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Wednesday, Mar 19 2014 07:35 PM

CSUB to celebrate largest corporate donation

BY LAUREN FOREMAN Californian staff writer lforeman@bakersfield.com

Cal State Bakersfield revealed Wednesday that the more than $2 million it received from Chevron Corp. energy donations last year comprised the largest yearly contribution from a corporate donor in the university's history.

Irma Cervantes, a CSUB spokeswoman, said the school received the funding in three allotments last year. An official announcement is planned for Friday.

She said the largest portion of the money -- $1 million -- will fund equipment purchases for the engineering department and create the region's first bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering. Another $150,000 will pay for tutoring and advising at the Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering Student Center.

The remaining money will support geology and research dual enrollment programs, and offerings benefiting high school students: about $500,000 for the Research Experience Vitalizing Science University Program (REVS-UP); $260,000 for the CSUB-Chevron High School Academy; and $180,000 for a geological dual credit program.

Adam Alvidrez, a spokesman for Chevron, lauded the new petroleum engineering concentration at the school. But he pointed out that Chevron's investment is not only at CSUB but the entire community as well, and more than just a monetary one.

He said company volunteers completed more than 7,700 hours of community service last year.

"Our employees care about the kids," Alvidrez said.

CSUB and Chevron officials will formally announce the gift at a press conference Friday in the Dezember Reading Room of the Walter W. Stiern Library.

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