The University of South Alabama’s first comprehensive fund-raising campaign celebrated the 18-month anniversary of its public phase with a meeting of the Campaign USA Leadership team on USA’s campus.
At the midway point of its three-year public phase, Campaign USA has raised $58.6 million, a remarkable achievement that included gifts by more than 15,000 donors.
Campaign USA, the University’s first comprehensive fund-raising campaign, seeks to raise $75 million for USA programs, faculty, students and construction. The public phase of Campaign USA was launched in March 2006. The Campaign USA Leadership team is comprised of local and national leaders, many of whom are alumni.
“Campaign USA is already paying great dividends for University faculty, staff and students,” said USA President Gordon Moulton. “We’re extremely pleased with the momentum, and I'm optimistic that we’ll meet our goal. We thank everyone who is helping to make this historic campaign a success.”
Jim Yance, a USA alumnus, trustee, and volunteer chairman of Campaign USA, said the first half of the public phase of the campaign has been a rewarding period of watching the community give back to the local University.
“We are enjoying a tremendous response from across the community and across the country as we move into the middle of our campaign,” Yance said. “This is an exciting time in the history of the University, and our leadership team is doing great work. We appreciate all the gifts from our many donors and encourage others to participate.”
Dr. Joseph F. Busta, Jr., USA vice president for development and alumni relations, said, “For the third consecutive six-month reporting period during the public phase of Campaign USA, we have exceeded our goals thanks to the diligence and hard work of our campaign chair, Jim Yance, and the members of the Campaign USA Leadership team.”
Significant gifts of the past six months include:
• A $500,000 gift from the Monte L. Moorer Foundation of Mobile to USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital to update and modernize its radiologic, diagnostic testing of neonatal, pediatric and obstetric patients.
• A $280,000 gift from the Ernest G. DeBakey Charitable Foundation to establish a scholarship fund for College of Medicine students who will commit to working in rural communities for at least five years after their residency training.
• A $100,000 gift from Mobilians Jimmy and Joy Grodnick, which is split between the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute and the USA Mitchell College of Business. Their $50,000 gift to the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute has created the Audrey Joyce Grodnick Breast Cancer Research Endowment Fund. It honors Jimmy Grodnick’s mother, who fought and eventually died from breast cancer. The fund provides additional resources for research and treatment by USA Mitchell Cancer Institute doctors. The couple also made a $50,000 gift to the Mitchell College of Business. It is being used for the refurbishment of an office suite in the Mitchell College of Business.
• A $50,000 gift from USA alumnus Tom Corcoran and his wife, Barbara, to establish the Corcoran Scholar-Athlete Endowed Scholarship, which will be given to a USA junior who most excels in both sports and academic achievement.
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 14,000 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, Nursing and Pharmacy. The University has awarded 60,000 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.