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University of Iowa Foundation News Release

Nov. 6, 2003

Lee Newspapers In Iowa Give $100,000 To UI Journalism Building Campaign

Five Iowa newspapers owned by Lee Enterprises Inc. of Davenport, Iowa, have jointly made a $100,000 gift commitment to the University of Iowa Foundation in support of the UI's new journalism and mass communication building.

The newspapers include the Globe Gazette of Mason City, the Muscatine Journal, the Quad-City Times of Davenport, the Sioux City Journal and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

In recognition of the newspapers' generosity, the university, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication will name an office suite in the new facility for the group. The Lee Iowa Newspapers Office Suite will house Quill and Scroll -- a UI-headquartered international honorary society for high school journalists -- and the Iowa High School Press Association.

"Supporting Iowa's premier scholastic journalism programs through the University of Iowa is an honor for us," said Michael Phelps, the publisher of the Quad-City Times and a vice president of Lee Enterprises Inc. "The state of Iowa has a long tradition of excellent high school journalism, and the UI's journalism school is one of the nation's finest. Our newspapers and the communities we serve benefit greatly from the work that journalism educators do at all levels, so we are delighted to offer our support for this important project."

Pamela Creedon, director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, praised the group's investment in Iowa journalism.

"Our school has enjoyed a close relationship with Lee Enterprises, and especially its Iowa newspapers, for many years," Creedon said. "We have relied on their professional expertise, and they have hired many of our students as interns and employees. This gift is another way for the company to serve UI students and younger aspiring journalists throughout the state. We are extremely grateful for their support."

The Philip D. Adler Journalism and Mass Communication Building, named for a longtime president of Lee Enterprises Inc., is scheduled to open in 2005. Construction is in progress immediately north of the UI Main Library.

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. More information about the campaign for the Adler Building can be found at the following web site:

The Lee Iowa Newspapers 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

STORY SOURCE: UI Foundation, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, Iowa 52244-4550

MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Liebermann, 319-335-3305, ext. 475; 800-648-6973, ext. 475;; Writer: Nic Arp


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Architect's rendering, view from the south, near main entrance to Main Library