The college recently received three departmental grants thanks to the Shell Oil Company Foundation. The grants, which total $16,500, were awarded to the Department of Accounting and the Department of Information and Operations Management to support teaching and research.

According to Dr. Jim Benjamin, head of accounting, the department uses grants for a variety of purposes, including funding student organizations, scholarships, faculty development and recruitment, acquiring library materials and computer hardware and software.

In a time when state funding is tight, Benjamin says grants such as the ones awarded by Shell are greatly appreciated. “State funds provide the basics, but grants are very helpful in supporting our students and faculty,” he says. “It’s grants like these that help us go beyond the basics and create margins for excellence.”