CONTACT: JEFF EMRICH
Director of Development
College of Education
Iowa City IA 52242
Wallace family gift benefits UI talented and gifted program
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- H. B. and Jocelyn Wallace of Scottsdale, Ariz., and their
children, Henry Daniel Wallace and Linda Wallace Gray, have pledged $300,000
to the University of Iowa Foundation for the Connie Belin and Jacqueline N.
Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development in
the University of Iowa College of Education.
In addition, Jocelyn Wallace gave $50,000 to establish an endowment that
will support an existing Belin-Blank Center ceremony that recognizes talented
and gifted students and their teachers.
The Wallaces will contribute $300,000 over three years to support the National
Rural Schools Conference in Gifted Education. The conference will bring several
hundred researchers and educators together on the UI campus to focus on how
rural schools can work with gifted and talented students and how to train
their teachers. The first conference will be held within the next two years.
The program is appropriate for Iowa because "a high percentage of the
brightest students are in rural areas," H. B. Wallace said. "Often
those students are not given opportunities or are left out of special programs.
Certainly our rural communities have some of the very best students."
H. B. Wallace's family has had close contact with rural residents. His father
was editor of Wallace's Farmer newspaper, founded Pioneer Hi-Bred International,
and was U.S. secretary of agriculture and vice president under Franklin D.
Nicholas Colangelo, Belin-Blank Center director and Myron and Jacqueline
Blank Professor of Gifted Education, said, "Rural gifted students are
the most 'invisible' in terms of access to gifted and talented programs. The
Wallace family has provided the resources for making it possible for the center
to become the national leader in rural issues and giftedness."
The ceremony supported by Jocelyn Wallace will pay tribute to outstanding
teachers. "Particular teachers will be identified and honored,"
she said. "I think a teacher who can recognize that a child is brilliant
is wonderful, and to give a child that opportunity is a worthy endeavor."
Colangelo added, "The ceremony is one of the significant ways that the
center recognizes talented students and their teachers. It has a strong personal
touch. The gift ensures that the ceremony will become a permanent part of
the center's future."
The Wallaces are long-time UI supporters. They also support the Belin-Blank
Center's National Research Symposium on Talent Development and National Policy
Conference, which provide additional motivation for gifted and talented students
and promote understanding by educators.
The Belin-Blank Center, created in 1988, offers workshops, programs, and
research to help gifted children and their teachers reach their potential.
The center draws on the UI's strengths in areas related to gifted education
to challenge and motivate gifted children in a number of disciplines. The
center expanded its mission to the international level in 1995 and is now
using its staff expertise to work with other countries in furthering gifted
The University of Iowa Foundation is the preferred channel of support for
private contributions to all areas of the University of Iowa. Foundation staff
work with alumni and friends to provide support for programs at the UI.