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University of Iowa Foundation News Release

Release: April 28, 2003

(Photo: Glenn Schaeffer)

UI To Break Ground For Schaeffer Library Addition To Iowa Writers' Workshop

The University of Iowa will break ground Friday, May 2 for the Glenn Schaeffer Library addition to the Dey House, home of the Iowa Writers' Workshop in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The ceremony, which is open to the public, will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Dey House, 507 N. Clinton St., just south of the UI President's residence. The event will be followed by an open house from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The 8,500-square-foot, $2.4 million addition will more than double the Iowa Writers’ Workshop’s facilities and is named for 1977 Workshop graduate Glenn Schaeffer in recognition of his $1 million gift to the UI Foundation for the project. Schaeffer, president and chief financial officer of the Mandalay Resort Group in Las Vegas, will speak at the groundbreaking ceremony.

Other speakers will include UI President David J. Skorton; Linda Maxson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Frank Conroy, director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop; Michael J. New, president of the University of Iowa Foundation; and Vinnie G. Wilhelm, a current Workshop student.

The Schaeffer Library will provide the Workshop with more classrooms and offices and a space for public readings, in addition to the library and archive of works by Workshop alumni and faculty.

Schaeffer is a literary philanthropist who founded the International Institute of Modern Letters, which has co-headquarters at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, and collaborates with the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

For more information about the groundbreaking, contact Susan Hauer at the UI Foundation at (319) 335-3305 or (800) 648-6973.

Schaeffer's gift for the Iowa Writers' Workshop 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

STORY SOURCE: The University of Iowa Foundation, 500 Levitt Center for University Advancement, Iowa City, Iowa 52244-4550.

CONTACT: Michael Kingan, UI Foundation Senior Director of Development for the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences/Fine Arts, 319-335-3305 or (800) 648-6973, mailto: Writer: Betsy Hickok.

PHOTOS/GRAPHICS: High resolution photos of Glenn Schaeffer and the library addition are available for downloading at: