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ike many Iowa State students and alumni who grew up in rural Iowa, Eric Smith knows a thing or two about responsibility. ike many Iowa State students and alumni who grew up in rural Iowa, Eric Smith knows a thing or two about responsibility. hile at ISU in the late 1920’ s, he was vice presi- dent of ISU’ s student body and president of the Interfraternity Council. He was a member of Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Phi honorary societies.

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  • Private Gifts Help Build theGerdin BusinessBuilding

    Private GiftsHelp Build theGerdin BusinessBuilding

    ConnectionsFor Friends of the Iowa State University Foundation

    t PAPPAJOHN CENTER t GIFT IMPACT AROUND CAMPUS t SCHOLARSHIP SUPPORT t

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    Connections is published periodically bythe Iowa State University Foundationa private, non-profit corporation dedi-cated to securing and stewarding privategifts and grants that benefit Iowa StateUniversity. This magazine serves as a link between Iowa State and benefactorswho support the university. You arereceiving this publication as an importantmember of the Iowa State family. We welcome your comments, suggestionsand questions.

    Iowa State University FoundationOffice of Communications2505 Elwood DriveAmes, Iowa 50010-8644Phone: 515-294-4607Toll Free: 866-419-6768Web: www.foundation.iastate.eduE-mail: questions@foundation.iastate.edu

    The Iowa State University Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race,color, age, religion, national origin, sexualorientation, sex, marital status, disability,or status as a U.S. Vietnam Era Veteran.Any persons having inquiries concerningthis may contact human resources, ISUFoundation, 515-294-4607.

    The Story and the Power of Every Gift

    Behind every dollar contributed to benefit

    Iowa State University there is a heart-

    warming story that describes motivation,

    generosity and commitment. On the following

    pages you will meet some special people who

    have meaningful stories to tell stories about faculty support, student

    scholarships, college and program enhancements and new facilities. These

    donors and many more are making a significant difference at ISU, and for

    the students who are the ultimate beneficiaries.

    In a period of serious budget cutting, support from you and thousands of

    others is indeed more valuable than ever. You help provide the extras that

    have long existed to make the Iowa State experience so special. And when

    you give, youre saying to the students and faculty, We believe in you.

    Your support does not go unnoticed. Just ask any of the thousands of

    students, parents, alumni, faculty, athletic fans and staff members who have

    experienced Iowa State. They will tell you firsthand that philanthropy is the

    distinguishing factor between good and excellent.

    Iowa State has a proud history of investing in our people, and we are very

    appreciative of the private support that enables us to do so. As of April 30,

    more than 48,296 donors have given gifts since the start of the fiscal year to

    support ISU this number is up significantly from 40,818 during the same

    time last year.

    Thank you for your commitment to Iowa State University. Know that the

    financial power of your support and the message behind your gift

    are very much appreciated. t

    Gregory L. Geoffroy

    President

    Iowa State University

    President Gregory L. Geoffroy

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  • ConnectionsS P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 0 4

    Connections is published periodically bythe Iowa State University Foundationa private, non-profit corporation dedi-cated to securing and stewarding privategifts and grants that benefit Iowa StateUniversity. This magazine serves as a link between Iowa State and benefactorswho support the university. You arereceiving this publication as an importantmember of the Iowa State family. We welcome your comments, suggestionsand questions.

    Iowa State University FoundationOffice of Communications2505 Elwood DriveAmes, Iowa 50010-8644Phone: 515-294-4607Toll Free: 866-419-6768Web: www.foundation.iastate.eduE-mail: questions@foundation.iastate.edu

    The Iowa State University Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race,color, age, religion, national origin, sexualorientation, sex, marital status, disability,or status as a U.S. Vietnam Era Veteran.Any persons having inquiries concerningthis may contact human resources, ISUFoundation, 515-294-4607.

    The Story and the Power of Every Gift

    Behind every dollar contributed to benefit

    Iowa State University there is a heart-

    warming story that describes motivation,

    generosity and commitment. On the following

    pages you will meet some special people who

    have meaningful stories to tell stories about faculty support, student

    scholarships, college and program enhancements and new facilities. These

    donors and many more are making a significant difference at ISU, and for

    the students who are the ultimate beneficiaries.

