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Groundbreaking Gifts

the Forty

The Belo Center for New MediaIf it’s been awhile since you’ve strolled the Forty Acres, you may be in for a surprise — or three. A trio of new buildings – enhancing learning and the student experience – is turning heads, and each was made possible through the generosity of UT alumni and friends.

The Belo Center for New Media, serving the College of Communication and KUT Radio, could not have been built without substantial help from the Belo Foundation and members of Dallas’ Decherd and Moroney families, whose grandfather established The Dallas Morning News.

The new Liberal Arts Building is a model for innovative funding and cost-effective planning and design. The building was self-funded by the college and built without tapping legislative or UT System funding. Nearly a quarter of its cost was covered by private donations.

The Gates Foundation and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation joined forces to help build the Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex, which includes Dell Computer Science Hall. The complex encourages new levels of collaboration and innovation with open discussion areas and glass-walled labs.

Two additional buildings are in the planning stages, and support from alumni and friends will be crucial to both. The Cockrell School of Engineering is seeking funds to build the Engineering Education and Research Center, a teaching, research, and student project space. And the McCombs School of Business is planning a new building to house its growing graduate programs. The building will be called Rowling Hall after a lead gift from alumni Robert Rowling and Terry Rowling and their family. Both the EERC and Rowling Hall could open by 2017.