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Gift of Land Establishes UW-Eau Claire Foundation Fund for College of Education and Human Sciences

RELEASED: May 5, 2005

Bob and Pat GilbertsEAU CLAIRE — Proceeds from the sale of land given to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation will establish the Robert and Patricia Gilberts Education Opportunity Endowment, the first fund of its kind in the College of Education and Human Sciences.

The gift was made by retired educator and UW-Eau Claire alumnus Robert Gilberts and his wife, Patricia, in honor of Dr. Les Emans, dean of what was then the UW-Eau Claire School of Education from 1946-49 and a mentor to Robert Gilberts. Dr. Emans died in November 1987.

Robert Gilberts, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1950 and is a retired dean of education from the University of Oregon, wanted the fund to provide programming flexibility for the College of Education and Human Sciences.

Gilberts spent 23 years as dean of the College of Education for the University of Oregon and noted such funding was rare.

"During that part of my career, I was often frustrated that funding was seldom available for discretionary activities, Gilberts said. "I thought this gift, which allows for funding those activities, might be a good way to extend my thanks to UW-Eau Claire and to show my gratitude to Dr. Emans whose advice really gave direction to my life."

The Gilberts' gift is recognized as a contribution to Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation's ongoing comprehensive campaign to benefit UW-Eau Claire's people and programs.

The opportunity fund will have significant impact on the college over time, said Katherine Rhoades, dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences.

"The fund will be used to meet the greatest needs of the college and to support special initiatives as they arise," Rhoades said. "I can think of no finer tribute to Dr. Emans' mentorship of Robert Gilberts."

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