Baylor Receives $162,000 From Sbc Foundation

March 25, 1997

WACO, Texas -- Baylor University has received a grant from Southwestern Bell through its SBC Foundation for $162,000 for two education programs. Raul "Rudy" Reyna, president of the SBC Foundation, will present a check for the amount to Dr. Robert B. Sloan Jr., president of Baylor, at a luncheon at noon Wednesday, March 26, in the Loessin Room in the Bill Daniel Student Center.

"Virtual Village," a program developed by the School of Education, will receive $100,000 of the grant. The project will assist teachers in four area schools to expand their technology expertise in order to bring technology into the classroom. Technology staff development training will begin this spring and technology programs will be in place in schools this fall.

The "Virtual Village" project will collaborate with schools throughout the country which use systems-based software in the classroom said Dr. Betty Conaway, director of the project and chair and associate professor of curriculum and instruction in the School of Education. She also said Baylor teacher education students, in order to gain field experience, will assist in the participating local school classrooms.

The remaining $62,000 of the SBC Foundation grant will be used to fund Discovery Week for Engineering and Computer Science. This residential camp targets junior high school age girls who are interested in pursuing a career in engineering or computer science. The grant will fund a majority of the costs of the four five-day camps to be held this summer although participants will have to pay a $30 registration fee. The School of Computer Science and Engineering will recruit participants from the Waco area and cities throughout Texas.

For more information about the SBC Foundation donation, contact Tom Purdy, director of corporate development, at (817) 755-2561.

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