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Barbara (Rankin) Csomay graduated with a teaching degree from Upper Iowa in 1946. Her teaching career began in Fayette on an Emergency Teaching Permit during World War II. She also taught in Heidelberg, Germany; Garner, Iowa, and Parma, Ohio. In 2010, Barbara returned to the University to present a commitment of $847,000 toward the creation of the Csomay Center for Honors on the Fayette campus and the Csomay Endowed Scholarship. The UIU alumna died at the age of 90 in November 2015.
The first students to complete the Upper Iowa University Csomay Honors Program were officially recognized for academic excellence during the 2016 Commencement ceremonies. The award recipients ¬(pictured) were Sydney Cyzon, DePere, Wis.; William Kenney, Coon Rapids, Minn.; Lucas Braun, Jesup, Iowa; Bradley Kuboushek, Calmar, Iowa, and Dustin Osier, Greene, Iowa.