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Middle Tennessee State University is spending $5.1 million for upgrades to its athletic facilities. The initiative, which gets underway this week with renovations to the Murphy Center, includes improvements to the football, baseball and womens soccer fields; football coaches offices; softball stadium and tennis center. (The Tennessean, 7/12/05)
Middle Tennessee State University is spending $5.1 million for upgrades to its athletic facilities. The initiative, which gets underway this week with renovations to the Murphy Center, includes improvements to the football, baseball and women's soccer fields; football coaches' offices; softball stadium and tennis center. (The Tennessean, 7/12/05)

The words Confederate Memorial Hall will remain inscribed on a Vanderbilt University building after a three-year legal battle. Vanderbilt decided not to appeal a state court ruling that the school either keep the inscription or pay damages that could have topped $1 million to the United Daughters of the Confederacy. (The Tennessean, 7/12/05)

A proposed agreement addressing concerns state officials had about the relationship between the University of Tennessee and the sometimes-controversial UT Foundation could be approved this fall. The seven-page document grew out of meetings by an ad hoc committee comprised of several UT trustees and administrators to address concerns raised about the foundation in a 2003 audit by the state comptroller's office. (KnoxNews.com, 7/6/05)
The state's nine Governor's Schools are underway at East Tennessee State University (School for the Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage), Middle Tennessee State University (School of the Arts), Tennessee Technological University (School for Information Technology Leadership), University of Memphis (School for International Studies), University of Tennessee-Chattanooga (School for Prospective Teachers), University of Tennessee-Knoxville (School for Manufacturing and Engineering Fundamentals, School for the Sciences), and the University of Tennessee-Martin (School for the Agricultural Sciences, School for the Humanities). (The Tennessean, 7/5/05)
Through a new public-private partnership, the University of Tennessee's College of Engineering will build a $37.5 million electrical and computer engineering building. The Tennessee legislature approved $25 million for the facility. UT alumnus Dr. Min H. Kao has provided $12.5 million in private funding and pledged an additional $5 million to match gifts, up to $5 million, to generate a $10 million endowment to support the department. Kao's $17.5 million gift is the single largest private donation in UT- Knoxville history. The department will become the Min H. Kao Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the building also will be named in his honor. (WBIR.com, 6/30/05)