Upper Iowa University honored four alumni recently for their accomplishments. At left is Lawson Coapstick, Iowa City, who received the Service to Country award from UIU President William R. Duffy II; and at right is Michael Aschinger, Monona, who received the Service to Community award.
FAYETTE, Iowa (November 5, 2013) – Upper Iowa University has selected four alumni to receive the 2013 UIU Alumni Awards, which were presented during Homecoming recently. Awards went to alumni Natalie Brown, Cedar Falls, Iowa; Lawson Coapstick, Iowa City, Iowa; Michael Aschinger, Monona, Iowa; and Raleigh Amyx, Washington, D.C.
Brown, a member of the Class of 2005, was honored as an "Emerging Alumni." Brown is the founder and owner of Scratch Cupcakery, which she opened in June 2010 to serve three cupcake flavors. Today, she has four cupcake stores and serves 120 flavors, a menu she is constantly expanding. The young entrepreneur, who was cited for her "work ethic, creativity and drive," earned a bachelor's degree in public administration through the UIU online program.
Coapstick is a 1983 UIU graduate and retired as a lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Army Reserves. He received the UIU Alumni Award for Service to Country. Coapstick served 34 years with the medical service corps and as a logistics officer, ensuring that soldiers had the necessary training and equipment if deployed to combat. Coapstick was deployed to Balad, Iraq, for a year with 3d COSCOM as the medical planner, supporting 275,000 military personnel and contractors. His second deployment was to Kandahar, Afghanistan as executive officer to the 649th Regional Support Group, which provided life support at Kandahar Airfield. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Army Commendation Medal (2), Army Achievement Medal (3), and the Navy Good Conduct Medal. After earning his bachelor's degree in physical education from UIU, he earned his master's degree in exercise science at the University of Iowa. Currently he is a certified pharmacy technician at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Iowa City.
Aschinger, class of 2011, received the UIU Alumni Award for Service to Community. Aschinger, who became a UIU student while serving in the Army, earned his bachelor's degree with honors in social science. In addition, he has completed training at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, first becoming a certified reserve state of Iowa peace officer, and then being named the top academic graduate of the 249th Basic Class to become a certified state of Iowa peace officer. He also served as class secretary. Aschinger also has earned his master's degree in human services and executive leadership at Liberty University. His UIU award recognizes his work with the city of Monona. When the city was unable to pay someone to fill the vacancy left when a full-time officer was activated from the Reserves and deployed overseas, Aschinger, a reserve officer, volunteered to fill the vacancy without pay. He contributed more than 600 hours of service to the position. Aschinger recently accepted a full-time law enforcement position with the Clayton County Sheriff's Department.
Amyx, who received the UIU Alumni Award for Service to the University, was selected to recruit students for the new UIU Coordinated Off-Campus Degree Program (COCDP) in 1973. The relatively untried concept of off-campus education was a challenge; but Amyx rented an office near the Pentagon and filled it will UIU memorabilia and began meeting with Washington professionals to talk with them about how to advance their education without giving up their career. Enrollment in the COCDP program increased, providing important revenue for UIU, and laying the foundation for what is today 19 off-campus UIU education centers in the United States, an online program and the Self-Paced Degree Program. Amyx earned his bachelor's degree from UIU in 1974 through the COCDP program; his wife followed, graduating in 1977.
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