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AUBURN - Teal Corte of Fairhope recently presented $125,000 to Auburn University’s Schools of Nursing. The gift will be divided between the Auburn and Auburn University Montgomery campuses, with $50,000 being given unrestricted to Auburn University’s School of Nursing, $50,000 unrestricted to Auburn University Montgomery’s School of Nursing and $25,000 to the Nancy Carter McDonald Endowment for Scholarships. This is the second major gift Corte has made to the AU campaign since its public launch in February 2006.

“Our Schools of Nursing are enormously grateful for Mr. Corte’s generosity to our students,” said Barbara Witt, dean of the AU and AUM Schools of Nursing. “With this gift we will be able to support students with scholarships and purchase state of the art simulation equipment for clinical education.”

Corte graduated from AU in 1961 with a degree in business administration. He serves as co-chair for the Mobile/Baldwin county regional campaign for Auburn University.

“After three recent hospital visits I learned first hand how wonderful and caring nurses were for my well being,” says Corte. “It gives me great pleasure to make this gift to the AU Foundation for the Schools of Nursing.”

“Teal is a very loyal and generous Auburn supporter and always has been,” says former AU head football coach Pat Dye. “Through our relationship, and his attendance at the Blue Jean Ball, he has learned of the many talented nursing students and the great job Dean Witt has done for the School of Nursing.”

The “It Begins at Auburn” Campaign encompasses all colleges and schools as well as the AU libraries and museums, athletics and Auburn University Montgomery. Endowments for student scholarships, faculty, programs and unrestricted dollars make up 58 percent of the campaign’s goal. In addition to endowments, the campaign will focus on facilities and equipment, campus beautification, research and current operations.

(Contributed by Kristen Jackson.)


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