MSU capital campaign nears $500 million

With growing momentum, Infinite Impact is approaching the $500 million mark toward an overall campaign goal of $600 million. At this point in the campaign, the endeavor has become the largest single fundraising effort in Mississippi State University history.

Alumni and friends can contribute to MSU’s continued success and growth in years to come by making a campaign commitment and creating an impact through our university. Campaign gifts may support scholarships, chairs and professorships, facilities and programs. Since the campaign’s inception in mid-2001, nearly $118 million has been raised for endowed undergraduate and graduate scholarships and fellowships, and nearly $47 million has been raised for faculty support. Additionally, more than $49 million in facility support, and nearly $281 million in programs and annual support comprise the overall fundraising total.

Over time, the multi-year endeavor will help MSU achieve its long-term goals for the institution. Infinite Impact will equate the best all-around college experience–from academics to athletics–for all individuals who make their way to Mississippi State University. The campaign will allow students and professors to extend their research and service efforts to benefit life worldwide.

Since the campaign began, 325 new scholarships have been created–both annual and endowed. Besides college-specific scholarships, alumni and friends can also contribute to the university’s Compass and Promise scholarship programs.

Opportunities also exist in all colleges to create chairs and professorships. By securing contributions for additional endowed positions, MSU can attract and retain top educators to the academic community, who in turn attract significant research support, outstanding graduate students and other distinguished faculty. Thus far in the campaign, 24 new endowed faculty positions have been established, bringing the university total to 74.

Additional scholarships and endowed positions will help MSU grow over time. As the university population increases, campaign gifts for new facilities and much-needed renovations of existing structures will allow the campus infrastructure to keep pace.

Since the campaign began, 325 new scholarships have been created–both annual and endowed. Currently, 24 new endowed faculty positions have been established, bringing the university total to 74.

This issue of Alumnus highlights giving opportunities in the following key areas where alumni and friends can make an impact.

Athletics: MSU Athletics continues its plans to upgrade facilities over time for all 16 NCAA Division I sports programs currently offered by the university. With the Leo Seal Jr. Football Complex complete and Davis Wade Stadium finished, next up is Polk-DeMent Stadium at Dudy Noble Field, home of the Diamond Dawgs. In an effort to modernize the complex to keep play at the highest level, MSU seeks $20 million in gifts toward a planned expansion. The modernized stadium will feature about 50 skyboxes and club and loge seating with outfield suites. MSU can ensure facilities for all campus sports remain top-notch with financial support from alumni and friends. And, most importantly, gifts can help student-athletes excel in the classroom. Gifts to the Bulldog Club and other athletic programs will count toward the overall Infinite Impact goal.

MSU-Meridian: MSU-Meridian is seeking to expand its current efforts by using privately funded scholarships to recruit students pursuing degrees in one of its three main divisions–Arts and Sciences, Business and Education. With a regional need for a well-prepared workforce in healthcare services, MSU can be a frontrunner in Eastern Mississippi and Western Alabama for medical education and research endeavors. By securing Infinite Impact gifts, MSU-Meridian will be able to expand its educational offerings and help meet this critical need for the region.

University Libraries: Over the course of Infinite Impact, the University Libraries will continue to pursue inclusion with the Association of Research Libraries and emphasize facilities and technology. For Mitchell Memorial Library, gifts can help expand and renovate the Instructional Media Center, refurbish the electronic classroom and auditorium, and place additional technology in the John Grisham Room, named for the MSU alumnus and best-selling novelist. The library is also working to house more collections in the humanities.

Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College: The Shackouls Honors College can further expand academic opportunities and study abroad opportunities with Infinite Impact gifts. Alumni and friends can increase the number of scholarships for potential selections of prestigious national and international awards, such as the Rhodes, the Marshall and the Truman scholarships. Gifts of $250,000 will create Presidential Endowed Scholarships to attract the most elite students from across the nation. A financial commitment for the honors college is an investment in scientists who will eradicate diseases, engineers who will build a better environment, and writers and philosophers who will help others imagine new worlds.

Collection for Infinite Impact continues through 2018. All gifts, regardless of the designation, are commitments to the campaign. Gifts to the Bulldog Club and other athletic programs will also count toward the overall goal. A current summary of the university’s progress and more information on specific campaign goals can be viewed at infiniteimpactmsu.com.