Support Team Peacock 2018!

To fulfill their fundraising goal, each of our team members selected a UIU project, fund or program they are most passionate about. Read on to learn more about each of our riders. Our goal was to work together and raise $25,000 for UIU. Thanks to all of our supporters for helping us reach and surpass this amount!


Be sure to select the rider's name you wish to support in the designation drop down. Gifts may also be directed to the "Team Peacock General Fund," which will support all riders and support crew expenses. 

Checks made payable to "Upper Iowa University" should be mailed to the address below. Please include the rider's name you wish to support in the memo line.

UIU Alumni Office 
P.O. Box 1857
Fayette, IA, 52142

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Chas Daker '72
UIU Wrestling
$1,025.35 / $500

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
UIU President's Home
$3,600 / $750

Bring on another year! I always look forward to being part of Team Peacock and raising money for our incredible University! I have rode RAGBRAI for many 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. People love UIU and so do I. Go Team Peacock!


Bob'89, '00 & Betty '07 Firth
Peacock Athletic Fund
$11,438.20 / $1,500

This year we look forward to raising money for UIU athletics! The Firth family has a legacy of lifelong learning for the numerous family members of ours who have attended UIU. Bob graduated with two degrees, a BS in Business (1989) and an MS in Business Leadership (2000): our sons, Matt with an MBA (2009): Kevin with a BS in Finance (2011) and Philip with an MBA (2015).  Also, Betty was inducted as an honorary alum in 2007 for her work as a Board of Trustee member and for her service as an Adjunct Instructor. We are excited to once again ride with Team Peacock!

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Brad Gast '10
UIU Wausau Center Community Scholarship
$710.32 / $500

This will be my second year riding with Team Peacock. It is an honor to not only get the opportunity to ride, but also to support a great cause. I am raising funds to support UIU Wausau Center student scholarships, providing much needed financial support to help these students reach their dreams.  Looking forward to this amazing week!

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Daryl Grove 
UIU Recreation Center
$895.14 / $1,500

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 thirteen years of sweat and fun in the books. 

I am dedicating my ride this year to the UIU Recreation Center. Several projects are in the works as we speak to replace the gymnasium floor and renovate the entrance to this awesome facility 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
$977.85 / $750

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.  


Amanda Jones '08
UIU Emergency Student Aid Fund
$523 / $500

This will be my first year riding with Team Peacock and I am beyond excited! I am proudly directing my fundraiser to the UIU Student Emergency Student Aid Fund. Created in 2016 by members of The Brotherhood, this endowment fund aids students with financial assistance for those facing crisis situations. Thanks for considering this important cause. Go Peacocks!


Angie Joseph '82
Mary E. Kimball Scholarship & Tri-State Alumni Chapter Scholarship
$162 / $100

This is the first time I’ve had the opportunity to ride as part of Team Peacock and I’m really looking forward to it.  As the UIU Alumni Association President I thought it would be fun to participate. Also, as a native Iowan, I have heard about it over the years—now I get to be a part of it.

I’m raising money for the Mary E. Kimball Scholarship to honor the memory of my mom as well as the Tri-State Alumni Chapter Scholarship.  

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Tiffany Kragnes
UIU Mock Trial 
$781.41 / $750

As a veteran rider, I'm looking forward to another fun-filled adventure with Team Peacock. UIU Mock Trial had quite an inaugural year! In 2017-18, the UIU Mock Trial traveled to four invitational tournaments and the Regional Tournament. The team traveled to Macalester College, Creighton University, Central College, Loras College and finally returning to Macalester College for the Regional Tournament. In addition to several mentions by the trial judges for performances as attorneys and witnesses, one team member brought home an Outstanding Witness Award. Each tournament consists of four trials over the course of two to three days beginning on a Friday or Saturday. The team practices with their us three nights per week from September until the end of February, dedicates hours preparing individually, and spent entire weekends at tournaments. Please help me continue this new Peacock tradition! 

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Gina Kuker
London and Paris Study Aboard (Betty's Team Fund)
$371 / $150

I'm a proud member of Team Peacock and am excited to dedicate this year's ride to the London and Paris Study Abroad program. This is a wonderful opportunity for UIU students to expand learning to all parts of the world. I've had the great fortune of traveling with past groups and we're excited to raise money to keep this program running strong. Thank you very much for considering a gift to this great cause!

