$1 Million Donated to USM Campus Restoration

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Hattiesburg, Miss.

The University of Southern Mississippi has received a $1 million gift to help restore the Hattiesburg campus damaged by a Feb. 10 tornado.

USM President Rodney Bennett said that the check was received last week. He said the donor did not want his name released.

The tornado not only heavily damaged a number of buildings on campus but also destroyed 75 trees, including a number of decades-old oaks that welcomed visitors at the main entrance to campus.

In April, the USM Foundation announced a $3 million Campus Beautification Campaign.

The foundation encouraged supporters May 8 to participate in a "Day of Giving" as part of the campaign. In all, 374 gifts were given from 37 states, totaling $130,234 in a 24-hour period.


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