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Donation will close Fort Bend campaign

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Texas Instruments Inc. and the Texas Instruments Foundation will announce today a $300,000 donation that will complete the fund-raising drive to build a permanent facility for the UH System at Fort Bend.

The pledge, the largest ever made by the TI Foundation to a program in Fort Bend County, will complete the "Creating Futures" campaign goal of $11 million. TI Vice President and TI Stafford Site Manager Michael Hames will present the donation check to UHS Chancellor Arthur K. Smith and students from the UHS at Sugar Land program.

The UHS at Fort Bend facility will be a 57,000-square-foot building located near the Brazos River and US Highway 59 in Fort Bend County. It is expected to be completed in 2001, at which time the campus will be able to offer 32 bachelor's degree programs.

Previous substantial donations to the fund-raising campaign include a $3.5-million pledge from the Sugar Land City Council, $1 million from the George Foundation, $250,000 from the Fluor Foundation and $75,000 from Alltel of Texas, in addition to bonds and donations from other companies and UH itself.

Construction details are expected to be announced today.

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