UNL News Releases 6/22/99

Contact: Annette Wetzel
Public Relations
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Lincoln (Neb.) - June 22, 1999 - Dignitaries will autograph a girder beam and fill a time capsule during a ceremony at 11 a.m. July 9 marking the construction start of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Esther L. Kauffman Academic Residential Center at 15th and U streets.

The $14.7 million, 82,500 square-foot living and learning center, due for completion in 2001, was made possible by a $32.2 million gift from Colorado software development pioneer, C. Edward McVaney and his wife Carole.

The Kauffman Center will house the J.D. Edwards Honors Program in Computer Science and Management, an innovative program that prepares graduates to use computing foundations, information technology and business principles to meet the challenges of industry.

Kauffman, the mother of Carole McVaney, will be among the dignitaries present at the groundbreaking ceremony, which is free and open to the public.

The autographed girder will become part of the building's structure. The 45 high school seniors who are participating in the first J.D. Edwards Honors Program Summer Enterprise Camp will culminate their four weeks on campus by contributing to the time capsule.

The center will have suite housing for 116 students, quarters for four residence assistants; a suite for a housing and placement director; a suite for a residence director; and an apartment for a visiting senior fellow. The learning environment will have five state-of-the-art classrooms; three breakout rooms; a presentation and speech lab; two computer laboratories; office space for program staff; a great hall for special events; a recreation area; and a building network equipment room.

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