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Increased Employee Participation Highlights Successful Year for USM Foundation

Thanks to the support of its generous donors, The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation raised $10,272,475 during the recently concluded fiscal year, which ran from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. The total amount raised includes the face value of planned gifts totaling $3,050,000 and gifts from 1,262 first-time donors. 

Interim Executive Director Appointed for USM Foundation
The USM Foundation has announced the appointment of Stace Mercier as its interim executive director, effective June 1, 2015. Mercier replaces Shannon Fleming who resigned as executive director effective May 31, to return to his home state of Arkansas to accept a position at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock as Senior Director of Development and Chief Development Officer at the Reynolds Institute on Aging at UAMS.
Southern Miss Alumnus Establishes Scholarship for Educators

John Theobald knows how one person can impact another in a positive way. The influence of his own mentors at Southern Miss was the catalyst for John and his wife, Jean, to create a scholarship in the hopes of impacting future students who aspire to become educators. With their gift of $100,000, the Theobalds, who reside in east Tennessee, established the Dr. John and Jean Theobald Scholarship Endowment.

USM Foundation Hosts 2015 Honor Club Black Tie Gala
The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation held its annual Honor Club Black Tie Gala on March 27, at the J.W. Marriott in New Orleans, La.
USM Foundation Raises More Than $180,000 during 36-Hour Gold Rush
The second annual Southern Miss Gold Rush, a 36-hour online giving campaign hosted by the USM Foundation, raised $182,341.82.
Sandersons Provide Major Gift for DuBard School at Southern Miss
A generous stock gift with proceeds nearing $100,000 from Joe and Kathy Sanderson to The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation will help the DuBard School for Language Disorders continue its renowned legacy of providing assistance for children with speech and hearing disabilities.
Remembering USM Foundation Past President Toy McLaughlin
Robert Toy McLaughlin of Birmingham, Ala. passed away December 19, 2014 after battling a long-term illness. He served as president of the USM Foundation from 2004 until 2006, and also served several years on the Foundation Board of Directors, including periods on the executive, finance, and planning and bylaws committees. 
Legacy of Former Kappa Sigma Lives on Through Memorial Scholarship
Although he lived a life filled with challenges, Nick Vesa excelled with an uncommon strength and determination, and part of his legacy is easing the way for others by providing scholarships to members of Kappa Sigma at The University of Southern Mississippi.
Southern Miss Alumnus Provides Continued Support in Daughter's Memory
With a recent gift of $65,000, Southern Miss alumnus Ed Williamson and his wife, Gloria, are enhancing the legacy of their daughter’s love for others through the Ashley Dawn Williamson Memorial Scholarship Fund for Non-Traditional Students.
DuBard School, Moffitt Health Center Campaigns Each Raise More than $1 Million
The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation recently completed two special fundraising initiatives that resulted in gifts totaling more than $2.25 million toward the campaigns.
South Mississippi Home Health Foundation Makes Major Gifts
Recent gifts from South Mississippi Home Health Foundation included $400,000 to the Nursing Building Campaign, which helped push the private fundraising initiative above the $6 million mark.
HMP Nursing Services Commits $125,000 to College of Nursing

As an illustration of its continued support, HMP Nursing Services, Inc., of Hattiesburg recently made generous gift commitments totaling $125,000 to be used toward the University’s Nursing Building Campaign and to endow an academic scholarship.

Luckyday Foundation Renews Support for Scholarship Program
The Luckyday Foundation renewed funding for the Luckyday Citizenship Scholars Program for another four years with a gift commitment of $6.9 million.
USM Foundation Hosts 2014 Honor Club Black Tie Gala

The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation hosted its annual Black Tie Gala on March 28, 2014, at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Miss. 

Gold Rush Raises More Than $200,000 in 36 Hours

After counting down the top ten reasons to give to the Southern Miss Gold Rush, The USM Foundation presented the University with a birthday gift of $200,391.90.

Memorial Gifts to the USM Foundation Create a Lasting Legacy

Memorial gifts such as Parker’s have been an integral part of the USM Foundation’s framework since its inception. These gifts – often designated in the form of academic scholarships – provide an enduring way to honor the memory of a loved one.

Oseola McCarty's Story Inspires Young California Philanthropists

The students, who attend Alice G. Mulcahy Middle School in Tulare, Calif., were inspired by the story of Hattiesburg, Miss., washerwoman Oseola McCarty, who left the vast majority of her life savings to the USM Foundation for the establishment of a perpetual scholarship.

Campaign Launched to Support Dale Center

The University of Southern Mississippi is home to one of the country’s top military history programs in the History department’s Dale Center for the Study of War & Society. The USM Foundation launched a fundraising campaign In an effort to help the Center reach even loftier heights.

