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Tuesday, October 20, 1998
Houston, Texas
Volume 64, Issue 41


Affirmative Action Rally

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About the Cougar

Gift to help UH minority engineering students

By Miriam Garcia
Daily Cougar Staff

  Thanks to a $40,000 donation from the Arco Pipe Line Co., students in UH's Program for Mastery in Engineering Studies will find problem-solving a little easier.

 The Cullen College of Engineering will use the Arco funds primarily to design intensive team-based problem-solving workshops for engineering students, according to Gerhard Paskusz, director of PROMES.

 The program provides workshops, tutoring, mentors, scholarships, plant visitations and internships for its students. It allows for approximately 300 participants a year and accepts applications semesterly.

 PROMES also works closely with the National Association of Black Engineers, the Society for Women Engineers and Mexican-American Engineers and Scientists.

 "PROMES is very popular for its academic excellence workshops," Paskusz said. 

 Paskusz attributed the strong academic performance of PROMES' students the number of students on the dean's list and the high overall GPA to the training the workshops provide.

 Arco, an oil and gas company based in California, has been the first and longest supporter of PROMES according to Vita Como, senior director of development at the College of Engineering.

 "The contribution shows support of talented minority students," said Russell Sakaguchi, executive director of the Arco Foundation.

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