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Historic $10 Million Donation Marks New Era for SIU Carbondale's Law School

SIU's law school receives a historic $10 million donation from John and Jayne Simmons, potentially leading to the school being renamed the 'Simmons Law School'.

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Mazhar Abbas
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Historic $10 Million Donation Marks New Era for SIU Carbondale's Law School

In a historic move, Southern Illinois University's (SIU) law school in Carbondale has received a monumental $10 million donation from philanthropists, John and Jayne Simmons. This donation, the largest in the history of SIU Carbondale, comes as the law school marks its 50th anniversary.

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A New Era for SIU Law School

With this substantial contribution, the law school is set to witness significant enhancements, impacting generations of students and fortifying the institution's ability to serve its students and the region. The Simmons' generosity ushers in a new era for the law school, enabling it to expand and enrich the educational opportunities it offers to its students, faculty, and staff.

Simmons Law School: A Potential Renaming

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In recognition of the Simmons' considerable donation, the law school may undergo a renaming. Subject to approval from the SIU Board of Trustees in April, the institution could soon be known as the Simmons Law School. This renaming would immortalize the philanthropists' generosity, making the Simmons name an integral part of the institution's identity.

An Impact Beyond the Campus

While the donation's immediate effects will be felt within the walls of the law school, its impact is projected to reach far beyond the campus. By bolstering the law school's resources and capabilities, the donation is expected to benefit the wider region, fostering a stronger and more vibrant community.

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