UCLA Anderson gets $2 million gift to create classroom of the future

Multi-use facility to feature cutting-edge audio, video, wireless technology

UCLA Anderson School of Management dean Judy Olian today announced a gift of $2 million from Jim Easton, chairman and chief executive officer of Jas. D. Easton Inc., a privately owned manufacturer, marketer and distributor of archery and other sports equipment. The gift will be used to create the Jim Easton Global Connection Classroom, an advanced, technology-enabled learning environment.
"Jim's continued support of UCLA Anderson, both through his philanthropy and his leadership on the board of visitors, has had a tremendous impact on the school," Olian said. "The creation of the Jim Easton Global Connection Classroom will expand and upgrade our teaching and broadcast facilities so that they represent learning tools and connectivity for the 21st century."
The state-of-the-art classroom will feature enhanced recording and webcasting capabilities, wireless microphones in desks and the ceiling, video conferencing, LED screens, a full sound system, a digital touch screen at the front podium and a control room to operate three remote cameras.
These technology enhancements will enable students and faculty to connect with global students, partners and executives. The multi-use facility will also include the standard technology used in every Anderson classroom, including in-room projection, computer and VCR connections, and power and data ports at all student seats.
"Creating this Global Connection Classroom, in which students, faculty and business leaders can actively engage in classroom discussions no matter where they are located in the world, was an important factor in my decision to give," Easton said. "I believe this technology-rich classroom will increase and enhance the teaching performance of the renowned UCLA Anderson faculty and the learning experience of students worldwide."
Easton received his bachelor's degree in engineering from UCLA in 1959. He has been a member of UCLA Anderson's board of visitors since 1988 and a generous philanthropist to the school. In recognition of his generosity, he was named one of the founders of UCLA Anderson's Entrepreneur's Hall in 2005.
The UCLA Anderson School of Management, established in 1935, is regarded among the leading business schools in the world. UCLA Anderson faculty are advancing management thinking through innovative research and teaching. Each year, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,700 students enrolled in M.B.A., executive M.B.A., fully-employed M.B.A. and doctoral programs, and to more than 2,000 professional managers through executive education programs. Combining highly selective admissions, varied and innovative learning programs, and a worldwide network of 36,000 alumni, UCLA Anderson prepares students to become future global leaders.
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