Foundation News: Summer 2021



Hampton senior receives 2021 Strottman Scholarship

Bekah Craighton and father at Strottman award

Rebekah (Bekah) Craighton, a senior at Hampton Dumont High School in Hampton, Iowa, was this year’s recipient of the Sally Gearhart Strottman Memorial Scholarship in Elementary Education. 

“Bekah will be a great teacher someday. She will teach with empathy, love and integrity,” said one of her references in her application. 

The $10,000 scholarship is renewable for a total of four years. Awardees are selected from applications from 19 counties in northeast Iowa. The scholarship honors the late Sally Gearhart Strottman (/70, BA), a former educator in the Waverly-Shell Rock school district. 


Gifts continue to make a difference 

Hello Panther Family!

Kim Hanna Development Thank you to all who made generous gifts to support students, programs, and faculty within the University of Northern Iowa College of Education. You are making a difference and impacting student success through your gifts.

Sharing a story on the difference a professor made on you as a student, how you met your soulmate at the dining hall or a shared class, and how groups of you still gather annually or as often as possible to reminisce about your time continues to inspire me about how much of an impact UNI has on you long after you graduate.

UNI alumni and friends continue to make a difference at UNI and the College of Education through their philanthropy in 2021. New scholarships and opportunities for program support were funded through generous gifts. Through this generosity, so many will feel the impact of these future graduates--in the classroom, in the community, in the office or on the field.

To give UNI students the highest quality learning environment and ensure a UNI education continues to be affordable, donor support takes on an even greater significance. I invite you to join us in taking the necessary steps to ensure a UNI education remains accessible and affordable for all. With your investment in scholarships, students can focus on their studies, enjoy all that a university education offers and contribute to our society and economy.

Please consider making a gift to support student scholarship or another area of passion. For more information, please contact me at 800-782-9522, 319-273-7319, or

Go Panthers!

Kim Hanna ‘04
Director of Development
College of Education

FY21 Donor Roll

Thank you to the following donors who made cash contributions to the college between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. 

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. 

Cedar Valley United Way
Eloise and Robert Dennis
Kern Family Foundation
Dr. Richard J. LaRue
R.J. McElroy Trust

Holly and John Becker
Brenda and Jim Clancy 
Nancy and Walter Coziahr
Mary Anne and Gene Dietz

Dale Grabinski
Ken L. Heflin
Betty Hyde
Sandy and Larry Klosterman
Jeri and Rick Levi
Charles Walker

CSAA Insurance
Marilyn Dudley
David and Barbara Else
Joan Gill
Shirley and Dale Hewlett
*Mary Mehlhaus

Brant and Kelly Allen                                                                                           
Dave and Beth Baker  
*Tom and Kim Bakey                                                                                                                                   
Rose and Jeff Blank 
Larry and Carol Bowen 
*Margaret and Robert Boyce                                                                                      
*Jim and Carol Brannon
Steve and Trina Brewer
Don and Dianna Briggs                                                                                           
*Bob Brown                                                                                                
Tyrone Bruce                                                                                                  
*Jean and Bruce Brye      
*Donna and Richard Butikofer                                                                                     
Bill Callahan                                                                                                 
Janice and John Chrystal                                                                                        
Michelle and Ryan Clark
*Nancy and Allen DeWalle                                                                                      
Karen F Dole                                                                                                                                                                                           
Sharon and Ric DuBois
Joan E Duea

Judith and Dick Ela 
Stephen Fortgang                                                                                              
Len and Gail Froyen
Fleming Sisters Fund  
Dr. Patricia L. Geadelmann                                                                                         
Robert and Charlene George
Kyle and Payten Gerjerts
Ramona and John Hall                                                                                                   
Jerry and Beth Harris
*Merry and Steven Heilmann
Mary Herrick 
Gretchen Hewlett
Steve and Glenda Howard
Pamela Jacobs
Karen K Jessen  
Pat Jessen
Mary Kaiser-Smith
*Paul and Dixie Kellerhals
James L Kelly
Don and June King
*Janice L Kneeland
John and Joye Kohl
Martinson Construction Company Inc 
Dora McLellan Memorial Fund
Myrtle Merritt
*Darlene and John Nelson
Kenneth Nelson                                                                                                
Pat and Lois O'Rourke
Susan Pagel
Carol Phillips
Carol Glass and Jerry Rewerts
Bill Riess
Victoria Roller
MaryAnn and Richard Rosonke
*Joan A Rozendaal

Sara M Sand
*Mary Ann Schnur
Craig and Natalie Schumacher
See What I Mean LLC
Marilyn Sill
*Arlo and Susan Sime
Robert A Sloan
Dave and Karen Takes
Bill and Kay Thrall
Jean Trainor
Linda and William Tubbs 
Lois von Berg
Mike and Rita Waggoner
Dianne and Doug Whittle
Barry and Jane Wilson   

Rachel S Benton
Mary Borthwick
Joann and D. Weston Boyd
Larry and Sherry Bradley
Kelley Brunner
Patrick W Carley
Anne Harris Carter
Erika Casriel
City of Waterloo
Wayne and Connie Eggleston
Donna L Frerichs
Julianne Gassman and Kevin Bown
Sharon and Bruce Hann
Anthony and Julianne Howard
Curt and Nikki Hudnutt
Bradley Jacobson State Farm Insurance
Dick and Cheryl Jensen
Shiela D Kielly
Betty J Kingery
Kathryn J Korns
Levi Architecture
Ripley Marston
Thomas Pearson
Wilma Pedersen
Diane and Bruce Perry
James L and Bonnie L Raasch
Catherine and Reid Richards
Chad and Justine Rinehart
Scott D Ryan
Rydell Chevrolet
Kathy Shelton
Stephanee Sickles-Jordan and Joseph Jordan
John and Nancy Sonka
Veridian Credit Union
Kate J Witte                   

Kathy and Jodi Bermel
Darlene F Biggers
Diane L Bolte
Dawn and Robert Boyd
Robert and Darlene Busch
Scott Connerley
Lucas Cook
Larry and Anita Cox
Carol and Stephen Daggs
Dominic and Haley Davis
Debra D Ellerman
Judy Evans
Angela and David Fuller
Lois and Timothy Fulton
Nancy and Edward Green
Marc and Barbara Haack
Linda and Gary Hagen 
Adam Harrer
Brian and Julie Hiles
Gerald and Mary Hoard
Betty and Michael Hogan
Dianne and Fritz Homann
LeRoy and Susan Kester
Nichole and Ryan Lehmann
Helen and Larry McKay
Kevin Milroy and Mary Gaffney Milroy
Marlys and Dennis Mitchell
Janet and Dave Moeller
Jennifer L Muzzy
Lillian Nichols
Carol and Paul Payne
Michael Phelan
Joyce and Richard Rath
June Y Rice
Lanette Rugis
Barbara and Richard A Roepke
Mark and Martha Rowedder
Barbara and Patrick Schwamman
Patricia and Jeff Seinwill
Scott Shields
Peggy Shea and David Traeger
Anna M Spengler
Marcia Street
Diane and Robert Turnball
Genevieve Van Dorn
Jessica and Jeremiah Van Dyke
John and Donna Vinton
Angela and Eric Widner
Sharon Wulfekuhle-Hefel and Dennis Hefel
Arlie and Jay Williams