(Ames) A lead gift of $25 million from the founders of Reiman Publications has jumpstarted plans to create an inspiring campus entrance to Iowa State University and enclose the south end zone of Jack Trice Stadium.
Roy (’57 agricultural journalism) and Bobbi (’06 honorary alumna) Reiman pledged the transformational gift to the university that will be used to develop a grand entrance to Reiman Gardens and also enclose the south end of Jack Trice Stadium.
The Reimans, whose generosity to Iowa State University has spanned many years and projects, previously supported the creation of a 17-acre botanical garden (dedicated in 1995), which bears their family name. That facility, which was named 2008 “Attraction of the Year” by the Iowa Tourism Office, sits adjacent to the stadium on the south end of campus.
“I’m simply proud to be a Cyclone, and to have the opportunity to make a difference at the university that made so much of a difference for me,” Roy Reiman said.
This lead gift from the Reiman Foundation allows the university to request permission from the Board of Regents to begin the planning process for a project that promises to create a stunning entrance to campus and a dramatic game-day football environment.
“The impact that Roy and Bobbi Reiman have made on this campus is extraordinary,” ISU President Steven Leath said. “Their generosity through their family foundation has been felt by many units and facilities throughout campus. We are delighted to receive this pledge to the university, and we are committed to beautifying the entrance to Iowa State University and enhancing Jack Trice Stadium.”
Roy Reiman’s love of the Cyclones dates back to his college days when he served as spotter at football games for Dale Williams, the school’s radio play-by-play man. His support of ISU has been a fixture in his life since graduation.
“We are humbled by the generosity of the Reimans and so thankful for their support of Iowa State University,” Pollard said. “Bobbi and Roy’s love of Iowa State is genuine and their connection with Cyclone Athletics is truly special.”
The gift, Pollard said, gives the university an opportunity to beautify the grounds at the campus’ southwest entrance and strengthen an exciting future for the Iowa State athletics program.
“We must maintain the terrific game-day atmosphere that has developed at Jack Trice Stadium in recent years and closing in the south end zone will have a dramatic impact,” Pollard said. “It will add to our home field advantage, give the stadium a big-time feel and improve the game-day experience for thousands of fans.
“Although we still need to seek approval from the Board of Regents and develop the final plans for the project, we do have an aggressive timeline in our minds to complete the project as soon as possible,” Pollard said. “We would like the project to be completed by the start of the 2015 football season, if possible.
“We can’t thank Roy and Bobbi enough for giving our institution the necessary resources to begin this transformational project that will positively impact so many people. It’s truly a great day to be a Cyclone!”