IT Building Named for Cowart Family
Support / The J.C. Cowart Information
Creating his own academic program, Jim C. Cowart '73 majored in
computer science long before Pomona College formally offered that major.
While still a student, he helped teach Pomona's sole programming class.
He even successfully lobbied for a foundation grant that allowed him and
other tech-savvy students to set up their own computer mini-center in
the Mudd-Blaisdell residence hall.
Three decades later, Cowart is still taking the initiative for
technology at Pomona, this time by making the naming gift for the
College's new information technology building. With a formal dedication
May 2, the J.C. Cowart Information Technology Building was named for
three J.C. Cowarts, including his wife,Janet C. Cowart '70, and their
son, Jefferson C. Cowart '07.
At the dedication, the senior Cowart said the family had come full
circle with the College's computer science program, since he was the
College's first computer science major, and his son was in the first
class of graduates since computer science had become its own department.
"From his days as a student, Jim Cowart has been a leader in helping the
College to stay at the forefront of technology," said President David W. Oxtoby. "The naming of this building for the Cowarts is a particularly
fitting choice. Their generosity and foresight are deeply appreciated by
the College community."
A principal in a private capital firm, Cowart said the family has long
wanted to do something special for the College and the IT building
presented the perfect opportunity, considering their long-time interest
in the field. An added bonus: their son worked in the building.
Opened in January 2006, the 12,000-square-foot IT structure allows the
College's entire ITS Department to be housed at one site, while also
offering enhanced technological facilities for students, faculty and
staff. Key features include a 24-hour student computer lab; spacious
conference room equipped with an interactive whiteboard; and a classroom
that can be set up with as many as 30 laptops for training sessions.