Three $100,000 gifts for College of Dentistry campaign announced

On the heels of the Sept. 24 public announcement by the University of Iowa College of Dentistry of “Transformation for Tomorrow: The Campaign for the University of Iowa College of Dentistry Building,” the college and the UI Foundation have announced three major gifts to the campaign from alumni.

Terry L. (DDS 1972) and Pamela Hopper, of Fort Dodge, Iowa, pledged $100,000 to the initiative. Their gift will be recognized by naming the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic reception area in their honor.

Robert C. “Bob” Margeas (DDS 1986) of Des Moines made a $100,000 gift commitment. The building’s Operative Dentistry Department conference room will be named for him.

Brett L. (DDS 1987) and Lori S. (DDS 1987) Veerman of Verona, Wisc., also have pledged $100,000 to the campaign. The student lounge in the renovated and expanded building will be named for the Veermans.

The gifts were made through the UI Foundation. The building renovation and expansion project will add space, update and expand clinical areas, increase classroom and student space, and upgrade dental research facilities. Costs are estimated at $60 million, with at least $10 million of that to come from private gifts. The projected completion date for the project is summer 2015.