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March 7, 1997

Maytag gift is threefold

by Skip Derra
A gift of $470,000 from Maytag Corp. Foundation, Newton, to Iowa State has been designated for two new facilities, the Palmer Human Development and Family Studies Building and the Engineering Teaching and Research Complex (ETRC), and for the Christina Hixson Opportunity Awards.

"Maytag's contribution focus includes education that builds a skilled work force and programs that enhance family life," said Leonard A. Hadley, Maytag chairman and CEO. "These grants to Iowa State University are a perfect fit for us and strengthen the partnership between Maytag and ISU in preparing students for the future."

Maytag is one of more than 1,500 donors to the Palmer building, which is scheduled for an April 11 groundbreaking. The 21,600-square-foot facility will consolidate on central campus the Child Development Laboratory School, Family Financial Counseling Clinic, and Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic. It also will house the College of Family and Consumer Sciences' expanding inter-generational programming.

A previous gift creating the Maytag Innovative Teaching Classroom in Marston Hall was a precursor to the College of Engineering's plans to build the ETRC. The gift financed a model engineering classroom that incorporated network computers, satellite connectivity and fiber-optic communication systems.

"This gift will help the College of Engineering realize its vision of a learning-based, practice-oriented education for its students," said James Melsa, engineering dean.

The third designation for Maytag's gift is the Christina Hixson Opportunity Awards Program, a component of the $50 million President's Scholarship Campaign. The program provides one-year, full tuition awards for 100 high school graduates who, because of difficult circumstances, need a boost to make a college education possible.

With these gifts, Maytag's support to Iowa State has reached $720,000 since 1992.

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