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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - The University of Oregon says that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife, Connie, an Oregon graduate and member of its board of trustees, have given the school $50 million.

The Eugene Register-Guard (http://bit.ly/112Mn7C) reported Thursday the university plans to use the money to help bright, low income students get through college, to hire five researchers to study obesity, and to pay for a marketing campaign to make the school's academics as famous as Duck football.

Connie Ballmer manages the couple's philanthropic ventures. Among her tasks as a member of the school's new board is leading a committee to recruit candidates for the school's presidency.

The university has set out on a four-year drive to raise $2 billion. The Ballmer gift brings its total to $750 million.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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