For exactly 1,850 minutes in honor of the year the university was founded (1850) the U community will come together to support their favorite programs, areas, and colleges in the third annual Giving Day on Feb. 23-24. In the 30-hour Giving Day last year, nearly 5,000 people raised $635,000. Learn more at

The Craig H. Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital opened last September. The 75-bed hospital is one of the most advanced rehabilitation facilities in the country and is helping patients heal from and adjust to life-altering injuries and conditions. It was made possible thanks to a $47.5 million gift from the foundation created by late alum Craig Neilsen MBA’64 JD’67.



College of Engineering Dean Rich Brown PhD’85 was installed as the inaugural holder of the H.E Thomas Presidential Endowed Dean’s Chair. Brown has been recognized for his role in tripling student enrollment and overseeing research funding growth from $30 million to $97 million per year. The endowed deanship was established thanks to a $4 million gift from longtime supporter of the college H.E. “Ed” Thomas.


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