HUNTINGTON -– Marshall University's Bridge Campaign, launched during homecoming festivities this past October, has reached more than half of a $16 million goal.

"We are pleased to report that during the early stages of this campaign we have secured nearly $8.4 million in commitments for the three Bridge Campaign projects," said Ron Area, CEO of the Marshall University Foundation Inc. "We are enthusiastic about the momentum behind this campaign, and feel confident that our alumni and friends will continue to support this effort."

The Bridge Campaign is a focused initiative led by The Marshall University Foundation Inc. to connect academics, alumni and athletic programming through the construction of three new facilities. Construction began earlier this fall on two of the three Bridge projects: a 16,000-square-foot Engineering Laboratory for the newly reinstated engineering program, and a new women's softball complex resulting from demolition of the old field to make way for new residence halls and a student recreation center.

Construction on a new building to house the University's alumni relations staff and programs in addition to the Marshall University Foundation, Inc. and Development offices will begin in early 2008.

For more information, visit the Marshall University Foundation Inc. Web site at www.marshalluniversityfoundation.com or call (304) 696-3292.

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