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July 31, 2008

Sophomore Establishes Technology Support Fund for Other Students

After his first semester at the Capstone in 2007, Andrew Cibulas, a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering and participating in UA’s Air Force ROTC program, established the Andrew Cibulas Technology Support Fund to assist incoming freshman engineering students with laptops. This new fund will award its first laptop to Brian Gilino, an incoming freshman majoring in aerospace engineering.

After going through the admissions and scholarship process in 2007, Cibulas felt humbled and overwhelmed by the impact a scholarship can have on an individual student. He decided to contribute to the College of Engineering annually by funding a laptop for stellar incoming students who have shown excellence in and out of the classroom, especially in extracurricular activities such as athletics, music, and community service.

Cibulas himself demonstrates that excellence. He plays various instruments including clarinet, saxophone and guitar, and started a lacrosse team at his high school in Memphis, Tennessee. He was also very active in his church community and served as an aide for religious education. During high school, Cibulas worked at a health club, which helped instill a strong work ethic.

“I was a normal student who was not afraid to try new things, whose interests were never forced to build a résumé,” said Cibulas, “but they have built my life so far.”

Gilino was chosen as the first recipient of the Andrew Cibulas Technology Fund and will receive his laptop when he begins his studies this fall. Gilino attended Huntsville High School in Huntsville, Alabama, and was active in many organizations, including Spanish, art, wrestling, and Mu Alpha Theta.

“This laptop provides me the opportunity to further my education, and the chance to do research and perform better in my classes without the extra expense of trying to buy a computer for myself,” said Gilino. “My family has numerous UA engineers, and I’m very proud and excited to continue the tradition.”