University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
 
March 16, 2010
Contact: Jennifer Z. Ekman, (251) 460-6360
 
New Web Site for Shelby Hall Unveiled
Virtual Tours Available
 

A Web site has been developed for the new Shelby Hall - Engineering and Computing Sciences Building now under construction at the University of South Alabama.  Visit www.southalabama.edu/shelbyhall for building details, a virtual tour, the latest renderings, live construction Webcam, and room and laboratory naming opportunities.

Naming opportunities are available for Shelby Hall, a 155,000-square-foot engineering and computing sciences building slated for completion in September 2011. Naming opportunities include: classrooms, laboratories, student study rooms, a water fountain and more. 

A donor’s name (or the name of his or her choosing) will be inscribed on a special donor recognition plaque that will be placed outside the area so named.  In addition, the name will be inscribed on a plaque for the Shelby Hall Honor Wall of Donors in the atrium of the building. 

Funds raised through room naming support the respective area’s Excellence Endowment, which was created to allow current and future deans to direct funding to areas where the need is greatest.  The University will match donor gifts to name a room at a rate of 50 percent. For example, a $25,000 gift will be matched with $12,500 to provide donor recognition credit for $37,500 on the Donor Wall within Shelby Hall, and in the annual Honor Roll of Donors publication.

Construction continues on Shelby Hall, which is expected to spur local economic development by generating new technological advances and providing state-of-the-art education for the next generation of engineers and computer science professionals.

The new building is named Shelby Hall in honor of U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby and his wife, Dr. Annette Shelby. A longtime supporter of USA and its academic programs, Sen. Shelby was instrumental in securing more than $40 million in federal funding for the project.

The facility will include technologically advanced multimedia classrooms, laboratory space and computing facilities for both the College of Engineering and the School of Computer and Information Sciences at USA. It is being built on USA’s main campus at the intersection of University Boulevard and Old Shell Road.

Engineering and computer and information sciences students total 1,632 at USA, more than 10 percent of USA’s enrollment of 14,757.

For more information or to name an area within Shelby Hall, call the USA Office of Development at 251-460-7032 or visit www.southalabama.edu/shelbyhall.
 
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