HAYS, KS -- SBC Kansas President David Kerr presented Fort Hays State University with a check for $1,450 on April 14, the result of contributions from FHSU alumni who are current or retired employees of SBC and the company match.
The check was presented to President Edward Hammond during a lunch with Information Networking and Telecommunications Department representatives. President Hammond was grateful to receive the check and was happy to have the support of SBC.
Both Hammond and Kerr spoke about the many FHSU alumni who work for SBC.
" SBC has been a supporter of FHSU for a very long time, and a strong supporter to FHSU's INT Department. They recognize the value of higher education and that FHSU is a leader of technology in colleges and virtual learning," said Kevin Shaffer, assistant professor of INT, who attended the lunch.
SBC matches employee contributions for certain programs.
According to Ruth Heffel, director of planned giving for the FHSU Endowment Association, corporations will often match educational contributions by employees.
" This past year, over 100 companies participated in donating matching gift contributions, matching monetary gifts from their employees," said Heffel.
FHSU also has an endowed SBC scholarship for INT students. Recipients of these scholarships attended the lunch hosted by Hammond. "The SBC Kansas president was excited to meet the SBC scholarship recipients, and he thanked the students for their hard work," said Shaffer.
In addition to presenting the check, Kerr also spoke to an INT class and answered student questions about SBC and the industry.
" The industry is constantly changing, and now with us being in the 'broadband age,' there are many questions that students have and he was able to answer," said Shaffer.