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UNI kicks off national phase of 'Students First' Campaign <br>

October 27, 2002

William Calhoun, vice president for University Advancement, (319) 273-6078
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Foundation kicked off the national phase of its 'Students First' Campaign with special events Oct. 25-26. The highlight of the kickoff was an announcement that the initial goal of $75 million has been reached; a new goal of $100 million has been set.

Bill Calhoun, vice president for University Advancement, said the campaign is expected to be completed by July 2005. More than $70 million of 'Students First' funds will be used for scholarships and academic programs. Funds also will support facilities, including $18 million to build the McLeodUSA Center, a multi-purpose sports arena for basketball, volleyball and wrestling. Other capital projects include McElroy Hall, which houses the Freeburg Early Childhood Program in Waterloo; a human performance center to be attached to the UNI-Dome; renovation of Russell Hall; and equipment for McCollum Science Hall and Lang Hall.

'Our vision is to make UNI the nation's finest public comprehensive university,' said Calhoun.

Joy Cole Corning and Rex Eno, long-time UNI supporters, are co-chairing the national campaign. A former lieutenant governor of Iowa, Corning is an alumna who serves on the boards of nearly one dozen organizations. In 2001, she established the Joy Cole Corning Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series at UNI. Eno is chairman of Aegon USA Life Investors in Cedar Rapids, and chair of the UNI Foundation Board of Trustees. He and his wife, a UNI alumna, established the Rex and Kathy Eno Scholarship Endowment Fund at the university.