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Regnier Charitable Foundation Bestows $750,000 Endowment

$750,000 endowment to support Regnier Institute and scholarships at SU's School of Information Studies
 
The School of Information Studies at Syracuse University is pleased to announce the naming of the 2005 Helen Benning Regnier Summer Institute on Leadership and Change, made possible through a $750,000 endowment from the Victor and Helen Regnier Charitable Foundation. The Regnier Institute will offer unique two-, five- and seven-day intensive courses focusing on critical areas in today's information environment: library and information science; school media; web development and digital libraries; information management; government information management, and; telecommunications and network management. The Regnier Institute will run from May 16—August 7.
 
In addition to the Regnier Institute, the Regnier endowment also supports annual full-tuition scholarships for distance learning students pursuing a master's of library and information science degree at SU. 
 
We are delighted that Regnier Charitable Foundation has chosen to support our mission, our School and our students in this way. We take pride in educating students to be leaders in the information science and technology field. The Regnier Institute is a tremendous opportunity for students to grow into leadership under the direction of international leaders in the field, says Raymond F. von Dran, Dean of the School of Information Studies. 
 
Regnier Institute courses can be taken for credit or audit on campus, online, or in a limited residency format. The Regnier Institute instructional team is comprised of faculty members from the School of Information Studies and internationally renowned academic leaders. For course descriptions and registration information, please visit http://www.ist.syr.edu/academics/graduate/
 
Organized collections of digital information, whether text, images, numbers, or sound, are becoming society's new libraries. Courses in  web development and digital libraries offer students the opportunity to prepare for this type of advancement in 21st century librarianship. Information Management courses offer current perspectives on new information and Internet-based technologies that are revolutionizing the structure and operation of organizations for integrated business processes. The Library and Information Science courses focus on 21st century librarianship within libraries, information centers, the information industry, and other venues. The School Media program prepares information professionals for work in school libraries and focuses on teaching skills to help children in all areas of information literacy and technology fluency. Telecommunications and Network Management courses help develop technology-savvy managers who can bridge the gap between the capabilities of IT and its implementation and use. The program is designed to give professionals a broader view of how to apply and use information management courses to solve business problems, and focuses on protocols, systems and hardware, as well as understanding budgets, organizational processes, user needs, vendors, and the industry.
 
Summer courses in Washington, D.C., offer opportunities for mid-career managers in industry and the federal government. Faculty with current experience in government information management use case studies, lectures, directed readings, and guest speakers to provide a rich, relevant learning experience. Courses are offered at Syracuse University's Paul Greenberg House on Calvert Street. These week-long intensive courses are ideal for full- and part-time students who want to continue their studies during the summer session.
 
Helen Benning Regnier, a native of Lyons, NY, attended SU on an academic scholarship and received a bachelor's degree in psychology and English, magna cum laude, in 1936. She continued her education in SU's Library Science program, successfully completing her degree the following year. The first in her family to go to college, Regnier stated in later years that she felt indebted to SU, as she could not have attended college without the support of the scholarship.  Upon Helen's death in 2004, her children wanted to do something in her honor.  Recalling her passion for library science and her education at Syracuse University, Victor Jr., Robert and Cathy Regnier through their family foundation endowed and renamed a program at the School of Information Studies that enable students like Regnier to pursue a high quality education in librarianship regardless of geographic or financial constraints. 

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