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2008.06.02 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Second Gift Provides Further Momentum for CBA Building Project

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) announced a second significant gift supporting the new College of Business Administration (CBA) building project at a groundbreaking ceremony today.

The commitment by Omahans Ruth and Bill Scott to the University of Nebraska Foundation, along with the lead gift by Carl and Joyce Mammel, enables the University to begin construction on the $31 million project this summer. The goal for the entire project is $38.5 with $7.5 million earmarked for the college’s endowment. This project will be funded by private gifts.

The building project is expected to be completed by August 2010.

“UNO greatly appreciates the generosity of Ruth and Bill Scott in supporting this transformational project on our Pacific Street campus,” said John Christensen, UNO chancellor. “Their ongoing support of UNO and its mission as a metropolitan university is exceptional. And combined with their commitments to key projects across this community has greatly enhanced our city in a quiet yet extraordinary way.”

Ruth and Bill Scott, who have generously supported projects throughout Omaha, are deeply committed to the community — its progress, health and vitality, according to their son, John Scott.

Scott said his parents’ gift to the CBA project is an investment in the education of the community’s future business leaders and in the economic development the college can help foster.

“First, our family would like to recognize the leadership of Carl and Joyce Mammel in this meaningful endeavor,” he remarked. “My parents enjoy the opportunity to partner with the Mammels in helping bring this project to fruition. They share in Carl and Joyce’s passion for supporting excellence in education and in promoting the economic strength of our community.”

The 120,000-square-foot facility will provide CBA with a state-of-the-art facility designed for modern business education. The new three-story structure will encourage collaborative learning and innovative research and teaching.

Its location near the Peter Kiewit Institute, the Aksarben Village development and the Scott Technology Center also will promote partnerships between other UNO colleges and area businesses in economic development.

Holland Basham is the project architect.

“The students, faculty, staff and alumni of our college are most grateful to the Scott family for their commitment to business education and specifically to advancing the College of Business Administration at UNO,” said Louis Pol, dean of the UNO College of Business Administration. “The addition of this new facility on our campus is monumental, and the legacy of their gift to support college faculty and programs will be realized well into the future.”

Ruth and Bill Scott are both graduates of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Ruth Scott earned a bachelor’s degree in education in 1952. She went on to teach school and later founded the Omaha Bridge Studio where she teaches “the game she loves so much.”

Bill Scott earned a degree from the UNL College of Business Administration in 1953. He joined Buffett Partnership in 1959 and Berkshire Hathaway in 1970 where he remained until the early 1990s. Prior to that, he was with the trust department at U.S. National Bank’s Investment Division, a money manager in Detroit, with the investment department at Banker’s Life in Des Moines, and a state bank examiner with the Nebraska Department of Banking.

Ruth and Bill Scott have three sons: John, Don and David.

Their support of major projects at the University of Nebraska has been extraordinary in recent years. It includes gifts benefiting the College of Public Affairs and Community Service and the Peter Kiewit Institute at UNO and several significant building projects at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

The University of Nebraska Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization that has been raising private gifts to support the University of Nebraska for more than 70 years. Last year almost $90 million was provided for students, faculty, academic programs, research and campus capital improvements. More information is available at www.nufoundation.org.

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