Following a series of campus dialogues, it was determined that “a spirit of humanity” and “the opportunity to give back to the community” were among the forces of innovation making up the University of Southern Mississippi.
Southern Miss United Way Campaign co-chairs Mike Giles, director of Southern Miss Recreational Sports, and Dolly Loyd, instructor in the Department of Management and Marketing, believe the university’s longstanding support of the United Way of Southeast Mississippi is a reflection of those forces.
With that in mind, a $100,000 goal for this year’s campus United Way campaign has been set to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate in the Pine Belt area, and to fulfill the university’s commitment to charitable and humanitarian initiatives.
“Every day we see the needs in our community, like when a family loses their home in a fire, a child needs after school mentoring and tutoring services or an elderly citizen needs assistance – and any of these people could be someone we are related to or a friend,” he said. “And United Way agencies are there to help, but only through our support.”
Faculty, staff and students are asked to consider making a donation of any amount, and to also consider taking advantage of the convenient payroll deduction option as a way to participate in the campaign. There is no minimum on a payroll deduction. For those who are paid biweekly, the deduction will come out of the second check each month.
The United Way’s positive impact can been seen right here on campus in the Southern Miss agencies the organization supports, including the DuBard School for Language Disorders, the Children’s Center for Communication and Development, and the Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention, Loyd said.
“I encourage everyone at the university to make a donation, large or small, to help the United Way provide these agencies, including the ones on our campus with the support they need to make a difference for the better,” she said.
Southern Miss President Dr. Martha Saunders echoed those thoughts during her fall convocation address Wednesday at Bennett Auditorium when she encouraged her audience to join her in supporting the campaign. “Not only does this community benefit from the United Way fund, but our campus does as well,” she said.
For more information about the Southern Miss United Way campaign, contact Giles at 601.266.5405 or e-mail at
; or contact Loyd at 601.266.4633 or e-mail at
Dolly Loyd, right, hands out information on the Southern Miss United Way campaign to Rusty Anderson prior to Wednesday’s fall convocation. Organizers of the campaign have set a goal of $100,000, which will benefit the United Way of Southeast Mississippi and the agencies it supports. (Southern Miss Marketing and Public Relations photo by David Tisdale)
About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu.