Penn State Intercom......April 5, 2001

MBNA Career Services Center
one step closer to reality

The University celebrated a ceremonial ground-breaking April 3 for the new MBNA Career Services BOT_MBNACenter on the University Park campus. The new facility will bring all the programs and functions of Career Services under one roof, and will make the process of matching students and alumni with prospective employers easier and more efficient.

The building will be located on Bigler Road across from the Natatorium. Actual construction is slated to begin in July, with completion targeted for the summer of 2002. The new, state-of-the-art facility will feature more than 40 interview rooms, videoconference interview rooms, program areas, resource library and corporate and student service areas. The center also will offer programs specifically designed to enhance career services for alumni.

In a typical year, employers conduct more than 20,000 job interviews through Penn State Career Services, according to Director Jack Rayman. MBNA America Bank provided a $4.5 million lead gift to help build the 44,000-square-foot building, and additional corporate sponsors who recruit at the University also made donations. In addition, MBNA contributed $500,000 to assist in developing alumni career services. Total cost of the building is
$9.5 million.

Thus far, the following donors have made gifts to support the construction of the MBNA Career Services Center:

* Building donor: MBNA America Bank, N.A.;

* Morgan Academic Support Center for Student Athletes donor: The Morgan Family;

* Major public area donors: Penn State Alumni Association, The Struthers Family and Kimberly-Clark Corp.;

* Interview room donors: Black & Decker Inc., Corning Inc., The Dow Chemical Co., Eastman Kodak Co., The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Johnson & Johnson Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp., Lutron Electronics Co., Macy's East/Federated Department Stores, Marconi Communications, MasterCard International, The May Department Stores Co./Kaufmann's/Hecht's/Strawbridge's, National Starch and Chemical Co., Northrop Grumman Corp., Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP and Schlumberger Technology Corp.;

* Additional donors: American Management Systems, Philip and Susan Burlingame, and Hewitt Associates; and

* Penn State Class of 1951 Endowed Scholarship donor: Towers Perrin.

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