AWARD-WINNING "SWEET DREAMS" PROJECT CONTINUES TO GROW. Alumna Gina Matthiesen, '10, spent another Saturday in December at the mall -- but not to shop. Instead, Matthiesen organized two day-long drives at the Shoppes at Wood Ridge, Marshfield, Wis., and Cedar Creek Mall, Rothschild, Wis., respectively, to collect "Sweet Dreams" care packages for children who are victims of drug endangered environments and placed in protective care. Read more
COLUMBUS HIGH ANNOUNCES 2012 ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR. Columbus Catholic High School has chosen Jake Schaefer as its 2012 distinguished alumnus of the year. Schaefer, of Waterloo, Iowa, attended St. Mary's Catholic Elementary School and is a 1998 graduate of Columbus. He earned an associate's degree from Hawkeye Community College and a bachelor's degree from Upper Iowa University in public administration. Read more
UIU CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH. UIU is proud to celebrate its diversity throughout February’s Black History Month with webpages dedicated to this event. Found through a link on the UIU homepage (uiu.edu), the pages include a schedule of planned events on the Fayette campus, daily blogs; links to the UIU social media sites, Office of Diversity, and additional Black History resources; and video from the 2012 MLK celebration on the Fayette campus.
FEBRUARY 29—UIU 6TH ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE RECEPTION. On behalf of President Alan G. Walker, UIU Board of Trustees, and the Alumni Office, you are cordially invited to UIU’s 6th Annual Legislative Reception on Wednesday, February 29, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Des Moines Botanical Center, 909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines, Iowa Hors d’oeuvres and hosted bar R.S.V.P. firstname.lastname@example.org
SAVE THE DATE. We invite you to cruise with UIU to Alaska! UIU ALASKAN EXPLORER CRUISE July 7-14, 2012 (8 Days) This is your chance to observe whales, seals, and sea lions while discovering some of Alaska’s famous coastal landmarks. Get up close to the soaring walls of ice in Glacier Bay National Park. Visit Ketchikan, a city on stilts. Explore Juneau, the state capital, accessible by either air or sea, as well as Sitka with its Russian heritage. Your final stop will be in Victoria, British Columbia, regarded as Canada’s “gentlest City.” For more information
TEAM PEACOCK GEARING UP FOR 2012 RAGBRAI RIDE. The UIU Advancement and Alumni Office hosted a Team Peacock Kick-Off event during the Peacock basketball games on Saturday, Jan. 28, to celebrate the ceremonial launch of the fundraising campaign for Team Peacock 2012. UIU’s event coincided with the official RAGBRAI route announcement party held in Des Moines. This year’s route will start in Sioux Center, Iowa (Saturday, July 21) and end in Clinton, Iowa (Saturday, July 28), passing through Marshalltown and Cedar Rapids mid-week. Between 2005 and 2011, Team Peacock has raised over $1 million for student scholarships.
SEE THE GRAND CANYON FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE— Rocks, water, sun and time... UIU is co-sponsoring a geology raft trip on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, June 4-10, 2012, with the Association for Women Geoscientists. Participants for this trip will include Upper Iowa University students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as AWG members and friends, forming a convivial and dynamic group for this once-in-a-lifetime experience! For more information
TRANSFORMING UIU—First-ever capital campaign in history of University. If you would like to make a gift or learn more about opportunities to support UIU through “Transforming UIU,” visit www.uiu.edu/alumni or contact the alumni office at 1-800-553-4150 ext. [3+2] or email email@example.com.
HOMECOMING 2012—Mark your calendars...save the date...make your reservations...plan to attend! Homecoming Weekend 2012 is September 28 - 29. Watch for more information coming soon!
T-SHIRTS, GIFTS, ALUMNI ITEMS—Everything Peacock and UIU is available at the Peacock Connection. Purchase online.