University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
 
July 21, 2010
Contact: Jennifer Z. Ekman, USA Public Relations, (251) 460-6360
 

Mike and Kim Jones Pledge $25,000 to Shelby Hall
Alumni Couple Offers First Pledge for Named Classroom

 
Mike S. Jones and his wife, Kim
Mike S. Jones and his wife, Kim
 

University of South Alabama alumni Mike S. Jones and his wife, Kim, recently pledged $25,000 to name the first Computer and Information Sciences classroom within the new Shelby Hall – Engineering and Computing Sciences Building.

Mike Jones, a 1995 graduate of USA’s School of Computer and Information Sciences, serves as executive vice president and chief operating office of CPSI, Inc. Kim Jones graduated from USA’s Mitchell College of Business in 1996.

As part of the Shelby Hall Room Naming Campaign, their gift pledge received a 50 percent recognition match, resulting in the $25,000 gift.

“The growth of the University in recent years has been amazing, and the construction of Shelby Hall is more evidence of the commitment this institution has to providing quality educational opportunities to its students,” Mike Jones said. “Under the leadership of Dr. Alec Yasinsac, the School of Computer and Information Sciences continues to expand and hopefully our gift will

    help to facilitate that growth. Our continued relationship

with USA benefits us both professionally and personally, and as alumni it is only appropriate that we give back in any way that we can. It is our hope that this may also encourage others to join us and do the same.”

“We are proud and honored that SCIS alumni Mike Jones and his wife, Kim, are our first Shelby Hall classroom sponsors,” said Dr. Alec Yasinsac, dean of the School of Computer and Information Sciences. “Their contribution will enhance the experience for future SCIS students and will ensure that SCIS has the resources it needs to continue the tradition of excellence in graduate and undergraduate computing education.

“Mike and Kim are both proud and enthusiastic USA alumni. We are excited that this classroom will be an enduring symbol of their support and friendship to SCIS and USA.”

University Development Director Ginny Turner said alumni, businesses and friends of USA’s School of Computer and Information Sciences have a unique opportunity to participate in the Shelby Hall Room Naming Program by “naming” a room within the building and, at the same time, supporting a variety of programs at the School. Not only will donor’s names remain for the lifetime of the building, their gift, placed into endowment, will provide perpetual support to benefit students, she said.

“Mike and Kim are valued alumni who know their contribution will make a broad impact on students today, tomorrow, and for many generations to come,” Turner said.

Headquartered in Mobile, Alabama, Computer Programs & Systems, Inc. (CPSI) has been serving the information technology needs of community healthcare providers for over 30 years. The company developed a complete health information and patient care system and has a client base of more than 650 hospitals in 48 states. He has served in the roles of senior research and development analyst, and director of information technology for CPSI during his 16 years with the company. 

Construction continues at the University of South Alabama on Shelby Hall, a 155,000-square-foot engineering and computing sciences building that 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.

Shelby Hall is named 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.

Slated for completion in September 2011, 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.


 
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