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Professorship opens doors for cardiology research

Hopkins Pulse Magazine | News for Friends of the Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute Edward St. John, founder and chairman of St. John Properties, Inc., one of the Mid-Atlantic region’s largest and most successful privately held commercial real estate firms, always had a lower-than-average heart rate at 50 beats per minute. It could even drop to as low as 40 beats per minute with concentration. So when his resting heart rate began to periodically double, he took note. “When I turned 70, of course you get birthday cards,” he says, “but my ‘present’ was Atrial...

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Edward St. John Foundation Awards $50K Grant to Maryland Blended Reality Center

University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies A noted Baltimore philanthropic organization has awarded a $50,000 grant to the Maryland Blended Reality Center (MBRC) in support of using new immersive technologies for education, humanitarian purposes and social change. The grant from the Edward St. John Foundation supports MBRC’s development of innovative devices and education modules that use virtual and augmented reality. These immersive tools—which combine high-end computer graphics with intuitive user interfaces—are already being prototyped and tested by...

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Active-Learning Buildings Showcase New Teaching Philosophies

Chris Hayhurst  |  Ed Tech Magazine Colleges elevate active learning with major building and technology investments.   Assistant Director of Academic Facilities Hilary Gossett (Left) says collaboration was key to the design of the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center at the University of Maryland, College Park. A new building at the University of Maryland, College Park has students and faculty alike turning their heads. The Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center, set like a jewel at the heart of campus, is a stunning work of brick and marble from the...

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Did You Hear? Maryland Developer Builds Collaborative Learning at Alma Mater

Tony Wilbert  |  CoStar Maryland developer Edward St. John has developed tens of millions of square feet of commercial space, but it's an education building at his alma mater that holds a special place in his heart. The 187,000-square-foot Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center at the University of Maryland opened in 2017, and St. John takes pride when he sees what it's become. “It’s wonderful to walk through the building and to see students in every part of the building – in the classrooms, in the individual 'huddle' conference rooms, throughout the hallways and...

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Central Elementary gets $1 million donation for space center

Braley Dodson  | Daily Herald The $1 displayed on the cutout of the spaceship wasn’t impressing the students of Central Elementary School in Pleasant Grove. Neither was the $10 revealed when another cover was pulled to show the next number in the donation. And then the next zero was uncovered, and the next, and the next, until the spaceship revealed the final $1 million and students launched into eruptive yelling in celebration. The $1 million commitment from the Edward St. John Foundation toward the rebuild of the Christa McAuliffe Space Center at Central Elementary School is...

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Alpine embarks on new mission to rebuild space center

Deseret News  |  Utah PLEASANT GROVE — A captain and her team confront totalitarian leaders and weigh whether to grant asylum to interstellar refugees as they work to repair their spaceship. Then they go outside for recess. The simulation based in a Pleasant Grove elementary school draws on more than just astronomy. At the Christa McAuliffe Space Center, in four rooms converted into spacecrafts, students face social issues, learn teamwork and grapple with the notion that their mission, however noble, may fail. "They get to see how they are a part of the whole, and I think...

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Edward St. John Foundation Pledges $1,000,000 to Alpine School District Toward Construction of a New Space Center at Central Elementary School

PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (December 17, 2018) -- Today, the Edward St. John Foundation and Alpine School District (ASD) announced a $1 million commitment from the Edward St. John Foundation toward the construction of a state of the art Space Center and Planetarium in Utah Valley. The new facility will be located on the Central Elementary School Campus in Pleasant Grove and represents the priority project for ASD. The new Space Center is set to break ground in March 2019 on the Central Elementary School campus in Pleasant Grove, with completion expected in the Fall of 2020. The Center will...

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Sharon Akers Promoted to President of the Edward St. John Foundation

The Edward St John Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce that Sharon Akers has been promoted to the position of President for the Foundation. Ms. Akers has served as the Foundation’s Executive Director since 2007. In her new role, she will oversee the direction and long-term vision of the Foundation. Formed in 1998 by Edward St. John, the Foundation is dedicated to supporting and assisting formal education programs through the high school level. Since its formation, the Edward St. John Foundation has contributed, pledged and gifted more than $60 million to approximately 350 various...

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St. John Properties, Inc. Named NAIOP 2018 Developer of the Year

NAIOP  |  News Baltimore-based commercial real estate developer honored for industry innovation NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, has selected St. John Properties, Inc., headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, as the 2018 Developer of the Year – the association’s highest honor. St. John Properties is a commercial real estate developer and owner with 19 million square feet of Class “A” commercial office, flex/R&D, retail and warehouse space, as well as more than 2,500 residential units. By the end of 2019, the company portfolio will expand to...

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Baltimore Sun’s 2018 Business and Civic Hall of Fame honoree: Edward St. John

The Baltimore Sun  |  Editorial Board When Edward St. John was about to finish college, his mother gave him an ultimatum: Come home to run the business his late father built, or she would sell. That wasn’t what Mr. St. John had in mind. He had studied electrical engineering at the University of Maryland because he wanted to be a test pilot, and he knew that was the surest way to accomplish it. But he hashed things out with some fraternity brothers over a few beers, and he decided to take over the company. Much as he might joke about whether the Air Force might have been the...