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June 9, 2010

Thomopuloses donate $100,000 to support UI College of Public Health

A gift of $100,000 for the University of Iowa College of Public Health from Gregs and Mettie Thomopulos of Iowa City will help to advance the college and position it for further growth and development.

The gift is part of the College of Public Health's ongoing $15 million fundraising campaign, Building Today for a Healthy Tomorrow, which is focused on financing a new building that will be the college's first academic home, as well as providing funds for student and faculty support and other programmatic development.

The donation will support construction of the new facility, currently being built on the UI campus and scheduled for completion in fall 2011. In recognition of this gift, an area in the new building will be named for Mettie Thomopulos, who is a graduate of the College of Public Health.

"We are grateful for this very generous gift in support of our college," said Sue Curry, dean of the College of Public Health. "The fact that Mettie is a graduate of our program and Gregs is a long-time friend and supporter of our University makes this gift even more meaningful. Their commitment will help us to achieve the high standards of excellence for which they are recognized."

The new College of Public Health building is being constructed on a site formerly occupied by the UI International Center. The $47.7 million facility will provide classrooms and gathering space for the more than 380 students enrolled in public health degree programs, as well as offices for faculty in the college's five academic departments and core administrative staff.

Both Gregs and Mettie Thomopulos have close ties to the University of Iowa. Mettie earned a masters degree in hospital and health administration from the College of Public Health in 1997. She has held several health administrator positions at the University of Iowa, including most recently with the James A. Clifton Center for Digestive Diseases in the UI Carver College of Medicine.

Gregs, chairman and CEO of Stanley Consultants Inc. of Muscatine, Iowa, also serves on the University of Iowa Foundation board of directors. He is a former member and chair of the advisory board for the UI College of Engineering and former member of the IIHR--Hydroscience and Engineering Advisory Board. Gregs recently received an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from the UI and will be honored by the UI Alumni Association on June 12 as a "Friend of the University." He previously was recognized as a distinguished alumnus of the University of Kansas, his alma mater.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications and External Relations, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

MEDIA CONTACT: Dan McMillan, 319-335-6835, daniel-mcmillan@uiowa.edu