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BYU RECEIVES $50,000 DONATION

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The Fritz B. Burns Foundation of Burbank, Calif., has given $50,000 to Brigham Young University's department of electronics engineering technology (EET).

The department will place the grant in a perpetual endowment fund set up by the foundation in 1988 for buying equipment for student work stations.Joseph E. Rawlinson, foundation president, said the gift brings the total of the endowment to $150,000.

"In a program as young as ours, we do not have a large alumni base from which we can seek financial support at this level," said C. Glayd Mather, director of the Burns endowment for the EET program. "Therefore, these gifts are enormously valuable in the enhancement and development of our program."

BYU's electronics-engineering-technology program is one of about 80 accredited systems among U.S. colleges and universities and is a leader in placement of its graduates, said Mather. More than 90 percent have found jobs within 30 days of graduation.

"During the past seven years," he said, "the program has gained wide-based acclaim among employers who have hired its graduates. Recent surveys show that graduates receive a long-term potential (employer satisfaction) rating of 4.3 of a possible 5 among responding companies."

Most of the graduates find jobs in Utah, California and Washington, and others accept assignments all over the world. Average salaries for 1982 graduates are near $42,000, Mather said, and starting salaries for 1989-90 graduates are about $32,000.

Much of the program's recent success, he said, is due to the financial support of the Burns Foundation, which provides a welcome supplement to university funding.

Philanthropist Fritz B. Burns started the Burns Foundation. He was president and director of many real estate development and investment corporations. Before his death in 1979, Burns was a member of the Board of Regents at Loyola-Marymount University in California, where he also was a patron of its law school.