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State Farm Donation Creates CBT Electronic Classrooms

May 3, 2000

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The final contribution of a $150,000 Centennial Campaign gift from the State Farm Companies Foundation has allowed the Western Illinois University College of Business and Technology (CBT) to develop an interactive electronic classroom in Stipes Hall, and will assist in the creation of another one in the near future.

According to CBT Dean David Beveridge, Stipes Hall 207 features full audio and video capabilities. Beveridge said the facility will be demonstrated to State Farm representatives Thursday through a live discussion via video teleconferencing with persons at the WIU Regional Center in Moline. A plaque recognizing State Farm’s contributions will also be unveiled.

"This technology will further enable us to prepare our students for an ever changing workplace. We are grateful for State Farm’s continuing support of the college and the University," said Beveridge.

More than 100 Western graduates work for State Farm in areas such as systems technology, claims, and underwriting and makes the company one of WIU's largest employers.

"The State Farm Companies Foundation is pleased to support Western Illinois University's enhancements for the College of Business and Technology," said Michael Matlock of the State Farm Companies Executive Office. "We're proud to assist WIU as they continue to develop programs that reach a variety of students interested in becoming highly- skilled business and technology professionals."

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