Campus: San José State University -- September 25, 2000

With SGI Support, New Animation Lab To Open at SJSU School of Art and Design

SGI (NYSE: SGI) and San José State University officials will join in opening a new animation lab in the School of Art and Design, made possible with a $300,000 gift from SGI. An open house took place on Monday, September 25, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Art Building, Room 222, on the university campus.

The support provided by SGI to make the SGI Animation Lab possible includes 15 Silicon Graphics® O2® computers, with accompanying tables and chairs, as well as $175,000 in cash from SGI for faculty-assigned time, program and technical support and the purchase of additional equipment and software.

"The SGI Animation Lab is the critical element that allows the SJSU Animation Program to provide its students, and students at partner schools, with the technical expertise and industry-level training so important in this exciting new art field," said Robert Milnes, director of SJSU's School of Art and Design.

Christie Hardwick-Vianson, SGI vice president for change management, said, "SGI believes it has a responsibility to the communities where its employees work and live. We gladly fulfill that responsibility through community partnerships, donations and volunteerism. We are especially proud of our relationship with SJSU and the animation lab. It allows us to link our high school program, an animation lab at Mt. Pleasant in San José, with a wonderful local university from which both SGI and SGI's customers recruit new employees."

Nationally recognized, SJSU's animation program is now in its fifth successful year. Coordinated by SJSU Art Professors Alice Carter and Courtney Granner, the program has received national coverage in Animation World, an Internet magazine, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Graduates of the program have gone on to exciting careers in animation with corporations such as Dreamworks, Industrial Light & Magic, Warner Brothers Feature Animation, Walt Disney Company and many others. The program involves partnerships with a number of other schools and corporations. The SGI partnership has enabled the digital portion of the program to flourish and to bring about the partnership with Mt. Pleasant High School.

About SGI

SGI provides a broad range of high-performance computing and advanced graphics solutions that enable customers to understand and conquer their toughest computing problems. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with offices worldwide, the company is located on the Web at

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