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Georgia Southwestern topples goal on first-ever Day of Giving raising nearly $19,000

Georgia Southwestern State University’s (GSW) inaugural Day of Giving, which ran midnight to midnight on Thursday, October 10, almost quadrupled the initial goal of $5,000 netting $18,844.60 for the University.

This was GSW’s first time hosting a Day of Giving which served as a 24-hour giving challenge, mostly focused online and through a social-media driven effort, to bring the campus and surrounding community together in an effort to raise money and awareness for the University and its programs.

“I am constantly amazed at how the GSW and Americus community come together to make a difference,” said GSW President Neal Weaver, PhD. “Our first Day of Giving was a huge success thanks to the hard work of the committee and the unwavering support from our neighbors. I am excited about the future of the University and am already looking forward to next year.”

On this single-day campaign, Hurricanes around the country—alumni, community members, parents, friends, neighbors, faculty, staff and students—made gifts ranging from $5 to $5,000. Contributions were mostly directed to the Day of Giving’s five funds which supported athletics, scholarships, student success, academics and facility improvements.

Learn more about GSW’s Day of Giving here.

Day of Giving 2019

State approves $3 million for renovation of historic Florrie Chappell Gymnasium

GSW is pleased to announce the renovation of Florrie Chappell Gymnasium, the University’s oldest unoccupied building, thanks to the inclusion of $3 million in House Bill 31 of Georgia’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of construction for the “old gym,” as some so fondly remember. Completed in early 1939 at a cost of $65,000 (approximately $1.2 million today, adjusted for inflation), the gym served as GSW’s primary athletics facility for decades, with a basketball court and auditorium space that seated 1,000 on the main level. It was the site of many concerts and graduation ceremonies, with the first held in June 1939. The basement contained a swimming pool and large recreation room used for dancing, games, and PE classes such as fencing and badminton.

“Georgia Southwestern is excited about the revival and future of this historic building,” said GSW President Neal Weaver. “The restoration will be an important element in attracting new students to our campus and retaining them through graduation. I, along with the entire GSW community, are so grateful to our legislative delegation (Senators Greg Kirk and Freddie Powell Sims and Rep. Mike Cheokas) who made sure this project was included in the FY20 budget.”

The state legislature put $3 million toward the total project cost of $3.5 million, while GSW will provide the remaining $500,000 in private funds.

Learn more about the gym and upcoming renovation here.

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