Source: Daily Illini 5/5/2006

Pampered Chef creator opens new UI building

Doris Kelley Christopher Hall gives unique research opportunities

Lights with motion sensors, cushioned classroom chairs on wheels and wireless Internet capability are just a few of the features that make Doris Kelley Christopher Hall, which opened unofficially to members of campus and the community on April 17, a unique addition to the University.

The building, located at 904 W. Nevada St., is still awaiting its official dedication ceremony set for Sept. 14, but the fully functioning facilities inside are starting to take shape.

Doris Kelley Christopher, a 1967 graduate of the University, created the Pampered Chef, Ltd., a company that allows people to sell kitchen utensils to their friends, out of her basement 25 years ago. Dr. Laurie Kramer, professor in the Department of Human and Community Development, said that Christopher first donated money to the University in 2000 to begin the Pampered Chef Family Resiliency Program. This program provides funding for faculty endowments, graduate fellowships and a lecture series providing education to the public about strengthening families.

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