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Release: March 5, 2002
Caterpillar Foundation gives UI College of Engineering $150,000
$150,000 gift from the Caterpillar Foundation of Peoria, Ill., to the University
of Iowa College of Engineering will support student scholarships, a mentoring
program for UI women in science and engineering, a guest seminar series, facilities
and acquisition of multimedia instructional equipment. The gift was made through
the UI Foundation.
"We are very grateful for this vote of confidence and investment in
excellence from the Caterpillar Foundation," said P. Barry Butler, dean
of the College of Engineering. "The special combination of components
in this gift will benefit our students' education, and our faculty's development,
in a variety of important ways. This award also further cements a mutually
beneficial relationship between our college and Caterpillar."
Caterpillar's gift to UI engineering will provide:
-- $27,000 over three years for Caterpillar Engineering Scholarships, to
be awarded to some of the college's most outstanding students;
-- $10,500 for a peer mentoring initiative in the UI's Women in Science
and Engineering program;
-- $25,500 over three years for the Caterpillar Engineering Colloquium series,
which will bring together prominent engineering professionals and UI faculty
and students to explore the latest engineering trends and issues through guest
-- $72,000 for facilities support and modernization. In recognition of this
support, a classroom in the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences
will be named in honor of the Caterpillar Foundation;
-- $15,000 for acquisition of multimedia instructional equipment.
This gift is part of the UI College of Engineering's recent $11 million
campaign to support a major renovation and addition to the Seamans Center
for the Engineering Arts and Sciences.
"Caterpillar has had a long and distinguished relationship with the
University of Iowa and is pleased and proud to be part of the University's
campaign to help provide the necessary laboratory and classrooms needed to
train the engineers of the future," said Maryann Morrison, manager of
corporate support programs at the Caterpillar Foundation.
The Caterpillar Foundation has been in partnership with the UI Foundation
for more than 30 years and has been generous with many programs and projects
of the UI. The company established an Engineering Excellence fund at the UI
in 1992. Since its formation in December 1952, Caterpillar Foundation has
distributed more than $100 million to various organizations in the fields
of education, health and human services, civic and community activities, and
culture and the arts.
The UI College of Engineering teaches disciplines and conducts research
in biomedical, chemical and biochemical, civil and environmental, electrical
and computer, industrial and mechanical engineering. For more information
on the college, visit its web site at http://www.engineering.uiowa.edu.
The UI Foundation is the preferred channel for private contributions to
all areas of the university. For more information about the UI Foundation,
visit its web site at http://www.uiowafoundation.org.