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Cedar Falls couple donates $10 million to University of Northern Iowa

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) – University of Northern Iowa President Mark Nook has announced a $10 million gift to the university.

David and Karen Takes’ gift will support multiple programs and projects at UNI. A portion will be invested in the Takes Endowment, an endowment they established in 2015 to support UNI Business students gaining international experiences and increase cultural intelligence. The gift will also support the UNI Mascot Outreach Endowed Fund.

“David and Karen Takes have always shown strong leadership for UNI. They have invested their time, talents and treasure in this university. This new gift builds on their passion for the university and will make our campus even stronger going forward,” said Nook.

David Takes is a current member and past chair of the UNI Foundation’s Board of Trustees and a 1981 alumnus of the university.

“As long-time residents of Cedar Falls and as a proud alum, we are extremely grateful for everything the University of Northern Iowa and Panther Nation have brought to our family and our community at large. The benefits we enjoy are truly priceless, and it is with this sense of gratitude that Karen and I make this commitment,” said Takes.

Additional portions of the gift will support future capital projects for the university.

Capital projects under exploration at UNI include the Campanile, the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, the Industrial Technology Center and the UNI-Dome.

Trevor Oates

Executive Producer

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