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Release: Nov. 6, 2002
(Right Photo: Architect's rendering of the Dey House addition. Click on the
image to view a high resolution version.
Left Photo: Glenn Schaeffer)
$1 million gift helps fund building addition for UI Writers' Workshop
$1 million gift from a University of Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate will
provide nearly half the funding for an addition to the Dey House, the historic
residential building in which the Writers' Workshop is housed, according to
workshop director Frank Conroy.
Schaeffer, of Las Vegas, Nev., who received an M.F.A. degree in creative writing
from the workshop in 1977, has committed $1 million to support the expansion
of the Dey House, built in 1857 on Clinton Street on a bluff overlooking the
Iowa River. The addition will more than double the program's current facilities
and result in more classrooms, offices and a library and archive.
The UI will ask the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, at its Nov. 13 meeting
to name the addition the Glenn Schaeffer Library, in recognition of Schaeffer's
generosity and commitment to the UI creative writing program.
"As an alumnus, I have always felt an allegiance to the Writers' Workshop,"
Schaeffer said. "This gift will help ensure that one of the UI's best-known
programs -- truly a unique institution in America -- is housed in a building
that reflects its stature."
After completing his workshop degree, Schaeffer went on to a career on Wall
Street and then moved into corporate finance. In 1984 he became the president
and chief financial officer of the Mandalay Resort Group in Las Vegas (then
Circus Circus), which today operates resorts such as Mandalay Bay and Luxor.
Besides being featured on the cover of Institutional Investor as one of America's
top corporate financiers, Schaeffer is a well-known literary philanthropist
and holds one of the world's most extensive Walt Whitman collections.
Established in 1936, the Iowa Writers' Workshop was the first creative writing
degree program in the country, and it maintains a reputation as the nation's
top writing workshop. Graduates include Flannery O'Connor, Wallace Stegner,
John Irving, Rita Dove, T. C. Boyle, and scores of other acclaimed American
writers. The workshop is a part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Conroy said, "Helping make this addition possible -- especially the
library and archives -- fits in with Glenn's desire to preserve the past and
his strong commitment to the important role literature plays in American culture.
We are very grateful for his generosity."
The total cost of the building addition is $2.3 million. A campaign to raise
the balance of $1.3 million is underway as part of the university's $850 million
comprehensive campaign, which will run through 2005 and is being conducted
under the guidance of the UI Foundation. Named "Good. Better. Best. Iowa:
The Campaign to Advance Our Great University," the seven-year effort
is raising private funds to help launch a variety of initiatives across the
university, substantially increase the number of UI scholarships and endowed
faculty positions, support new educational and research facilities, build
the UI's endowment and fund outreach and service programs to benefit Iowans.
The UI Foundation is acknowledged by the UI as a preferred channel for private
contributions that benefit all areas of the university. For more information
about the "Good. Better. Best. Iowa" campaign, visit its web site