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WVUT receives $596,000 USDA grant

VU increases tuition 3.75 percent

VINCENNES, IND. – Vincennes University and WVUT-TV are the recipients of a

federal grant totaling $596,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The grant is from the USDA’s 2009 Public Television Digital Transition

Grant Program.

The two-year grant will allow WVUT-TV22 (PBS) to complete the transition

from an analog to a digital television station. The federal funding will

be used to purchase studio cameras and other digital production equipment

necessary for acquiring and editing digital content. This will allow the

station to broadcast local and national programming in both standard

digital definition (DTV) and high-definition (HDTV).

“This will allow WVUT to complete short-term and long-term goals

desperately needed to serve the public with high-quality digital television

local, regional, and statewide programming. It will also allow VU

Broadcasting students, who work with the WVUT-TV staff on productions, to

gain knowledge in the aspects of high-definition TV production,” said Al

Rerko, general manager of WVUT and associate professor of Broadcasting.

WVUT provides emergency information, political coverage, high quality

national programming, and award-winning local programming. The broadcast

signal serves viewers in Knox, Daviess, Pike, Martin, Gibson, Sullivan,

Greene, Dubois, and Warrick counties in Indiana and in Lawrence, Crawford,

Wabash, Edwards, Jasper, and Richland counties in Illinois. According to

the FCC, WVUT reaches 270,000 viewers over 11,600 square kilometers.

“This grant award marks a significant milestone in the station’s 41-year

history,” said VU President Dick Helton. “WVUT was the first public TV

station in Indiana and was the first public television station in the state

to broadcast a high-definition television signal. This grant will ensure

that WVUT continues to serve regional viewers with the high-quality

programming they have always received from VU.”

WVUT is a non-commercial educational broadcast station owned and operated

by VU. WVUT is the only public television station in Indiana that is part

of a postsecondary program where students are able to learn and refine

their broadcasting skills in a hands-on, real-world production environment.

VINCENNES UNIVERSITY – Indiana’s First College

VU is state-supported with campuses in Vincennes and Jasper and additional

sites such as the Indianapolis International Airport. VU also offers

instruction at military sites throughout the nation. In addition to

offering 200 associate degree and certificate programs, VU also offers

bachelor’s degree programs in technology, homeland security, nursing, and

secondary education programs in mathematics, science, and special

education.

VU enrolls students from throughout Indiana, 26 other states, and 37

foreign countries. Tuition and fees are the lowest among Indiana campuses

with residence halls. VU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Founded in 1801, VU is Indiana’s first college and is the only college in

the nation founded by an individual who would later become President of the

United States. William Henry Harrison, the ninth U.S. President, founded

VU while serving as governor of the Indiana Territory. More information is

available at www.vinu.edu.

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