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August 17, 1991


Virginia Benson of Kansas City, Kan., gave $1 million for loans to Kansas University students.

And there was $25,000 from Josephine Pardee of Lawrence for student scholarships.

On top of that, $4.2 million from Bernard and Marilyn Morgan of Prairie Village is targeted for athletic programs.

These, combined with thousands of donations large and small, increased the official Campaign Kansas total by $40 million in the past year.

The latest tally is more than $210 million, which is $60 million more than the goal established in 1987.

With the assistance of KU Chancellor Gene Budig, nine fund-raising categories were identified before the drive began. The monetary goal of five categories has been reached.

Totals for completed objectives:

$35 million for endowed academic support, such as endowed chairs, distinguished professorships and faculty development. The goal was $22 million.

$32.2 million for student scholarships, fellowships and a scholarship hall. The target was $23 million.

$7 million for libraries. The objective was $6 million.

$36.5 million for various programs, including the Kansas Eye Bank, organ transplant surgery, a hearing loss center, Nutrition Information Center, Hall Center for the Humanities and international programs. The goal was $11 million.

$21.8 million for construction of the Lied Center for the Performing Arts, expansion of athletic facilities and renovation of the Campanile. The goal was $19.5 million.

"Campaign Kansas projects are what is really keeping us busy," said Allen Wiechert, university director of facilities planning.

Totals for categories with goals still to be reached are are:

$30.3 million for unrestricted uses. Such funds allow KU to take advantage of unexpected opportunities or solve unanticipated problems. KU is seeking $39.5 million.

$9.4 million for equipment purchases, such as laboratory equipment or computers. The objective is $14 million.

$3.7 million for acquisitions at the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art, Museum of Natural History and Museum of Anthropology. The goal is $6 million.

$3.7 million for construction of a fitness center and other buildings at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. The goal is $4 million.

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