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UIU student honored by Alliant Energy

Alliant Energy Award

Upper Iowa University senior Jevell Rollins recently received the Alliant Energy/Erroll B. Davis Jr. Minority Achievement Award. Pictured during the presentation are (from left) Julie F. Bauer, Alliant Energy Foundation executive director; Jevell Rollins; Jack D. Jones, Iowa College Foundation president; Leah J. Rodenberg, Alliant Energy Senior Community Affairs Program director; and Upper Iowa University President Dr. William Duffy. 

FAYETTE, Iowa (April 27, 2015) – The Iowa College Foundation recently honored Upper Iowa University senior Jevell Rollins, from Milwaukee, with the Alliant Energy/Erroll B. Davis Jr. Minority Achievement Award.

Jack D. Jones, Iowa College Foundation president, said the primary purpose of the Iowa College Foundation (ICF) is to provide students the opportunity for a high-quality education by securing financial resources for member private colleges and universities. Since its inception, ICF has raised more than $71 million for its 23-member institutions.  More than 100 volunteers from businesses and industries around the state are involved in raising funds for ICF institutions and students.

Jones noted the Alliant Energy/Erroll B. Davis, Jr. Minority Achievement Award was established by Alliant Energy in 2006. The endowment honors Davis for his 30 years of service to the utility industry and his leadership provided to Alliant Energy. In turn, Alliant Energy recognizes students that demonstrate outstanding academic achievements and community service.

“Jevell Rollins has demonstrated during his four years at Upper Iowa University the character and leadership for which the Errol B. Davis, Jr. Minority Achievement Award was established,” said Jones. “We commend Jevell for his achievements and aspirations, and wish him continued success after graduation.”

“Congratulations to Jevell for his hard work both in and outside of the classroom and in the community,” added Julie Bauer, executive director of the Alliant Energy Foundation. “His accomplishments thus far provide a solid indication that he will do great things in life, and we look forward to seeing where his path leads him.”

In addition to thanking the ICF and Alliant Energy for awarding him the scholarship, Rollins expressed his gratitude to advisor Lynn Isvik, UIU associate professor of business, and Betty Whitesell, UIU dean of the School of Business. The two university staff members not only informed him of the scholarship, but each provided a letter of recommendation during the application process.

“Javell is a stand-out student on the Fayette campus,” added UIU President Duffy. “We are proud of his accomplishments on and off the field. He is well-deserving of this honor, and we expect him to do great things as a Peacock graduate student and alumna.”

Majoring in management and finance, Rollins will graduate during UIU’s May 9 commencement ceremonies. A nose tackle on the Peacock football team, the Milwaukee, Wis., native has one year of eligibility remaining on the gridiron and plans to continue graduate school at UIU.


About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to about 5,800 students–nationally and internationally–at its Fayette campus, 25 U.S. education locations, as well as locations in Malaysia and Hong Kong. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced degree program. With a focus on developing leaders and lifelong learners, UIU provides dual enrollment programs for high school students as well as continuing education and professional development opportunities for learners of any age. For more information, visit uiu.edu.

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