Campus: CSU Long Beach -- November 25, 2002

Boeing Donation Benefits 4 Colleges at California State University, Long Beach

Four colleges at California State University, Long Beach are beneficiaries of a $90,000 grant from The Boeing Company. The grant funds a variety of activities in the colleges of the arts, business administration, engineering and natural sciences and mathematics.

"Cal State Long Beach appreciates the investment that Boeing continues to make at this university," said CSULB President Robert C. Maxson. "We are delighted that Boeing has provided funding for the arts, business and sciences as well as engineering. It is a strong statement about Boeing's commitment to many facets of our campus."

"Boeing is proud of its ongoing partnership with Cal State University, Long Beach," said Howard Chambers, vice president and general manager of U.S. Air Force Airlift and Tanker Programs for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. "When we invest in the university, we invest in our community. And because only two universities in the country provide more graduates to The Boeing Company, we're investing in our future when we give to 'The Beach.'"

Chambers further noted that this year's grants are "a thoughtful and interactive collection of pro-grams intended to provide research opportunities, advance knowledge and offer opportunities to students."

The College of Business Administration (CBA) received $28,500, part of which will be shared with the College of Engineering to design a business course module(s) for engineering majors that may include such topics as project financial analysis, international business, technology management and regulatory issues. Also, CBA will use the funds for faculty research in managing cultural diversity in the workplace, international business, or management of technology, textbook scholarships for participants in the Community Scholars Program and a challenge fund for student professional development.

In addition to the collaborative project with CBA, the College of Engineering's grant of $37,000 will go toward a material handling study for the wing structural component on the C-17, scholarships, a drilling study related to a chips recovery system and support of student engineering clubs.

The College of the Arts received $15,000 that will assist ArtsBridge, an outreach program that closes the gap in public school arts education by sending qualified university arts students into schools to teach art, the digital arts, dance, theatre, music, art history, world arts and cultures, photography and video. By partnering with the Long Beach Unified School District, the College of the Arts enables its students to gain valuable teaching experience and the elementary school students benefit from the exposure to a host of artistic disciplines to which they would otherwise have limited access.

The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics' grant of $9,000 will help to fund a merit-based research fellowship program in the Biological Sciences, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Geological Sciences, Mathematics and Physics/Astronomy departments. Titled the Boeing-CNSM Scholars Program, it will provide a stipend to each of the college's five M.S. degree-granting departments to support one or two advanced graduate students toward thesis research and preparation.

Boeing employees and executives are involved with Cal State Long Beach in a variety of ways such as serving on deans' advisory boards and the university's Board of Governors and as facilitators and trainers.

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