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U. of Arkansas to use gift to lure big speakers

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LITTLE ROCK — A branch of the University of Arkansas named after Bill Clinton hopes to lure more big-name speakers after receiving a half-million dollar donation from the family of a local doctor.

The family of the late Dr. Frank Kumpuris and his widow, Kula Kumpuris, announced the gift to the Clinton School of Public Service at a news conference Saturday.

"Mother and Daddy have always taught us that you have to give back," Kumpuris' eldest child, Dr. Dean Kumpuris, told the crowd gathered in the lobby of the school, near the Clinton Presidential Library. "You have to be concerned about the world and your community."

In its first two years, the school has already attracted such lecturers as Vaclav Havel, former Czech president; Rwandan President Paul Kagame; financier T. Boone Pickens; CNN founder Ted Turner; and former Sen. Birch Bayh, D-Ind.

Income from the endowment to the Frank and Kula Kumpuris Distinguished Lecture Series will be used to pay travel and lodging expenses for speakers, as well as speaker fees.