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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Veldheer helps save Hillsdale Marine Bio program

Hillsdale Collegian, January 27, 2011

Oakland Raider tackle Jared Veldheer ‘10 donated an undisclosed amount of money to the Marine Biology program, allowing the program to buy a new 22-foot tri-hull pontoon and a 2004 Mercury motor.

For Program Director and Associate Professor of Biology Anthony Swinehart, Veldheer's contribution not only helped the program but ensured its survival at Hillsdale for years to come.

"It's a lifesaver for the program," Swinehart said.

Veldheer, who was the 69th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft and a regular starter for the Raiders, said he always intended to give back to the college, but he wanted to get through camp, make the team and settle in before he donated money.

"He mentioned something about it as a student, and he followed through — and I respect that," Swinehart said.

Veldheer said he chose the Marine Biology program because of an appreciation for the experiences he had with the program doing research in the Florida Keys.

"It's a lot different from any other class because of the awesome environment and the relationships you form," Veldheer said. "Getting to work in the marine environment every day, it's a very cool thing."

Veldheer said it is Swinehart's dedication to the program that makes it such a great experience.

"He works so hard down there and does so much," Veldheer said. "He has his students in mind with every decision he makes."

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