The University of Southern Indiana Foundation says its Elevating Excellence campaign surpassed its $50 million goal. The funding is supporting projects including new conference space, a welcome center and more than 100 scholarships.

The foundation says more than 7,000 gifts resulted in a total of $57.1 million. The campaign officially came to a close at the end of June, about three years after its public launch. It topped its goal a year early, thanks to a leadership gift from St. Mary’s Health President D. Keith Jewell. who earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees from USI.

USI held a ribbon-cutting in May for the Griffin Center meeting and conference space. The school will also break ground in September on the Fuquay Welcome Center. Both projects are being funded in part by leadership gifts. The campaign has also resulted in funding for 132 new scholarships totaling $15.5 million and more than $1 million for faculty engagement fellowships and professorships.

Last week, USI updated several high-profile campus projects, including upgrades to and an expansion of the Physical Activities Center. Those improvements will be the first since the building opened in 1980. The center is the home of multiple athletic teams and the school’s fall and spring commencements.

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