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SOUTHERN MISS RECEIVES GIFT FROM MISSISSIPPI MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION

12/15/05 
Contact Daphne Alford (601)266-5916

HATTIESBURG – The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation announced today a $10,000 gift from the Mississippi Manufacturers Association (MMA) in Jackson.

A first-time gift to Southern Miss, the MMA Chairman’s Award was presented by outgoing chairman Bobby Dews of Hattiesburg.

This gift will be used for scholarships in the Southern Miss School of Construction’s Department of Industrial Engineering Technology.

“I’m proud of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association for awarding $10,000 each year to the chairman to give to their university of choice. The award is a wonderful way to help develop new talent for the future of manufacturing,” said Bobby Dews, immediate past chairman of MMA’s board of directors, whose term ended in October.

“My family has been involved with the university for 65 years or more, and I’m a Southern Miss graduate, so this was an obvious choice to help the university develop their industrial technology program, which is essentially manufacturing. We want to attract the best and the brightest students to Southern Miss. I hope this will help in some way toward that goal.”

The mission of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association is to provide high-quality goods and services to its members and to identify, disseminate and utilize information necessary to promote a strong manufacturing environment within Mississippi. For more than 20 years, the MMA has represented the interests of Mississippi’s manufacturers at both the state and national levels.

“The MMA Chairman’s Award represents the association’s commitment to education in Mississippi,” said Jay Moon, MMA’s president and chief executive officer. “We recognize that a well-educated, well-trained workforce is the key to bringing industry to the state and remaining competitive in our global economy.
“MMA also honors the service of our outgoing chairman of the board each year by having the gift presented in the chairman’s name to the educational institution of his choice. We are proud that Bobby Dews, MMA’s recent chairman, has chosen to present the 2005 Chairman’s Award to the Southern Miss School of Construction and the Department of Industrial Engineering Technology. Through supplements to the current scholarship program, we hope this gift will encourage Mississippi’s best students to remain in the state and to continue to improve Mississippi industry.”

“We’re grateful to Bobby Dews and the MMA for this gift to Southern Miss,” said Southern Miss President Dr. Shelby Thames. “This will provide students with the opportunity to get a great education at Southern Miss and enter into a field that has a great need for bright, skilled individuals who can help grow our state’s economy and strengthen our quality of life.”

 


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