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SBC Foundation Funds Distance-Learning Technology

A $900,000 gift from the SBC Foundation, which was announced on April 26, will provide the technology for state-of-the-art distance-learning capabilities at the Haas School. The SBC gift provides Haas with a fully equipped distance-learning classroom, allowing the school to leverage its faculty and expertise, extend its educational outreach, and strengthen corporate relationships.

"At SBC Pacific Bell, we believe that improving education and strengthening the economic vitality of our communities is crucial," said Lora Watts, president of external affairs at SBC Pacific Bell. "We are very proud to be able to provide this technology grant to the Haas School." The new distance-learning classroom will allow Haas to offer business education to students within the UC System, as well as executive education to business professionals in California and around the world. Through its Center for Executive Development, the school is planning to expand its lifelong educational opportunities to business professionals and to its 30,000 alumni worldwide.

"A state-of-the-art distance-learning classroom offers tremendous opportunities to reach a wider audience for our programs," said Benjamin E. Hermalin, interim dean. "Being part of one of the greatest universities in the world, the Haas School will soon have the bandwidth to explore new prospects in sharing its resources in management research and education thanks to the SBC Foundation's generous gift." Another potential use of this classroom is the expansion of the Young Entrepreneurs at Haas (YEAH) program, which teaches business, economics, and entrepreneurship, and offers college preparation skills to underserved middle school and high school students in the San Francisco Bay Area.

SBC and the Haas School have a long-standing partnership. For many years, SBC and its affiliates have helped support telecommunications research at the business school and have provided student scholarships and job opportunities to its students.

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Lora Watts, president of external affairs at SBC Pacific Bell
Lora Watts, president of external affairs at SBC Pacific Bell, spoke on the importance of educational outreach and strengthening communities at a press conference at Haas announcing SBC's gift to the school.
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