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Exxon grants $11,000 to Hankamer, Law school

Nov. 18, 1997

Hollis Norton

Reporter for The Baylor Lariat

For the third straight year, the Baylor information systems department has received an $11,000 grant from the departmental grants department of Exxon USA.

Recipients of the grants were the Hankamer School of Business' general administrative budget, the departments of accounting and information systems and the Baylor School of Law.

'We are extremely grateful for Exxon's long-standing partnership with Baylor, which has enabled the information systems department to acquire much-needed software and computer-related equipment, as well as provide scholarships to deserving students, said Dr. G.W. Willis, chairman of the information systems department, in a press release to The Lariat.

Willis said the information systems department received about $3000, which was used to finance a scholarship and offset travel costs.

'We also used the money to supplement the cost of getting computer-based training on CD's for our ISY 1305 classes,' Willis said. The course is a requirement for all business majors.

Dr. Danny Hollingsworth, accounting department chairman, said the grant benefited both students and faculty associated with the department.

'The grant allowed us to subscribe to an international database, Lexis-Nexis. Students in the accounting program have access to the database, and we have implemented using the database into the students' work for their classes,' Hollingsworth said.

The grant also allowed one of the professors in the accounting department to present research at a conference.

'This was an effort for the advancement of knowledge; it allowed for presentation before the professors peers, it increased the academic view of scholarships and it showed what an excellent university Baylor is,' Hollingsworth said.

The accounting department received $4000 this year, and the department has also re-ceived grants from Exxon in the past.

Law school faculty also benefited from the grant, which helped to un-derwrite the cost of research assistants.

'The Exxon funds are applied by us to benefit the work of our faculty -- a faculty that has a track record of remarkable accomplishments made possible through this type of support,' said Law Dean Brad Toben in a press release to The Lariat.

About 90 colleges and universities across the country have received $1.6 million in funds.

Last year, Exxon contributed more than $23 million to educational institutions which offer degrees in fields from which the company recruits.

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