State Farm gives CSUB $250,000 for advanced computer lab

May 19, 2008
CONTACT:
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu
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Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there. Earlier today State Farm was there for students at California State University, Bakersfield with a $250,000 gift commitment for an advanced computer lab. Kevin Stockton, State Farm vice president of operations, made the donation official with the presentation of a check during a special event.

State Farm is purchasing 33 high-level Sun Microsystems workstations that will allow for upper division classes in networking, operational systems, artificial intelligence and graphics. The lab will be located in the university's new science building.

"Partnerships, like we have with State Farm, are beneficial to our students and our community," said Beverly Byl, CSUB vice president for advancement, "The students working in the new lab are doing their final preparations before entering the work force. These advanced computers will power our graduates to become powerful employees in our community."

The new lab will enable the university to expand computer science offerings, including new electives. One such course, Advanced Operating Systems, will expose students to upgraded learning tools that are closely aligned to systems used by industry leaders.

"We'll be tracking the impact of the new courses and expect to see our students improving in the areas of architecture, operating systems and networks," said Jim Moloney, computer science professor. "The resources the advanced lab offers will give our students a boost educationally and professionally."

State Farm Insurance is a long-time good neighbor of CSUB, with previous gifts to support teaching and development programs.

"Business and education are natural partners," Stockton added. "An educated work force is the foundation of a growing economy and essential to the prosperity of businesses and our community. We are proud to be in partnership with CSUB."

The equipment for the advanced computer lab will be installed this summer and ready for student use by fall.

For more information, contact Byl at (661) 654-2137.