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Charitable Arm of Rockwell Collins Gives $250,000 to UI's Pomerantz Center

Architect's Rendering of the Pomerantz Center University of Iowa students and faculty will benefit from a $250,000 gift from the Rockwell Collins Charitable Corporation to help build the Pomerantz Center, which will house the Tippie Executive MBA program and other UI programs. In recognition of the gift to the UI Foundation, the UI will name a classroom in the Pomerantz Center the Rockwell Collins Executive MBA Classroom.

"This generous gift from Rockwell Collins shows the company's commitment to excellent business and management education and helps ensure that managers and other professionals can continue to learn the skills they need to succeed through our Executive MBA program," said Gary Fethke, dean of the Henry B. Tippie College of Business. "We are grateful for the support of the Rockwell Collins Charitable Corporation as we prepare to offer our students the opportunity to study in the superb new Pomerantz Center."

The Center is named for Marvin A. and Rose Lee Pomerantz of Des Moines, longtime benefactors of the UI who made a $10 million gift commitment to the UI Foundation for the building project. The 70,000-square-foot facility, under construction at the corner of Market Street and the T. Anne Cleary Walkway on the UI campus, will bring together a number of university career-related services upon its completion in 2005. It will house the Admission Visitors Center, the Academic Advising Center, MBA Career Services, the Executive MBA Program, the UI Alumni Association's Career Information Network, and the Marvin A. and Rose Lee Pomerantz Career Services program.

Rockwell Collins is a world leader in the design, production and support of communications and aviation electronics solutions for government and commercial customers worldwide. The company, which has contributed more than $1.5 million to UI initiatives during more than 35 years of giving, currently employs about 190 UI MBA graduates. The company regularly recruits UI graduates as employees, and many of its existing employees build their knowledge and skills through the Executive MBA Program.

Rockwell Collins makes charitable contributions to a variety of nonprofit organizations in the United States and around the world. The Rockwell Collins Charitable Corporation makes grants for programs and initiatives; its giving priorities include education and arts and culture, with an emphasis in youth development.

The Rockwell Collins gift is part of the UI's $1 billion 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.

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