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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 21, 2005

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UI To Dedicate Adler Journalism Building Sept. 30

Local and state officials will join University of Iowa faculty, administrators, staff, students, alumni and friends for the dedication of the new Philip D. Adler Journalism and Mass Communication Building, at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30. The ceremony will be held on the plaza at the building's main entrance, north of the UI Main Library near the intersection of Washington and Madison streets.

Scheduled to speak at the event are Christie Vilsack, UI journalism alumna and First Lady of Iowa; Lloyd and Betty Schermer, son-in-law and daughter of Philip D. Adler and lead donors to the project; UI President David J. Skorton; Linda Maxson, dean of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; David Dierks, assistant vice president, UI Foundation. Other distinguished guests scheduled to attend are Board of Regents, State of Iowa President Michael Gartner, local and state elected officials and members of the school's Professional Advisory Board and its campaign committee.

Following the ceremony a time capsule will be placed in the building's entrance and there will be an open house with self-guided tours from 2 to 4 p.m. At 5 p.m., journalism and Daily Iowan alumni will gather for a Homecoming Reunion barbeque on the plaza in front of the main entrance.

Pam Creedon, director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, said the day will be a celebration of more than a decade of work in planning, designing, constructing and now occupying a state-of-the-art journalism education facility. The $19 million building was funded by a public-private partnership, including a $6 million fund-raising campaign that will conclude at the end of 2005. The building campaign is part of the UI's $1 billion comprehensive fund-raising effort, also concluding in December 2005, called "Good. Better. Best. Iowa: The Campaign to Advance Our Great University."

"From Close Hall to Adler, the school has a proud history of more than eight decades of preparing students for careers in journalism and mass communication," she said. "The Adler Building reunites us with The Daily Iowan and provides us with space and technology to continue the Iowa tradition of providing the best education possible for future journalists, communication professionals and educators."

A series of seminars preceding the dedication will focus on journalism education, practice and credibility. All three seminars will be held in room E105 AJB and are free and open to the public.

From 8:30 to 10 a.m. five alumni who are now professors of journalism will speak on "Journalism Education at a Crossroads." Panel participants are:

--Anantha Babbili, dean of the College of Mass Communication at Middle Tennessee State University;
--Bonnie Brennen, vice provost for faculty affairs at Temple University and former journalism chair in Temple's School of Communications and Theatre;
--Dean Mills, professor and dean of the University of Missouri School of Journalism;
--Will Norton, dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska;
--Charles Self, president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and former dean of the Gaylord School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma.

From 10:15-11:45 a.m., a panel of scholars and practitioners will discuss, "Journalism Practice at a Fork in the Road." Panel participants are:

--Ted Glasser, professor and director of the graduate program in journalism at Stanford University;
--Kirsten Scharnberg, a UI journalism alumna and Chicago Tribune reporter;
--Dana Roberson, a UI journalism alumna and associate producer for 60 Minutes II on CBS;
--John Soloski, professor and former dean of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia and former director of the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication;
--Roger Thurow, a UI journalism alumnus and Wall Street Journal reporter.

From noon to 1:30 p.m., six media representatives will focus on "Journalism Credibility: The Business Side." Panel participants are:

--Mike Beck, president and publisher of the Iowa City Press Citizen;
--Tom Duncan, clinical professor of marketing in the University of Denver Daniels College of Business;
--Nancy L. Green, publisher of The Courier in Waterloo/Cedar Falls and vice president-circulation at Lee Enterprises Inc.;
--Joe Hladky III, president and publisher of The Gazette Company;
--Liz Mathis, KCRG-TV9 co-anchor and president of the journalism school's Professional Advisory Board;
--Art Slusark, vice president of Corporate Communications and Government Relations for Meredith Corporation.

The Philip D. Adler Journalism and Mass Communication Building, which houses the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature and The Daily Iowan, opened in January.

Adler, who died in 1984, was the longtime president of Lee Enterprises Inc., and 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. He earned a B.A. from the UI in 1926 and was posthumously inducted into the School of Journalism and Mass Communication's Hall of Fame in 1990.

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