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New University Gets Large Gift

An Atwater cattle rancher is giving $2-million to U.C. Merced – and the fledgling school already has plans for the gift.

School officials say they will built a state of the art recreation and wellness center and name it after Joseph Edward Gallo. Gallo is the founder of Joseph Gallo Farms, which now has more than 37,000 head of cattle at five dairies.

A U.C. Merced spokeswoman says the Joseph Edward Gallo Recreation and Wellness Center will not be built during the school´s first phase and there is no date set for construction.