University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations

September 12, 2006
Contact: Jennifer Z. Ekman, USA Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6360

Lisa Mitchell Bukstein Endows Faculty Award in USA College of Education

Lisa Mitchell Bukstein has endowed a new faculty award at the University of South Alabama’s College of Education. The alumna’s $20,000 gift will be matched by the University to create a $40,000 endowment. The gift will be used to generate an annual award of around $2,000, which will be given to an outstanding faculty member in the College of Education.
Lisa Mitchell Bukstein, center, presents a newly endowed faculty award for the USA College of Education to Dean Richard Hayes, left. Bukstein's father, USA trustee and philanthropist Mayer Mitchell, right, looks on.
Bukstein’s recent gift is part of Campaign USA, the University’s first comprehensive fund-raising campaign that seeks to raise $75 million for USA programs, faculty, students and construction over the next three years. Campaign USA was launched in March, and, to date, has raised $44.2 million.

“I’m very proud to endow this award for the University,” Bukstein said. “I feel very honored. It’s a great thing to give back to the University after what it gave to me.”

Dr. Joseph F. Busta Jr., vice president of development and alumni relations, said of the gift, “Lisa Bukstein believes that excellence in the education of our children is a priority and should be rewarded as evidenced through this special award to recognize the excellence of those at USA whose profession it is to train future teachers.”

USA College of Education Dean Richard Hayes acknowledged that previous recipients of the award have proven to be among the most talented faculty in the College and that the endowment would substantially increase the level of support for the award while ensuring its continuation for years to come.

“The Lisa Mitchell Bukstein Award has provided tangible support for the scholarship of some of our most talented faculty,” Hayes said. “With this gift, it will serve as a significant source of encouragement for their creativity in the future.”

Campaign USA will enrich all aspects of USA, from its academic colleges and schools to its hospitals, athletic programs, libraries and campuses. The money raised will be used to fund such items as undergraduate and graduate scholarships, professorships, classroom and laboratory equipment, and health care innovations. Funds will also be used for capital enhancements to USA’s track and soccer programs, a University archives building and campus bell tower.

The campaign is led by some 50 outstanding local and national business leaders.

For information on Campaign USA, go to or call (251) 460-7032.

The University of South Alabama

Since its founding in 1963, the University of South Alabama has been one of Alabama’s fastest growing universities, currently enrolling more than 13,300 students in a wide range of academic programs in Allied Health Professions, Arts and Sciences, Mitchell College of Business, Computer and Information Sciences, Continuing Education and Special Programs, Education, Engineering, Medicine, and Nursing. The University has awarded more than 57,000 degrees.

In addition to teaching and research, USA is one of the largest health care providers in the Mobile region, with its faculty physicians and two hospitals – Children’s & Women’s and USA Medical Center – involved in more than a quarter million patient encounters annually.

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