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CONTACT: MICHAEL KINGAN
Director of Development
College of Liberal Arts
UI Foundation News
500 Levitt Center for University Advancement
Iowa City IA 52242
Phone: (319) 335-3305 or (800) 648-6973

Release: Feb 6, 2001

Reese, Thurman join UI Foundation arts fund-raising team

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Margaret Silber Reese of Iowa City and Erik J. Thurman of Solon, Iowa, have joined the staff of the University of Iowa Foundation to assist in fund-raising efforts for Hancher Auditorium, the Museum of Art, and performing arts programs within the UI College of Liberal Arts.

Reese, who has served as director of marketing and community relations for Mercy Hospital in Iowa City since 1994, has been named associate director of development for Hancher Auditorium and the Division of Performing Arts. A 1977 UI graduate, Reese has held leadership positions in several nonprofit organizations, including the Greater Cedar Rapids Foundation, the Jane Boyd Community House in Cedar Rapids, and St. Catherine’s High School in Racine, Wis. She is an active community volunteer for the United Way of Johnson County, the Johnson County SAFE KIDS Coalition, the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, the Iowa Children’s Museum and other organizations.

Thurman has worked as a marketing representative for Federated Mutual Insurance Companies of Owatonna, Minn., since July 1999 and will become the foundation’s assistant director of development for Hancher Auditorium and the UI Museum of Art. Prior to his graduation from the UI in 1999, Thurman worked as a caller/specialist, program assistant and assistant supervisor in the foundation’s Telefund program. He is an active volunteer for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization.

"We are delighted that Margaret and Erik are joining our fund-raising team," said Michael Kingan, director of development for the College of Liberal Arts, who also oversees fund-raising efforts for Hancher and the Museum of Art. "We are confident that their experience and their familiarity with the UI and the local community will result in significantly enhanced levels of private support for the university’s world-class programs in the performing and visual arts."

Kingan explained that the recent creation in August 2000 of the Division of Performing Arts -- encompassing the department of dance, School of Music and department of theatre arts -- provided an opportunity for the foundation to restructure its arts fund-raising team. Reese will focus her attention on major-gift fund raising for Hancher and programs in dance, theatre and music in the College of Liberal Arts. Thurman will concentrate on securing corporate sponsorships for programming at Hancher and the Museum of Art, as well as assisting with events for contributors. Major-gift solicitation on behalf of the museum and the UI School of Art and Art History is being handled by Kristin Loupee, the foundation’s associate director of development for the College of Liberal Arts and the Museum of Art.

The UI Foundation is the preferred channel for private contributions to all areas of the university. Foundation staff work with alumni and friends to generate funds for scholarships, professorships, facilities improvements, equipment purchases, research and other UI initiatives.