FAYETTE, Iowa (September 12, 2007)- Four Upper Iowa University (UIU) graduates will be honored at the annual Alumni Social Hour and Banquet on Sat., Oct. 13, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Garbee Hall on the Fayette campus. The annual pre-game bonfire and special fireworks display to honor UIU's 150th anniversary celebration will be held on Fri., Oct. 12 in the parking lot south of the recreational center at 9:15 p.m.
Jim Day has been selected to receive the Service to the University Award. A 1967 graduate, Day and his wife, Judy, are avid supporters of UIU Athletics. Two years ago, Day bequested over $2.5 million to the general athletics fund. In addition to being a substantial contributor, he recently chaired UIU's Road to Glory campaign to benefit the remodeling of Dorman Gymnasium. Day was chief executive officer, currently semi-retired, for Northern Capital/Day Insurance Associates and also serves on the Upper Iowa University Board of Trustees. The Days reside in Rio Verde, Ariz.
Jacquelyn McTaggart will receive the Service to Community Award. The 1964 graduate is a retired teacher with over 30 years of experience in the Elkader and Independence, Iowa school districts. Since retiring, McTaggart has authored the book From the Teacher's Desk; developed an educational Web site to assist parents, students and educators; and actively writes for numerous magazines, books, journals and newspapers. In addition, she continues to campaign for public schools in the Iowa legislature and is a regular speaker at reading and educational conferences throughout the United States. McTaggart currently resides in Independence.
Vic Miller from Oelwein, Iowa has been chosen to receive the Professional Accomplishment Award. The 1969 alumnus is the past chairman (2006-07) of the U.S. Grains Council, a private, non-profit corporation that develops export markets for U.S. barley, corn, grain sorghum and related products, which has nine international offices and programs in more than 50 countries. He still serves as a member of the U.S. Grains Council board of trustees. Miller farms and is also an active member of the National Corn Growers Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Soybean Association and the Fayette County Economic Development Commission.
Matt Snitkey, class of 2001, has been selected for the Young Alumni Award. Graduating with a degree in marketing, Snitkey is currently assistant vice president for Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited, based in London, England. Immediately after graduation, Snitkey began working for the Credit Suisse Group in New York and by 2003 was promoted to the operations bond settlement division. In 2004, he advanced to its commercial mortgage-backed securities and bond trading unit, and in 2006 he moved to London, where he is involved in building the company's real estate finance and securitization group.
Tickets for the Alumni Social Hour and Banquet can be purchased for $18 each by contacting Sue Felder at (563) 425-5235 or email@example.com. For a complete schedule of Upper Iowa University's 150th Homecoming events, go to www.uiu.edu.