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Date 05 May 1996 12:54:52


                    RECEIVE SURPLUS COMPUTERS 
                         By Julian Shipp 
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--To PC or not to PC won't be the question for students at 
eight Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) racial ethnic schools and colleges 
following a donation of 160 surplus computers from the Corporate  and 
Administrative Services (CAS) office here. 
     After CAS began upgrading computers at the Presbyterian Center in 
February, lots of empty boxes filled the hallways.  Higher Education 
Program Team staffers in the Churchwide Partnerships Progam Area of the 
National Ministries Division (NMD) collected the boxes and used them to 
ship the previously used computers to their new homes. 
     Racial ethnic schools and colleges related to the General Assembly are 
Barber-Scotia College in Concord, N.C.; Charles Cook Theological School in 
Tempe, Ariz.; Knoxville College in Knoxville, Tenn.; Mary Holmes College in 
West Point, Miss.; Menaul School in Albuquerque, N.M.; Presbyterian Pan 
American School in Kingsville, Texas; Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, 
Alaska; and Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Ala. 
     According to the Rev. George Conn, NMD's associate for racial ethnic 
schools and colleges, approximately 50 computers have been delivered to the 
schools so far.  He said the rest of the computers will be packaged for 
shipment following inventory and inspection by CAS's Office of Information 
     "This project is a tremendous boost for these schools," Conn said. "It 
increases student access to a lot of basic computer training." 
     Mary Folsom of the Higher Education Program Team, said the computers 
are urgently needed throughout the denomination's racial ethnic colleges 
and schools. Collectively, more than 5,000 students are enrolled at these 
     "I think it was a great idea to help schools that needed computers," 
Folsom said. "I don't think they've had new computers since the 1980s. They 
were due for upgrading but could not afford it." 

For more information contact Presbyterian News Service
  Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, KY 40202
  phone 502-569-5504            fax 502-569-8073  
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