HBU gets $1.5 mil grant

Houston Baptist University has been granted $1.5 million from Houston Endowment Inc. to help the university upgrade its information technology and communications infrastructure. The grant will allow HBU to protect its existing information assets while expanding the capacity and reach of its technological infrastructure to better meet the expectations of today’s tech-savvy students.

This latest grant from Houston Endowment will allow HBU to implement several recommendations from a civil engineering infrastructure study of the campus completed in 2009 with funding from the foundation. The resulting state-of-the-art computer networks and communications systems will have a direct impact on the ability of the university’s faculty and staff to educate and serve a growing student body. Improved network reliability and expanded wireless access will help ensure that HBU students have access to the latest web-based educational resources that streamline the delivery of educational content and allow teaching and learning to extend beyond the four walls of the classroom.

Houston Endowment is a private foundation established in 1937 by Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones to support and improve education, human services, health, arts and culture and the environment for the people of the greater Houston area. Over time, Houston Endowment has contributed more than $1.4 billion ($2.5 billion in current dollars) to fulfill the Joneses’ vision of a vibrant community where the opportunity to thrive is available to all.

Houston Baptist University is an independent, private Christian liberal arts institution with a diverse student body. The University is dedicated to the development of the intellect, the moral character and the spiritual lives of its students. It has access to all the cultural advantages of one of the largest metropolitan centers in the country. For more information about tHBU, visit www.hbu.edu.

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