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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
UI Foundation News
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Release: Jan. 13, 2003
Gannett Foundation commits $250,000 to UI journalism building campaign
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Gannett Foundation of McLean, Va., The Des Moines Register and the Iowa City
Press-Citizen have pledged a gift of $250,000 to the University of Iowa Foundation
for the UI journalism building campaign.
The gift will support construction of the UI's Philip D. Adler Journalism
and Mass Communication Building, for which ground was broken in September
2002. The UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which includes the School
of Journalism and Mass Communication, will name two areas of the facilitythe
school's hall of fame and an advanced video-display area in the building's
lobbyfor the Gannett Foundation, The Des Moines Register and the Iowa
City Press-Citizen in recognition of the gift.
Pamela Creedon, the UI journalism and mass communication school's director,
said the gift demonstrates Gannett's commitment to the future of journalism
education at Iowa.
"This gift will have a powerful impact on our students' education,
because it provides a crucial early boost to our efforts to make our new building
a reality," Creedon said. "Gannett recognizes that if students and
faculty are to do their best work, they need the best facilities. This gift
is emblematic of Gannett's longstanding dedication to journalistic excellence,
and we are extremely grateful for their generosity."
Philip R. Currie, senior vice president/news of Gannett Co., a 1962 graduate
of the UI journalism school and member of the school's Professional Advisory
Board, said Gannett was pleased to support the school's work.
"I know from personal experience and as a newspaper executive that
the University of Iowa's journalism and mass communication school is known
for the excellent quality of its graduates," Currie said. "The school
has operated out of cramped, temporary quarters for too long. We are delighted
to help rectify that situation. We believe the new building will enhance Iowa's
program and benefit all of journalism. The UI will help lead the way nationally
in journalism and mass communication education."
The student-centered design of the approximately 65,000-square-foot, three-story
Philip D. Adler Journalism and Mass Communication Building features computer
labs, broadcast labs, advanced classrooms, study and meeting spaces, offices
and a large resource center. It will also include space for the UI Department
of Cinema and Comparative Literature and other College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences classes, as well as for The Daily Iowan newspaper. OPN Architects
Inc. of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, designed the building. Completion is slated for
Philip D. Adler, for whom the new building will be named, was a 1926 UI
graduate who had a long and influential career as a newspaper publisher. He
died in 1984.
The Gannett Foundation serves local organizations in those communities in
which Gannett Co. Inc. has a local daily newspaper or television station;
The Des Moines Register and the Iowa City Press-Citizen are among 94 daily
newspapers in the United States owned by Gannett Co. Inc. The foundation makes
contributions to improve the education, health and advancement of the people
who live in Gannett communities.
The Gannett gift is part of the UI'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 at www.GoodBetterBestIowa.org.