Former Defense Secretary Gates Discusses Book, Career in Southern Miss Lecture Series
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Robert M. Gates offered a rare, behind-the-scenes glimpse of White House politics and policies as the guest speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi’s Lt. Col. John H. Dale Sr. Distinguished Lecture Series in International Security and Global Policy.
Gift Commitments from Sertoma Club of Hattiesburg Exceed $220,000
Since 1991, the Sertoma Club of Hattiesburg has contributed more than $220,000 to programs and scholarship endowments at The University of Southern Mississippi.
Campaign for Mass Comm Highlighted at College Hall Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

The School of Mass Communication and Journalism was officially welcomed into its new home during a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at the newly-renovated College Hall on the Hattiesburg campus. 

Mason’s Commitment to Conservation Leads to Contribution
With a gift-in-kind of $262,000 to the USM Foundation, Southern Miss alumnus Mike Mason is helping beautify the Hattiesburg campus while reducing water consumption.
Support for the School of Music Thrives Amidst Damage and Displacement
Despite the destruction the School of Music experienced from the February 2013 tornado, support for the arts continues to thrive with celebrations of service, community involvement and the gift of scholarship.

USM Foundation Hosts Honor Club Black Tie Gala
The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation proudly hosted its annual Honor Club Black Tie Gala on April 26, 2013, at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.
Dean's Suite in Asbury Hall to Memorialize Former Nursing Dean

A gift commitment of $250,000 will push the USM Foundation’s College of Nursing Building Campaign closer to its $8 million goal and honor Dr. Gerry Cadenhead Fletcher, former dean of the College and dedicated supporter of Southern Miss athletics.

Green Establishes Two Endowments at Southern Miss
A gift to the USM Foundation from Bernard Green, utilizing the Allstate Insurance Agency’s matching gift program, will endow two new scholarships and honor his late father. 
Private Support Leads to Groundbreaking for Century Park South
Local and state dignitaries joined University of Southern Mississippi officials on September 17 to break ground on Century Park South, a state-of-the-art student housing project that will transform the venerable Hattiesburg campus.
USM Foundation Builds on Success in 2013 Fiscal Year

Despite a year of transition in both The University of Southern Mississippi’s administration and the staff structure of the USM Foundation, the Foundation further enhanced its operations while showing some impressive numbers.

