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August 24, 2005

Gallaudet receives $1 million gift from The Starr Foundation

From: Gallaudet - Aug 24, 2005

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Gallaudet receives $1 million gift from The Starr Foundation
The funds will support the construction of the new Sorensen Language and Communication Center.

WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University has received a $1 million gift from The Starr Foundation.

The financial contribution will be earmarked for the construction of the University's new James Lee Sorensen Language and Communication Center. This unique center will be an academic teaching, research and outreach facility devoted to deaf people's language, culture, history, and community.

The Starr Foundation was established in 1955 by C.V. Starr, the founder and first chairman of what is now known as American International Group (AIG). The Foundation, which currently has assets of around $3 billion, has given away nearly $2 billion since its founding. The Foundation supports organizations involved in education, medicine and science, human needs, culture, public policy and the environment. M.R. Greenberg, chairman and CEO of C.V. Starr & Co., is the chairman of the Foundation.

Gallaudet has been fortunate to partner with The Starr Foundation on several projects to enhance the educational experience for deserving students. In 2001, the Foundation made a generous gift to support construction of the University's Student Academic Center. In recognition of this gift, Gallaudet named its academic technology center in the Center after C.V. Starr.

About Gallaudet University
Gallaudet University is the world leader in liberal education and career development for deaf and hard-of-hearing undergraduate students. The University enjoys an international reputation for the outstanding graduate programs it provides deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing students, as well as for the quality of the research it conducts on the history, language, culture, and other topics related to deaf people. In addition, the University's Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center serves deaf and hard-of-hearing children at its two demonstration schools and throughout the nation by developing, implementing, and disseminating innovative educational strategies. Gallaudet is located in Washington, DC.