CONTACT: ALSATIA MELLECKER
Director of Development
College of Pharmacy
UI Foundation News
500 Levitt Center for University Advancement
Iowa City IA 52242
Phone: (319) 335-3305 or (800) 648-6973
Release: Oct. 1, 2001
UI College of Pharmacy receives gift from Walgreen Co.
IOWA CITY, IowaThanks to a $50,000 gift from the Walgreen Co. to support
the UI College of Pharmacy's new student activity center, the Walgreen Meeting
Room will be named in the company's honor.
"Our faculty and most especially our students are very excited in anticipation
of this new facility and are extremely grateful to Walgreen for its generous
gift," said Jordan Cohen, dean of the UI College of Pharmacy. "The
center, which will become the hub of the pharmacy program, promises to greatly
enhance the quality of life for our students as they pursue their pharmacy
studies," he added.
Dawn R. DiLullo, manager of pharmacy relations at Walgreen Co., said, "We
have hired many Iowa students over the years, and they have proven exceptionally
well-prepared -- they are knowledgeable and create an excellent rapport with
customers. We chose to support this new activity center at the UI because
we always look to provide support that will directly affect students. Knowing
they will be using the Walgreen Meeting Room every day was one of the main
reasons we made this gift."
Construction of the new student center is scheduled to begin this fall and
involves renovating the former dispensing laboratory, centrally located in
the UI College of Pharmacy building. The renovation was initiated in response
to the changing face of pharmacy training, which involves much more small
group and collaborative learning among students, as well as computer access
to the latest drug information literature.
The center will feature computer stations with web access, individual locker
space, a general study area and five small conference rooms where students
can work on group projects and the college's seven professional student organizations
The Walgreen gift is part of the university's planned comprehensive campaign
to advance the UI's strategic goals for the years 2000-2005. The campaign,
which is in its early stages and for which no final dollar goal has been established,
will be conducted under the guidance of the UI Foundation and will raise funds
to substantially increase the number of UI scholarships and endowed faculty
chairs and professorships; fund outreach and service programs to benefit individuals,
families and communities throughout the state of Iowa; support new educational
and research facilities; build the UI's endowment; and launch new initiatives
in the arts, sciences, business, health care and other fields. The UI Foundation
is the preferred channel for private contributions to all areas of the university.