Southern Miss held a day of giving for its beautification project on Wednesday.
School officials launched the campaign just a few weeks ago. They are collecting funds to help pay for three million dollars worth of landscaping renovations. The beauty of the campus was damaged by the February EF-4 tornado. Landscape architects have already started some of the work.
"We know that we have a lot of ground to cover to make sure we bring the campus back to the way it was before," says USM Foundation Manager Megan Burkes.
Burkes says the reason why they wanted to sponsor a day of giving was to collect a large amount of money in a short time period.
"We just wanted to get all of our alumni and students together to see what kind of impact we can make."
Landscapers have already started phase one of the project. The rose garden has new flowers and five new oak trees were planted Tuesday across the southern edge of campus.
"It was really a great experience to see and watch them bring it over the fence and plant the live oaks right here in the centennial gateway," says Burkes.
Burkes says the other four phases will be completed once they receive more funds.
"We really need to raise some money so we can fulfill the entire plan."
Donations can still be made online after the day of giving is over at www.usmfoundation.com.