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CIBA HONORED FOR COMMITMENT TO EDUCATION

 ARDSLEY, N.Y., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The state of New York has notified Ciba that it has won two of five business awards for outstanding contribution to the advancement of vocational education. The awards will be presented to Ciba on Friday, Feb. 5, at ceremonies in Albany.
 Ciba was nominated by the Yonkers School and Business Alliance (SABA) for Ciba's Mentorship Program, established in 1988 at its corporate headquarters, to provide at-risk students with practical business experience. Ciba plans eventually to expand the program to some of its 34 sites around the United States.
 Lee Bloom, Yonkers SABA coordinator, said, "Ciba's nine-week Mentorship Program is the cornerstone around which our Yonkers program has been developed, and is often cited throughout New York state as a model, school/business partnership."
 Richard Barth, Ciba's chairman, president and CEO, said, "Ciba is honored to receive these awards because they highlight our Vision 2000 philosophy and commitment to community service. We look forward to build on this achievement, as the Mentorship Program is just one of our many educational initiatives."
 Vision 2000 is Ciba's corporate philosophy of balancing economic, social, and environmental responsibilities for a productive future.
 Betseyjune Bennett, manager of corporate relations services at Ciba, will be recognized for making an outstanding individual contribution to advance vocational education. She served as coordinator of the Mentorship Program. William Zeitler, corporate planning manager, will accept the business award on Ciba's behalf because of his work as a Program Mentor. During 1992, he served as mentor for two students, counseling them on career choices.
 Ciba, based in Ardsley and formerly known as Ciba-Geigy Corporation, is a leading developer and manufacturer of healthcare, agricultural, and industrial products. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ciba-Geigy Limited of Basel, Switzerland.
 SCIENCE EDUCATION AT CIBA
 Materials: Ciba sponsors Screen Report, a film series aimed at keeping students informed of the latest advancements in science. The films are distributed to approximately 25 school districts where Ciba facilities are located.
 Events: Since 1987, Ciba has sponsored the Natural Science Student Symposium at SUNY Purchase. The event gives students in the school's natural sciences division, the opportunity to present their senior theses before professors, secondary schoolteachers, as well as corporate and community members.
 Since 1985, Ciba has been participating in National Science and Technology Week with Westchester County elementary schools. Students visit Ciba's Ardsley campus to hear speakers and learn about the role science plays in their lives.
 Ciba observes National Chemistry Day with high school science students from Westchester, Rockland, and Suffolk counties. Students tour Ciba's research laboratories and interact with scientists. This event, sponsored by the American Chemical Society, teaches high school students the benefits of a career in chemistry.
 Awards: Since 1976, Ciba has sponsored the Ciba High School Science Awards. The purpose is to honor graduating seniors who have shown a special interest in science and encourage them to pursue careers in science. Seventy schools in Westchester and Rockland counties currently participate.
 Ciba sponsors the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Award for exemplary middle and high school teaching. Ciba also sponsors the Council for Elementary Science International (CESI) Award for outstanding elementary school teaching.
 Internships: Ciba has created summer internships that enable college students from Westchester County to work with Ciba scientists in its laboratories.
 Ciba has a high school summer intern program at the research facilities in Ardsley and Suffern.
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 /CONTACT: Eric Jackson of Ciba-Geigy Corporation, 914-479-4060/


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