    In a period of serious budget cutting, support from you and thousands of

    others is indeed more valuable than ever. You help provide the extras that

    have long existed to make the Iowa State experience so special. And when

    you give, youre saying to the students and faculty, We believe in you.

    Your support does not go unnoticed. Just ask any of the thousands of

    students, parents, alumni, faculty, athletic fans and staff members who have

    experienced Iowa State. They will tell you firsthand that philanthropy is the

    distinguishing factor between good and excellent.

    Iowa State has a proud history of investing in our people, and we are very

    appreciative of the private support that enables us to do so. As of April 30,

    more than 48,296 donors have given gifts since the start of the fiscal year to

    support ISU this number is up significantly from 40,818 during the same

    time last year.

    Thank you for your commitment to Iowa State University. Know that the

    financial power of your support and the message behind your gift

    are very much appreciated. t

    Gregory L. Geoffroy

    President

    Iowa State University

    President Gregory L. Geoffroy

    1

  • Like many IowaState students andalumni who grew

    up in rural Iowa, Eric Smith knows athing or two aboutresponsibility.

    Being one of five siblings

    raised on a livestock farm, I

    learned very quickly the impor-

    tance of responsibility, said the

    St. Anthony native. Caring

    for 60 to 100 head of cattle is a

    group effort that requires

    around-the-clock attention.

    Eric also knew well before

    enrolling at Iowa State that

    paying for college was one of

    those responsibilities he would

    likely have to shoulder himself.

    The animal science major start-

    ed saving early, and sales of

    his own cattle help with his

    university bill. Eric also has

    received some assistance from a

    scholarship established through

    an estate gift.

    Eric is one of 133 ISU

    undergrads who received

    financial assistance from the

    Gertrude M. Kable Under-

    graduate Scholarship Fund last

    fall. The Kable Scholarship is

    specifically for middle-class

    students with an average GPA

    who may not qualify for aid

    thats based on financial need

    or academic performance.

    By helping me meet my

    expenses, the Kable Scholar-

    ship helps me concentrate on

    my main responsibility here at

    Iowa State my studies, said

    Eric. I know some students

    who have to work two or three

    jobs to help pay their bills. The

    Kable Scholarship gives me the

    freedom to avoid that.

    When hes not studying

    or working in the student

    financial aid office in

    Beardshear Hall, youll likely

    find him helping out back on

    the family farm.

    My dad helps take care of

    my livestock so I can stay

    focused on my grades, said

    Eric. So its important for me

    to go back and help him when

    I can.

    Although he finished his

    undergraduate degree this

    spring, Eric will need to con-

    tinue the reciprocal arrange-

    ment with his father for a few

    more years. In March, he was

    accepted into Iowa States

    College of Veterinary Medicine

    and plans to study production

    animal medicine.

    Im very grateful for the

    private support Ive received,

    said Eric. Its really helped

    me in my undergraduate

    education, and hopefully, Ill

    find some additional support

    to help with my bills in

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    Scholarship RecipientUnderstands Responsibility

    During one special

    moment last January, the

    lives of 4,000 business

    students suddenly

    changed for the better. On the

    first day of the second semes-

    ter, doors opened to the new

    Gerdin Business Building.

    Months of anticipation came

    to an end as the students

    eagerly scoped out their new

    surroundings. It was a major

    milestone for the College of

    Business because after

    20 years, they finally have a

    home of their own.

    A little more than a month

    after classes began, a formal

    dedication event was held on

    February 20. An overflow

    crowd of students, guests,

    faculty and dignitaries greeted

    Russ and Ann Gerdin as they

    entered the ceremony. The

    Coralville, IA couple con-

    tributed $10 million for the

    college and initiated the Gerdin

    Challenge, which ultimately

    raised more than $35 million in

    private support for the new

    facility, faculty endowments,

    student endowments and

    program enhancements.

    Ann and Russ addressed

    the audience that included

    Gov. Tom Vilsack and former

    Gov. Bob Ray. With much emo-

    tion, they talked about their

    family, their business and why

    they chose this gift for ISU.