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Union University’s engineering program receives generous support from Maytag

JACKSON, Tenn.Aug. 31, 2001 – Union University recently accepted a generous gift from Jackson's Maytag Corporation for the purpose of supporting Jackson’s only engineering degree program, which the university started this fall.

Dr. Don Van, chair and associate professor of engineering and Bob Alsobrook, senior vice president of institutional advancement at Union, received a check on behalf of the university at Maytag headquarters for $25,000 towards a $50,000 commitment from the Maytag Corporation, Tuesday, Aug. 28. Maytag’s Vice President and General Manager Jim Starkweather made the presentation.

Union University recently accepted a $25,000 gift from the Maytag Corporation for its new engineering program. Pictured from left to right from Union University is Bob Alsobrook and Dr. Don Van with Maytag's Vice President Jim Starkweather.

Incorporating both mechanical and electrical areas of concentration, with possibilities for an industrial emphasis at a later time, Union’s engineering program prepares graduates for the practice of engineering at the professional level, with a strong background in the physical sciences and mathematics in addition to the humanities.

“We are indeed grateful to the Maytag Corporation for their visible and generous support of the engineering program at Union University,” said Union University President David S. Dockery. “The establishment of partnerships like this one with Maytag will enable the Union engineering program to impact the Jackson and West Tennessee community for years to come.”

For more information on the engineering program, contact Union University’s Department of Engineering at (731) 661-5534.

Media contact: Sara B. Horn, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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