Iowa State University has announced a $25 million gift from Roy and Bobbi Reiman to create an "inspiring" entrance to the campus and enclose the south end zone of the university's Jack Trice Stadium.
Made through the Milwaukee-based Reiman Foundation, the gift from the couple will be used to to beautify the grounds at the campus' southwest entrance and strengthen the Iowa State athletics program by creating a dramatic game-day football setting. Roy Reiman, a 1957 graduate of the university's agricultural journalism program, served as a spotter at Iowa Cyclones' football games for Dale Williams, the school’s play-by-play radio broadcaster. In 2006, Bobbi Reiman received an honorary degree from the university in recognition of her support.
The Reimans, whose media and direct marketing company, Reiman Publications, owns Reader's Digest, have been generous supporters of ISU over the years and, among other things, provided funds for the creation of a seventeen-acre botanical garden that bears the family name. Comprising a dozen distinct garden areas, an indoor conservatory, and an indoor butterfly "wing,” the site, which was named 2008 "Attraction of the Year" by the Iowa Tourism Office, sits adjacent to the stadium on the south end of campus.
"The impact that Roy and Bobbi Reiman have made on this campus is extraordinary," said ISU president Steven Leath. "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."