Foundation News

As the public phase of the Our Tomorrow fundraising campaign launched in October 2022, contributions large and small continued to make a difference for the faculty, staff and students of the College of Education. 

Pre-service, in-service and interested community members benefitted from several sponsored events, including:

  • the return of an on-campus Carlton-Mellichamp Lecture in Education, supported by Suzanne Carlton and Duncan Mellichamp;
  • the Bill and Linda Tubbs Teaching Connections; 
  • the second Social and Emotional Learning Conference, attracting nearly 800 registrants, with support from Ken Budke, DDS; and, 
  • the African American Read-In and African American Children and Families Conference, which included a tribute to the late Gloria Kirkland Holmes, professor emerita, who led these events for nearly two decades.  

Fall 2022 kicked off with the addition of Sunni Kegebein as development director. With the final phase of the Our Tomorrow campaign commencing in fall 2023, the College of Education thanks each individual donor who helps ensure our success and continued legacy. 

Kegebein listens, learns, finds connections in first year as development director 

Sunni Kegebein development for College of EducationSunni Kegebein’s first year as chief fundraiser and donor liaison for the College of Education just happened to coincide with the launch of the public phase of the Our Tomorrow campaign. 

It’s safe to say it’s been an eventful year for Kegebein, who officially joined the UNI Foundation and the College of Education on August 30, 2022. She has found herself from east coast to west coast, south, north and in between over the past year, often accompanied by Dean Colleen Mulholland.

“What I have enjoyed most is getting to meet so many of our wonderful alumni and hearing their UNI stories. As they share their stories, it takes them back to their time on campus and all the memories that were made as a Panther,” she says. “They share how UNI and its donors helped shape them into who they are today. Many share that this is the reason they choose to give back and support our future generations of UNI students. A theme I have found during my visits has been, without the academic and financial support our alumni received at UNI, they would not have been able to go to college.” 

The College of Education has received several generous gifts over the past year. “COE is incredibly grateful to its donors who support our students, faculty/staff and programs. Several new funds have been created to support student scholarships and educational programs,” she says.

An example of the commitment and support Kegebein encountered is found in the story of an anonymous donor who has chosen to leave her estate to support the College of Education and Rod Library initiatives.

“She stated, “I love what UNI provided for me and this is my way of saying thank you. I just want my gift to be used to create an impact in the areas of greatest need. I trust the dean and know it will be used to impact future students in the best way possible,’” Kegebein shared. 

As the campaign begins its final year, the college is focusing on two specific pillars within the campaign platform: 1) engaged learning; and 2) academic and faculty support through partnerships with the colleges and academic deans. 

In this first year, Kegebein has found COE alumni to be passionate, caring and supportive. “Our alumni have an incredible vision for UNI and COE and what they both can become over time. I have seen an indescribable commitment to the College of Education,” she says. 

“One of the most important things I have learned to do is to listen. Listen to the stories and find the connection between our alumni’s passions and what needs we have as a college. Then connect the two to create magical things for students, faculty/staff and our institution as a whole.” 

For current and future donors and friends, Kegebein offers this counsel: “Think about how your UNI experience helped you develop into who you are today. How can you support our College of Education students in their academic adventure here at UNI?” she says. “Collectively, we are all making a difference in UNI’s ‘Our Tomorrow’ Campaign. Every dollar matters and makes a tremendous impact on everything we do.

The new development officer previously served as director of marketing, recruitment and fundraising for Imagine the Possibilities, a nonprofit organization located in Maquoketa, Iowa. She has also worked with the UNI Center for Urban Education, the UNI Foundation and the Northeast Iowa Food Bank in past roles. She is a graduate of Upper Iowa University with a BA in marketing and an MBA. 

Have a question on how to support the College of Education? Reach out to Sunni at or 319-273-7319.

Our Tomorrow Campaign Kicks Off, Final Push Begins

Original campanile bellsIt was just a year ago, coinciding with Homecoming 2022, that the UNI Foundation launched the public phase of its most ambitious fundraising campaign in UNI history, with a goal of $250 million. 

The casting of new Campanile bells and the chance to stroll by existing Campanile bells at ground level–including the original bell honoring “Iowa State Teachers College”--was a highlight for many during the week. Thousands attended Friday’s celebration kick-off and live concert on central campus, including many who stopped for camaraderie, treats and a memento at a special college alumni tent. Adding to the evening’s ambience were projections onto the Campanile, including images of COE students Abe Silva Cortes, kinesiology and exercise science, and Alexandria Powell, early childhood education. 

A year later, the campaign is moving into its final phase–bolstered by the major news on October 20 of a record $25 million gift which will lead to the naming of the David W. Wilson College of Business.

#LPGG contributions help exceed goals with 1,876+ donations

Contributors to the College of Education were among the more than 1,891 (and counting) donations to #LivePurpleGiveGold annual day of giving held for 24 hours on March 30, 2023. Just over $9,000 was raised for the Dean’s Fund for Excellence, which helps ensure opportunities for faculty, students and staff. “Let me offer my sincere appreciation to anyone who was able to give in some way to #LPGG. Every gesture has an impact, I assure you,” says Dean Colleen Mulholland. 

