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Inside Iowa State
June 27, 1997

Building improvements top FCS campaign list

by Michelle Johnson

If College of Family and Consumer Sciences alumni from the 1950s toured areas of MacKay and LeBaron, they might think time had stood still. That's why building improvements are a priority on the college's capital campaign to-do list.

"We are starting with the basics -- installation of modern heating, air handling and ventilation, and air conditioning systems in both LeBaron and MacKay halls," said FSC Dean Beverly Crabtree. "Next, we hope to renovate and refurbish both buildings to reflect the 21st century, including incorporating emerging instructional and research technology in our classrooms and laboratories."

Renovation of these buildings will require state funding in addition to private support, according to Crabtree.

Through Campaign Destiny, FCS is seeking $7 million for facilities improvements, including $3 million for renovation in LeBaron and MacKay, $3 million for the new Palmer Human Development and Family Studies Building, and $1 million to upgrade technology and equipment for teaching and research.

In April, ground was broken for the 15,042-square-foot Palmer building, which will house the child development laboratory school, marriage and family therapy clinic, and the financial counseling clinic. The building also will provide research and office space for faculty involved with these programs.

In May, as plans were being finalized on the building, a couple wishing to remain anonymous made a surprise challenge grant of $100,000 to provide the shell for a third floor to the building. The interior of the third floor will be completed as funds become available. The college, ISU Foundation and the university each will commit $250,000 to the project. The college will work with the foundation to raise anadditional $210,000. The proposed third level will provide office space, seminar and research facilities, and allow for program expansion, Crabtree said.

College officials also are seeking $7 million for what they term an "investment in people." Sharing the top spot on the fund-raising list is increasing the number of undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships. The college currently supports about 14 percent of its students through college and departmental scholarships, totaling about $288,000 annually.

"There are so many more outstanding students who need and deserve financial support during their college years," Crabtree said. "Undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships are extremely critical in the recruitment and retention of these students."

As part of its investment in people, the college seeks $1.5 million to establish an endowed chair. Funds also will be used for professorships, faculty enrichment and annual priority programming.

Other college plans include a $1 million endowment to support an annual national conference focusing on issues critical to families and consumers, and $1.15 million for non-endowed student financial aid, annual fund gifts and other college programs.

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