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Meet our Peacock Ambassadors!

Are you looking for ways to connect with fellow alumni in your area? Interesting in becoming more involved with your alma mater? Have you recently moved and you're hoping to get better acquainted with the area? If so, you're in luck! Upper Iowa University's Peacock Ambassadors are at your service. The representatives, proudly featured below, each volunteer their time through the UIU Alumni Association to serve as a leader, share their knowledge and help spread Peacock pride.

If you are interested in becoming an ambassador or learning more about the program, click here

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Dennis '68 & Kathleen '72 Rickertsen

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Allyssa Joseph '12

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Michele Matt '87
IAambassador@peacocks.uiu.edu  |  515-326-1908 (cell)

I signed up to be an ambassador to strengthen the engagement of our alumni. Des Moines has so many graduates of the extended campus, and it is a great opportunity to tap into their talents and interests. I have found value in giving back to Upper Iowa through commissioning projects, speaking to students, serving on the Alumni Association, and currently by serving on the Board of Trustees.

As a business owner, I conduct programs on personal and professional development, leadership, and business strategies. We provide our clients with a variety of learning assessments to help them understand themselves and others at work and at home.

I love the people in Iowa! They are genuine, kind, and willing to help others. I think people of Iowa appreciate and honor traditions of their past – family, education, and friendships.

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Stephanie Luna '08

The instruction I received from my MBA studies at Upper Iowa University has become deeply-rooted in me, personally and professionally. When the chance to become a Peacock Ambassador was available I signed up because I felt this was a great way to show my gratitude and give back to an institution that taught me to craft my research skills and apply my logic and critical thinking on a daily basis.

I transpire what I've learned from the instructors and administrators of UIU into my teaching pattern as an Online Instructor of General Psychology and Human Growth and Development classes with a community college here in Kansas. I want to generate interest in UIU among Kansans so they can hopefully gain the positive experience I have. 

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Michael Salmons '76

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Lyndsay Ampe '13

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Nicholas Bowersox '13

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Jason Waddell '12
TNambassador@peacocks.uiu.edu  |  404-414-6781 (cell)

I signed up to become a Peacock Ambassador because I want to help strengthen the fabric that is UIU. I have lived all over the southeastern United States and have loved bumping into fellow UIU graduates. Being involved with the ambassador program is one more way to stay involved and help the university that provided so much for me.

From a formal education standpoint I am well versed within the Business Administration discipline, but have been in the mining industry for over 15 years with both an operations and sales background. I spend a large portion of my time developing individuals and believe I am a good sounding board for ideas and conversation.

 Tennessee is a beautiful state with many great features that contribute to the vibrant economy and robust growth that is occurring in Middle Tennessee. The state has a rich diversity among industry and individuals. The most beautiful aspect is the Great Smoky Mountains and towns like Pigeon Forge. Nashville is an eclectic city with your choice of musical venues. 

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Angie Joseph '82
VAambassador@peacocks.uiu.edu  |  757-746-0606 (cell)

I signed up to be a Peacock Ambassador to promote the mission of the university and help fellow alumni.  I’m a lifelong Peacock!  I grew up in Fayette and my mother had a long association/tenure at Upper Iowa culminating as Vice President of Finance Operations. Additionally, both my parents and two siblings, my husband and oldest daughter graduated from Upper Iowa so I have a long history with supporting UIU.  

I was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the Army at UIU in 1982 and went on to serve for 30 years on active duty before retiring in Virginia.  I served as a Human Resources Officer in various capacities and achieved the rank of Colonel. After retirement, I got my real estate license and am currently a realtor with Liz Moore & Associates in Newport News, Virginia. I have lived in Virginia for 10 years and love the fact that I live near the ocean and can be at the beach within 30 minutes.  This is also an area that is full of history so lots of activities are available in the area.  

I am available to help fellow Peacocks with relocation services, resume’ writing, human resources, and military related services. I currently serve as the Vice President of the UIU Tri-State alumni chapter  as well as VP of the UIU Alumni Association. My hobbies include gardening, golf, quilting & traveling.