Alumni & Friends
A world of connections
As a department, our goal is to engage and build — healthy communities, healthy lifestyles, healthy organizations. As alumni, you take those academic goals and make them a reality. And you give back, whether that’s to a fund at the University of Northern Iowa, as a mentor to our students in the field or as a volunteer in your communities and professions, continuing to represent the impact of your Panther education.
Whether it’s a Hall of Excellence induction, sharing a success on the web, or being thankful for the generosity — and impact — of an endowed chair, your stories are part of our story.
Purpose Over Profits
Recreation, tourism and nonprofit leadership alumni Matt Salvatore, '02, Annie Simmons, '20, Karin McCann Boutell, '11, and Emily Hanson, '13, helped put a spotlight on a hidden gem of a major in the 2022 UNI Magazine. RTNL graduates are leading the way in making a difference in their communities, from parks and recreation to tourism and nonprofit organizations. And, they're finding that some of these roles are expanding to fill gaps in America's social service net and these alums find themselves on the front lines of providing care, assistance and support.
A Journey in Adaptive Sports
Hannah Lang (BA, '09, MA, '11) has taken her love of outdoor recreation to new heights as she's found a home at the Adaptive Sports Center in Colorado. The former leisure, youth and human services major serves as logistics manager, helping plan trips to the center which provides programming like adaptive skiing and mountain biking for people with disabilities. She attributes her career path to her studies and multiple roles with the Wellness and Recreation Center while at UNI.
The Sky's the Limit
During unprecedented times, Sam Braband (‘10, BA) found his job as a park ranger kept him just as busy as his fellow Alaskans turned to the outdoors. The experience matched his expectations when he discovered what was previously known as the leisure studies major. “The sky was the limit. You’re only limited by your imagination.”
Hall of Excellence Recognizes Achievements
Clementine Mukeshimana Msengi, EdD, was among the 2022 inductees into the Elinor A. Crawford and William R. Thrall Hall of Excellence. More than 135 alumni in the areas of kinesiology, health and human services have been honored since 2003. Msengi (BA, '99, health promotion, and MA, '01, community and public health) has been recognized numerous times for her work, including the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Outstanding American by Choice Award (2006), among other honors.
Share Your Legacy
A gift to the UNI Foundation greatly adds to the experience of today’s students in these areas:
- Professional development
- General (housing, materials, student organizations)
Have an idea to contribute? Contact Director of Development Sunni Kegebein at 319-273-4784.