USM launches fundraising initiative for military facility

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The University of Southern Mississippi is working on a multi-million dollar project to provide students who are veterans or service members an exclusive facility.

The university kicked off a fundraising initiative today to make the $2.4 million project a reality. Currently housed in a 1,600-square-foot refurbished building, the center has quickly outgrown its current space.

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The Quinlan Hammond Hall of Honor will be a 5,200-square-foot facility with a conference room, study space for small groups, or individual work, a library with a joining lounge and study, as well as other meeting areas and staff office space. Jeff Hammond said, “If you get nothing else out of this, I want you to remember this, the students we’re talking about, they volunteered to serve our nation following the 9/11 attacks on us. I call that character, integrity, moral courage.”

Joe Quinlan said, “This is our way of trying to pay it forward. This is our way of trying to give back some of the respect that these veterans, their families, they so richly deserve.”

The buildings tentative completion date is Fall 2021.

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