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Release: Jan. 21, 2000

UI College of Medicine celebrates conclusion of $25 million campaign

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa, the UI College of Medicine, and the University of Iowa Foundation announced the successful conclusion of a three-year fund-raising effort that will help construct the new Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility and create endowments to support medical education, medical research and medical student scholarships.

At a campaign celebration on Friday, Jan. 21, College of Medicine administrators and UI Foundation staff announced that gifts and pledges exceeding $30 million had been received from more than 3,300 UI College of Medicine alumni, faculty and staff, businesses and other friends of the college -- surpassing the $25 million campaign goal.

"We have much to celebrate," said UI President Mary Sue Coleman. "The outcome of the 'Seeking Knowledge for Healing' campaign will be felt far beyond the walls of the new facility and the University of Iowa's health science campus. The results of this fund-raising effort will help build a foundation of knowledge that will benefit all Iowans for generations to come."

Coleman said she was very pleased that the ambitious fund-raising campaign was completed earlier than planned and that construction of the new 214,000-square-foot facility was on or ahead of schedule. The sweeping $125 million health sciences campus renovation is being funded through a combination of state support, private gifts, revenue bonds and other resources.

The national fund-raising effort was directed by a volunteer committee made up of UI alumni, friends and business leaders. Dr. Dennis L. Boatman of Cedar Rapids and David A. Hoak of Des Moines were campaign co-chairs and played key roles in outreach to alumni and friends.

Boatman, who earned M.D. and M.S. degrees from the UI, and Hoak, a UI accounting graduate and CEO of Wheeler Consolidated, Inc., made generous personal contributions. Dan Gable of Iowa City, retired Hawkeye wrestling coach, served as honorary campaign co-chair.

Campaign totals include notable gifts from families, corporations and foundations:

-- $6 million from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust of Muscatine, Iowa ($3 million to help fund construction of the Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility and $3 million to create endowments to support the research of three outstanding faculty scientists). To recognize the organization's long-term generosity, the top two floors of the new facility will be named the
Roy J. Carver Molecular Science Research Center.

-- $3.75 million from the Sahai family of Webster City, Iowa ($3.25 million to support construction of the new building, and $550,000 to endow a professorship in the College of Medicine). Their gift will name the Medical Education Center, which includes the atrium, auditorium and a large seminar room. Several members of the Sahai family are University of Iowa alumni or are current students; some are physicians who provide medical services at the family's Webster City clinic. Members of the Sahai family have generously supported the UI Colleges of Medicine and Engineering for many years.

-- $2.3 million in gifts and pledges from UI College of Medicine faculty and staff members. Drs. Francois M. Abboud, Joseph P. Buckwalter IV, and John P. Long, all of Iowa City, served as co-chairs for the faculty-staff campaign. More than 62 percent of faculty contributed to the campaign, and several faculty members made significant gifts to name areas in the new building.

-- The Roland W. Holden Family Program for Experimental Cancer Therapeutics at the UI Cancer Center and the department of internal medicine has been established by a generous gift from the Roland and Ruby Holden Foundation, affiliated with the Williamsburg, Iowa, family that founded a corn genetics company.

-- The Wilson Family Foundation committed $500,000 toward construction of the new building. In recognition, the lobby of the Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility will be named in honor of Herbert A. Wilson and Janice A. Wilson of Coralville, Iowa. Herbert Wilson is founder and partner of Startups Unlimited, L.L.S., and is also involved with Micro-Surfacing Finishing Products, Inc. of Wilton, Iowa.

"We are grateful to the many alumni and friends across the country who responded so enthusiastically to the highly focused goals of this project," said Robert P. Kelch, dean of the UI College of Medicine. "The people and organizations that have supported this campaign will have a profound impact on the thousands of patients who will be treated by future College of Medicine graduates and by our society which will benefit from the scientific discoveries here at Iowa."

The campaign had several specific goals:

-- Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility -- a true home for the UI College of Medicine -- constructed on part of the Health Sciences Campus formerly occupied by the 80-year-old Steindler Building. The new facility features a clinical skills training center, a computer learning center, small group learning facilities, study spaces and a large auditorium. The UI Cancer Research Center will be housed in a wing of the new facility.

-- Medical/cancer research endowments will support the efforts of faculty investigators working in the new building in areas such as cancer biology, the genetic mechanisms of disease and molecular medicine.

-- Medical education endowments will help assure the continuing excellence of the college's new curriculum by attracting, retaining and recognizing outstanding teachers.

-- Medical student scholarship endowments will provide resources to address students' financial needs through grants, loans and other forms of assistance, which will help the college continue to attract the best students.

The University of Iowa Foundation is the preferred channel of support for private contributions to the University of Iowa. Foundation staff work with alumni and friends to provide resources for facilities improvements, professorships, student scholarships, research and technology funds and other forms of support for the UI.