Halliburton makes $20,000 gift to K-State's Multicultural Engineering Program
For nearly 35 years, the Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP) at K-State has served as a crucial network for traditionally underrepresented students, guiding them through the challenging process of getting into, staying in and graduating from the K-State College of Engineering.
Today, the number of multicultural and first-generation incoming freshmen in the College of Engineering continues to increase. In fact, during the last six years, multicultural student enrollment in the college has increased by 78 percent, with the number of incoming freshmen more than doubling in that same timeframe. However, the amount of funding for the program hasn't kept the same pace.
Enter Halliburton, one of the world's largest providers of products and services to the energy industry. With nearly 70,000 employees in approximately 80 countries, the company has an immense global reach, but it also devotes time and resources to education and other charitable causes in the communities it serves – including K-State. With a $20,000 gift to establish the Halliburton Multicultural Engineering Program Excellence Fund at K-State, the Halliburton Foundation is investing in a program that reflects the company's support of diversity in engineering.
LaVerne Bitsie-Baldwin, MEP director, believes the Halliburton Foundation's gift will be instrumental in helping students develop goals and put them on the path to their future careers."It's important that these private gifts have come to support our focus on retention," Bitsie-Baldwin said. "It's a great connection for our students to make in the energy industry and I'm glad that we'll have more interaction with Halliburton at K-State."
Two Halliburton employees — university recruiter Stacy Thomas and Bill Henn, a K-State alumnus and a global account manager — worked together to secure the Halliburton Foundation gift for the MEP. Thomas believes the success MEP has achieved is a strong testament to K-State's commitment to increasing diversity, an effort that aligns with Halliburton's culture of corporate social responsibility.
"The multicultural engineering helps with the students' academic, professional and personal development," Thomas said. "Halliburton is looking forward to continuing its recruitment activities at K-State.""One of the functions of MEP is to support all students by preparing them to be comfortable and work in a diverse community," Bitsie-Baldwin said. "Our focus in bringing diverse faculty and industry leaders to the university through this gift benefits the preparedness of all engineering students at K-State."
Founded in 1919, Halliburton is one of the world's largest providers of products and services to the energy industry. With nearly 70,000 employees in approximately 80 countries, the company serves the upstream oil and gas industry throughout the lifecycle of the reservoir. Any students interested in learning more about careers at Halliburton are encouraged to visit www.gohalliburton.com.
About the Halliburton Foundation
Established in 1965, the Halliburton Foundation, a nonprofit organization supporting educational and charitable purposes, supports education at all levels, through employee matching gifts, direct grants and scholarships. In 2011, the Halliburton Foundation contributed more than $2.5 million to enhance educational opportunities at K-12 and higher educational institutions.