Southern Miss campaigns exceed goals

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Published: April 5,2010

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HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi has released an update on the progress of two campaigns of the university’s Advancement Division.

As of March 30, a total 20,459 members have made the association’s 20,000 in 2010 Membership Campaign a success with three months remaining in the membership year, Pierce announced, while approximately $2.7 million has been raised in support of university scholarships at the midpoint of the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation’s Centennial Scholarship Campaign.

Acting vice president for advancement Bob Pierce updated members of the university community on the progress of both the Southern Miss Alumni Association’s 20,000 in 2010 Membership Campaign and The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation’s Centennial Scholarship Campaign.

The membership total not only sets a record for the association, but also surpasses a goal of 20,000 members established in 2008, when the campaign was launched. The 20,459 members include Southern Miss alumni and friends who were part of the association during the nine-month period from July 1, 2009, to the day of the announcement, March 30, 2010, the 100th anniversary of the legislative founding of the University of Southern Mississippi.

The membership total also represents a participation percentage of more than 20 percent, well above the national average for participation in the top alumni associations across the country, according to figures from the Council for Alumni Association Executives. At the conclusion of the fiscal year on June 30, the association will announce a final membership count for the campaign.

The Centennial Scholarship Campaign, which will continue through March 30, 2011, is aimed at ensuring the future lifeblood of the institution by increasing the availability of unrestricted, endowed scholarship support. The campaign was announced in 2009, along with a lead gift of $100,000 from former Hattiesburg Mayor Bobby Chain and his wife, Betty. Since then, alumni and friends have responded in large numbers, including a major gift of $100,000 from Raymond and Michelle VanNorman of Madison. Raymond currently serves as vice president of the USM Foundation’s board of directors, while Michelle is a member of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors.

For more information or to make a gift to the Centennial Scholarship Campaign, contact the USM Foundation at (601) 266.5602. To join the Alumni Association, visit SouthernMissAlumni.com or call (601) 266.5013.

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