Jake Bass - Graduate Assistant for First Year Experience
Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education - Upper Iowa University, (In progress) Masters of Education - Upper Iowa University
Jake Bass is a the Graduate Assistant for First Year Experience pursuing his Master's in Education. He is a recent graduate from Upper Iowa University where he received his undergraduate in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Mathematics. Jake traveled from Perris, California to become a Peacock. He came to Upper Iowa University to play on the football team, but quickly fell in love with the education program and Fayette. Hobbies include music, movies, adventure and sports. His favorite sports include baseball and football and he is a fan of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Jake is the youngest of his family with only having one older sister. He is also a proud uncle to an amazing niece named Anabelle. Jake is looking forward to continuing his peacock education and gaining helpful experiences along the way. He is always looking to help others as long as he can have fun doing it.
Jennifer Biederman - Administrative Assistant for OSD
Jenn Biederman started out as the Administrative Assistant for Career Development in 2002, then proceeded to become the Office Assistant for OSD in 2005. Her responsibilities vary on a day-to-day basis and include some of the following: assist students, answer incoming calls, photograph and issue University IDs and assist in the production and distribution of publications. Prior to working at UIU, she worked as a dental assistant for eight years. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, Jon, and two children. Jenn also is an avid scrapbooker, cardmaker and has had several cards published.
Crystal Cole - Director of Counseling and Wellness
Bachelor of Arts - University of Northern Iowa, Master of Social Work - University of Northern Iowa
Crystal is the new Director of Counseling and Wellness at Upper Iowa University. She comes to UIU with a background in healthcare. Crystal is excited to work with students, staff, and faculty to help achieve individual success for students. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Justin, and their two children. She also enjoys being outdoors, reading, and running on occasion. Crystal's primary responsibilities are counseling students both locally and from satellite locations as well as developing and implementing wellness programs and strategies for the UIU community.
Paige Dietel - Graduate Assistant for Student Activities
Bachelor of Science, Athletic Training - Upper Iowa University, (In progress) Masters of Business Administration - Upper Iowa University
Paige Dietel is the Graduate Assistant for Student Activities. Paige graduated from UIU in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. She is currently pursuing a Master's in Business Administration with an emphasis in general management. Paige works with the clubs and organizations on campus like Peacocks Entertainment Crew and Greek Council. She works to help students get involved on campus in many ways and to participate in the clubs and organizations Upper Iowa University has to offer.
Daryl Grove - Assistant Dean of Student Development and Director of Leadership and Adventure
Bachelor of Arts – Buena Vista University, Master of Education (M.Ed) – The Citadel, (In progress) Ed.D. – Grand Canyon University
Daryl Grove is our Assistant Dean of Student Development and Director of Leadership and Adventure at Upper Iowa University as well as Dr. Fun. He loves traveling, kayaking, being outdoors, RAGBRAI and spending time with friends and family. Daryl lives in Fayette with his wife Marta and three little peacocks in training. Responsible for leadership, health services, outdoor pursuits, Peacocks for Progress, swimming pool, and orientation Grove strives to empower students and provide useful, helpful and fun opportunities to the campus community.
Dr. Nadia Korobova - Interim Dean of Student Development
Bachelor of Arts - Taurida National V.I. Vernadski University, Master of Arts in Public Policy - University of Northern Iowa, PhD in Educational Leadership - Iowa State University
As an Interim Dean of Student Development, Dr. Nadia Korobova manages the department that provides student learning and development opportunities: Student Activities, Counseling and Wellness, Greek Life, Residential Services, and Student Leadership and Adventure; manages departments that provide student and college-wide support services: Student Counseling Center, Student Housing, Judicial Affairs, and Recreational Center; is responsible for learning and development of students outside the classroom; coordinates with campus constituencies and community leaders in developing and managing co-curricular learning and service opportunities; provides leadership in and is responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of policies and regulations pertaining to student life, especially those related to alcohol and drug usage, student conduct and student residences; and administers the policies and regulations of the University as they pertain to students, including internal University judicial and disciplinary procedures.
Prior to joining UIU, Dr. Korobova served as an Associate Director for International Students and Scholars and Assistant Director of International Programs at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), Cedar Falls, Iowa. She also was an Academic/Career Advisor and a Financial Aid Advisor at Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo, Iowa. In addition, she has been teaching as an Adjunct instructor of Social Sciences at Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo, Iowa since 2006. Dr. Korobova is a member of several university committees, community organizations, and professional organizations, a recipient of several grants and awards (2013 Fulbright International Education Administrators seminar grant, 2013 Germany Today special information program grant from DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service); 2011 Cedar Valley Business Monthly 20 under 40, 2009 City of Waterloo Human Rights Special Recognition Award), and a co-author of a publication (" A Comparative Student of Student Engagement, Satisfaction, and Academic Success among International and American Students", Korobova and Starobin, peer-reviewed article, Journal of International Students, 2015).
