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KU Endowment Wraps Up Effort With $52 Million for Engineering

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

The KU Endowment Association wrapped up its immensely successful KU First capital campaign in January with more than $600 million in gifts for the University of Kansas. The fund drive raised more than $52 million in gifts and pledges specifically for the University of Kansas School of Engineering.

"We are truly pleased with the results of this drive," said Stuart R. Bell, dean of engineering. "We know our alumni and friends of the school hold a dear place for us in their hearts and they understand the value of supporting efforts at the KU School of Engineering. What’s equally gratifying is seeing that the residual effect of the campaign is so strong."

The campaign achieved some major goals for the school and the university, including:

• Eaton Hall,

a $15 million building, dedicated in fall 2003, to expand the School of Engineering complex. The building is named after mechanical engineering alumnus Robert Eaton, former chairman of Daimler Chrysler. During the summer of 2005, Eaton Hall, with its outstanding technology offerings, became the sole online enrollment center for all students entering the university.

• Veatch-Robinson Office Complex

expansion project for the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering. Named for the Veatch and Robinson families, the complex recognizes the long-standing relationship the department has had with the past and present leaders of Black & Veatch, many of whom are KU Engineering alumni.

• Garrison Flight Research Center.

A $2 million contribution from Walt and Jayne Garrison renovated the KU Aerospace Engineering Hangar and provided new office space and testing facilities. Walt Garrison, who earned a BS in aerospace engineering in ’48 and a master’s in ’50, is retired chairman, president and CEO of CDI Corp., headquartered in Philadelphia.

• Spahr Engineering Classroom,

a state-of-the-art, 230-seat classroom in Eaton Hall, created through a gift from Charles Spahr, a 1934 civil engineering alumnus and former president and CEO of Standard Oil of Ohio. The Spahr gift provides an endowment for the classroom’s upkeep and technology upgrades.

• SBC Scholars Fund,

a gift from the SBC Foundation to aid in the recruitment of talented minorities to the KU School of Engineering. The SBC gift also established the new SBC Telecommunications lab in Eaton Hall.

The KU Endowment Association is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves as the official fund-raising and fund management organization for KU. To learn more about the KU Endowment, go to


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