Sentry Insurance gives UW-Stevens Point $4M donation

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STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAW) -- A $4 million donation from Sentry Insurance to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point will create two new jobs and a new major in data analytics.

According to news release, gift is the largest single donation Sentry has ever made to any organization.

“This is more than an incredibly generous gift,” said UW-Stevens Point Chancellor Bernie Patterson stated in a news release. “It is an investment in the future of the university and our community, and a vote of confidence in how UW-Stevens Point is preparing students for changing needs in the business world.”

A new undergraduate major in data analytics will be offered, beginning in fall 2016, pending UW Board of Regents approval. The program will feature an interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates the fields of business, computer science, economics, geographic information systems, mathematics and statistics.

Data analytics involves acquiring and storing data, validating it, mining and analyzing data, visualizing data and disseminating it. Business analytics includes econometrics, computational finance, decision sciences and marketing analytics.