February 19th, 2002


The Paul G. Allen Center

Dear CSE students, staff, and faculty:

We're absolutely thrilled to let you know that in Summer 2003 � less than 18 months from now � CSE will move into the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering!

It was announced late today that Paul has provided a $14 million leadership gift to our campaign, which ensures that the building will be fully completed on schedule. It was also announced that the donor of the anonymous $6.5 million �challenge match� received last August was the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Board of Regents has recognized Paul's generosity through the naming of the building, and Bill and Melinda's generosity through the naming of the Bill & Melinda Gates Commons on the top floor of the building.

In addition to these gifts, and Microsoft�s unprecedented $7.2 million commitment announced late last spring, we have thus far received more than $15 million in commitments from other friends and alumni in the region�s tech and venture communities. Some of this is targeted toward the building, and some toward endowments for scholarships, fellowships, and professorships. Our overall campaign goals are $42 million for the building, $3 million for technology for the building, and $20 million for endowments.

We have many, many generous and committed people to thank for this � our donors, the leaders of the Campaign for CSE (Tom Alberg and Jeremy Jaech), UW�s leadership, and many more. But in truth, you should all pat yourselves on the back, because these donors are responding to what UW CSE has become, through your efforts - a place where terrific people work together to accomplish terrific things.

- Ed and David
(Ed Lazowska, Former Bill and Melinda Gates Chair to CSE, and David Notkin, current Boeing Chair)

(See various new additions on our building web page � http://www.cs.washington.edu/building/.)
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