Peacock Ambassador - Learn MoreUIU Alumni Association

As a liaison between alumni, its chapters and the Office of Institutional Advancement & Alumni Development, the UIU Alumni Association board’s mission is to promote goodwill, create a dynamic alumni program, build loyalty, increase involvement and generate support for the University.

The UIU Alumni Association is a fantastic resource for new alumni, or those hoping to get more involved with Upper Iowa. It’s important our graduates feel connected to their alma mater, and the Alumni Association is here to help! Here are our primary goals:  

  • Increase alumni participation in the University
  • Establish mutually beneficial relations between the University, its alumni, and friends, and to provide the University with support through closer fellowship
  • Enhance and support the professional development and success of Upper Iowa University graduates
  • Keep alumni advised of the University’s strategic planning process
  • Support work of the Office of Institutional Advancement & Alumni Development of the University to grow alumni outreach

The Alumni Association looks forward to tackling these goals, but it’s easy for you to get involved and do so right away! For example, alumni are UIU’s best ambassadors. You could refer a student to UIU. Simply complete the Student Referral Form and pat yourself on the back for a job well done. It’s easy to be involved in the Alumni Association - we promise!

We can offer tons of other ways for you to help out your alma mater, but the first step to getting involved with the Alumni Association is to keep us updated with your current contact information. Please submit your information using the alumni update form.

A message from your 2018 Alumni Association President: 

Greetings fellow Peacocks,

I am humbled and excited to be your 2018 Alumni Association president. Great things are happening in terms of engagement, including the implementation of the Peacock Ambassador program and having it go live on the UIU website.

From concept to reality, much thought and ingenuity went into executing the program. But now we need your’s time to build capacity by finding volunteers in those states in which we have a high concentration of graduates. This year’s focus is “Who do you know...where?” Let’s reach out to them and seek their help. We all have friends and colleagues across this nation as our country has become more transient. Please take a moment to look at our Peacock Ambassador page, see which states we need representatives, and reach out to someone you know and get them involved.

Secondly, I’m always amazed at the progress I see every time I come back to the Fayette campus. Most recently at Homecoming I had a chance to see many alums and note that we have a rich history of accomplishments. Our UIU grads get a great education and go on to lead rich, productive lives! We should be proud of that and encourage others to take time to give back. Giving back can take many forms—time, talent and/or treasure, which means every person has the capacity to give. As an alum, it’s time to give back.

I’m in awe at the talent of our graduates and love to read about them in The Bridge. If you’re not signed up for the online version you’re missing out. There’s always something happening and this online version literally bridges the gap between the twice a year printed version. The Bridge Online touts the ongoing accomplishments of the university, its faculty and staff, students, and alums. To register and read the online version, visit

Finally, I’m a Peacock for life! The pride and loyalty to UIU was ingrained in me from an early age. As I grew up in Fayette, I attended athletic events at Robertson Field and Dorman gymnasium, plays at Colgrove-Walker, and got to try rattlesnake for the first (and only time) at one of Dr. Garbee’s wild game feasts. The Campus was my playground—using the tennis courts and softball fields near the old bookstore as well as sledding down the hill in front of the president’s house! And who could forget going to Alexander-Dickman Hall to my mom’s office (Mary Kimball '56), where she kept us busy playing with the adding machine or the computer cards generated from the mainframe computer! Am I dating myself?

My 30-year career in the Army may have taken me far away from Fayette but I still have a deep rooted family connection/association that spans three generations. My Aunt Mabel earned her teaching certificate during WWII. My parents both graduated from UIU as well as my two sisters. I met and married my college sweetheart (TJ Joseph '80) and one of my daughters graduated from UIU (Allyssa Joseph '12).

My perspective is much different than most alums as my experiences spanned from my formative years through adulthood. The sum all of these experiences has given me a unique insight and connection to UIU and I ask you to stay connected as well. I look forward to serving as your alumni president in 2018. Feathers Up!

Angie Joseph '82,
UIU Alumni Association President  

2018 Alumni Association
Board of Directors

Angie (Kimball) Joseph ’82 (Fayette Campus)
Alumni Association President  |  757-746-0606

Jann (Shellhammer)  Henkes, ’78 (Fayette Campus)
Alumni Association Vice President  |  612-414-7835

Regina (Hoffman) Panuska '14 (Fayette Campus)
Alumni Association Secretary  |  319-213-0483

Jason Waddell '12 (Online)
Alumni Association Past President  |  404-414-6781

Michele Matt '12 (Des Moines Center)
Board Member At Large  |  515-326-1908

Naomi Aziz ’13 (Fayette Campus)
Malaysia Chapter Rep  |  563-425-5966

Art Taylor ’86 (Fayette Campus)
Florida Chapter President  |  954-839-4047

Michael Salmons '76 (Fayette Campus)
Tri-State Chapter President  |  443-755-9807

Allyssa Joseph ’12 (Fayette Campus)
Future Colorado Alumni Chapter  |  757-746-0607

Aaron Calkins '16  (Fayette Campus)
Board Member At Large  |  920-410-6448 

Michelle (Clements) Lane '14, '16 (Waterloo Center and Online)
Board Member At Large  |  319-231-1815

Andrew Oberbreckling '96, '13 (Fayette Campus and Online)
Board Member At Large  |  319-480-8538

Jeff Stavnes '76 (Fayette Campus)
Board Member At Large  |  712-299-2199

Tom Webber '69 (Fayette Campus)
Board Member At Large  |  563-245-2692

Lisa Chensvold '14 (Fayette Campus)
Board Member At Large  |  563-379-6343

Jesse Rawley '02 (Fayette Campus)
Board Member At Large  |  206-849-5870

Scott Hagberg '11 (Waterloo Center)
Board member At Large  |  319-230-7670

Jeanne (Joachim) Blaes '77 (Fayette Campus)
Board Member At Large  |  602-377-8764

Graeme Armstrong '00 (Online)
Board Member At Large  |  515-669-7417

Are you Interested in being an Alumni Association Board of Director?

If you are interested in serving on the Board by contributing your time and talent, we encourage you to complete our online application form. Click here to begin! 

Apply now to be considered for a 2019-2021 Board of Directors term, beginning in the Fall. The deadline to submit is Friday, September 6. Thank you for your interest!