Sara Muller Fraunces is currently Vice President of Marketing and Communications for San Diego State U. Previously, she was Senior Vice President of theStoorza, Ziegaus, and Metzger PR agency.From Jameson.....
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Posted by John_Boy on May-02-02 at 12:35 PM (EST)
I don't "know" about the bad business between her and Brenda....I just recall asking here once before and having someone tell me....I have no idea what RR says or is saying....
San Diego Daily Transcript/April 18, 2000
"QUALCOMM Antes Up $25 Million for Local Education "
By Jennifer Davies, San Diego Daily Transcript
Answering President Clinton's call to help bridge the great digital divide, Qualcomm is delivering a hefty $25 million in donations to local educational institutions.
Starting in 2001, the bequests will go to the University of California, San Diego, San Diego State University, California State University of San Marcos and the Foundation for the Improvement of Mathematics and Science Education.
Qualcomm's bequest was set against President Clinton's two-day trip highlighting his crusade to prepare low-income families for the Internet. On his first stop in East Palo Alto, Clinton announced the donation of computer services and training worth $100 million from big-name technology companies, including Novell and America Online Inc. But Qualcomm is not the only San Diego company donating resources to the program. Gateway Inc. has pledged to pay for technology training for 75,000 teachers across the country.
Dr. Irwin Jacobs, Qualcomm's CEO, joined Clinton at the press conference in Silicon Valley to discuss his company's plans to help close the gap between the technology haves and have-nots. Jacobs said in his statement that the money would be used to provide resources for the development and training of math and science teachers as well as solidifying the ties between all of San Diego's schools, from its universities to its kindergartens.
"At Qualcomm, we have long recognized that the digital divide is a business issue that needs to be addressed to allow the high-technology industry continued access to a highly skilled work force," Jacobs said in his statement. "Today we are acknowledging that the digital divide is also clearly a social and economic issue."
UCSD will receive the largest portion of Qualcomm's largesse, garnering $15 million over five years for its proposed research institute. The donation will serve as a matching donation for the Telecommunications and Information Research Institute at UCSD, which is currently competing to become one of three California Institutes of Science and Innovation. Gov. Gray Davis has proposed the establishment of three such institutes, with a state budget of $75 million as initial capital funding for the institutes and plans to provide $100 million to each institute over a period of four years. But the state funds must be matched from private and federal sources on a 2-to-1 ratio.
"We here at UCSD are extremely grateful to Qualcomm for this investment; it's really a leadership investment and we will be seeking other investments from those in the community," said Denine Hagen, a spokesperson for UCSD.
SDSU will receive $6 million over the next three years, with the money being divided between the Entrepreneurial Management Center, which will get 50 percent of the funds, the Center for Research and Mathematics and Science Education, and the College of Education.
Sara Muller Fraunces, the vice president of marketing and communications for SDSU, said Qualcomm's bequest will help the institution continue its commitment to allowing its students to participate in the entrepreneurial zeitgeist of the region.
"Qualcomm's investment in San Diego today is a measure of the convergence between the public and private," Fraunces said. "Neither can advance in the long-term without the other."
Qualcomm will also provide $3 million over a three-year period to the Foundation for the, Improvement of Mathematics and Science Education, a new nonprofit aimed at increasing student achievement in science and math. A portion of Qualcomm's investment will go to helping the San Diego Unified School District regain National Science Foundation funding.
CSUSM will receive $1 million over the next two years to bolster its fledgling College of Business Administration.
IR/PS, along with the Jacobs School of Engineering, have been identified as recipients of Qualcomm's UCSD donation.
"Fund-raisers are being held in Danielle's name throughout the county, including a radio station-sponsored concert at Mission Valley Center yesterday that brought in more than $5,000.
It's unclear how the money will be spent. But last night, Danielle's parents, Damon and Brenda van Dam, said through a spokeswoman that all donations will go toward the search for their daughter. Any money left over will go to a charity, said the spokeswoman, Sara Muller Fraunces.
"We don't want one cent out of this," Damon van Dam said through Fraunces. Bill Libby, a friend of the van Dams who helped set up an account at Wells Fargo Bank, said the donations probably will be spent on posters, banners and ribbons anything that will remind people to look for Danielle. More than $6,900 has been raised, but none of the money has been spent.
In initial conversations, Libby said the money also could be used to pay a public relations specialist the family hired to help land interviews with national television networks.
He said he paid Fraunces, who owns the marketing-consulting firm OutSmart, a $500 retainer fee out of his own checkbook. Fraunces said she returned the retainer check and will work free.
"I will not be accepting any money from the fund period," Fraunces said last night. "I'm going to be paying for things out of my own pocket."
Yesterday, the family also retained Lynn Rubenson, a senior vice president for Fleishman-Hillard San Diego, to work with Fraunces. It wasn't clear yesterday who would pay Rubenson's fees; she did not return calls. "