Fayette, Iowa (October 18, 2006) – At the 2006 Homecoming Alumni Banquet, Upper Iowa University President Dr. Alan Walker recognized several alumni and their families for significant donations to the university in the form of pledges and scholarships.
“It’s no wonder that an exceptional university has produced exceptional alums; leaders who have made significant contributions to society and who, through their generosity, help to build upon Upper Iowa’s legacy,” stated Walker. “Alums like Betty Andres, Genevieve Baker, Bob and Betty Firth, and Jerry and Jane McCauley, as well as many others, are helping to ensure that those who follow will also be as successful as they have been. That’s what it means to be alum of Upper Iowa.”
Alumna and longtime benefactor of the university Betty Andres `46 issued a $50,000 challenge to raise additional funds to go toward the divisions of business and education. Three previous challenges in this amount have been issued and met by Andres and her late husband, Bill `48. The monies have gone towards scholarships and construction of the Andres Center for Business and Education.
Alumna Genevieve Baker `36 contributed $30,000 toward the university’s scholarship fund. Baker’s late husband and alumnus, Carleton, come from a long line of family members that have attended Upper Iowa University since as far back as the late 1800’s.
Alumnus Bob Firth `89, `00 and his wife, Betty, presented UIU’s external degree program with a $25,000 gift for office renovations and equipment. Firth completed his bachelor’s degree through Upper Iowa’s external degree program and his master’s degree through UIU’s online program. He currently teaches for the external degree program and serves on the Upper Iowa Board of Trustees.
Alumnus Jerry McCauley `61 and his wife, Jane, gave a $17,000 gift to be split up several ways. Part of it will go toward scholarships, part to buy equipment for UIU’s new nursing program, and part as a contribution to UIU Athletic’s “Road to Glory” campaign for the Dorman Gymnasium renovations. McCauley also serves on Upper Iowa’s Board of Trustees.
Finally, Upper Iowa’s Board of Trustees initiated a $10,000 scholarship in honor of longtime employee and alumna Mary Kimball ` 56. Kimball is senior vice president for business and finance and will retire in Dec. 2006, after 50 years of service with the university.
For more information about Upper Iowa University’s scholarship programs and alumni, go to www.uiu.edu.