FeatherNotes April/May 2011 - Upper Iowa University
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Upper Iowa University FeatherNotes April, 2011 In this issue ... Page 2 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 5 Page 5 Page 6 Page 6 UIU prepares for 149th commencement New student center opens Bill & Frances Woods: A UIU “Love Story” UIU tradition“Kissing Under the Arch” revived Team Peacock update Annual Scholarships & Awards banquet held UIU news headlines Academic Extension holds senior receptions Alumni calendar of events Alumni, Please ke ep us up t o date on your c ontact inf ormation and let us , know wha t y doing now ou’re ! We’d lo ve to hear from you ! uiu.edu/a lumni/alu mniupdat e.html campus of Upper Iowa University, one of the first things I noted was the lack of a ‘commons.’ That is, an open place where faculty, staff, and students could come together, especially for lunch; a venue for formal and informal gathering; for sharing ideas, building relationships and rapport; and for reinforcing a culture of openness, communication, collegiality, and understanding over the shared human experience of enjoying meals together.” “While we can all be proud of the positive culture and camaraderie that exists at Upper Iowa, the absence of such a venue for ‘cross-pollination’ has been like a hole in the UIU prepares for 149th commencement The Fayette campus is abuzz with final preparations for the three Upper Iowa University graduation ceremonies that will take place next month on Saturday, May 7, 2011. Regalia is being ordered, speeches written, grounds manicured, old buildings scrubbed, and new buildings finished for this special occasion. More than 500 UIU students from across the nation will come to Fayette to attend the formal ceremony to receive their diplomas in front of family and friends. For those who cannot attend, a free, live-streaming broadcast of the ceremonies will be available online. Complete information on how to access the live-streaming and other general information about commencement for UIU graduates can be found at uiu.edu/parents/commencement.html New student center opens President Alan G. Walker announced that the new Student Center on the Fayette campus would officially open for business on Wednesday, April 20. Walker stated, “This latest University investment represents a significant enhancement to our present venues for dining, meeting, and working. All are looking forward to the new dining experiences associated with having one of the few Mongolian-style grills on a college campus in Iowa; the larger, more accommodating, meeting, recreation, and office spaces; and the enhanced environmentally friendly features of the facility.” Walker added that the new Student Center represents so much more, “In July of 2004, when I arrived on the Fayette social fabric of our institution,” Walker continued. “The physical and business/retail restrictions of the cafeteria in Garbee Hall had the effect of segregating the University community (those who wanted to buy a meal from the food service provider bought a meal plan or paid at the door to the cafeteria, while all others took their lunches elsewhere – offices, cars, other locations). It has long been my goal to see the construction of a new facility that would be the social centerpiece for the University and in doing so, help strengthen our sense of community.” Walker extended a personal invitation to all students, faculty, and staff to join friends and colleagues on a regular basis in fellowship over lunch at the new student center. For details and photos of UIU’s new student center and the other buildings that are part of the $75 million capital improvement project, go to uiu.edu/future/index.html (Page 2) Bill & Frances Woods: A UIU “Love Story” Frances (Sherren) Woods met her husband, the late Charles W. “Bill” Woods, at Upper Iowa University in the fall of 1942 and celebrated 60 years of marriage. That same year the movie “Casablanca” was released; Bing Crosby sang “White Christmas”; the average price of a new car was $920; gas went for 15 cents a gallon; and a bottle of Coca Cola® was a nickel. Frances and Bill were introduced through friends while the group walked home from the library one evening. Frances was only 17 years old, too young to enroll in nursing school, so chose to attend UIU. In 1942, the United States was fully engaged in WWII and many young men were dropping out of college to join the armed forces. On October 31, 1942, a service flag was dedicated at halftime of the Homecoming football game with a star representing each Upper Iowa student serving his country at that time. There were 232 stars sewn on that flag. Americans had a lot on their minds. fee and stale donut. “We did anything just for the chance to go to college,” said Frances. While attending UIU, Frances lived in a boarding room at Mrs. Dickman’s home, was a member of Alpha Chi Omicron sorority, and out of 13 