College of Science & Engineering)

2019 – Women, Technology and Leadership Conference held at CMU

2015 – CMU STEM Network Leader Program and STEM Professional Development for Educators

2012 – Named Great Hall/Auditorium (College of Medicine)

2011 – Dow Chemical Medical Faculty Advancement and Leadership Fund (College of Medicine); (for faculty and students) to provide “year-round activities, including monthly programs, on-site resources, and one-on-one counseling services to professional and volunteer medical educators.”

2008 – Donation from Dow Products to help construct the Education and Human Services Building

2006 – CMU-Dow China Daily Program

2003 – PBS (Public Broadcasting) to help them switch to digital TV

1999 – Dow Accounting Class (Grawn Hall)

1992 – Science Teacher Preparation Technology

1987 – Applied Business Science Complex (now Grawn Hall)

Dow Corning Company and Foundation

2012 – CMED Saginaw facility

2008 – Center EHS GEMS (Great Mathematical and Scientific Explorations)

1987- Dow Corning CBA Executive in Residence – to promote executive involvement in CMU’s CBA program

HH and GA Dow Foundation

2014 – Received the CMU Foundation Past Partners Award

2015 – STEM Teaching and Learning Endowment – ​​for use in the GLB region to maximize STEM engagement and enrichment opportunities for middle school educators, students and their families.

2014 – Funding for HP’s multi-specialty mobile health clinic

2000 – Appointed Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions Building

2000 – Aid for the transition from public broadcasting to digital television

2000 – Robert and Marjorie Griffin Endowed Chair of the US Government

1987 – Donated to the Dow Science Complex Stock Program

1986 – Donated at Brooks Hall Renovation

Alden and Vada Dow Fund

· Regular contributor to the Michigan Story Festival (2004-2008)

Contribution to CMU public radio (1998-2003)

Northwood University in Midland

“Northwood University and Dow Inc. have had a wonderful partnership since Northwood’s early days in Midland,” said Justin Marshall, Vice President of Advancement and Business Development. “From there, the relationship has only grown to benefit campus growth by supporting STEM, college, and community scholarships and programs, as well as recognizing local and national leaders through of our Distinguished Women and Outstanding Business Leader celebrations.”

Dow is a global materials science company with 2021 revenue of $55 billion, operates 104 manufacturing sites in 31 countries, and employs approximately 35,700 people.

The company was founded in Midland in 1897 by Herbert Henry Dow, who was born in 1866 and died in 1930.

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