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BOEING GIVES WSU $7 MILLION TO BENEFIT ENGINEERING, EDUCATION; LARGEST GIFT IN WSU HISTORY

 SEATTLE, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) has pledged a five-year, $7-million gift to Washington State University (WSU) to advance engineering and education, company and university officials announced today.
 When the new gift is combined with other recent contributions, Boeing's current private support to WSU is $8.6 million.
 The donation, the largest private gift in WSU history, will benefit thousands of students enrolled at three of WSU's four campuses -- Pullman, Spokane and the Tri-Cities -- as well as public schools and industries working in partnership with the university.
 WSU will use the funds to attract and retain top professors, purchase modern teaching and research equipment, and support programs such as partnerships with Washington public schools. Academic programs benefitting are business, education, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, materials research and instruction, pharmacy, and the social and physical sciences.
 In discussing the contribution, Boeing Chairman Frank Shrontz said, "This is not just a gift to Washington State University, it's an investment in our nation's competitive future."
 At a news conference in Seattle announcing the gift, Boeing President Phil Condit today said, "Boeing believes that education should be everyone's business. This gift is an example of the kind of partnership that must exist between business and education to ensure that our young people receive a truly world-class education."
 WSU President Samuel H. Smith praised Boeing's corporate leadership in support of higher education.
 "Advances in education and engineering are keys to our nation's success in the global economy of the 21st century. Boeing's remarkable contribution will give WSU an important edge in serving students and helping the state of Washington," Smith said.
 "As Washington's land-grant university, WSU has educated students from around the state and contributed significantly to economic development through research and public service for more than 100 years," Smith said. "This pledge of major support from Boeing helps WSU continue its tradition of making a difference for this state."
 Institutionwide planning conducted during WSU's centennial celebration in 1989-90 identified the university's greatest opportunities for service, Smith said. Boeing's gift supports the university's identified priorities -- great teaching, research that benefits Washington and beyond, a special student experience, and increased access to education.
 "With the support of the WSU Foundation, the university is preparing for a major gift fund-raising effort. Boeing's gift is a tremendous boost to our planning," Smith said.
 At WSU's main campus in Pullman, the Boeing funds will:
 -- support distinguished professorships or endowed chairs in electrical engineering, software engineering, manufacturing, advanced materials, science/math education, government, environmental engineering, environmental sociology.
 -- provide modern teaching and research equipment as well as computer teaching laboratories in several disciplines, from business to the sciences.
 -- provide scholarships for students in the new Joint Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration Program, which allows students to earn both bachelor's and MBA degrees in five years.
 -- fund the WSU/Washington Schools Partnership Project bringing education professors and public school teachers together to improve school programs in areas such as science/math education, at-risk students and international/global education. The initial focus for new partnerships is on schools in Spokane, Tacoma, the Tri-Cities and Walla Walla.
 -- enhance the Science Mathematics Engineering Education Center and create the Boeing Symposium on the Environment.
 -- improve programs for undergraduate engineering students, especially women and minorities, and create graduate fellowships and scholarships in environmental sciences/regional planning.
 -- support activities by business faculty to add international dimensions to their teaching, research and service activities.
 -- enhance WSU's popular master's degree in engineering management which is offered to working engineers in WSU's three branch campus regions.
 At WSU's Spokane campus, the gift will initiate a professorship in pharmaceutical care for the College of Pharmacy's program there. The professor filling the post will contribute to instruction for the new approved Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree and the Master of Health Policy and Administration degree currently pending approval by the Higher Education Coordinating Board. The individual also would establish a research program to improve pharmaceutical care and contain health care costs.
 At WSU's campus in the Tri-Cities, the gift will provide instructional laboratory equipment for the undergraduate programs in electrical and mechanical engineering. In addition, Boeing's support for MESA, the Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement program for middle- and high-school students in the Tri-Cities/Yakima area, will increase during the five-year gift period.
 Boeing is already a WSU Benefactor through its previous gifts including the university's first endowed chair, a type of professorship with annual funding for graduate student assistants, research materials and other support to advance the professor's work. The Boeing Centennial Chair in Computer Engineering, created with a gift of $1 million, is filled by Cauligi S. Raghavendra, an expert in fault tolerant computing.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: The gift from Boeing will benefit students at WSU campuses in Pullman, Spokane and the Tri-Cities; school systems in places like Spokane, Tacoma, the Tri-Cities and Walla Walla; and Washington industries, among others. A follow-up briefing on the gift's impact with WSU college and campus deans via speaker telephone teleconference is planned for 3 p.m. today. You can participate at WSU Pullman (Todd Hall Room 570), WSU Spokane (17th floor of Farm Credit Banks Building), WSU Tri-Cities (Room West 203), WSU Vancouver (Office of the Dean) or at WSU West (in the Westin Building across from the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle)./
 /CONTACT: Barbara Petura or Mary Gresch of Washington State University, 509-335-3581; or Sherry Nebel of The Boeing Co., 206-655-6123/
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