- Associated Press - Sunday, May 18, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A new building for the business school at the University of Kansas will bear the name Capital Federal Hall in recognition of two alumni who donated to the construction project.

The name of the new $65.7 million building was approved Wednesday by the Kansas Board of Regents, The Lawrence Journal-World reported (https://bit.ly/QRcWHE).

A gift of $20 million from the Capital Federal Foundation was made to assist with the construction. It is the charitable arm of Topeka-based Capital Federal Savings, which is led by John B. Dicus, a 1983 graduate of the business school. The building’s construction is being financed through private donations.

University officials said it had been the practice to name campus buildings in honor of donors regardless of whether they were individuals or foundations.

“While the Dicus family has certainly been wonderful supporters of us, the gift comes from the foundation so it makes sense to have the foundation’s name on the structure,” said spokesman Tim Caboni.

Dicus’ father, John C. Dicus, a former chairman of Capital Federal, earned his degree from the business school in 1955.

Neeli Bendapudi, dean of the business school, said the name of the building came at the request of the Dicus family.

“They really wanted to make a statement that it was about the success of the company - every employee, every stockholder that made it possible for them to make this (donation),” she said.

The building will replace Summerfield Hall, which is 55 years old and slated for renovation once the new building is completed.

The new business school will be located on Naismith Drive across from Allen Fieldhouse where the basketball teams play. The building will have four floors and cover 65,000 square feet with classrooms and administrative offices, as well as meeting and design team areas. The project is slated to be completed for the start of fall classes in 2016.


Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, https://www.ljworld.com



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