Dean Performs Routine in Support of The Campaign for Southern Miss
Never one to shy away from the Southern Miss spotlight, Dr. Dave Davies, dean of the Honors College, performed his rendition of the “Gangnam Style” dance on Friday, June 21 in support of the University’s annual faculty/staff giving campaign.
USM Halts Solicitations for Campus Beautification Campaign in Deference to Oklahoma Tornado Tragedy
The USM Foundation announced that its tornado relief and campus beautification campaigns were entering a quiet phase as the nation focuses its attention on tornado victims in Oklahoma. 
The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation Announces Successful Campus Beautification Day of Giving
In just 24 hours, The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation successfully raised $130,234.46 to support the restoration of the front lawn of the University’s Hattiesburg campus that was heavily damaged by the tornado on February 10. 
USM Foundation Appoints New Executive Director
The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation recently announced Dr. Shannon Fleming as its next Executive Director, effective June 3. In this role, Fleming will serve as the chief staff executive for the USM Foundation, in addition to serving as the director of development for the University, and will be responsible for the Foundation’s strategic leadership, attainment of goals and objectives, coordination of fundraising activities and board management.
Southern Miss Announces Plan to Restore Campus Landscape, USM Foundation to Conduct Campaign
The University of Southern Mississippi announced today a comprehensive landscaping plan to restore the southern edge of the University’s Hattiesburg campus that was heavily damaged by an EF-4 tornado on February 10. The USM Foundation also announced a campus beautification campaign to generate private funds to help address the cost of the plan.
Sandersons Make $1 Million Commitment to Nursing Building Campaign
With a $1 million gift commitment from Joe and Kathy Sanderson of Laurel, Miss., The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation’s College of Nursing Building Campaign has exceeded the $5 million mark on the way to reaching its $8 million goal.
USM Foundation Announces Campaign for New University Health Center
The University of Southern Mississippi is on its way to transforming the quality of health care provided to University students, faculty and staff; and a longtime vision of Dr. Virginia Moffitt Crawford, Student Health Services Director, and her family will soon become a reality. 
Donor’s Loyalty Spans Decades
With a gift of $100,000 from a retirement rollover, Alfred Breeland continues to fund a scholarship he and his late wife, Doris, established more than 20 years ago. 
Campaign for Mass Comm to Help Transform Historic College Hall into Innovative Learning Facility
The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation announced a fundraising campaign on February 8, to benefit the School of Mass Communication and Journalism. The Campaign for Mass Comm will capitalize on the school’s move to a renovated College Hall. 
Southern Miss Alumna Leaves Legacy Through Planned Gift
With a planned gift of retirement funds to The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation, Dr. Judy Driskell left her legacy at her alma mater by establishing the Driskell/Peters Graduate Research Fellowship Endowment.
Southern Miss Alumna Leaves $1 Million Estate Gift
With a planned gift of $1 million, Southern Miss alumna Barbara Guernsey Smith, left The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation with a gift that demonstrates the value of a good education.
Favre Foundation’s Contributions to The Children’s Center Top $200,000
With its most recent gift of $20,000, the Favre 4 Hope Foundation has now contributed more than $200,000 to The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi.
Scholarship Endowment Established in Memory of Southern Miss Alumnus and Hattiesburg Community Leader
The Paul Richard Lambert Public Service Scholarship Endowment was recently established at The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation to memorialize Rick Lambert.
Southern Miss Alumni and Friends Support the College of Nursing Building Campaign
The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation continues to raise support for the College of Nursing Building Campaign to help fund the construction of Asbury Hall, the proposed new home for the College that will provide its students and faculty with the tools they need to continue to make a difference in the lives of Mississippi residents.
A Scholarship Based on Character
A new scholarship has been established in the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi that recognizes the importance of character. Many scholarships are based on financial need or academic excellence; however, the College of Business Merit Scholarship is based on both of those criteria plus character – integrity, work ethic and commitment to finish a degree.
Couple Supports the Arts at Southern Miss Through the Gift of Scholarship
A generous gift of stock to The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation from Dr. and Mrs. Larry Smith of Hattiesburg, Miss., has established a scholarship endowment in Music and enhanced an existing scholarship endowment in Theatre and Dance. As avid supporters of the arts, Dr. and Mrs. Smith hope the scholarships will help to continue to attract talented students to the arts programs at Southern Miss.
USM Foundation Boasts New Fundraising Record with More Than $20 Million Raised
The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation has set a new record for gifts and pledges received during a single fiscal year at $20,336,110. The record eclipses the previous mark of $13.9 million from fiscal year 2006 by 46 percent and also represents an increase of 300 percent over the amount raised last year. More than 4,620 donors participated in the record-setting effort.
Southern Miss Faculty, Staff Campaign Surpasses Goal
With 32 percent of full time University employees making gifts to The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation, the 2012 Campaign for Southern Miss has exceeded its goal. The Campaign, which was an effort to increase the number of Southern Miss faculty and staff that give back to the University through the USM Foundation, began on July 1, 2011, and will end on June 30, 2012.
Former Geography Department Chair Leaves Bequest to Support Scholarships at Southern Miss
Dr. Arthell Kelley, Southern Miss alumnus and longtime faculty member, left a $600,000 bequest to The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation to support scholarships for geography students at the University.
USM Foundation Completes $10 Million Building Better Business Campaign
The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation announced the successful conclusion of the $10 million Building Better Business Campaign.
USM Foundation Hosts Honor Club Black Tie Gala
The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation was proud to once again host the Honor Club Black Tie Gala on March 23, 2012, at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Miss.
Hattiesburg Clinic Supports DuBard School and School of Nursing at Southern Miss
A $100,000 commitment to The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation from Hattiesburg Clinic will help fund the DuBard School for Language Disorders 50th Anniversary Campaign and the School of Nursing Building Campaign at Southern Miss.
Mississippi Export Railroad Establishes Scholarship at Southern Miss Gulf Coast
In celebration of its 90th anniversary, Mississippi Export Railroad Company established the Mississippi Export Railroad Gulf Coast Scholarship Endowment with a gift of $50,000 to The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation.
Mississippi Manufacturers Association Establishes Endowed Scholarship Fund 
at The University of Southern Mississippi
With a gift of $60,000 to The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation, the Mississippi Manufacturers Association (MMA) has established the Mississippi Manufacturers Association Scholarship Endowment.
Southern Miss Breaks Ground on New Home for College of Business
With just a few shovel turns of dirt, the long-imagined dream of a new home for the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi has taken a significant leap toward reality.
USM Foundation Announces $8 Million Campaign for New School of Nursing Building
The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation announced an $8 million fundraising campaign on January 18 to help construct a new facility for the University’s School of Nursing.
Southern Miss College of Business Building Campaign Receives Significant Boost
Thanks to a gift from The First Bancshares Inc., The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation’s Building Better Business Campaign has exceeded the $8 million mark on its way to reaching its $10 million goal. In addition, Southern Miss alumnus Chuck Scianna has issued a matching gift challenge to help raise the remaining $2 million needed to move forward with construction of the new College of Business building this summer.
USM Foundation Renames Planned Giving Society
The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation proudly announces the renaming of the planned giving society. Formerly the Founders’ Society, the McCarty Legacy recognizes the foresight of those who are helping to secure the future of Southern Miss through planned giving.
Building Better Business Campaign Approaches $8 Million Threshold
After only seven months into the public phase of the Building Better Business Campaign, The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation has successfully raised more than $7.8 million in gifts and pledges to fund the construction of a new building for the College of Business at Southern Miss.
Buffetts Donate, Christen Gulf Coast Research Lab Vessel
Singer, songwriter and University of Southern Mississippi alumnus Jimmy Buffett, alongside his sisters Lucy Buffett and Laurie Buffett McGuane, performed a one-of-a-kind christening for their donated vessel, Miss Peetsy B, at the university’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs on Monday, Dec. 5.
Luckyday Foundation Makes $4 Million Commitment to Southern Miss
In keeping with its generous history of contributions to The University of Southern Mississippi, the Luckyday Foundation has made a $4 million gift commitment to be used for construction of new student housing.
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