University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
March 3, 2011
Contact: Jennifer Z. Ekman, USA Public Relations, (251) 460-6360

Hargrove Engineers + Constructors Pledge Gifts to
Shelby Hall, Jaguar Athletic Fund

Eighteen Employees Contribute to Shelby Hall Gift

Back Row, from left to right, Dennis Watson, Jeb Shell, Jeff Tapley, Michael Perniciaro, and John Steber.
Back Row, from left to right, Dennis Watson, Jeb Shell, Jeff Tapley, Michael Perniciaro, and John Steber.
Front Row, from left to right, Dean Baxter, Chad Vinson, Jake Parker, Larin Dees, Steve McClure, Leta Walton, and Ralph Hargrove.

Hargrove Engineers + Constructors, and 18 employees of Hargrove, recently pledged $95,000 to the University of South Alabama for naming rights for the executive board room within the Shelby Hall: Engineering and Computing Sciences.

Of this $95,000 pledge, the company pledged $77,050. The remaining $17,950 is from eighteen Hargrove employees, all but two of whom are USA graduates. The company chose to name the highly visibly executive board room, located on the third floor of Shelby Hall. The Hargrove Engineers + Constructors Board Room will overlook a beautiful outdoor fountain, and host both the College of Engineering and the School of Computer and Information Sciences board meetings, luncheons, advisory board meetings alumni gatherings, and more.

This gift will support the USA College of Engineering Excellence Endowment and the School of Computer and Information Sciences Excellence Endowment, two funds created to help the pursuit of academic excellence by allowing the deans to continually assess priorities and goals, and direct funding to special areas of opportunity and/or concern.

In appreciation for the generous donation, Hargrove’s name will appear on a plaque outside the room, and on the School of Computer and Information Sciences donor wall and the College of Engineering donor wall. As a part of the Shelby Hall Room-Naming Campaign, the company, and the contributing employees, will receive a gift recognition match from the University.

The Hargrove Employees that contributed to this gift are: John Horton Steber, James Steven McClure, P.E., Gary P. Roberts, P.E., Jeffrey B. Tapley, P.E., Charles R. Garrison Jr., P.E., John J. Parker, P.E., John P. O'Rourke, Richard H. Kersten, Gerrett Swearingen Jr., Leta D. Walton, Douglas Brian Rhoades, P.E., J.E.B. Shell, Michael J. Perniciaro Jr, P.E., Richard Spitzkopf, David D. Baxter, Larin F. Dees, and Chad Lee Vinson.

“Hargrove Engineers + Constructors is proud to provide local career opportunities to graduates of the University of South Alabama. Community Involvement is an important part of our Team Approach. We are pleased that so many of our USA alumni have chosen to invest in the future and give to further the development of USA,” said Hargrove Vice President for Projects and USA Alumnus Dennis Watson, P.E.

USA Vice President for Development Dr. Joseph F. Busta Jr. said, “Hargrove Engineers + Constructors is committed to their community, and we deeply appreciate the commitment and generous gift support the company and its USA Alumni engineers have made to the University of South Alabama.”

Hargrove also recently made a $5,000 pledge to the USA Jaguar Athletic Fund, demonstrating its support of USA’s athletics as well as its academics.


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