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Release: March 19, 2002

$1 million gift from B. W. Carpenter to support several UI programs

The University of Iowa's hospital patients, medical and nursing students, student-athletes and sports fans will enjoy enhancements in care, education and Hawkeye pride as the result of a $1 million gift commitment to the UI Foundation from eastern Iowa businessman B. W. Carpenter of Coralville, Iowa.

The gift from Carpenter will assist University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the colleges of Medicine and Nursing, various student scholarship funds and the UI's Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame and Visitors Center, now under construction.

"My family and I have been the beneficiaries of several UI services over the years, and it has been my privilege to be closely involved with several areas of the university," Carpenter said. "Without the care that I received from the University of Iowa, I wouldn't be here today. This gift is really just my way of saying 'thank you.'"

UI President Mary Sue Coleman said, "Wayne's generous gift is an impressive example of how charitable giving can provide so much to such a variety of areas. The entire university family appreciates this thoughtful gift, from which so many will benefit."

Carpenter has designated his gift as follows:

-- $250,000 to establish a leadership endowment fund at UI Hospitals and Clinics to support patient-care services and staff development

-- $200,000 to help fund the College of Medicine's new Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility. In recognition of this support, two rooms in the building will be named in honor of Dr. Donald D. Brown, UI professor of internal medicine, and Dr. Douglas M. Behrendt, UI professor of surgery specializing in heart surgery.

-- $100,000 to purchase the newest generation of a "Harvey" teaching mannequin to be used for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) instruction in the College of Medicine

-- $75,000 to endow a scholarship in the College of Nursing. The B. W. Carpenter and Harriett Brown Carpenter Scholarship Fund is named to honor the memory of Carpenter's second wife, who died in 1989.

-- $125,000 to endow the Carpenter Family Athletic Scholarship Fund in the UI Athletics department for Hawkeye student-athletes

-- $250,000 to create a special exhibit on Hawkeye football in the UI's Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame and Visitors Center now being built west of Finkbine Golf Course on the UI's west campus

A longtime friend and supporter of the UI, Carpenter has made numerous gifts to the UI Foundation. He has also been a leading volunteer for UI athletics, the Iowa Scholarship Fund, the Museum of Art, the College of Medicine, Ronald McDonald House in Iowa City and UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Carpenter's gift is part of the university's planned comprehensive campaign to advance the UI's strategic goals for the years 2000-2005. The campaign, which is in its early stages and for which no final dollar goal has been established, is being conducted under the guidance of the UI Foundation to raise funds to substantially increase the number of UI scholarships and endowed faculty chairs and professorships; fund outreach and service programs to benefit individuals, families and communities throughout the state of Iowa; support new educational and research facilities; build the UI's endowment; and launch new initiatives in the arts, sciences, business, health care and other fields. The UI Foundation is the preferred channel for private contributions to all areas of the university. For more information about the UI Foundation, visit its web site at