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Gift purchases technology for UI College of Business classroom

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa alumni David W. Day and Shirley Sindt Day of Coralville have made a generous gift to purchase the latest video conferencing and related computer technology for the classroom that bears the couple's name in the UI's Pappajohn Business Administration Building.

The Days' gift, totaling $56,800, will provide technology upgrades allowing UI business students and faculty in the Day Classroom and other parts of the building to communicate with leaders in business and government all over the world.

"This kind of technology, which is really far beyond what's available at any other business school in the country, effectively eliminates the boundaries of the traditional classroom," said Gary C. Fethke, dean of the UI College of Business Administration.

"On a practical level," he explains, "it will mean that our students can take part in job interviews with employers in other parts of the country, or tap into language classes that will help prepare them for international internships. In a broader sense, this technology does away with the concept of distance, creating a new educational environment that comes much closer to the business climate of the 21st century.

"It's especially meaningful to have received this gift from David and Shirley Day," Fethke continues, "because throughout David's teaching career here, he championed the use of new technology in the classroom and was instrumental in helping the UI business school become a campus leader in developing new tools for educational delivery."

David Day, who received his doctorate degree from the UI College of Business Administration in 1951, and Shirley Sindt Day, who received a B.S.C. in accounting from the UI in 1948, met and married while they were UI students. The couple's four sons also attended the UI. David Day joined the UI business faculty as an adjunct professor in the department of management and organizations in 1982 after a career that included management positions with GE, Rockwell, and the Pneumo Corporation. He received the college's Chester A. Phillips Oustanding Professor Award in 1987, and he retired in 1992.

The Days have been long-time and generous contributors to the College of Business Administration and other UI programs through gifts to the University of Iowa Foundation. In recognition of their contribution to the fund-raising campaign for the new business building (completed in 1994), the David W. Day and Shirley Sindt Day Classroom was named in their honor. The Days also support UI athletics and other areas of the University, and both are members of The Presidents Club, which recognizes the UI's most generous contributors.

The UI 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 scholarships, resources for equipment and technology, and other forms of support for the UI.