Iowa State receives $2 million gift from private citizen
August 26, 2013
When college campuses have to renovate existing structures, they often have to look internally. If there isn't anything left in the budget, they might consider raising tuition or other student fees or they may have to forego the project altogether.
However, that's not the case in Iowa, where local citizen Leonard Dolezal recently gave Iowa State a $2 million gift. The money will go to rebuild Curtiss Hall auditorium, which, at 104 years old, is showing its age. With Dolezal's gift, the campaign to raise $14.4 million to renovate the building has already garnered $9 million.
As a thank you for his generosity, campus leaders decided to rename the building the Leonard and Evelyn Dolezal Auditorium in Curtiss Hall.
"We are indebted to Leonard Dolezal for helping to ensure that we are well-equipped to serve students, enrich their education and make their experience on campus one they'll remember their whole lives," stated Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Wendy Wintersteen.
Dolezal and his late wife Evelyn have long been involved in expanding academics in Iowa. For instance, The Gazette reported that Leonard donated 21 acres of land, as well as a house on those grounds, to the Xavier High School Foundation in the fall of 2011.
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