Baylor Receives $1 Million Software Gift

Oct. 14, 1997

by Alan Hunt

WACO, Texas - Sterling Software of Plano has donated $1 million worth of software and services to Baylor University. The grant is part of the University Program administered by Sterling's applications development division.

Dr. G.W. Willis and Dr. Jonathan Trower of Baylor's information systems department (ISY) led efforts to obtain the software for the university, said Mark Theel, president of the company's applications development division.

Willis serves as professor and chair of the ISY department, and Trower is an assistant professor of information systems and is the department's graduate coordinator.

The ISY department is one of the academic units of the Hankamer School of Business. Using advanced technology and proven teaching methods, the department prepares students to be leading information systems professionals in the 21st Century.

Together, Baylor's ISY department and Sterling Software will provide a "definite advantage" for Baylor business students, Willis said. He explained that the software gift will enable the department to use current sophisticated development tools to teach and reinforce the major concepts in data modeling, analysis and design.

"It's the students who will be the major beneficiaries of the gift since the skills they acquire through this technology will most certainly give them a competitive edge in the marketplace," he added.

Theel noted that Sterling Software is looking forward to partnering with Baylor in offering "leading-edge technologies to its students."

For more information, contact Willis at (254) 710-6199.

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