Becky Wadian (left), UIU director of library services, and Holly Wolff, UIU executive assistant to the president, have been assembling the newly created University Archives, located on the lower level of the Henderson-Wilder Library on the Fayette campus.
Upper Iowa University will observe nearly 160 years of history and tradition during its 2015 “Feathers Up Forever” Homecoming celebration. In addition to the customary Homecoming coronation, parade, and President’s Ball, among the highlights of this year’s festivities will be the unveiling of the Foster Cass Archives Walk, University Archives and other exhibits on Friday, Oct. 9.
“In an ongoing effort to enable others to enjoy the memorabilia that tells the rich history of Upper Iowa University, a great amount of teamwork is going into creating a permanent archives collection on the Fayette campus,” said Holly Wolff, UIU executive assistant to the president. “The archives collection will ensure that the University’s history is rightly catalogued, interpreted and presented to future generations of UIU students, faculty, staff and community members.”
Wolff has been working directly with Becky Wadian, UIU director of library services, in assembling the newly created University Archives, located on the lower level of the Henderson-Wilder Library.
“UIU owes its growth to a great many inspiring men and women since its inception in 1857,” added Wadian. “We strongly feel the University Archives allows us to showcase our great history, from the students who bravely served in the Civil War to the countless number of other alumni who have since contributed not only to their communities, but the entire nation.”
In addition to a salute to the Upper Iowa University Recruits Company C and the Civil War, the University Archives rotational exhibits currently include Peacock Spirit (Homecoming buttons, Pete the Peacock, etc.), Traditions, Yearbooks and Class Robes, The Arts, and UIU silver, porcelain, and chinaware. Among the displays to be featured in the near future is the Dr. C.C. Parker medical exhibit, which was generously donated by the physician’s descendants. Parker served in the 12th Iowa Infantry Regiment (University Recruits) during the Civil War as a regimental surgeon and was Fayette’s first town doctor.
Alumni and other guests are also invited to participate in the oral history project during a visit to the University Archives. Alumni may record their own story to become part of the collection; or visitors can view other alumni’s stories recorded on videotape and available in the listening booth.
As part of UIU’s extensive archives collection, alumnus Foster Cass ’41 has bestowed a gift to support creation of the Foster Cass Archives Walk on the Fayette Campus. In addition to the University Archives, the Walk includes stops at exhibits and/or displays featured in Alexander-Dickman Hall, Parker Fox, Dorman Memorial Gymnasium, Baker-Hebron Hall, Andres Center for Business and Education, and the UIU Student Center.
“We are extremely grateful to Foster and everyone who has contributed to this worthy undertaking,” said Wolff. “Foster and countless others have maintained a deep love for Upper Iowa University and now thanks to their unending support, a greater portion of the University’s history is openly displayed across our Campus.”
The University will officially unveil the Foster Cass Archives Walk and exhibits during a reception from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9. Following a brief program at 2:30 p.m. in the University Archives, guided tours of the Foster Cass Archives Walk will be available.
The Upper Iowa University “Feathers Up Forever” Homecoming schedule is as follows:
Thursday, Oct. 8
Friday, October 9
Saturday, October 10
Matt Boehm ‘99, student-athlete, football
Jorge Borgen ‘02, student-athlete, wrestling
Ken Bye ‘65, student-athlete, football
Braulic “Cabby” Caballero ‘56, special recognition
Chyanne Kleve ‘05, student-athlete, softball
Robert “Bob” Schulte ‘65, student-athlete, football and wrestling
Sunday, October 11
Many of the Homecoming events are free. Some require advance registration and tickets. For additional information and/or to register, visit www.uiu.edu/homecoming or call 563-425-5388.
About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to about 5,800 students–nationally and internationally–at its Fayette campus, 25 U.S. education locations, as well as locations in Malaysia and Hong Kong. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced degree program. With a focus on developing leaders and lifelong learners, UIU provides dual enrollment programs for high school students as well as continuing education and professional development opportunities for learners of any age. For more information, visit uiu.edu.