Campus: CSU, Fullerton -- August 13, 2001

President's Scholars at Cal State Fullerton to Log on From . . . Anywhere

The President's Scholars at Cal State Fullerton will soon be going wireless, thanks to a gift from SMC Networks Inc. of Irvine. The gift of 100 local area network (LAN) cards will give wireless networking capability to the laptop computers used by the scholars.

"Students will be more productive with a wireless connection to the LAN because it won't be necessary to wait for an open Ethernet port," said James R. Mettler, assistant to the executive vice president and coordinator of the President's Scholars program.

As part of a partnership between Dell Computer Corp. and Titan Shops, all President's Scholars receive a Dell laptop computer and backpack. LAN cards and laptops will be presented to the 38 incoming freshman scholars at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, in the Academic Senate Chambers.

Launched in 1979, the President's Scholars program recognizes and attracts a distinguished group of academically accomplished students. This year marks the first time in the history of the program that the number of scholars exceeds 100. Scholars receive a full scholarship that covers all student fees for up to four years, a $750 annual stipend for textbooks, as well as the use of a wireless laptop computer. Scholars are granted automatic admission to the university Honors Program, priority registration and complimentary parking permits. They also have opportunities to attend special seminars and receptions and meet periodically with the university president.

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