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Meyerhoff Computer Classroom Dedicated on August 17

Aug. 31, 2010

James and Lisa Meyerhoff were the guests of honor on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 when the computer classroom that they funded was officially dedicated and opened in the Sid Richardson building. The classroom, located in SR 203, will now be known as the "Meyerhoff Computer Classroom".

Jim and Lisa Meyerhoff both graduated from Baylor with their Bachelor's degrees in 1978; Jim earned his degree in mathematics while Lisa obtained her degree in geology. In 1983, they both received their Master's degrees in geology from Baylor. In 1990, Lisa received her juris doctorate from South Texas College of Law.

Both Jim and Lisa have built distinctive and successful careers. After working as a geophysicist for Amoco, Maxus Exploration, and Noble Energy, Jim is now partner and Exploration Manager for Krescent Energy in Houston. Lisa is a partner with Baker & McKenzie LLP in Houston.

James & Lisa Meyerhoff
Jim and Lisa Meyerhoff

Meyerhoff Computer Classroom
The Meyerhoff Computer Classroom

After a few opening words by Lance Littlejohn, Chair of the Department of Mathematics, Dr. Lee Nordt, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, thanked the Meyerhoffs for their dedication to Baylor and for their generous donation to the mathematics department.

Dean Nordt-Meyerhoff Dedication
Dean Nordt thanking the Meyerhoffs

The Meyerhoff computer classroom has 30 student computers and an instructor computer station. The computer desks, made by Computer Comforts in Kemah, Texas, is unique in the sense that the computer monitors can be stored beneath the surface of the desk. Each of the computers is formatted with the latest software that will be used in mathematics classes to teach calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, numerical analysis, and mathematics education.

Jim & Lisa Meyerhoff with Lance Littlejohn
Jim and Lisa officially opening the computer classroom

"The Meyerhoff Computer Classroom is an important and necessary step in the department's continuing growth. The computers are equipped with the latest mathematical software that will help students better understand geometric shapes and aid in their understanding of various mathematical concepts. This classroom will also allow us to offer more graduate courses in numerical analysis and computational mathematics for our own graduate students as well as graduate students from other programs who take our classes", says Lance Littlejohn.

Dean Nordt, the Meyerhoffs, Lance Littlejohn
Dean Nordt, Jim and Lisa Meyerhoff, Lance Littlejohn

"Education in America is what it is today because so many people have given back to institutions of higher learning such as Baylor," said Jim Meyerhoff. "Because God has blessed Baylor alumni with great educations and the resources to give back to Baylor, it is important that they continue the tradition of helping current and future Baylor students obtain quality educations in a Christian environment."

Demonstration
Demonstrating the new technology with Shelley Brooks

Faculty Discussions
Baxter Johns, Cherry Professor Edward Burger, Ed Oxford, and Gene Tidmore

Signage outside SR 203
New signage outside of SR 203

For further information, please see the recent Baylor news article .