2022-2023 Donor Roll

Thank you to the following donors who made cash contributions to the college between July 1, 2022, and June 30, 2023. Names with (*)  indicate Dean’s Inner Circle members, who gave $1,000 or more to the Dean’s Fund for Excellence. Names in bold indicate UNI Legacy Society members.

$50,000 +

Cedar Valley Medical Specialist PC  
Kern Family Foundation  
Paul Minnis   
Mary Peters   
Frederick & Marion Schindler  
Sue Stedman  
Waterloo Schools Foundation

$10,000- $49,999

Pamela I Breithaupt  
Patty & Kenneth Budke  
Cedar Valley United Way  
James & Brenda Clancy Family Fund  
Rodney L Duroe   
Suzanne & Albert Duroe   
JoLeen Eiklenborg  
Audrey Ercolini  
Judy Hart  
Gil & Kris Irey  
Sandra & Lawrence Klosterman  
Jeri & Rick Levi  
James L & Bonnie L Raasch  
Telligen Community Initiative  
R J McElroy Trust  
Charles J Walker Revocable Trust

$5,000 - $9,999

American Pattern & CNC Works Inc  
David & Beth Baker  
Marilyn Dudley  
David & Barbara Else  
George Granberg Realtor  
Joan Gill  
Dr. Ripley E Marston  
Dr. James Arthur McCutcheon  
Edwin & Kathleen Mulholland  
Carol Phillips  
Maryann Schnur *    
Robert A Sloan Fund  
Dianne & Doug Whittle

$1,000 - $4,999

Kim & Tom Bakey * 
Rachel S Benton * 
Richard & Maribelle Betterton 
Rose & Jeff Blank 
Joann & D. Weston Boyd 
Nan Brenholdt 
Robert J Brown * 
Patrick W Carley * 
Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust Co 
Janice & John Chrystal 
Karen Dole 
Sharon DuBois 
Joan E Duea 
Judith & Dick Ela 
Fleming Sisters Fund 
Stephen Fortgang 
Pat Geadelmann 
Robert & Charlene George 
Kyle & Payten Gerjerts 
Carol Glass & Jerry Rewerts 
Virgil & Diane Goodrich * 
Reg & Kathy Green 
James & Beth Hall * 
Ramona & John Hall 
Happy Kayaking 
Steve and Glenda Howard Charitable Fund 
Dexter & Sandra Hyde 
Randy Ingram & Kathy Tanner Ingram * 
Mary Kaiser-Smith 
June King 
Lynn H King 
Martinson Construction Company Inc 
Dora McLellan Memorial Fund 
Myrtle Merritt 
Jane Mertesdorf 
Mudd Advertising 
David & Rebecca Nation 
Darlene & John Nelson 
Beverly Olofson * 
Patrick & Lois O'Rourke 
M Susan Pagel 
Jerry Rewerts Charitable Gift Fund 
Craig & Natalie Schumacher 
Arlene Schwarzenbach 
Marilyn Sill 
Arlo & Sue Sime * 
Keith & Sandra Stamp * 
Doris Steffy 
Marcia Street * 
William F & Linda Z Tubbs Revocable Trust 
Mike & Rita Waggoner 
Barry & Jane Wilson 
Sharon Wulfekuhle-Hefel Charitable Trust * 
Judy & Richard Yerian *

$500 - $999

Nancy M Van Anne 
Chuck & Barb Bakker 
Jim & Carol Brannon 
Dan Breitbach 
Janet Byram 
Brett and Lisa Carson Family Fund 
Erika Casriel 
Michelle & Ryan Clark 
Robert Huber & Lyn Countryman 
Carol & Jeff Dick 
Greater Delaware County Community Foundation 
Julayne Hoffmeier & Carolynn Munson 
Curt & Nikki Hudnutt 
James L Kelly 
Janet & Dave Moeller 
Colleen & Jarvis Mulholland 
Thomas Pearson 
Diane & Bruce Perry 
Cathy & Reid Richards 
Roberta & Randy Rickey 
Nancy & Curtis Struyk 
USA Weightlifting Inc 
Jacky & Jerry Venenga

$250 - $499

Jared Larson & Kate Anderson 
Larry R Bakerink 
Darlene Biggers 
Dawn & Robert Boyd 
Genny Van Dorn 
Judy Evans 
Dennis & Grace Ferreter 
Benjamin Forsyth 
Lois & Timothy Fulton 
James G Hall 
Nicholas & Glenda Hellenthal 
Gerald & Mary Hoard 
Eric & Jen Johnson 
Caroline & Kevin Kelleher 
LeRoy & Susan Kester 
Shiela Kielly 
Mrs. Joye Kohl 
Annette & Todd Michaels 
Kevin & Mary Milroy 
Mary Nielsen 
Mark & Jill Oman 
Joyce & Richard Rath 
John & Linda Rowland 
Catherine Smith 
Peggy Shea & David Traeger