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University of Dubuque Receives $13.5 Million Donation

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DUBUQUE, Iowa - Two people have donated more than $25 million dollars to the University of Dubuque just this month.

Donors have given the school $225 million in donations over the past ten years.

Walking through the University of Dubuque's campus it's impossible to miss how much has changed in the past ten years.

University of Dubuque President Dr. Jeffrey Bullock said, "we are thankful and we work hard everyday. I think this is very unique in the state of Iowa and it's pretty unique across higher education in America."

Crews are currently building a $40 million performing arts center.

Joe and Linda Chlapaty donated several million dollars to build that center, as well as a few other buildings on campus.

Bullock says the Chlapatys are one of many families who've donated multi-millions to the University.

But he says he doesn't know how that compares to other small schools in Iowa.

Bullock said, "we're so focused on the future, we don't really pay attention to things like that. "

The University of Dubuque will use the most recent donation for two major projects.

First to ease the school's housing shortage.

Bullock said, "currently only slightly over 40 percent of our undergraduate students live in residence halls on campus. "

1200 of U.D.'s students participate in Intramural sports. Administrators will also use the Chlapaty's gift to build an indoor intramural practice facility.

Joe and Linda Chlapaty's donation totaled 13.5million dollars. The couple has also made multi-million dollar donations in past years.

Earlier this month, an anonymous donor gave $12 million to the University.

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