Friday, June 6, 2008

EMBARQ Donates Computer Equipment Valued at $500,000 to FAMU to use for Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering Program

EMBARQ made a significant donation of reclaimed and repurposed computer equipment valued at more than $500,000 to Florida A&M University’s electronic engineering technology program. The donation includes PCs, monitors, and various network equipment for use in the University's engineering lab.

Makola Abdullah, dean of FAMU’s College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture (CESTA), expressed the importance of the donation.

“This is not a donation,” said Abdullah. “This is an investment in FAMU. Our students will now be trained using some of the latest technology.”

Archie Wesley, director of EMBARQ’s workplace technology and sciences, stated that EMBARQ will definitely continue their partnership with FAMU.

“This donation is just a stepping stone to a long partnership,” said Wesley.

“This donation at Florida A&M University follows EMBARQ’s company-wide Green plan to reclaim and repurpose our assets,” said Vercie Lark, vice president of Infrastructure Services at EMBARQ. “We are committed to helping the communities that we serve and this is just one of the ways that we can do that.”

FAMU's engineering technology program also has an association with the non-profit organization AMIE (Advancing Minorities' Interest in Engineering); an organization that EMBARQ also supports.

Photo caption: (left to right) Derrick Blathers, network engineer for EMBARQ and a FAMU alum; G. Thomas Bellarmine, program coordinator for FAMU’s electronic engineering technology program; Makola Abdullah, dean for FAMU’s CESTA; Lou Carrion, chief diversity officer for EMBARQ; Vercie Lark, vice president for infrastructure services for EMBARQ; and Archie Wesley, director for workplace technology and sciences for EMBARQ take moment for a photo after EMBARQ announced its donation to FAMU.

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