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Lauderdale student wins MSU capital campaign naming contest

By Staff
October 14, 2003
special to The Star
STARKVILLE A Meridian grandmother who also is a doctoral student at Mississippi State University won a university contest to name for a pending campus fund-raising campaign.
Sacky H. Holdiness recently received $500, a special luncheon and a plaque. Her entry was among more than 600 submitted to the MSU Foundation from students, faculty and staff.
Holdiness' "State of the Future" will appear with an accompanying logo on all materials related to the Mississippi State Campaign.
The campaign is a multi-year fund-raising and marketing effort designed to dramatically increase the level of private gift support for the university. MSU now is in the silent phase, during which the foundation is working with volunteers to secure large, leadership-level gifts that ensure campaign success.
Dennis Prescott, vice president for external affairs, said a formal launch of the campaign is anticipated next year.
Mississippi State's first-ever major gifts campaign concluded in 1997 with more than $143 million in private gifts, pledges and deferred gifts for the university, most of which became part of the university's permanent endowment.