A $34 million expansion of a student life complex at Southern Miss has been dedicated in honor of a Mississippi senator who's been a long-time friend of that university.
The 270,000 square-foot facility is now officially known as the Thad Cochran Center.
It was dedicated at a ceremony on campus this afternoon.
It houses new dining facilities, a grand ballroom and a new Barnes and Nobles store.
Senator Cochran has supported many programs at U.S.M. and was instrumental in securing funding for the school's nationally-renowned Polymer Science Institute.
"Well, I feel very flattered, I'm deeply honored and deeply grateful for the recognition that the officials here have extended to me, and I'll try to live up to a future filled with additional problem-solving and working together with the people of this area of our state to move our state forward," Senator Cochran said.