March 18, 2020 Lauri Stone

Sanmita Offering $100,000 Internal Funds to Help Set Up Online Classes

As we all face such frightening and unsettling times with the COVID-19 pandemic, our colleges and universities are in a very unique position to overcome many unforeseen challenges, logistics, and extraordinary objectives. They are unquestionably overwhelmed with the task of managing students, faculty, websites, and the ever-important need for clear and efficient communication. Now, with the closure of schools, the shift to online classes is a daunting task, especially in an emergency. Such projects usually take months, if not years to complete.

 

At Sanmita, we want to help our higher education community by giving back. Beginning immediately, we have allocated funds of $100,000 toward help in moving classes online collectively for any and all U.S. public colleges and universities. Reach out so we can help.

 

Who is Sanmita?

Many of our university partners will tell you who we are and with great testimonials at our website.

Sanmita is an award-winning team of specialists, strategists, and technologists who form a tight-running IT boutique agency in Research Triangle, Cary, North Carolina. We specialize in higher education technology and have worked with major universities on total re-design/development projects as well as work with smaller institutions on their support needs.

 

Sanjeev Shukla, Founder and Managing Partner

Sanjeev Shukla, Founder and Managing Partner

Sanjeev Shukla, Founder and Managing Partner

The company was founded by Sanjeev Shukla, a dual MBA holding graduate of Cornell University and Queen’s School of Business. Sanjeev’s passion for the pursuit of knowledge and sharing with others makes this entrepreneur a natural educator with a blend of heart, soul, and business savvy.

Sanjeev’s deep knowledge of IT first began in India years ago when he founded what became the largest distributor of Zenith computers in northern India. He was then a bright-eyed college student off to a fresh and ambitious start. Since then, Sanjeev has held many leadership positions including heading Cornell University’s IT  department for many years. Sanjeev has developed a fine reputation as one who manages and works projects completing them remarkably ahead of schedule– record speed actually, and never, ever goes over-budget. This is world-class service in an age when everything you need is right now if not yesterday. This quality and dedication is what sets Sanmita apart, makes clients very happy and makes us blush with their bragging, and they refer their colleagues and friends as a team who will take very good care of them.

Sanjeev lives and works in Research Triangle, Cary, North Carolina.

 

Corey Baim, Partner/Creative Director

Corey Baim, Partner/Creative Director

Corey Baim, Partner/Creative Director

Corey comes to Sanmita with over 25 years of experience, much of which time was spent owning and operating an award-winning graphic design agency.

His agency produced exceptional creative for some of the largest companies and institutions such as Cornell University, Duke University, USC, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Mattel, and The Grammys to name a few. The agency’s focus was on branding campaigns, website design and development, print projects, advertising, and many other types of creative deliverables.

Corey’s role at Sanmita is directing a creative staff to develop and deliver expert creative for our clients. Corey’s background in the industry has supplied him with the leadership ability to achieve excellent results for clients and their marketing needs.

Corey graduated from UC Santa Barbara and resides in Hermosa Beach, California.

 

Peter Cohl, Partner/Strategy Director

Peter Cohl, Partner/Strategy Director

Peter Cohl, Partner/Strategy Director

As a Brand and Strategy Director, Peter leverages three decades of experience in design, the arts, and communications to articulate innovative strategic, creative, and development solutions to higher education and nonprofit clients.

Previously, as Global Director of Siegel+Gale’s higher education and nonprofit practice, Peter led complete rebranding efforts at The Florida State University and the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

Peter also led large scale interactive research, strategy, and creative efforts for College Board, positioning for Brown University and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), and overarching brand strategies for the 2009 Rebrand Award Winner, The International Center for Journalists.

Peter graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University and was a Cornell Tradition Fellow and Cornell Commitment Senior Award winner. Peter was voted Cornell’s “25 Most Influential Cornellians” for his work as Founder and Co-Chair of Cornell’s Image Committee. He currently serves on the boards of Cornell’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter and The Ehlers-Danlos Society.

 

Dr. Elmira Mangum, Advisor/Higher Education

Dr. Elmira Mangum, Advisor/Higher Education

Dr. Elmira Mangum, Advisor/Higher Education

Dr. Elmira Mangum received her Ph.D. from the University of Buffalo. She also graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with two master’s degrees; one in Public Policy and Public Administration and another in Urban and Regional Planning.  Dr. Mangum received her foundation and inspiration for service at North Carolina Central University (NCCU), one of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities, where she graduated magna cum laude.

She is also a graduate of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education Management Development Program and the Cornell University Administrative Management Institute.

Dr. Mangum made history twice. First, while enrolled at NCCU she served in Washington, DC as the first African-American U.S. Congressional Intern from the state of North Carolina. Making history the second time, was as the first permanent female president in the institution’s 127 year legacy, Elmira Mangum, Ph.D. began her tenure as the 11th President of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU).

For more staff bios and to see Sanmita’s client partnerships and testimonials, please visit sanmita.com

So what’s next? How do you move forward with help and support for your college or university?

Contact Lauri Stone at lauri.stone@sanmita.com

 

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Lauri Stone

Lauri Stone is Director of Client Relations at Sanmita, Inc., a web design and development firm offering strategy, design, and technology services to higher education, government, and nonprofit entities. She comes to Sanmita with over 25 years of experience in media marketing and advertising and is originally from Los Angeles, California.