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Carol Langerman-Aten '14
School of Business Firth Dean's Fund
$2,133.70 / $2,000

This will be my Thirteenth year as a team member and I am dedicating my fundraising efforts to the UIU School of Business Firth Dean's Fund. In 2014 I graduated with an Associate’s Degree in General Business and in 2016 a BS in Marketing, so I am very passionate about the School’s program. Please consider supporting my efforts by making a pledge today. Go Peacocks!


Brenda Luzum
UIU Recreation Center
$455 / $250

I swear I'm still sore from last year's ride but I'm looking forward to another adventure with Team Peacock and a couple days riding RAGBRAI. I serve as Director of Alumni Relations, Stewardship & Communications and will be directing my fundraising efforts to support the UIU Recreation Center improvement project. This awesome facility is not only used by staff, faculty, students and alumni but also community members. It's so much fun to work out with my co-workers and have a place to work up some energy and spark creativity. Please help me reach my goal and make a difference for the Rec Center!


Gail Moorman Behrens
Betty's Team Fund (Andres School of Education)
$2,115.98 / $750

I am proud to be a veteran Team Peacock rider and I'm so honored to be dedicating my ride to Betty's Team Fund for the Andres School of Education. Each day I work hard to make a difference in the lives of UIU students and it's my privilege to serve as Dean for this school. Please consider making a gift to this incredible cause! Go Team Peacock!


Robert McCarville
Environmental Leadership Scholarship
$1,535.98 / $1,600

I am the father of Dr. Kata McCarville, UIU's Professor of Geosciences. This will be my fourth time riding and I look forward to another adventure with Team Peacock. Please consider a donation to my fundraising efforts which will support the Environmental Leadership Scholarship. This annual scholarship is awarded to a UIU student who is pursuing a career in environmental sustainability and solutions. Preference is given to students majoring in environmental science.  


Bryan Mentzel & Lauri Gundrum
UIU Wrestling
$1,800 / $1,500

This will be our first Ragbrai and we are looking very forward to meeting everyone. We are excited to ride and to be in the company of the UIU Group! Our donation is going towards the wrestling team as we are the parents of Jordan Gundrum. We are from Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Other interests of both of ours include, hiking, kayaking, mud runs, and traveling whenever we can.

We are very excited also to be doing this first Ragbrai with dear friends of ours Jeff and Sandy Moser. Can’t wait for the 3rd week in July to get here. 


Jeff & Sandy Moser
UIU Wrestling
$2,071.85 / $2,000

We have joined UIU Team Peacock to fulfill our journey and we look forward to raising money for the UIU Wrestling team. We are first-time riders and look forward to the RAGBRAI challenge and the opportunity to raise money for this great cause. Jeff is a retired Marine and especially looks forward to riding across Iowa.


Mariea Schnor '89
School of Business Dean's Fund
$750.10 / $750

I'm gearing up for another great ride with Team Peacock. I am happy to support the School of Business, where I am proud to make a difference in the lives of UIU students each day, serving as an Assistant Professor of Accounting. My students mean the world to me and I'm happy to raise money to support their needs. Thanks for considering a donation to my ride! Go Peacocks!


Paul Skrade
UIU's Fledgling Composting Program
$895.80 / $750

I’m an Assistant Professor of Wildlife Biology and I had so much fun on RAGBRAI last year that I decided to do it again! There's no better way to bike across Iowa than with Team Peacock. This year I’m raising money for UIU’s Fledgling Composting Program so please consider donating. Thank you!


Morgan Thias '18 MBA
2018 Class Gift Campaign
$175 / $150

I am so excited to experience my second year as a Team Peacock rider. As a member of the UIU Alumni Office staff, it is amazing to see what this group of Peacocks can accomplish in a week and how they continue to achieve new goals every year. This year, I will be completing my MBA and have chosen to dedicate my funds to 2018 Class Gift to support the stoles that will be worn at this year’s commencement ceremony. 

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Tim '16 & Holly Wolff '10
UIU Recreation Center
$1,579.60 / $1,500

We have been members of Team Peacock for twelve years and enjoy the 400+ mile trek on our tandem. We are raising money for the UIU Recreation (REC) Center. We will donate $10 for every $50 donated toward our 2018 fundraising goal.

In addition to monies donated to our fundraising, UIU is seeking a grant to enhance the Rec Center. In order to be competitive for the grant, it is import that UIU raise funds now. Your gift will allow UIU to receive additional support from grants and foundations. Somewhat of a money tree – donate money toward our cause and your gift will grow!

We appreciate your support and impact to the UIU and Fayette community experience at the Rec Center! Thank you!