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BASF, LSU Foundation Announce Donation to Olinde Career Center

10/08/2013 11:17 AM

BATON ROUGE – BASF recently announced its support for the LSU Olinde Career Center through a donation of $100,000 to the LSU Foundation to support construction. With completion slated for April 2014, the center will unite Career Services’ two current campus locations into a single, state-of-the-art facility designed to prepare students and alumni for successful careers.

“Our investment in LSU supports the development of the local workforce and potential leaders of the chemical industry into the future,” said Tom Yura, senior vice president and manager of the BASF site in Geismar, La. “In a rapidly changing and increasingly global economy, schools must use modern, creative approaches to help students prepare and meet the challenges of a highly competitive job market. That’s exactly what LSU leaders are doing with the construction of the Olinde Career Center.”

LSU broke ground on the career center in May 2012. It will be located in the Student Union with a mission of assisting students in choosing careers, developing job search skills and securing employment.

“A facility like the Olinde Career Center is essential to a university and its student body, both for helping prepare students for the job market and for creating opportunities for employers to see what LSU has to offer,” said Kurt Keppler, LSU Vice Chancellor for Student Life and Enrollment. “Support from the community, including BASF’s donation, has been vital in establishing our new career center.”

BASF’s partnership with LSU extends to the College of Engineering, where the company awards $25,000 in annual scholarships to students and recognizes a Professor of Excellence each semester. In addition, BASF employees who are LSU alumni help mentor and support students through various programs and organizations on campus.
BASF’s manufacturing presence near LSU includes operations in Geismar – the corporation’s largest site in North America – Zachary and Vidalia. BASF employs nearly 2,000 individuals and invests nearly $300 million in Louisiana through annual payroll, purchases, taxes and charitable contributions.

For more information about the LSU Olinde Career Center, visit Information on careers at BASF in Louisiana can be found on the website at  

About BASF:

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, N.J., is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 16,600 employees in North America, and had sales of $18.5 billion in 2012.

BASF is the world’s leading chemical company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. BASF combines economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, BASF enables its customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Its products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. BASF has summed up this contribution in its corporate purpose: “We create chemistry for a sustainable future.” BASF had sales of $72.1 billion in 2012 and more than 110,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at   

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