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Volume 71, Issue 147, Thursday, June 29, 2006


Donation to fund science building

Additions to Sugar Land campus to be named after donor

Cougar News Service

UH System at Sugar Land campus received a $150,000 pledge for use in the construction of tow new science facilities. 

Champion Technologies, Inc., a chemical company based in Houston, is behind the donation.

CTI, which bills itself as the world's largest privately owned oilfield chemical company, invested the money in the Sugar Land campus because of the educational services provided by UHSSL.

"Champion's support of the University of Houston System's project in Fort Bend County is much like a three-legged stool," John Johnson, CTI chairman of the executive committee, said in a release. "The first and second legs are the facts that the UH is a terrific resource for our communities, region and state and that Fort Bend County is as dynamic a place as there is to live work and play. The third leg is opportunities and possibly even a career in the sciences."

When the new facility opens, it will be shared by UHSSL and Wharton Community College. 

"We are truly grateful to CTI for recognizing the importance of partnerships between higher education and industry," UH-Victoria President Tim Hudson said in a release. The pledge will help fund the new $35 million building, which has enough room for about 2,500 students taking science-related courses. More than 50 classrooms, a performance hall, computer labs and science laboratories will be housed in the facility. Other facilities include a weight room and student lounge.

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