July 29, 2008

LOS ANGELES -- UCLA Anderson School of Management Dean Judy Olian today announced a gift of $2 million from Jim Easton, Chairman and CEO 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," said Olian. "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 include enhanced recording and web casting 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.  The technology enhancements will enable connections for students and faculty with global students, partners and executives.  The multi-use facility will also include the standard technology placed in every Anderson classroom such as 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," says Easton.  "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," says Easton.

Easton received his B.S. in engineering from UCLA in '59.  He has been a member of UCLA Anderson's a 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 Entrepreneur's Hall in 2005.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management, established in 1935, is regarded among the leading business schools in the world.  UCLA Anderson faculty members are advancing management thinking through innovative research and teaching.  Each year, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,700 students enrolled in MBA, Executive MBA, Fully-Employed MBA 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 world-wide network of 36,000 alumni, UCLA Anderson prepares global leaders.

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