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AT&T announces $25,000 contribution to Saint Xavier University

Donation Helps Provide Health Care in Underserved Communities by Stressing a Variety of Critical Educational Opportunities

news story imageCHICAGO, Jan. 31, 2008 — The AT&T Foundation — the corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) — has announced a $25,000 contribution to Saint Xavier University.  

The school’s health center will focus on expanding existing educational partnerships and developing new relationships with local schools and community organizations, as well as providing increased health promotion and wellness activities. The money will help the university provide more health care to underserved members of the community surrounding the school’s Chicago campus by emphasizing important ways to lead healthier lives. 

"We appreciate AT&T’s strong support and generous contribution,” said SXU President Judith A. Dwyer, Ph.D. “Our health center will be able to give even more families and children much-needed educational programs and care."

Saint Xavier University’s health center will expand its educational programs and counseling on a broad variety of topics, including diabetes, healthy aging, nutrition, infant CPR, child development and childhood obesity. In addition, it will increase its presence at community health fairs, increase activities such as blood pressure and lipid screenings and expand the availability of immunizations and flu shots at community locations.

The AT&T Foundation invests in educational programs that use innovative and/or collaborative approaches to address key community health and human services issues.

"I want to thank AT&T for recognizing what a vital role the Saint Xavier Health Center plays in helping those who need a helping hand live healthier and longer lives. AT&T continues to provide the support that our communities need the most," state Senator Edward Maloney said.   

“We must continue to invest in these types of community-based health care programs, which help families and children get basic services — such as immunizations or counseling — that make an enormous difference in their lives,” said state Rep. James Brosnahan. “Saint Xavier University has been on the frontlines delivering this vital care for a number of years, and AT&T’s important commitment is going to help the health center do even more great work.” 

"I can think of nothing more important than helping families and children who don’t have access to quality health care," said Alderman Virginia Rugai. “Saint Xavier University’s health center has already done much, but it understands the job is far from over. That work is going to be a lot easier thanks to AT&T's important investment in our community.”

“Saint Xavier University believes its mission is far greater than just providing its students with a first-class education in the classroom,” said Paul La Schiazza, president, AT&T Illinois. “It is also about learning to be a caring and compassionate community partner. That is service the health center provides every day, and that care, thanks to the support of people like Representative Brosnahan and Alderman Rugai, will touch more and more people moving forward.” 

Since 1996, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation have contributed more than $439 million to nonprofit organizations across the country. With its strong giving record, the AT&T Foundation is among the five largest corporate foundations in the United States and was ranked by Forbes magazine among the most generous corporate foundations in 2006.

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About Saint Xavier University:
Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university. Serving more than 5,600 students at its campuses in Chicago, Orland Park and its Loop location, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier’s excellence in education, U.S. News & World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest. http://www.sxu.edu/

The Saint Xavier University Health Center is a primary health care facility serving people of the greater community of Saint Xavier University, including students, faculty, and staff of the University and residents of the surrounding communities. The provided services include, but are not limited to: immunizations, chronic illness management, laboratory services, school physicals and minor illness and injury treatments. The Health Center is a proud member of America College Health Association, National Nursing Centers Consortium and National Network for Nurse Managed Health Centers. http://www.sxu.edu/health_center/about.asp

About Philanthropy at AT&T:
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its philanthropic initiatives and partnerships, AT&T supports projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement and address community needs. In 2006, AT&T contributed more than $101 million through corporate-, employee- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs. AT&T and the AT&T Foundation, the corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T Inc., combine more than $1.8 billion of historic charitable commitment to communities across the country.

About AT&T: 
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates, AT&T operating companies, are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. Among their offerings are the world's most advanced IP-based business communications services and the nation's leading wireless, high speed Internet access and voice services. In domestic markets, AT&T is known for the directory publishing and advertising sales leadership of its Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations, and the AT&T brand is licensed to innovators in such fields as communications equipment. As part of its three-screen integration strategy, AT&T is expanding its TV entertainment offerings. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com.

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For more information, contact:

AT&T Illinois                                        
Meghan Roskopf                                  
Office: 312-932-2818                          
E-mail: mroskopf@attnews.us               

Saint Xavier University
Joe Moore
Office: 773-298-3937
E-mail: jmoore@sxu.edu

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