Pomerantz Center building named in recognition of $10 million gift
Pomerantz, chair and CEO of Gaylord Container Corp. and Mid-America Group, and his wife, Rose Lee, will provide key funding for the Pomerantz Center, a new University facility to be located at the northeast corner of Market Street and the T. Anne Cleary Walkway, about one block north of the Pentacrest. The Pomerantzes have committed $10 million toward the projected $13 million cost of the building, which is scheduled to be completed in late 2004.
The Pomerantz Center is slated to house several career-related services and university offices, including the Admission Visitors Center, Academic Advising Center, MBA Career Services, the Executive MBA Program, and the Alumni Career Information Network. Classrooms and an auditorium also will be included within the building, according to the proposal.
An important component of the Pomerantz Center will be the Marvin A. and Rose Lee Pomerantz Career Center, which will bring together and allow the expansion and integration of several undergraduate and graduate student services, including career exploration, skills training, internships, and on-campus interviewsall in a centralized location.
This expanded and unified career program will enhance communication between top employers and Iowa graduates, Pomerantz said. Corporations will come to this leading-edge facility to recruit Iowa graduates. And one day, these successful graduates will hire other Iowa alumni. Thats good for everyone: students, employers, and the state.
We owe it to our students to provide them with comprehensive, integrated career services in an environment that is welcoming to employers, said Jerry Paschal, executive director of the Career Center. The Pomerantz Center will be an interdisciplinary resource with specialized staff, new technology, and excellent recruiting opportunities. These opportunities will be made possible because of Marvin and Rose Lee Pomerantzs commitment to education.
Linda Maxson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, praised the Pomerantzes for their gift.
The opportunity to have a separate building and enhanced resources for our students is very welcome. We are deeply grateful to the Pomerantzes for their vision in making this generous gift.
The Pomerantz Center evolved from a series of discussions among Gary Fethke, dean of the Tippie College of Business, Pomerantz, and President Mary Sue Coleman.
According to Fethke, we believed that we could greatly benefit as a university if we combined the entire career service process under one administrative structure, developed a first-class facility that focused on student and employer needs, and then marketed the concept as a distinctive competence of the University.
The Pomerantz Center will be adjacent to the new Blank Honors Center, which is scheduled for completion in 2003, and is named to honor benefactors Myron and Jaqueline Blank of Des Moines.
Paschal added that the Pomerantz Center will be unique, as few universities in the country have similar facilities that include such a wide range of services. The Pomerantz Center will serve as a prototype for other universities that wish to serve student advising and career needs in one facility.
From the moment a prospective student visits our campus, they will see that we not only understand the intrinsic value of education, but that we are focused on the end result. The high visibility of this building will tell prospective students and their parents that we are focusing on the practical side of educationputting education to work in our greater community, Paschal said.
by George McCrory