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UI graduate gives film equipment to UI department of communication studies

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Tom T. Klemesrud, a University of Iowa graduate who now lives in North Hollywood, Calif., has donated an advanced film editing system to the UI department of communication studies--the largest single gift ever to the department.

The "Avid Media Composer 8000" is a top-of-the-line digital editing system worth more than $130,000, said Franklin Miller, professor of television and film production in the department of communication studies. The system is being used by advanced students in the department. The gift was made through the University of Iowa Foundation.

"This is an editing system of the highest standard. The department has older, smaller editing equipment; Mr. Klemesrud's gift takes us to new heights in production capabilities," Miller said.

Klemesrud, who received a bachelor's degree in communication studies in 1973, is a film editor for ABC Television in Los Angeles. He also is publisher/owner of the "Thompson Courier and Rake Register" newspaper in Thompson, Iowa. Klemesrud is a member of The Presidents Club, the highest honor club for contributors to the UI Foundation.

Klemesrud said he would like to provide on-going support for the UI in appreciation for the education and friendships he gained while in Iowa City.

"The people who have helped me the most in my life have been the people at the University of Iowa. I literally owe them," Klemesrud said. "There were many who taught and inspired me, but especially I would like to thank Dr. Sam Becker and Dr. Franklin Miller."

Klemesrud thanked the faculty members for dedicating their lives to "the most-noble profession of inspiring others to better themselves, sharing their knowledge, wisdom, and kindness of heart."

"This sacrifice must be rewarded," Klemesrud continued. "My gift was literally an apple on their desks. I will never forget the help I got from the University of Iowa. I actually have pleasant recurring dreams about the good times of learning, and learning how to be creative, on the campus in Iowa City."

The University of Iowa Foundation is the preferred channel of support for private contributions to all areas of the University of Iowa. Foundation staff members work with alumni and friends to provide support for a broad range of programs and projects at the University of Iowa.

6/5/98