November 20, 2008

On November 20, 2008, ExxonMobil Development Company's Execution Planning Manager, Lloyd Guillory, and Facilities Engineering Supervisor, Brian Blades, presented the LSU Foundation with a check for departmental gifts in the amount of $97,000 from ExxonMobil. This gift supports initiatives within the LSU College of Engineering (CoE), College of Basic Sciences, E.J. Ourso College of Business, and LSU Career Services. It reflects the significance that LSU has had on workforce development for ExxonMobil.

“ExxonMobil has been a strong advocate in the Baton Rouge community,” said Jeff McLain, Vice President for Development of the LSU Foundation. “The LSU Foundation recognizes ExxonMobil as a valued partner and steadfast supporter of LSU, helping us transition into the first tier university we are today.”

The LSU College of Engineering’s portion of the funding was distributed to the following departments: chemical (ChE), mechanical (ME), petroleum (PETE), electrical/computer (ECE), civil/environmental (CEE), and diversity. Associate Dean of the undergraduate program Warren Waggenspack said, "We have enjoyed a great, long standing relationship with ExxonMobil. Del Dugas and her group continually participate in campus events, summer programs, and the ExxonMobil Scholars Program. We are also pleased that the ExxonMobil Scholars Program has been renewed for another five years." The Scholars Program is a $250,000 commitment from ExxonMobil that assists students in the Minority Engineering Program through scholarships and mentoring.

“Supporting higher education has always been a strong priority for ExxonMobil,” said Lloyd Guillory. “We are proud to provide this support to LSU which will help to enhance departments whose academic focus aligns with the workforce needs of ExxonMobil, including continued support to increase minority and female enrollment in the College of Engineering.”

Other departments that received funding from ExxonMobil included LSU Career Services, Geology & Geophysics and Computer Science in the College of Basic Sciences as well as Accounting, Business Administration, and ISDS in the E. J. Ourso College of Business.

“ExxonMobil's engineering and business recruiting efforts continue to grow. In fact, our Engineering program has grown from 52 interviews in 2004 to 100 plus in 2008,” said Guillory.

Mary Feduccia, Director of LSU Career Services, added, “We are delighted to see these numbers rise as a result of our mutual efforts.” ExxonMobil is part of the Star Employer Program, which was created to recognize and thank those employers who make significant contributions to LSU Career Services.

The Departmental Grants Program represents only a part of ExxonMobil’s overall support to LSU. In May 2008, the ExxonMobil Foundation’s Matching Gift Program presented a check to LSU in the amount of $1,119,724 which represents ExxonMobil’s 3 to 1 match of funds donated to LSU by ExxonMobil employees and retirees. With this gift, LSU became the first university in the world to receive more than $1 million in matching funds from ExxonMobil in one calendar year. ExxonMobil has been an integral part of advancing and sustaining the quality of education at LSU.

Support for LSU, like that shown by ExxonMobil, helps LSU move closer to its Forever LSU Campaign goal. Forever LSU is an historic undertaking for the LSU community, with a goal of attaining $750 million in support for LSU by the end of the year 2010. To find out how you can join the campaign for LSU’s future, visit www.foreverlsu.org.

Article by: Lisa K. Geddes, LSU Office of Institutional Advancement, lgedde1@lsu.edu, 225-578-7943

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