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Support Team Peacock 2018!

To fulfill their fundraising goal, each team member has selected a UIU project, fund or program they are most passionate about. Read on to learn more about our team and hear their stories. We hope you are inspired to support one (or many) of our riders! Last year Team Peacock raised over $36,000 and this year we aim to surpass that amount with a goal of $40,000! Will you help us?


Checks made payable to "Upper Iowa University" may also be mailed to:

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

*Include the rider's name you wish to support in the memo line.

To stay current on the team's activity, be sure to like them on Facebook at facebook.com/teampeacock.


Drew & Kimberlea Baker
Student Scholarships
$0 / $1,500

There's no greater cause than education. We are stoked to ride once again with Team Peacock and support UIU students. Please show your support of student scholarships by making a gift to our fundraiser. Go Peacocks!


Jill Buchan '02
Fundraiser to be decided!
$0 / $450

Looking forward to another ride with Team Peacock! I serve as an Assistant Professor of Education at the UIU Des Moines location.


Danielle Rosario Cushion
Peacock Athletic Fund
$0 / $750

I knew I was going to ride RAGBRAI for the Peacock Athletic Fund because of how dedicated the student-athletes, coaches and staff are to UIU. We’re proud to be Peacocks and we’re committed to the student-athletes. During one of our monthly meetings several coaches brought up the fact that our antiquated washers and driers were not cleaning and drying the student-athlete uniforms very well. Looking good helps one feel good. It’s important that our student-athletes have gleaming uniforms because they will wear them with pride and pride is contagious. Someone may think “it’s just a washer and drier,” but it’s about excellence and pride in all that we do. Our student-athletes are the face of UIU as they travel all over for competitions. It’s important that they look good and feel good.

We have two industrial size washers and driers. We were able to purchase one industrial washer and one industrial drier with the money I raised riding RAGBRAI last year so this year I’m going to raise money to go towards the purchase of another new washer and drier. This way our laundry facilities are set for the next 10-15 years and our student-athletes are looking sharp in their uniforms and standing proud.

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Chas Daker '72
UIU Wrestling
$0 / $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!

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Henrique Donati '16
Alpha Nu Omega Scholarship
$0 / $750

I am UIU's Student Life Systems Analyst, Upper Iowa Alumni and proud Alpha Nu Omega Brother. RAGBRAI is the perfect opportunity to fundraise for my fraternity, as well as, have some fun with some of my brothers that are partially riding it. This is my second year riding with the team and needless to say - I'm hooked!


Bill Duffy
Fundraiser to be determined!
$0 / $3,000

Bring on another year! I always look forward to being part of Team Peacock and raising money for our incredible University! 


Bob'89, '00 & Betty '07 Firth
$0 / $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
Wausau Center Student Scholarship
$0 / $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!

 Daryl Grove

Daryl Grove 
UIU Recreation Center
$500 / $750

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
$0 / $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.  


Jerry Hensley
School of Science and Mathematics Churbuck Dean's Fund
$0 / $1,000

I'm one of the newest members of Team Peacock. I was recruited to join the team by my good friend and UIU Board of Trustee member, Bob Firth, and I'm so glad I said "yes!" It's been a wonderful experience and I definitely feel like part of the Peacock family. I'm happy to support this great university and I look forward to another fun year. I am dedicating my ride to the School of Science and Mathematics. Wish me luck!


Michelle Jacobsen '03, '08
Betty's Team Fund (Andres School of Education)
$0 / $750

I could not be more excited to ride once again with Team Peacock. I am a proud '02 and '08 graduate of UIU as well as an adjunct professor of education at the UIU-Quad Cities Center. Let the countdown begin. Go Peacocks!


Rick Knipper '73
UIU Baseball
$0 / $300

I look forward to another great ride with Team Peacock. I love UIU and this is just one more way for me to support an awesome cause, hang out with some wonderful people, have a ton of fun, and spread the word about UIU along the route. Go Peacocks!  

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Chris Kragnes
UIU Mock Trial Program
$0 / $750

I'm looking forward to another fun-filled adventure with Team Peacock. This year I am raising money to support the UIU Mock Trial Program. Thanks for supporting my ride. Go Peacocks!

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Tiffany Kragnes
UIU Mock Trial Program
$0 / $750

This will be my fifth year on Team Peacock and I look forward to raising money for the UIU Mock Trial Program. Go Team Peacock! 

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Gina Kuker
London and Paris Study Aboard (Betty's Team Fund)
$0 / $750

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
School of Business Dean's Fund
$0 / $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 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!


Kata McCarville
Environmental Leadership Scholarship
$500 / $1,000

I've helped organize this wonderful team for years and it's an incredible project that I love being a part of. I am directing my fundraising efforts to support the Environmental Leadership Scholarship, which is awarded each year to a UIU student who is pursuing a career in environmental sustainability and solutions. Preference is given to students majoring in environmental science.  


LaVerne McCoy '98 & Stella Payne
McCoy Endowed Scholarship in Honor of Martha Weatherspoon
$0 / $500

I'm excited to be a part of Team Peacock this summer! My good friend, Stella Payne, and I are not able to make it to Iowa during RAGBRAI but we have promised to bike each day around Milwaukee and rack up our miles that way. The fundraiser we selected to support is a scholarship fund my family and I have established to honor our mother, Martha Weatherspoon. This new scholarship, established in 2016, is awarded to a deserving female who exemplifies what it means to work hard and earn a degree, despite all challenges that may come their way.

I am an an extremely proud Peacock and it is my honor to give back to a University who has made an incredible impact on my life. Go Peacocks!


Gail Moorman Behrens
Betty's Team Fund (Andres School of Education)
$0 / $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!


Mariea Schnor '89
School of Business Dean's Fund
$0 / $500

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
$0 / $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!

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Tim '16 & Holly Wolff '10
Fundraiser to be determined!
$0 / $1,500

The Wolff's have been proud members of Team Peacock for eleven years and enjoy the 400+ mile trek on a tandem. Holly is the captain and Tim is the stoker. Holly has been with UIU since 2005; she is the Executive Assistant to the President and graduated in 2010 with a degree in Communications. Tim has been with UIU for six years as the UIU Print Shop Coordinator and is a 2016 alum with a degree in Graphic Design. Both enjoy kayaking, camping, riding their motorcycle, home remodeling projects and spending time with family and friends.

Tim and Holly will donate $10 for every $50 donated to their fundraising goal. Any amount is appreciated!

The Wolff's dedicated their 2017 Team Peacock ride to: The William (Bill) Prochaska Endowed Scholarship

Bill or Coach Pro, is a proud ’63 peacock alumni and a pillar at UIU and in the Fayette Community. His 50 plus year history at UIU as an alum, coach, athletic director, faculty member and friend has left a lasting legacy for past, present and future students. Pro is also passionate about UIU’s rich history and the importance of preserving and displaying for those affiliated with UIU.

We appreciate your support and assisting to make a difference to UIU students. Thank you!