FLORENCE, S.C. –Fort James Paper, which was recently acquired by the Georgia-Pacific Corp., has donated $2,500 to the Francis Marion University Foundation. The money will go toward renovating the Wallace Cottage on campus, which will become the Alumni-Faculty House.
Tom Kasler, director of operations at Georgia-Pacific’s Darlington plant, presented the check to Robert N. Sawyer, executive director of the FMU Foundation, on April 4.
“We are very grateful for the corporate support from Georgia-Pacific,” said Sawyer. “This contribution enhances our efforts to make the Alumni-Faculty House a reality.”
So far, $194,000 of the $350,000 needed to complete the project has been secured through pledges from faculty, staff and corporate donors.
Built in the 1930s, the Wallace Cottage is located between the Stokes Administration Building and the Stanton Academic Computer Center. Amelia Wallace and her family occupied the cottage continuously until her death in 1994. Since then, the cottage has remained vacant. The Wallace family provided the original land donation for the university and the home for the university president.
The purpose of creating the Alumni-Faculty House is to foster the relationship between alumni and the faculty. The house will include meeting rooms for special events and conferences, a dining room, accommodations for the university’s overnight guests, and a special place for receptions.
Georgia-Pacific is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and distributors of paper and building products. The company employs more that 85,000 people at nearly 600 facilities in the U.S., Canada and 11 other countries.
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