Campus: Sonoma State -- February 15, 2006
SSU Receives State Farm Grants
Sonoma State University has received grants in the amount of $91,337
from the State Farm Companies Foundation to support students with
disabilities with innovative technologies and fund a service-learning
program that assists students in after-school programs in southwest
The monies will also be used by the School of Business and Economics
and the School of Education for information technology equipment needed
for the delivery of professional and educational programs at SSU.
"State Farm has enjoyed a tremendous working partnership with Sonoma
State University for several decades," says State Farm Vice President
of Operations Shirley Gordon. "We have watched SSU grow and prosper
over the years and our ability to philanthropically assist with their
educational programs makes for an excellent business partnership."
For students with disabilities, the Rolling AsTech program is designed
to suit the technological needs of a growing population of on students
on the Sonoma State campus. While the majority of SSU students are able
to use the campus's standard computer labs and workstations, students
with disabilities often cannot, due to physical limitations or
Through the $46,641 grant from State Farm Companies Foundation, twelve
new mobile workstations with assistive technology will be able to be
purchased. In addition to new laptops, the new Rolling AsTech workstations
include software which magnifies text for those with visual disabilities,
continuous speech software which allows the user to dictate text and
software which literally "talks" the user through their computing experience.
Funds amounting to $44,696 for service learning support of the COOL
Service program - a partnership between State Farm and the California
Institute on Human Services at Sonoma State University - involves
college students and local teachers in projects that benefit hundreds
The COOL Service program actively involves 900 students from seven
low-performing elementary schools and one low-performing middle school
in southwest Santa Rosa in a comprehensive year of service-learning,
benefiting their community and augmenting their academic curriculum. The
goal of the program is to instill a lifelong ethic of service while
encouraging academic and social progress.
Contact: Jean Wasp, Media Relations Coordinator, at (707) 664-2057.