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Cargill Donates $35,000 for Update
of Cargill Technology Center
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 university.”
         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.

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Updated: Oct. 5, 2001