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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Cargill gift benefits UNCP’s library and community

A Global Partnership Fund grant from agri-business giant Cargill will purchase additional resources for the Mary H. Livermore Library at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Cargill Gift Check PresentationThe $5,000 gift to the Friends of the Library will purchase books and audio-visual materials for students, faculty and community use as well as assist the public programs of the Friends. Cargill representatives met March 26 with University officials to discuss the gift and other issues.

Gary Long, a senior Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) manager for Cargill and a 1971 UNCP graduate, represented the company.

“When I was a student here, the library was about a quarter its current size, and I had classes upstairs,” Long said. “I am pleased to be here on behalf of Cargill, a company that is a good corporate citizen in the communities where we work and live.”

Chancellor Allen C. Meadors thanked the company for its support.

“Public universities continue to need private support like this,” Chancellor Meadors said. “A university like ours utilizes its gifts very carefully.”

The Minneapolis, Minn., based company that operates in 65 countries around the globe, supports causes in education, nutrition and the environment, Long said.

“At Cargill, we believe that sustainability and environmental responsibility are critical global issues,” he said. “It can also help promote your school, whether it is students recycling paper or the University recycling used computers.”

Dr. Charles Harrington, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, thanked Cargill and updated him on UNCP’s biotechnology programs, one of which is a biodiesel reactor.

“This gift is a boost for the intellectual center of our campus,” Dr. Harrington. “Our library’s collections and its resources are assets for students, faculty and the entire community.

“Recently, an idea from one of our faculty members resulted in the purchase of a small-scale biodiesel reactor that allows us to recycle used oil from local restaurants into diesel for the University’s vehicles,” Dr. Harrington said. “We had 12 students and several faculty members involved in manufacturing fuel and researching the use of byproducts and related issues.”

With 160,000 employees in 1,200 locations, Cargill operates diverse agri-businesses including a biodiesel operation in Iowa, Long said.

In North Carolina, Cargill operates soy bean oil processing plants and purchases up to a half of the state’s production of soy. Cargill employees and the company contribute to their local communities in a variety of ways, said Scott Schuelke, a Cargill EHS coordinator.

“We support programs in 11 local elementary schools, and we work with the Chamber of Commerce in economic development,” said Schuelke, who is chair of the local Community Involvement Team for Cargill. “We support and volunteer with a local food bank, Habitat for Humanity, and other volunteer projects involving our employees.”

Founded in 1865 to store grain in the Midwest, Cargill's business activities include purchasing, processing and distributing grain and other agricultural commodities, and the manufacture and sale of livestock feed and ingredients for processed foods and pharmaceuticals. It also operates a large financial services arm, which manages financial risks in the commodity markets for the company.

For questions about giving at UNCP, please contact the Office for Advancement at 910.521.6252 or email advancement@uncp.edu. For questions about the library’s programs or the Friends of the Library, please call 910.521.6212.

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