categories, in the popularity contest, was voted “Teacher’s Pet.” Bill was a member of H.U.I., the oldest fraternity on campus and the name of which has a secret meaning known only to club members. Frances offered this interesting fact, “Did you know that UIU student Bob Andreae and classmate Marshall McCunniff rang the bell for classes to pass all four years of school as a way of earning half their tuition?” Frances stated, “Both men had to be there right on the dot every hour. Tuition at that time was $65 a semester.” However, Frances said, “We had great fun in college, and Bill and I met some of our lifelong friends at Upper Iowa University.” Frances describes a special date with Bill as going to Davis Drugstore in downtown Fayette for a hot-fudge sundae, which she says only cost about 25 or 50 cents. She added, “There were very few cars on campus back then, so we also looked forward to catching a ride on Saturday nights to attend the dance at The Coliseum in Oelwein.” The following year, when Frances turned 18, she and Bill both left Upper Iowa. Frances enrolled in St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in Cedar Rapids, while Bill enlisted in the service for three years. Though Bill finished his degree at Drury College in Springfield, Missouri, the Woods eventually found their way back to Iowa, where he was an educator for 36 years. It also gave the Woods an opportunity to reconnect with many of their old UIU classmates. “Our group would meet at the Red Fox Inn in Waverly once a year; and I would always send a write-up and pictures to The Bridge, particularly in the years 1996 through 2006.” It was a different time at college back then. Besides more formal attire for college students, men often wore suits and ties and women dresses, Frances mentioned that each year classes were dismissed for an entire day so the student body could do a mandatory cleanup of the campus and rake all the leaves. To earn extra money, Frances did typing for one of the UIU administrative offices and worked at a downtown cafe for one hour at noon for a free meal. Bill swept out a Fayette cafe every morning at 5 a.m. for a cup of cof- Frances listed the other most faithful attendees of their UIU reunion group, adding most are now deceased, as Bob and Kay (Dumermuth) Andreae, Don Buenneke, Vinnie and Janice (Harrison) Crawford, Donna (Johnson) Halverson, Ruth (Murphy) Haw, Ted Johnson, Ardith (Friedow) Kelly, Ruth (Willey) Knox, Althea (Clingman) Lenz, Evelyn J. (Fickle) Levendusky, Phyllis (Emhoff) Levitt, Bill Murphy, Ilo Mae (Johnson) Rau, A. Arthur “Ozzie” Weber, Donald Wetlaufer, Neoma (Weber) Guenther, and Elaine (Page 3) Bill Woods service photo taken from the 1944 Peacock yearbook. Frances (Sherren) Woods is pictured in the 1943 Peacock yearbook with her head sticking out of one of the piles of leaves she and her friends raked. (Clark) Glass. Frances said other UIU couples who joined their get-togethers on occasion were Darwin and Kay (Johnson) Hopkins, Chuck and Lorraine (Walker) Lovin, Helen (Pagel) Rixen, Walter Rixen, Doc and Lucille (Armentrout) Walker, and Virginia (Doughty) Ward. Frances and Bill were also good friends with the late Stan Lee, alumnus and generous donor to UIU and former Board of Trustee member. Lee asked the Woods to help him gather photos of UIU students for the “Reflective Tribute” WWII veterans memorial that is on the Fayette campus, which Lee funded. Frances’ other connection to the University is her relatives. Growing up in nearby West Union, Frances’ oldest sister, Leta (Sherren) Solar graduated with a teaching degree from UIU; her brother, Thomas Sherren, earned a chemistry degree from UIU; and her sis- ter, Myrtle (Sherren) Stickney, attended one semester before also enrolling at St. Luke’s for nursing. Additionally, Bill’s brother, Leonard Woods, attended Upper Iowa; and Leta’s husband, Peter Solar, graduated from Upper Iowa with a teaching degree, was a member of the UIU Board of Trustees, and awarded an honorary doctorate by the University in 1974. Even though Frances and Bill only attended Upper Iowa for that one year, UIU made an indelible impression on both of them. It was the beginning of their personal love story and an introduction to many lifelong friendships. The Upper Iowa University 1943 Freshman Class. Frances (Sherren) Woods is in the front row, fourth from left. Charles “Bill” Woods is in the third row, third from right. ALPHA CHI OMICRON H.U.I. FRATERNITY UIU tradition of “Kissing Under the Arch” revived The Upper Iowa University Peacock Alumni for Student Traditions (PAST) organization revived an old tradition this month—kissing under “the Arch.” UIU’s iconic white “Memorial Arch” was built in 1908 on the western edge of campus, one year after Upper Iowa University’s 50th Anniversary, and has graced the west entrance to the Fayette campus ever since. Shortly after its arrival on campus, a custom was started that a girl was not a true