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Donor Wall Bears Names of Top Nursing Building Contributors

HOUSTON—(April 21, 2004)—As part of the opening ceremonies for its new School of Nursing and Student Community Center, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston will unveil a wall of recognition to honor the donors whose support made possible construction of the school's new home.

The "donor wall" will stand as a permanent tribute to the capital campaign-completed in 2001 and led by UT Health Science Center Development Board member Bob Cizik-which successfully raised $10 million in private philanthropy for the new building.

As the lead partner in the capital campaign, Houston Endowment Inc. contributed $3.6 million toward the cost of the new facility.

Designed by Leslie Holland, manager of graphic services in the Office of Public Affairs, in partnership with BNIM interior planners, the wall is constructed from red, antique brick and curves along the lobby area outside of the first-floor auditorium. The individual names of more than 70 donors who gave at least $5,000 to the campaign will be engraved on brushed aluminum bands that extend out from the brick in a wave-like design.

"The donor wall underscores the important role philanthropy played in completing this building," said James T. Willerson, M.D., president of the UT Health Science Center. "It is a reflection of our deep gratitude for the leadership in this campaign and for the generosity of the community."

Other lead donors include: the Cullen Trust for Health Care, the Margaret and Albert B. Alkek Foundation, the M.D. Anderson Foundation, Shell Oil Company, the Vivian L. Smith Foundation, the Margaret and James A. Elkins, Jr. Foundation, the Cullen Trust for Higher Education, and the PARTNERS community support organization.

SEE: Names of donors/honorees

— By Amber Buckley