A member of the School of Science's Advisory Board and an alumnus of the College, Dr. Karl Beutner '71, and his wife Mary, have challenged fellow alumni and friends of Saint Mary's to match his pledge of $100,000 to the School of Science equipment endowment fund. The Beutners made the generous gift to encourage contributions to the fund and further the science education of Saint Mary's students.

Beutner, a physician in Fairfield, said the equipment fund is essential to the success of students. "We hope this gift will be the beginning of a significant endowment that will allow for strategic planning for new equipment to meet the need created by ever-changing technology," he said.

Brother President Ronald Gallagher said the gift demonstrates the commitment the College's alumni have to ensuring academic achievements among Saint Mary's students. "This gift not only assists our students in reaching their educational goals, it encourages others to provide resources for important technical equipment for the School of Science."

The endowment fund will be used to enhance technical equipment for various departments, including biology, chemistry and physics. Interim Dean of the School of Science, Roy Wensley, said Beutner's gift is greatly appreciated and will help the College secure new and used lab equipment - which is a top priority for Saint Mary's. "Contributions to this fund will enable our faculty to conduct more research and allow our students to expand their scientific knowledge," said Wensley.

Wensley said that in addition to contributing to the endowment fund, alumni and friends of Saint Mary's are encouraged to donate equipment to the College, "In-kind donations and gifts are a great resource because they provide greater flexibility to the operating budget for the School of Science." Recent in-kind donations include a microscope from Dr. Paul Wotowic, an auto sampler for testing chemical compositions from Danica Randall '06 and equipment and chemicals for advanced lab courses and student research from Dr. Gail Brown EMBA '99.

A special presentation acknowledging the science equipment endowment is planned for fall 2010 during an exhibition of student research projects. To make a gift to the School of Science equipment endowment fund, contact Ron Turner, special gifts officer, at rturner@stmarys-ca.edu or (925) 631-4356.

Mike McAlpin
College Communications

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