UIU coed until she was kissed under “the Arch.” According to PAST member and senior Nicole Henry, “We understand bringing back a tradition can be a slow process, so we were prepared to be patient. Much to our surprise, however, the event turned out to be quite successful.” Henry said over 30 people participated in the event, (Page 4) with five couples actually kissing under the Arch and the others kissing UIU mascot Pete the Peacock, who was available. Henry added, “Honestly, we would have been happy to have just one couple kiss under the Arch this first year, so it’s great.” PAST’s mission is to bring UIU traditions and spirit back through various planned events to encourage and nurture participation by current students and their continued involvement as alumni. A photo gallery of those who participated in the “Kissing under the Arch” event is available on Flickr at flickr.com/photos/ upperiowauniversity. Team Peacock Update Itâ€™s all about the ride... for student scholarships! Team Peacock is only $128,244 away from its $1,000,000 goal for student scholarships. Go to uiu.edu/teampeacock to make your pledge today. Or call Sue Felder with the Alumni Office at 563-425-5235 or email email@example.com. Thank you! Students honored at annual Scholarships & Awards banquet The annual Honors & Awards Banquet was held on the Fayette campus on Saturday, March 26. Nearly 150 merit scholarships were presented to qualifying Upper Iowa University students at a formal dinner that included family, friends, and scholarship sponsors. The students receiving scholarships were from the Ankeny/Des Moines centers, Blackhawk center, Fayette campus, Fort Leavenworth center, Independent Study program, Madison center, Milwaukee center, Online program, and the Waterloo center. Select photos can be found on the UIU Flickr site at flickr.com/photos/upperiowauniversity Want the latest UIU news? Subscribe to our RSS Feed at uiu.edu UIU tackles 28 community service jobs during annual Fayette Appreciation Day More than 400 students, staff, and faculty from Upper Iowa University descended on the community of Fayette, Wednesday, April 13, to lend a helping hand during the 5th annual Fayette Appreciation Day. Upper Iowa University announces winners in 5K Run/Walk An Upper Iowa University senior was a double winner in the April 2 UIU 5K Run/Walk. Justin Marchant, senior, Oregon, Wis., turned in the fastest mile, with a time of 6:08, as well as the fastest overall time of 19:39. UIU students raising funds to return to help Haiti Upper Iowa University students will return to Haiti this spring to continue to help rebuild the nation since its 2010 earthquake. UIU business students net top honors at state PBL Conference Upper Iowa University members of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) brought home several individual and chapter awards from the annual State Leadership Conference. Read these complete stories and more at www.uiu.edu (Page 5) Academic Extension holds annual senior receptions r a d n e l a C i n m u l 2011 A May 7, 2011 • Commencement, Fayette, IA May 21, 2011 • Armed Forces Day Program • Fayette, IA Each year, Fritz Oppenlander, the director of Upper Iowa University’s North Central Region, has the center locations under his direction organize senior receptions for their graduates. Also invited to attend are any online or independent study students who live in the immediate area. The Rockford Center senior reception was held at the Hoffman House on Monday, April 11. Dr. Alan G. Walker, UIU president; Tina Sievers, UIURockford center director; and Wendell Snodgrass, UIU vice president for advancement, development & alumni relations spoke at the gathering. Other special guests included, Dr. Bill Duffy, senior vice president for academic extension; and Rockford faculty members Tim Bothun, Jeff Gasoske, Marla Kols, and Tim Szmanda. Outstanding faculty award was presented to Jeff Gasoske. Oppenlander also attended. June 2011 • IEXL Program • UIU Campus, Fayette, IA • Date: TBA July 24-July 30, 2011 • Team Peacock rides RAGBRAI • Across the state of Iowa August 2011 • New Student Days • UIU Campus, Fayette, IA September 15, 2011 • President’s Society Dinner • UIU Campus, Fayette, IA September 16, 2011 • UIU Hall of Fame Banquet • UIU Campus, Fayette, IA September 17, 2011 • HOMECOMING • UIU Campus, Fayette, IA Note: Homecoming Weekend will include ribbon cutting and grand opening of new Student Center — details forthcoming September 17, 2011 • Alumni Awards Banquet • UIU Campus, Fayette, IA October/November 2011 • Family Weekend • UIU Campus, Fayette, IA Photos of the various receptions can be viewed and downloaded from UIU’s Flickr account at flickr.com/photos/upperiowauniversity FeatherNotes is prepared by Sheila Miller, Director of Editorial Services The Office of Communications and Marketing (OCM) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org • Cell: 319-610-7108 • Work: 563-425-5326