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Released July 21, 2004


HATTIESBURG -- University officials plan to announce the results of the $100 million campaign for Southern Miss during homecoming festivities on Oct. 23. The capital campaign concluded June 30, following a seven-year initiative to secure comprehensive funding for The University of Southern Mississippi. Final tabulations are being made to determine the total dollars raised.

"We want to have as many people participate in the celebration as were involved in making it possible," said Tim Ryan, executive director of the USM Foundation. "Homecoming weekend is the perfect time to share our good news with the help of our foundation board, the alumni association, the athletic foundation, and the campaign leadership."

The silent phase of the campaign began in 1997, followed by a formal kickoff on April 20, 2001, during the foundation's annual black-tie dinner. The now familiar slogan, "Our Time Is Now," covered five priorities identified through input from staff, administration, development and athletic personnel, alumni, and friends of the university. Priorities for the campaign were merit scholarships, faculty and staff development, Gulf Coast campus expansion, libraries and technology, and athletics.

A private accounting firm will audit the campaign figures to confirm the findings of the Office of Development. Details of the festivities regarding the campaign announcement will be released as a part of the homecoming calendar of events.


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