FLORENCE - Francis Marion University today announced that Progress Energy has made a $50,000 gift to replace computers in the Progress Energy Technology Center located in Rogers Library.
Established by the Progress Energy Foundation in 2003 through an $80,000 gift to the library, the Progress Energy Technology Center provides computer access for FMU's more than 4,100 students 88 hours per week, the same hours the library is open.
"We are again deeply indebted to Progress Energy for their continued support of the library program," said Paul Dove, dean of Rogers Library. "This will replace 17 computers and allow us to begin to circulate laptops among the students."
The gift affords FMU the opportunity to serve the pursuit of excellence in teaching and learning by providing students, faculty, staff and regional citizens with access to scholarly information and other resources, Dove added.
"Progress Energy is honored to partner with Francis Marion University on the Progress Energy Technology Center," said Emerson Gower, vice president of Progress Energy Carolinas southern region. "This partnership allows us yet another opportunity to advance our 'Save the Watts' campaign through the use of state-of-the-art equipment."
Progress Energy's "Save the Watts" campaign provides simple, low-cost suggestions for customers to reduce energy use and to save money on their energy bills. The campaign also promotes and encourages home energy checks, and offers additional ways customers can save money through participation in any of the company's more than 100 energy-efficiency programs and measures.
Progress Energy has been a long-standing supporter of Francis Marion University. As part of FMU's Campaign for Excellence in 2002, Progress Energy helped to establish an endowed chair in public service named for state Senator Hugh K. Leatherman Sr., and two endowed academic scholarships.
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