For all they’ve done to transform the academic campus at the University of Nebraska Medical Center campus, Omaha philanthropists Ruth and Bill Scott were honored today when the UNMC student plaza was be named on their behalf. The Scotts have made multiple gifts to UNMC, including the lead gifts on new buildings for four UNMC colleges – medicine, nursing, public health and pharmacy.
UNMC Chancellor Dr. Maurer said the Scotts’ generosity has literally transformed the UNMC campus. “A decade ago, our campus was just a bunch of aging buildings with no green space. It didn’t have the feel of a college campus. Now, thanks to the Scotts, we have a real college campus with incredible new buildings and a beautiful student plaza. It’s amazing what they’ve done. They’ve given almost all of our students a new building.”
The Ruth and Bill Scott Student Plaza spans from 42nd Street to 38th Avenue and from Dewey Avenue to Jones Street. The UNMC ice rink is in the heart of the student plaza. A plaque honoring the Scott’s was unveiled and there will be five nearly identical plaques located around the plaza. They include a map of the academic campus and a listing of some of the points of interest. They also include a thank you message from the Scott family to Ruth and Bill Scott.
At 8:30 Tuesday evening, the Scotts will participate in a lighting ceremony of the light tower located in front of the Harold M. and Beverly Maurer Center for Public Health. The light tower will be illuminated at night and includes four black granite benches for seating. The name of the tower was selected from more than 235 submissions made by UNMC faculty, staff and students. That name will be announced at the ceremony tonight.