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The University of Memphis has received a $1 million gift that will help grow its Lambuth campus in Jackson, Tennessee. The gift, from Jim and Janet Ayers, will be used for initiatives that support students, faculty, programs and facilities at the campus, and is part of a larger fundraising drive to establish scholarships, professorships and chairs, as well [...]

UF student-athletes have received an early Christmas gift that will keep giving for years to come. The school announced Friday a $12.5 million donation from an anonymous source will go toward the construction of a state-of-the-art academic center in 2015. The gift is the largest single donation to UF athletics and will cover half of [...]

At their December meeting Thursday, The University’s Board of Regents approved a motion to rename the Dennison Building “Weiser Hall” in recognition of University alum Ron Weiser, a former U.S. ambassador to Slovakia, and his wife Eileen for their recent $50 million donation to the University. Last month, the regents approved a $49 million renovation to the [...]

Rowan University President Ali Houshmand announced Wednesday morning that the Rowan family had donated a $15 million endowment to the university’s college of engineering. The contribution is the second largest in Rowan’s history, surpassed only by Henry M. Rowan’s original $100 million contribution in 1992 to what was then Glassboro State College. That donation helped establish the college [...]

illionaire Silicon Valley venture capitalist Sean Parker says he has been hospitalized 14 times for allergic reactions in the past four years. That’s one reason he’s donating $25 million to Stanford University to find a cure for allergies. The goal of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy Research is to find a cure for allergy sufferers that requires just one [...]

Wichita State University will receive an $11.5 million donation from Koch Industries and the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation. The university said Tuesday the gift is the largest single-time donation in the school’s history. The Wichita Eagle reports the money will be divided in five ways: $4.5 million to expand and renovate the Charles Koch [...]

University of Arizona astronomers are closer to having their own high-powered window to the universe. A Scottsdale high-tech entrepreneur on Monday donated $20 million toward the Giant Magellan Telescope, which is scheduled to be completed in 2021 in Chile. Richard F. Caris, founder and chairman of Interface Inc., has donated more than $2 million in [...]

Mission Hospital Laguna Beach received its largest financial gift since the facility opened in 2009 when local residents Sue and Bill Gross donated $10 million, according to a news release. The money will be used to enhance emergency room operations in what will be renamed The Sue and Bill Gross Emergency Department at the hospital. [...]

Marquette University has received a $3.5 million gift to fund capital improvement projects in the school’s oldest building. The university’s Diederich College of Communication said Monday it received the donation from the Bernice Shanke Greiveldinger Charitable Trust. The money will fund renovations to Johnston Hall starting in January. Renovations are expected to run through August [...]

LSU will receive its largest unrestricted endowment and third largest gift Friday afternoon as Roger Houston Ogden, a former member of the LSU Board of Supervisors and New Orleans businessman, will annouce a $12 million donation to the LSU Honors College. The donation is the largest unrestricted gift in LSU’s history, and the Honors College [...]