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$2.8 million grant to aid business school programs

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Dan Sayles
Staff Writer

The University of La Verne received its largest grant yet – $2.8 million over a period of five years, or roughly $487,000 a year, through a Federal Title V Grant program from the U.S. Department of Education.

The Federal Title V Grant program was designed for Hispanic serving institutions and can be extremely competitive among community colleges and other institutions that are.

This grant will impact for the ULV College of Business and Public Management itself; Issam Ghazzawi, assistant professor of management who directed the business schools summer business camp program, is especially pleased with the grant.

“This will help pay for the summer camps,” Ghazzawi said. “(It is) absolutely a relief for us in taking care of a lot of expenses.”

Al Clark, associate vice president of academic affairs, is also excited about the grant.

“This is a great opportunity and a wonderful grant to the University,” Clark said. “It will support many programs and expand on them, as well as going to other departments.”

The idea to apply for the grant came from “Skills for Success,” in which students interested in college and in business are given tools and mentoring, and the Summer Business Camps.

“We wanted to see if we can get funding to expand these programs,” said Gordon Badovick, dean of the College of Business and Public Management. “It’s been a two-year effort…We’re extremely pleased that we got it.”

The application process, spearheaded by Rita Thakur, associate dean of the College of Business and Public Management, involved putting together a 50-page proposal.

“We couldn’t have done it without Rita,” Badovick said. “I supported it, but it was primarily her work.”

Thakur is modest about this achievement. “One person could not really do it,” she said. “It was a team effort.

“It makes such a difference in students and individuals lives, and changes what we can do for students,” Thakur added.

The money will also be used to help faculty to integrate technology in their classrooms, and also to be trained in the use of that technology, Badovick added.

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