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University of Iowa News Release

June 9, 2004

Public Invited To Blank Honors Center Open House, Dedication July 2

On Friday, July 2, the public is invited to join in an open house for and dedication of the new University of Iowa Blank Honors Center.

The event will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. The center is located on the T. Anne Cleary Walkway, next to Daum Residence Hall. Refreshments will be served.

Des Moines resident Myron Blank, a major contributor toward the building project, will be the special guest of honor. UI President David Skorton will make remarks, as will Honors Program Director Alice B. Fulton and Nicholas Colangelo, director of the Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development.

By bringing the Honors Center and Belin-Blank Center together under a single roof, the UI has become one of the first schools in the nation to offer in one place programs, services and support for academically gifted and talented students from kindergarten through college.

The center is named after Myron and the late Jacqueline Blank, who donated $5 million toward the $14 million project.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Media: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007,