Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, has announced a $25 million pledge from Therm-Omega-Tech, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based manufacturing company started by alumnus Frederick Pirkle, to expand the university’s industrial technology program and create an engineering technology program.
The largest gift in the university’s history will support construction of a state-of-the-art academic facility and associated laboratories. To be named the Fred Pirkle Technology Center, the facility will house the engineering technology and other related academic programs, as well as advanced equipment and technology. The gift also will be used to create a permanent endowment fund, the Frederick L. Pirkle Scholarship Fund, to provide financial assistance for SHSU students enrolled in the engineering technology program, and the Frederick L. Pirkle Enrichment Fund, which will provide resources for an academic chair or professorship in the engineering technology program and support internships for SHSU students majoring in engineering technology.
“Sam Houston State University students who are getting a technical education are learning skills for life,” said Pirkle, who received a bachelor’s degree in industrial arts from the university in 1970 and a master’s degree in industrial technology in 1974. “Those technical skills are critically important for America in today’s world. Americans are hard workers, and we’re smart workers. I want the students who are touched by this gift to be inspired to contribute to the success of this country and be leaders in the world.”
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