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Augustana receives $1M donation for buildings, endowment

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- Augustana University has received a $1 million donation toward a student activities center, a science building and an endowment to support athletics.

SIOUX FALLS (AP) - Augustana University has received a $1 million donation toward a student activities center, a science building and an endowment to support athletics.

The Sioux Falls school says the gift is from Fred and Linda Milanovich. Fred Milanovich is a cousin of the late Augustana basketball standout Sam Milanovich.

A wellness center inside the activities center will be named the Sam M. Milanovich Student Fitness Center.

Sam Milanovich graduated from Augustana in 1973, launching a coaching career at high schools and colleges in both Dakotas and Ohio. He died of cancer in 1992.

Fred Milanovich worked for decades at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, specializing in biotechnology research. He founded the Chemical and Biological National Security Program following the 9/11 attacks. He retired in 2008 and helped found a biotechnology company.

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