Jewel and Randolph Yearwood Foundation donates laptop computers to UND MSS students


David L. Dodds

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Jewel and Randolph Yearwood Foundation donates laptop computers to UND MSS students

University of North Dakota Multicultural Student Services held a Graduation Celebration dedicated to the success of students of color on campus on Thursday, May 14.

As part of that celebration, The Jewel and Randolph Yearwood Education Technology Foundation donated four IBM Thinkpad laptop computers to UND students. Dave Yearwood, a UND technology professor who started the foundation with his wife, Jo-Anne, in memory of Dave’s parents, was on hand for the donation, along with Dean Gorder, head of the North Dakota Trade Office and a member of the committee that oversees the Yearwood foundation.

“Something my parents modeled regardless of life circumstances: that it is important to give back; to help others,” Yearwood says. “They never wavered in that belief and I hope to honor their memory by ensuring that I put that belief into practice.”

Dave is chair of the Technology Department, and has taught in higher education for more than 25 years. Jo-Anne is a longtime director of the University Children’s Learning Center.

The four UND students who will receive laptops applied to the foundation and were chosen by the foundation’s board. The students are Sofiane Chaieb, a native of Tunisia; Ska Abdulrahman, Callixte Nahimana, a native of Rwanda; and Marion Thomas, a native of France.

The goal of the Yearwood Foundation is to serve the educational needs of teachers, students and communities where access to computer-related technologies is limited. Computers play a vital role in many areas and the Foundation is working to bridge the digital divide that exists in underserved communities.

The entire Graduation Celebration event was sponsored by UND Multicultural Student Services. UND's general spring commencement took place Saturday, May 16 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.

David Dodds University & Public Affairs writer

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