Introducing Team Peacock 2020!

RAGBRAI organizers say their 48th annual event is "still on." Our team looks forward to this year's adventure and we are proud to support several important UIU funds along the way. 

SUPPORT OUR RIDERS:  Read below to learn more about each of our awesome riders. To fulfill their fundraising goal, team members have selected a UIU project, fund or program they are most passionate about. Our goal this year is to work together and raise $20,000 for UIU. Thank you in advance for supporting the ride and making it possible for us to reach or exceed our goal!

BE A SPONSOR:  Team Peacock Sponsorships are also available and a great way to show your support of all riders and crew members. To show our appreciation, each will receive recognition along the route, on our Team Peacock web pages and on UIU social media pages. Thank you to our amazing sponsors!! 

Ice & Coffee Sponsors ($350):  Thank you Colonel Bob and Dawson King for your support!

Remaining Opportunities:
Transportation Sponsor:  $1,000
Porta potty Sponsor:  $750  
Sports Drink Sponsor:  $500
Protein Bar Sponsor:  $100
Banana Sponsor:  $50
Chocolate Milk Sponsor:  $50

To be a sponsor or contribute to a rider, CLICK HERE TO MAKE YOUR ONLINE GIFTIf you wish to pay by check, please make payable to "UIU," include the rider's name or sponsorship selection in the memo line, and mail to:  UIU Alumni Office , P.O. Box 1857, Fayette, IA, 52142

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School of Business Group
School of Business Firth Dean's Fund
$0 / $3,750 goal

School of Business Group riders are as follows: Mariea Schnor '89, Carol Langerman-Aten '14, Erin Yourison, Jeff Childs, and Pam Bascom. We are dedicating our fundraising efforts to the School of Business Firth Dean's Fund to make a difference in the lives of our students. Please consider supporting our efforts by making a gift today. Go Peacocks!


M. Grame Armstrong, Ph.D. '01

More info coming soon! 

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Jason '17 & Maggie Berggren
Military Family Fund
$0 / $1,000 goal

We're back!!!!! This will be our second year with Team Peacock, however we are no strangers to RAGBRAI. We love biking and experiencing the week-long ride all across Iowa. We are raising funds to support military veterans, and dependents with their studies at UIU.  


Crystal (Czarnecki) Chapman '11
Environmental Leadership Scholarship
$0 / $500 goal

I’m excited to be reuniting with the Peacocks on RAGBRAI this year! This will be my 7th year riding with the team and I have always chosen to donate my fundraising dollars to student scholarships. Being the first graduate from a 4-year program in my family means I understand how valuable every little bit of tuition money is! I am happy to pay it forward to the next Peacocks in the UIU family tree!  

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Chas Daker '72
UIU Wrestling
$0 / $500 goal 

I'm looking forward to another amazing ride with my Peacock family! I am dedicating this year's ride to UIU wrestling. I was a former UIU wrestler myself and my coaches and the overall experience made an huge impact on my life. I love Team Peacock and I love giving back to UIU!


Bill Duffy

Bring on another year! Proudly serving as UIU's President, I always look forward to being part of Team Peacock and raising money for our incredible University! I have rode RAGBRAI for nine years now and I continue to be amazed at the UIU connections that are everywhere. As I pedal across Iowa you wouldn't believe the number of alums I encounter and the countless Peacock fans who cheer for me along the way. My lovely wife, Sharon, and I love UIU and our peacock community. Go Peacocks!

 Daryl Grove

Daryl Grove 
Student Life Cabby Dean's Fund
$250 / $1,000 goal

I am the Assistant Dean of Student Life at Upper Iowa University.  I love traveling, kayaking, being outdoors, RAGBRAI and spending time with friends and family. I'm an original member of Team Peacock with sixteen years of sweat and fun in the books. 

I am dedicating my ride this year to the UIU Cabby Dean's Fund, aimed at incorporating a sand volleyball court on the south side of campus.  Physical elements of our campus are critical towards retaining students and we believe that there is no better investment in our campus than creating these activity outlets for students.  Several projects have recently been completed in campus recreation including a new recreation center floor and tracks as well as a renovated entrance thanks to Team Peacock donors and other generous donors.  This additional recreation area will be used by students, faculty, staff and community members. Please consider making a give – no amount is too small. Thank you for your consideration!

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Jackson Hayek '02
Arneson Family Annual Scholarship
$0 / $750 goal

It’s an honor to be riding this year to support a student scholarship created by my good friend and former baseball teammate, Steve "Arnie" Arneson '00.  As a former student-athlete myself, I know what a difference this makes. I wholeheartedly want to do all I can to raise as much as possible toward this cause.

Thank you Arnie for starting this, you bleed blue. Together we will make a difference in future Peacocks.  


Jerry Hensley

Team Peacock is like family to me and I'm looking forward to riding RAGBRAI once again. For me, spending time with the team and enjoying cycling across Iowa is totally worth my drive all the way from Tulsa, Oklahoma! 


