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Released February 4, 2003


HATTIESBURG - The University of Southern Mississippi's Institute for Learning in Retirement received a boost Tuesday from one of its own members with a $100,000 donation.

The anonymous donation will provide initial funding to endow the university liaison position for the ILR. "The strong commitment to this organization is exemplified by this donation," said Southern Miss's president, Dr. Shelby F. Thames.

Southern Miss provides an educational opportunity designed to meet the needs of America's maturing population through the Southern Miss Institute for Learning in Retirement.

"This donation will help assure the long-term standing of the relationship between the university and ILR by endowing the liaison position," said ILR's past president, Tom Price.

Older adults who care about their education, who are self-motivated, and who wish to define their own educational experience are able to realize their personal goals in a relaxed university atmosphere through participation in the Institute.

The major objectives of the Institute are to involve learners in developing college-level, noncredit educational activities and to provide an organizational structure that distinguishes the Institute as an education community.

Founded in May 1991 with 94 charter members, the Institute grew to nearly 150 members in its first year. Currently, the Southern Miss-ILR has a membership of more than 450.


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