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Released October 29, 2004

SOUTHERN MISS INTERIOR DESIGN RECEIVES DONATION
HATTIESBURG --Haworth Inc., one of the world's largest contract furniture manufacturers, has made a donation to The University of Southern Mississippi interior design program. Troy Andrews, the manufacturer's representative for Hattiesburg and a member of the Southern Miss Interior Design Advisory Board, recently contributed $16,000 to the program for new furnishings and to establish the Haworth Award for Excellence in Interior Design.

The company also recently recognized four seniors in the program who will be practicing commercial interior design after graduation. The students were provided with an all-expense-paid trip to the Merchandise Mart in Chicago on Oct. 14-16. Virginia Muller of Pass Christian, Lindsay Rolph of Slidell, La., Katie Smith of Brookhaven, and Crystal Kirk of Theodore, Ala., were the first award winners who visited the newly renovated Haworth showroom to learn about LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. The students also participated in an architectural tour of Chicago, which included the Robie House, a Frank Lloyd Wright design.

Funding to the interior design program was donated through a contribution of 1 percent of Haworth's furniture sales within the state of Mississippi this year. The donation will be awarded in January of each year and will be based on the dollar volume of furniture purchased in the state during the previous year. Haworth Inc. is a 50-year-old, privately owned, family-operated business based in Holland, Mich., with annual sales exceeding $1.5 billion.

The university's accredited interior design program was founded in 1970 and was the first program in the state to receive FIDER accreditation. The program, which is also endorsed by the National Kitchen and Bath Association, is part of the Department of Art and Design in the College of Arts and Letters.

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November 23, 2004 9:23 AM