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State Farm donates to Eastern Illinois University tech programs

Representatives of both State Farm and Eastern Illinois University came together August 5 to celebrate a $100,000 investment State Farm made in the Charleston, Illinois-based university. State Farm’s investment will be used to upgrade computer labs and networking equipment at the state’s top-ranked regional public higher education institution. Pictured are a variety of State Farm’s regional associates, who are surrounding check holders (from left) Dr. David M. Glassman, EIU’s president, David Wasser, technical manager of Core Computing Operations at State Farm, and Tammy Wilson, State Farm agent.

CHARLESTON -- The foundation of the State Farm insurance company donated $100,000 to Eastern Illinois University for computer lab and networking upgrades, it was announced Tuesday.

A group of State Farm associates visited the EIU campus to present the donation to university officials, according to a news release about the donation.

In the release, EIU President David Glassman said he appreciated the donation and said it will benefit students in the university's Lumpkin College of Business and Technology.

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"The technology upgrades this investment provides will further enrich the applied learning experiences EIU is known for providing," Glassman said.

Also in the release, State Farm representative Jim Slaven called the donation a "win-win" for the university and the insurance company.

The company relies on technology and wants to help students get what they need to "thrive in a high-tech workforce," Slaven said.

Contact Dave Fopay at (217) 238-6858. Follow him on Twitter: @FopayDave

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