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Holiday Gift Opens New Doors at SUU

Published: January 04, 2008 | Category: Special Events

While millions stand in line at stores across the country to return unwanted holiday gifts, Southern Utah University is enjoying a very generous end-of-year contribution that will allow work to move forward on the second phase of SUU’s student housing initiative at the conclusion of this spring semester.

Though details about the donor and gift are not available at this time, this multi-million dollar pledge will change the face of SUU’s campus.

According to SUU President Michael T. Benson, Manzanita Hall, 40 year-old apartment-style student dormitories, will be razed to make space for new student housing similar to the Eccles Complex at SUU.

States Benson, “I can’t overstate how significant this gift is in that we can move forward in this absolutely vital project.”

In the coming months, University administrators plan to apply for a state bond that will fund the remainder of the construction project. With any luck, Benson hopes the new housing facility will be completed in time for the Fall 2009 semester.

In addition to moving forward with construction plans, campus officials are also working to secure living space near campus to house displaced on-campus housing applicants for the 2008-09 school year.

To be sure, this gift is one that will benefit the entire campus community.

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