ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) and Texas Tech University recently announced
a $1 million gift from ConocoPhillips to establish a student recruitment
and support center in the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering.
Texas Tech Chancellor Kent Hance and Dean of Engineering Al Sacco accept a $1 million check from Tom Mathiasmeier, ConocoPhillips president, North America Gas & Power. (Photo: Business Wire)
The new center will be named the ConocoPhillips Center for Engineering
Enrichment and Diversity for a period of five years in recognition of
the company's contribution.
Located in the Engineering Center building, the ConocoPhillips Center
for Engineering Enrichment and Diversity will enhance recruiting efforts
among historically underrepresented groups and serve as a central
location for student academic support services within the Whitacre
College of Engineering. The center will also unite existing programs to
better serve current and prospective engineering students at Texas Tech
in support of the college's goal to increase student diversity over the
next five years.
The center will house the ConocoPhillips Bridge Program, which provides
academic skills training, tutoring, peer mentoring and other academic
support services for incoming freshmen engineering students, as well as
the ConocoPhillips Diversity Lecture Series, which provides semiannual
lectures on diversity and inclusivity in the workplace.
"We are truly grateful for the continued generosity of ConocoPhillips,"
said Chancellor Kent Hance. "They have been geat corporate partners
over the years, and this $1 million gift will further Texas Tech's
commitment to providing the top services and resources for our
engineering students to succeed."
The center will also support a number of existing student diversity
programs within the Whitacre College of Engineering, including the
Figuerora Family Enrichment Program, the Joella Childress Carlyon
Phoenix Program and the college's tutoring programs. It also will
support and coordinate activities for the college's alliance of student
diversity organizations, providing guest lectures, internship
opportunities and other activities for student members.
"Our industry's future success depends on a highly talented, innovative,
diverse and technical workforce," said Tom Mathiasmeier, ConocoPhillips
president, North America Gas & Power, and Texas Tech alumnus. "We're
pleased to continue our longstanding commitment to the Texas Tech
engineering program by establishing the ConocoPhillips Center for
Engineering Enrichment and Diversity. Diversity and inclusion is a
priority for us at ConocoPhillips and we're proud to be able to extend
this important initiative to the engineering students at Texas Tech."
To help increase enrollments of underrepresented groups in engineering
programs, the ConocoPhillips Center for Engineering Enrichment and
Diversity will expand the college's recruiting efforts in diverse Texas
school districts. Select high school students from these districts will
be invited to visit the Texas Tech campus in Lubbock to experience
college life firsthand, with travel costs provided by the center.
The center will also invite guidance counselors and advisers from select
school districts to visit Texas Tech for the ConocoPhillips Engineering
Weekend Showcase, a two-day campus event highlighting the Whitacre
College of Engineering and the student diversity and support programs
available through the ConocoPhillips Center for Engineering Enrichment
"The ConocoPhillips gift will allow us to help all students be
successful in engineering," said Al Sacco Jr., dean of the Whitacre
College of Engineering. "Our students often drop out of the science,
technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, fields because they
did not receive the correct background in high school for the rigors of
such fields. This center will allow us to provide the help needed to
fill in those gaps and keep good students on track for a successful
career in engineering."
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ConocoPhillips is the world's largest independent E&P company based on
production and proved reserves. Headquartered in Houston, Texas,
ConocoPhillips had operations and activities in 27 countries, $54
billion in annual revenue, $118 billion of total assets, and
approximately 18,400 employees as of Dec. 31, 2013. Production from
continuing operations averaged 1,502 MBOED in 2013, and preliminary
proved reserves were 8.9 billion BOE as of Dec. 31, 2013. For more
information, go to www.conocophillips.com.
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