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Release: Sept. 12, 2002
top to bottom (click each picture for a high-resolution version of the image):
Lloyd G. and Betty Adler Schermer; Philip D. Adler; computer rendering of
the planned School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Couple gives $3 million for UI journalism building
G. and Betty Adler Schermer of Aspen, Colo., have given $3 million to the
University of Iowa Foundation as the lead gift in the ongoing campaign to
complete the funding for a new building to house the UI School of Journalism
and Mass Communication and other programs.
The UI will ask the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, to name the facility
the Philip D. Adler Journalism and Mass Communication Building, in recognition
of the Schermers' generosity and Adler's distinguished legacy of service to
the UI and the journalistic profession. Adler, of Davenport, Iowa, was Betty
A groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility will take place on Sept.
19 at 4:30 p.m. at the site, immediately west of the UI's Becker Communication
Studies Building and north of the Main Library. The ceremony is open to the
UI Interim President Willard L. "Sandy" Boyd hailed the Schermers'
generosity, noting that the new building is essential to sustaining and strengthening
the UI's journalism program, and said that naming the building after Adler
is a fitting tribute to a loyal UI alumnus who served the university and the
journalistic profession with distinction.
"It is a memorable moment in the history of the University to name
our new Journalism and Mass Communication Building for Philip Adler,"
Boyd said. "Philip Adler was one of the most dedicated graduates in the
University's history. As a leading newspaper editor and publisher, he was
long committed to the advancement of journalistic education at the UI. He
was also one of the pioneering members of the UI Foundation Board of Directors,
serving as its chair for two years, and a steadfast and generous benefactor
of the Department of Religious Studies. We are extremely grateful to Betty
and Lloyd Schermer for this extraordinary gift to greatly advance our long-distinguished
School of Journalism and Mass Communication."
who died in 1984, was the longtime president of Lee Enterprises Inc., from
which he retired in 1970. With his wife, Henrietta, who died in 1991, Adler
gave generously to the UI. He was a charter member of the Presidents Club,
which recognizes the UI's most generous contributors, as well as chair of
the UI Foundation Board of Directors from 1968 to 1970. Adler earned a B.A.
degree from the UI in 1926 and was posthumously inducted into the School of
Journalism and Mass Communication's Hall of Fame in 1990. In 1966, Adler received
the UI Alumni Association's
Distinguished Alumni Service Award, and in 1970 the UI awarded him the Hancher-Finkbine
Medallion for outstanding alumni.
Lloyd Schermer is the retired president, chief executive officer and chairman
of Lee Enterprises Inc., a Davenport-based company with 45 daily newspapers
in 18 states, as well as numerous specialty publications. Betty Schermer is
an active philanthropist and is a member of the Presidents Club.
The approximately 65,000-square-foot, three-story building, designed by
OPN Architects Inc. of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will include space for the Department
of Cinema and Comparative Literature and other College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences classes, as well as for The Daily Iowan newspaper. The building's
student-centered design will feature computer labs, broadcast labs, advanced
classrooms, study and meeting spaces, offices and a large resource center.
A large rotunda will contain the main entry and lobby, and a second-floor
skywalk will connect the building with the Becker Communication Studies Building.
Construction on the new facility will begin immediately after the groundbreaking,
with completion slated for early 2005.
Featured speakers at the groundbreaking ceremony will include Boyd; Linda
Maxson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and Owen J. Newlin,
president, Board of Regents, State of Iowa.
Schermers' gift is part of the UI's $850 million comprehensive campaign, which
will run through 2005 and is being conducted under the guidance of the UI
Foundation. "Named Good. Better. Best. Iowa: The Campaign to Advance
Our Great University," the seven-year effort is raising private funds
to help launch a variety of initiatives across the university, substantially
increase the number of UI scholarships and endowed faculty positions, support
new educational and research facilities, build the UI's endowment and fund
outreach and service programs to benefit Iowans.
The UI Foundation is acknowledged by the UI as a preferred channel for private
contributions that benefit all areas of the university. For more information
about the Good. Better. Best. Iowa campaign, visit its web site at www.GoodBetterBestIowa.org.