Upper Iowa University students work together during Fayette Appreciation Day in 2012.
FAYETTE, Iowa (April 12, 2013) – For seven years running, Upper Iowa University's Office of Student Development has led the charge in civic engagement through Fayette Appreciation Day (FAD). The state and nationally recognized service project has accounted for more than 30 separate projects and involves more than 450 UIU students and over 1,800 service hours.
Once again, hundreds of students, faculty and staff will spread throughout the Fayette area painting, cleaning and helping their neighbors from 8:00 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 24.
Upper Iowa volunteers will be helping with 36 service projects this year, and then celebrating work well done at a picnic at noon at Cardinal Park. Projects include work at individual residents' homes and local businesses; at Maple Crest Manor; Volga Valley Conservation Club; highway clean up; Rainbowland Park; bike trail clean up; Volga River Recreational Area clean up; at the Fayette Food Shelf; at Veterans Memorial Park; at Klock's Island; at Fayette Opera House; and at North Fayette Middle School.
In addition, UIU faculty and students will be on hand at American Legion Hall Post 339 collecting stories about Fayette's history, as well as a history of the Volga River. Topics of interest for the project include the five gas stations located throughout Fayette, past businesses that have come and gone, and what changed when the highway no longer came through town. Fayette history or flood pictures can be donated to the project, or scanned and returned upon request. Contact Dr. Kata McCarville, UIU associate professor of geosciences, at 563-425-5233 if interested in participating in this project.
"We are so excited to be able to offer this day of service to our community," said Louise Scott, UIU dean of student development. "Year after year, we continue to hear wonderful comments from the residents of Fayette. Upper Iowa's Fayette Appreciation Day honors – the Governor's Volunteer Award and 2013 Presidential Honor Roll – are a true testament that what we do in our community is bring about positive change for everyone involved. Not only do we change the lives of those we help; but we're also changing the lives of our students by instilling in them a desire to be a positive role model for others."
FAD has led to the establishment of community partnerships with the City of Fayette, Fayette Police Department, Department of Natural Resources, Rainbowland Daycare, Maple Crest Manor, American Legion Post 339, Volga Valley Conservation Club, Big Rock Country Club and Fayette Economic Development.
About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs and leadership development opportunities to some 6,200 students—nationally and internationally—at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and independent study. For more information, visit www.uiu.edu.