Colonel Robert C. "Bob" King, USA, (Ret)

I am delighted to ride my second year with Team Peacock and celebrate my 30th consecutive year on RAGBRAI, "every mile and every hill" never sagged." I began riding RAGBRAI in 1991 at the urging of my two sons. "Hey, dad, let's do RAGBRAI. It'll be something we can do together." So we did. I've enjoyed riding with both of them together and individually. I continued to ride after they went on because it gave me an opportunity to explore my state. And then it became a way to meet new people and continue relationships with people I enjoyed riding with. My grandson Dawson was my wingman last year. It was a great experience for us both. So great in fact, that he's going to ride with me again this year! 

I served in the Iowa Army National Guard for nearly 36 years in operations, training and leadership assignments. I was Headquarters Iowa National Guard Public Affairs Officer from 1989 until my military retirement in September 2004 and served as the headquarters commander for five years. I continued in public service as a special projects officer for the Iowa Department of Public Defense and the governor’s office for the next nine years. Governor Terry Branstad appointed me Executive Director, Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs and the director of the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in May 2013. I continued this assignment until my retirement in September 2016. I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Upper Iowa University. I am a graduate of the United States Army Combined Arms Staff School and United States Army Command and General Staff College. I was the 2004 Iowa Broadcast Association Hall of Fame inductee and was honored as the Upper Iowa University 2018 Service to Country Award recipient.

My hobbies are bicycling, traveling, landscaping and my extensive outdoor garden railroad collection. My wife Joy and I reside in Urbandale. We have five children and ten grandchildren.


Dawson King

Dawson King completed his first RAGBRAI in 2018. He rode hard and completed every mile and every hill. He and Grandpa Bobby (AKA Colonel Robert C. "Bob" King) had a great time and enjoyed riding together and visiting the towns and adventures along the route. 

Dawson, an 8th grader, is an accomplished baseball player and excels catching, pitching, and playing shortstop. He also plays basketball and runs cross country. He is an excellent student in the classroom and is interested in science, math and history and carries a high grade point. Dawson also plays the tenor saxophone in the middle school concert and jazz bands. 

Dawson is looking forward to his third RAGBRAI and riding with Team Peacock and being Grandpa's wingman again. 


Robbie Kohl
Academic Extension Scholarship
$0 / $500

I am a new week long rider for Team Peacock this year! I'm from Cedar Rapids, IA and I am 24 years old and I am currently an online student with a major of business administration, marketing emphasis at the University! This will be my third RAGBRAI but my first with a team and I'm super excited for the team experience! I am raising money to help support the Academic Extension Scholarship which provides financial support for online students! Please consider donating if you can! Here's to many miles and smiles! GO TEAM PEACOCK

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Tiffany Kragnes
UIU Mock Trial 
$0 / $750 goal

As a veteran rider, I’m looking forward to another fun-filled adventure with Team Peacock.  UIU Mock Trial is in its third year and improving by leaps and bounds!  This year the team traveled to three invitational tournaments (one was snowed out thanks to the weather for the second year in a row!) and the Regional Tournament in Wheaton, IL.  The team had several “mentions” for witness and attorney roles and this year, two team members took home an outstanding attorney and outstanding witness awards!  Each tournament consists of four trials over the course of a weekend beginning on Friday or Saturday.  The team practices with us 2-3 nights per week from September until end of February.  The team also dedicates individual hours preparing and then spends entire weekends at tournaments.  We expect Mock Trial to take year FOUR by storm!  It takes a lot of time, effort and money to travel to these invitational tournaments.  Hotels, transport, tournament fees and food all add up when traveling with anywhere from 13-15 people.  Consider donating to this great program and one that is making a name for itself in the mock trial world!!! Feathers UP!   

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Jesse Pleggenkuhle '12
Garbee Hall Revitalization Campaign 
$0 / $200 goal

I am the Director of Facilities at UIU and proud to be raising money for a much needed improvement on campus. I am an outdoor enthusiast so I'm really excited to spend some time travelling across Iowa on my bike. I look forward to another experience with Team Peacock. 


Andrew Wenthe '12
UIU Fund
$0 / $750 goal

I'm ready to hit the road again! I serve as the Vice President for External Affairs at Upper Iowa University and oversee the alumni and marketing departments. This year I've decided to dedicate my fundraising efforts the UIU Annual Fund. Please consider supporting my ride! 

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Tim '16 & Holly Wolff '10
$0 / $1,500 goal

We have been members of Team Peacock for fourteen years and enjoy the 400+ mile trek on our tandem. We're looking forward to another great ride with Team Peacock to support UIU!


Liz Winter 
UIU Fund
$0 / $200 goal

I am the Coordinator of Academic Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness at UIU. I helped out on support crew for Team Peacock last year, and am exciting to be participating as a first-time rider this year! Go Peacocks!