MAILED: Oct. 5, 2001
EAU CLAIRE — Cargill Inc. has
donated $35,000 to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation to update
the Cargill Technology Center in the university’s College of Business.
The gift, along with a dollar-for-dollar matching
technology grant from the UW System, will be used to expand the center from 24
to 32 workstations and to upgrade all workstations to include the latest
state-of-the-art microcomputer processors, said James LaBarre, management
information systems department chair. The upgrade will enable College of
Business faculty to use GroupSystems Decision Support and other software
programs in more courses, he added.
“The students enrolled in the College of Business will
benefit greatly as a result of this contribution,” LaBarre said.
Cargill gave the lead gift for the creation of the
technology center, completed in 1999 to help UW-Eau Claire business students
hone problem-solving, decision-making, communication and teamwork skills with
the support of the latest groupware and application development tools. Students
use the center for activities such as business case analysis, survey designs,
focus group research, class presentations, new business idea generation,
collaborative writing, business planning and systems development.
The recent $35,000 gift includes a contribution from
Cargill’s information technology department and a matching grant from the
Cargill Citizenship Committee, said Todd Schnobrich, director of information
technology for Cargill Steel. “Having made the original commitment to the
university to establish the lab, Cargill wished to refresh the technology to
both ensure the lab continues to meet the needs of the students and to continue
our ongoing commitment,” he said.
The upgrading of the Cargill Technology Center will be
beneficial to both UW-Eau Claire students and to Cargill. “UW-Eau Claire continues
to be a premier university among Cargill’s core recruiting schools for
information technology graduates,” Schnobrich said. “Investing in UW-Eau
Claire’s use of the latest technology clearly benefits Cargill and the
Cargill, headquartered in Minneapolis, is an
international marketer, processor and distributor of agricultural, food,
financial and industrial products with nearly 90,000 employees in 57 countries.
The company provides distinctive customer solutions in supply chain management,
food applications and health and nutrition.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Oct. 5, 2001