IOWA CITY, Iowa, May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today at the Old Capitol on the campus of the University of Iowa, university leadership, students and donors announce For Iowa. Forever More: The Campaign for the University of Iowa, a historic, comprehensive fundraising campaign that will secure for future generations the University of Iowa's status as a world-class institution. To date, For Iowa. Forever More. has raised $1.025 billion toward the university's goal of securing $1.7 billion in private support by December 2016.
For Iowa. Forever More. builds on the university's 166-year tradition of distinction and innovation to ensure it continues in its role as one of the top public research universities in the nation—as well the state's premier academic medical center—with world-renowned arts programs and a commitment to exceptional undergraduate and graduate programs. The comprehensive campaign is the most ambitious fundraising effort in the state's history and one of the most ambitious nationally for a public school of similar size, and builds on the success of the university's last comprehensive campaign, which raised a then-record-setting $1.05 billion between 1999 and 2005. To date, more than 116,000 people have contributed to the current eight-year campaign.
For Iowa. Forever More. will serve to enhance each student experience while focusing on three overarching priorities: educating students to thrive in a complex, global society; ensuring a healthier and more sustainable world through discoveries in medicine, allied health fields, and environmental science; and enriching commerce, culture, and communities for Iowans through creative entrepreneurship in business, the arts and humanities, social sciences, and civic literacy and engagement.
The money raised will directly benefit students and faculty by providing endowed scholarships, study-abroad experiences, leadership training, hands-on research experiences, student entrepreneurship initiatives, U.S. and international internships, endowed faculty chairs and professorships, and faculty development opportunities. It will contribute to 14 new and renovated facilities, including the new John and Mary Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building (scheduled to open in 2014); a state-of the-art University of Iowa Children's Hospital (scheduled to open in 2016); and a new arts campus including Hancher Auditorium, the School of Music and studio spaces for the School of Art and Art History (all scheduled to open in 2016).
For more information visit the foundation website at http://www.uifoundation.org.
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SOURCE University of Iowa Foundation