Jean Merkle - Associate Dean of Students
Bachelor of Arts, Communication – University of Minnesota, Master of Arts Interdisciplinary Studies Augustana College
Jean Merkle is the Associate Dean of Students for Upper Iowa University. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Communication from the University of Minnesota, Morris and Master's Degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Jean arrived at Upper Iowa University in 2003 and has been in the field of Higher Education since 1994. She has served in multiple capacities of Student Development throughout her 16 year career; Residence Life, First Year Experience, Career Services, Security, and Student Activities. Jean's current responsibilities include being the Director of Residence Life and Security. Jean is married to Jeff Merkle and has 3 children and resides in Fayette.
Amanda Passmore, Hall Director for South Village
Bachelor of Arts - University of Northern Iowa, (In Progress) Masters of Education - Higher Education and Student Affairs Emphasis - Upper Iowa University
Amanda Passmore is the Hall Director for South Village. Amanda graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Northern Iowa. She is pursuing a Master of Education - Emphasis in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Upper Iowa University. Amanda supervises the staff of South Village and Lee and has worked at the University for a few years as both a Hall Director and a Graduate Assistant for Student Activities. Amanda has a strong commitment to brightening her students days, and with the help of her Resident Assistant staff make living on campus an inclusive, welcoming community. While at home, Amanda enjoys video games, nerdy things, and reading all kinds of books.
Nate Post, Garbee Hall Director
Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice – University of Dubuque
Nate Post is the Hall Director for Garbee Hall. Nate graduated from the University of Dubuque with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. Nate supervises the RA staff in Garbee Hall and Hofmaster. Nate enlisted in the Iowa National Guard at 17 and served over eight years. Recently discharged from the National Guard, Nate is excited to serve the residents and students of Upper Iowa University. Nate is originally from Fayette, Iowa and is very excited to work in his home town.
Dan Rasmussen, Graduate Assistant for Intramurals and Adventure
Bachelor of Science, Sports Administration - Upper Iowa University, (In progress) Masters of Business Administration - Upper Iowa University
Daniel Rasmussen is the Graduate Assistant of Intramural and Adventure at Upper Iowa University. Daniel graduated from Upper Iowa University with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, with an emphasis in Sports Administration. He is currently pursuing a Master's in Business Administration. Daniel provides all the outdoor and non-club/ varsity sport activities. He loves being outdoors, fishing, hiking, working out, playing sports and spending time with friends and family. Daniel is responsible for Intramurals, Outdoor Pursuits and ensuring the safety of students while encouraging them to meet new people and try new things during fun activities.
Louise Scott - Vice President of Student Development
Bachelor of Science – Union College, Master of Education – University of Tennessee Knoxville
Louise Stivers-Scott, Dean of student Development, has been in higher education for over 29 years. She has served UIU for 25 of those years as an Associate Dean of Students and Director of Career Development before becoming the Dean. Dean Scott earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky and her Masters in Higher Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dean Scott believes that learning happens just as much outside the classroom as inside. Dean Scott believes that it is important that students gain skills that they can use throughout their lifetime and supports her student development colleagues to achieve this end. Her door is open, so come and visit.
Amy Tucker, Director of Student Activities
Bachelor of Arts - Wartburg College, Master of Education (M.Ed) - Iowa State University
Amy is the new Director of Student Activities at Upper Iowa University. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Community Sociology at Wartburg College and her Master of Higher Education degree with an emphasis in Student Affairs at Iowa State University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reuniting with college roommates, singing, serving her community, and scrapbooking. Amy advises the Peacock Entertainment Crew (PEC) and Student Government Association (SGA), oversees Greek Life on campus, provides campus activities to the Fayette campus, and assists with orientation and leadership programs. Amy is originally from Sumner, IA and excited to be back home in northeast Iowa to serve the students at Upper Iowa University!
Kari Yauk - Administrative Assistant for OSD
Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design - Upper Iowa University
Kari Yauk has been the Administrative Assistant for the Office of Student Development since 1991. She received her Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design from Upper Iowa University in 2011. Some of her responsibilities include managing the Office of Student Development, assisting students with a wide variety of inquiries, scheduling appointments with OSD staff and the local clinic, creating publications, maintaining the UIU Alert system and the Fayette campus access ID system. Kari enjoys improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the office, keeping up with her three sons, and creating through graphic design, photography, scrapbooking and other media.