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January 13, 2011

Sterlington company bestows $10,500 gift on ULM departments

Officials with Angus Chemical, a subsidiary of Dow Chemical Co. in Sterlington, made a $10,500 donation to benefit areas within the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

The Department of Chemistry received $5,000 for student recruitment and public education on top of a $4,000 check already received from Angus, represented at the Wednesday, Jan. 12th, check presentation by Angus Site Leader Ernest Green, Joyce Priest and Gina Murrah. The Museum of Natural History received $1,500 for the purchase of a mammoth skull, which will be a new display in the museum.

"We will use the funding to get the word out that chemistry is a vital science," said Interim Department Head of Chemistry Richard Thurlkill. "One of the concerns within the chemical industry is that in the next 20 or so years there is expected to be a massive shortage of available engineers and scientists. Angus, through their donation, is helping us curb that shortage."

Green agreed, saying, "ULM is important for our industry. What you are teaching here affects us, so thank you."

"These business partnerships are especially important to the university, particularly given the compressed budget situation we are facing," said ULM President Nick J. Bruno. "They allow us to continue the great work all of our departments are doing. Thank you so much."

College of Arts and Sciences Dean Jeffrey Cass thanked professors at the Wednesday check ceremony for their hard work, especially Dr. Gary Stringer and Dennis Bell for their contributions to the ULM Museum of Natural History, and Dr. Thurlkill of the Chemistry Department, as well as Dr. Ronald Berry, College of Business Administration dean, and Dr. Bennie Blaylock, College of Pharmacy interim dean, for their moral support.

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