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Release: Sept. 26, 2001
UI College of Engineering dedicates Seamans Center Sept. 28
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Engineering will dedicate
the new Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences in ceremonies
scheduled for 3:30-4:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28 at John Deere Plaza, South Entrance
to the Seamans Center, Capitol Street, between Washington and Burlington Streets.
Scheduled speakers include: UI President Mary Sue Coleman, Board of Regents,
State of Iowa President Owen Newlin and College of Engineering Dean P. Barry
Designed by Iowa City architects Neumann Monson, P.C. and the Los Angeles
firm Anshen+Allen, the four-year, $31 million modernization project preserves
much of the original 1906 Engineering Building while adding classrooms, labs,
and student-oriented study and meeting areas for the College's 80 faculty
and 1,400 students.
In assessing the importance of the Seamans Center, Butler says, "For
a long time, faculty, students, and staff performed at a level that now has
finally been matched by the quality of the new building. It's clean and bright
and provides space and equipment that are far ahead of what's offered at some
of the nation's elite engineering schools."
Regents President Owen Newlin says, "The state of Iowa Regent universities
can perhaps offer no better answer to the tragic events of Sept. 11 than today's
dedication of the University of Iowa's Seamans Center for the Engineering
Arts and Sciences. This is true because the Center is more than a building;
it is a promise that Iowans will continue to nourish the mind and spirit of
the engineers who contribute so much to our way of life, from designing the
buildings where we live and work to ensuring the quality of the water we drink."
Coleman says, "The Seamans Center will allow our faculty to remain
at the forefront of engineering research well into the 21st century, and it
will help our students receive the best, most up-to-date engineering education
Gary F. Seamans of St. Charles, Ill., a 1971 UI College of Engineering graduate
and chair of the Engineering Building Campaign Steering Committee, says, "Iowa
engineering students are not only smart -- they're also dedicated, creative,
hardworking, and focused. The engineering staff and faculty share those same
qualities, which they brilliantly nurture in their students. Now we have a
state-of-the-art engineering facility that will provide the synergy to help
make the best become even better." Seamans made a naming gift of $3 million
for the facility through the UI Foundation.
Says Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, "The new Seamans Center for the Engineering
Arts and Sciences is a great asset not only to the University of Iowa campus
but to the entire state. This state-of-the-art facility demonstrates Iowa's
leadership in the many facets of engineering. It shows young Iowans that tremendous
opportunity abounds in this state -- opportunity that will benefit them now
and in the future."
One of 11 colleges on the University of Iowa campus, the College of Engineering
has educational courses that date back more than a century. It teaches disciplines
in biomedical, chemical and biochemical, civil and environmental, electrical
and computer, industrial, and mechanical engineering. The college is recognized
for its small, personalized size and focused mission. Its location on a strong
liberal arts campus -- with natural strengths in writing and communications,
health sciences, business, law, and arts and humanities -- provides highly
complementary resources to build the type of broad technological education
demanded in a rapidly changing world.