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Beschloss Family Media Design Center
to be dedicated Sept. 22
Lynn, Humanities Editor
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The new
Beschloss Family Media Design Center at the University of Illinois College
of Communications will be dedicated Sept. 22.
The dedication, which includes
a tour of the state-of-the-art center, begins at 2 p.m. in 213 Gregory
Hall, 810 S. Wright St., Urbana. The event is free and open to the public.
Funds for the center came
from Morris R. Beschloss and his family. Beschloss earned his bachelor's
degree in journalism at Illinois in 1952.
After two years in the armed
forces, Beschloss turned to advertising and public relations, and built
a highly successful career as an executive in the manufacturing of metal
parts -- first of industrial fasteners (Chicago Screw Co. and Standard
Screw) and later, of domestic and light commercial valves (Hammond Brass
and Condec Corp.). He is widely regarded as the father of the modern
"Morris Beschloss' commitment
on behalf of his family enables our students to be taught in a superb
graphics facility," said Kim Rotzoll, the dean of the college. "Building
from a rock-solid base of public-affairs reporting, our students should
be professionally adept in an increasingly complex verbal and visual
According to journalism
professor Eric Meyer, the center is "a state-of-the-art facility for
teaching and practicing online print design and for exploring the new
frontiers of media convergence."
College of Communications
faculty members will teach in the new facility, which will be maintained
by technical staff. Included in the extensively remodeled laboratory/classroom
in Gregory Hall's lower level are 25 professional quality workstations
"loaded," Meyer said, "with an impressive array of the latest industry-standard
software for newspaper and magazine page design, infographic research
and design, creative advertising design, digital audio-video editing
for the World Wide Web and online site design."
The center also contains
six digital still cameras, two digital video cameras, six reflective
scanners, a video presentation system, two high-speed laser printers,
a large-format color printer, dedicated broadband Internet access and
ergonomically designed lighting, seating, window treatments and work
The Beschloss Family Endowment
also will ensure that the facility remains at the cutting edge for years
to come, Meyer said, "with timely upgrades in hardware and software
as emerging technologies mature."
At Illinois, Beschloss wrote
for the Daily Illini. He recalls that his term as sports editor coincided
with one of the university's most successful sports years, 1951 to 1952.
As a student, Beschloss also worked in radio with local and national
sportscasters, and he appeared several times on Chicago television to
talk about Big Ten sports.
In addition to his leadership
in business, Beschloss also has been active in religious and public
education. He served two terms on the UI Alumni Board, and received
the rare Distinguished Eagle citation, given to Eagle Scouts who later
distinguish themselves in business.
In 1983 he was co-founder
of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, and in 1972
he was named Israel Bonds Man of the Year.
Now living in Palm Springs,
Calif., with his wife, Ruth, Beschloss currently conducts weekly discussion
groups, writes business and op-ed columns for the local Gannett-owned
newspaper and appears on talk shows and television.
In addition to his newsletter,
"The Beschloss Perspective," he publishes "The Global Outlook," a foreign
Beschloss' sons also are
involved in journalism: Michael, a lecturer, author and television personality,
is considered to be one of the nation's leading presidential historians;
Steven is a filmmaker who works for Prime Time.
Morris Beschloss was born
in Germany, went to high school in Taylorville, Ill., and settled in
the Chicagoland area. He said that with the gift of the new center,
his family, which "found refuge from Nazi Germany in America," continues
its effort to help "enrich this nation's greatness with its multigenerational