FAYETTE, Iowa (October 16, 2015) – As part of its Family Weekend celebration, Upper Iowa University will salute active military personnel and pay tribute to veterans attending the Saturday, Oct. 24, UIU Peacock football game vs Southwest Minnesota State. In addition to recognizing UIU alumni and current students who have served in the military and/or their respective communities as a police officer, fire fighter, paramedic, etc., during the halftime ceremony, a military video tribute will be featured during the event.
“This upcoming Salute to Service celebration is another example of UIU’s ongoing commitment to all the men and women, who have or who are currently serving this great country,” said William R. Duffy II, UIU President. “Upper Iowa University has been a proud supporter of military men and women since the American Civil War and is continuously seeking new ways to provide educational resources that best fit the needs of today's military personnel and their families.”
Fans are encouraged to wear red, white and blue or military attire to each of UIU’s athletic events on Saturday, Oct. 24. The women’s soccer team plays Minnesota Crookston at 1 p.m., while the volleyball squad takes on Minnesota Crookston at 3 p.m. Kickoff for the football game is set at 6 p.m.
Meanwhile, Upper Iowa University’s Student Government, PAST organization, and Veteran's Club are organizing a wall of honor that allows the UIU family to place the names of service men and women on display Tables will be set up at the soccer, volleyball, and football games during the Oct. 24 event for people to post red stars with the names of military servicemen, -women, and other personnel.
Those in attendance will also have the opportunity to write thank you letters to these individuals. In an effort to make the letters more personal, participants are encouraged to write to specific honorees. Persons who know of someone who is in active duty or is a military veteran, police officer, firefighter, or is involved with any other service entity and who would appreciate receiving mail are asked to submit an address for that specific individual.
Complimentary admission tickets to the Oct. 24 volleyball and football games are available to all military servicemen and –women, as well as police, fire, and paramedic personnel. Admission is not charged to the women’s soccer match.
Upper Iowa University’s Family Weekend scheduled for Friday, Oct. 23 - Sunday, Oct. 25, provides an opportunity for members of the Peacock family to watch or participate in various activities and events, learn more about what UIU has to offer and celebrate the University’s rich history.
The full schedule is as follows:
Friday, Oct. 23
2 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs. Northeastern State University - Pattison Field
5 - 6 p.m. Dinner - Servery, Student Center
7 p.m. Volleyball vs. Bemidji State University - Dorman Memorial Gym
Saturday, Oct. 24
9 a.m. Student Center Opens
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Art Gallery Open - Edgar Fine Arts Building
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast - Commons, Student Center
9:30 a.m. - noon Family Weekend Registration - The Hub, Student Center
10 a.m. - noon History of UIU and Self-Guided Tour - Henderson-Wilder Library
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Family Brunch - Servery, Student Center
1 - 4 p.m. Salute to Service Display - Athletic Event Locations
1 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs. University of MN Crookston - Pattison Field
3 p.m. Volleyball vs. University of MN Crookston - Dorman Gymnasium
5 - 6:30 p.m. Tailgate Dinner - Servery, Student Center
6 p.m. Football vs. Wayne State College - Harms-Eischeid Stadium
Sunday, Oct. 25
11 a.m. Men’s Soccer vs. Southwest Baptist University - Pattison Field
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Brunch - Servery, Student Center
2 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs. Bemidji State University - Pattison Field
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.