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Beth Sorensen
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Reed College recently received a large gift of software and funds from Microsoft Corporation. The company donated $203,000 worth of software, a package that includes full copies and licenses of Windows 2000, Windows 98, and Office 2000. In addition, the approximately 25 Reed alumni who work at Microsoft donated more than $10,000 to the college, an amount matched by Microsoft for a total of more than $20,000.

Joe Long ’90, Microsoft’s technical marketing manager for financial services, worked directly with Microsoft’s department of university relations to arrange for the software donation. A physics major at Reed, Long has worked for Microsoft for 10 years. He said, "I ran into an old friend in the hallway who happens to work for Microsoft’s university relations department. I asked him if he would give some software to Reed, and he asked, ‘What do they want?’" Reed submitted a wish list and Microsoft provided almost every item on it. Long also coordinated the fundraising drive among Reed alumni who work at Microsoft.

Marianne Colgrove, ReedÂ’s associate director of computing and information services, said of the gift, "This donation is really helping us provide the basic productivity tools that our users need. It certainly benefits students and faculty that they all have access to the latest versions of Microsoft software." Colgrove added that the gift will allow ReedÂ’s support staff to use the same programs campuswide.

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