CSU Long Beach -- November 10, 2003

Boeing Company Donates $100,000 to Cal State Long Beach

In its largest donation to a single university in California this year, The Boeing Company has donated $100,000 to California State University, Long Beach to fund a wide variety of activities--including curriculum development, faculty and student research grants, and scholarships to support students and research--within five of the campus' seven colleges.

"Cal State Long Beach is fortunate to have such a strong corporate supporter in The Boeing Company, and we are truly appreciative," said Robert C. Maxson, president of Cal State Long Beach. "Their investment in this university reaches many different facets of our campus, and their continuous support is testimony to the success and diligent efforts of those who work for and graduate from this institution."

The Boeing Company is making the contributions to Cal State Long Beach in honor of Steve and Nini Horn in recognition of their years of service to the university and to the nation. Horn served as president of CSULB from 1970 to 1988 and remained as a trustee professor of political science at the university from 1988 to 1992. Elected to the U.S. Congress in 1992, he served as a representative of the greater Long Beach area for 10 years until his retirement earlier this year.

"Our goal as a corporate citizen is to make our community a better place. I can think of no more effective way to do so than supporting this university," said Howard Chambers, vice president and general manager of U.S. Air Force Airlift and Tanker Programs for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. "Cal State Long Beach has become our 'University of Choice.'"

The College of Engineering received $30,500, which will be used to fund two scholarships in support of a research grant to investigate large materials handling, two other scholarships in support of a drilling and fastening study, $9,000 in additional scholarships and $1,500 to support student societies.

The College of Business Administration was presented with $19,000 in funds, $12,000 of which will go toward faculty and graduate student research grants. Another $6,000 will go toward mentoring business scholarships, and the remaining funds will support student societies.

The College of Liberal Arts will apply the majority of its $16,500 toward a curriculum development project within the Psychology Department. Members of the human factors faculty are involved in a joint project with Boeing and NASA Ames Research Lab, and they will use $12,500 in funds to develop a course module titled "Simulation Methodologies in UAV/ATM Research." The remaining $4,000 will be used for scholarship support to train human factors specialists in UAV/ATM topics.

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 part-nering 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.

In addition, the Carpenter Performing Arts Center was awarded $10,000 for its Classroom Connections, an arts and educational outreach program designed to offer children in grades K-12 hands-on training in theater arts. The program is free to the schools and includes live performances, lectures, demon-strations and other types of classroom visits.

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.


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