John Eighmey, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication,
Jason Menke, Iowa State University Foundation, (515) 294-0909
Annette Hacker, News Service, (515) 294-3720
$18 MILLION GOAL REACHED FOR IOWA STATE'S GREENLEE SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM AND COMMUNICATION
Ames, Iowa -- The Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication has completed an $18 million fund-raising campaign that was initiated in 1998 with a $9 million matching gift from Robert and Diane Greenlee of Boulder, Colo. The Greenlees are Iowa State alumni.
The $18 million campaign will support a variety of education priorities including: increasing the scholarship program for undergraduate and graduate students; providing program support for student learning opportunities and faculty development; creation of professorships and named chairs to support leading faculty; and renovation of Hamilton Hall. Many of the gifts are pledges and deferred gifts that will be realized in future years.
"The funds from this campaign will elevate our journalism and communication programs to the next level," said ISU President Gregory Geoffroy. The impact of these gifts will benefit our students for years to come."
"The resources provided by this campaign are already giving a tremendous boost to our students, staff, and faculty," said John Eighmey, chair of the Greenlee School. Eighmey pointed to the immediate impact of resources saying, "Annual scholarship awards have increased from $35,000 to more than $120,000. The Greenlee School now utilizes one of the most advanced all-digital television studios in the nation, and this June we will complete a much-needed renovation of Hamilton Hall."
"Everyone here is greatly appreciative of the support provided by more than 1,800 alumni and friends who generously gave to the Greenlee School. This support will bring ISU's journalism and communication program to a new level," he added.
The Greenlee School is part of ISU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
"The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has always featured award-winning teachers, scholars with national reputations for their research and creative activity," said Dean Peter Rabideau. "This campaign will ensure the continued success of the college and this program."
The Greenlees point to Eighmey's leadership as key to the campaign's success. "Dr. Eighmey served the new school with dignity and vision, and thanks to his tireless efforts we have reached this milestone," said Robert Greenlee. "Iowa State will continue its reputation of having a premier journalism and communication program."
"We want to be involved in ventures that give people a chance to excel, to succeed. Iowa State encompasses the American Dream. It gives people that chance," said Diane Greenlee.
The Greenlee School is the largest and most comprehensive journalism and communication program in Iowa. It now has 24 full-time faculty positions to serve 1,066 undergraduate students, as well as 32 graduate students. Undergraduate enrollment in the School has increased more than 30 percent since the naming of the Greenlee School in 1998, and the school is now the third largest undergraduate program at ISU.
Gifts for the campaign were made through the Iowa State University Foundation -- a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to securing and managing gifts and grants that benefit Iowa State University.
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