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Nepal collection continues today

Thank you to all of those who have contributed towards Nepal earthquake relief thus far.  Funds are still being collected in person (Friday May 1 11 am-1 pm at a marked table in the UIU Student Center Commons on the UIU Fayette campus) and online (through (please indicate “Nepal Earthquake Relief”)).  We thank you for your care and concern for wellbeing of families or our Nepalese students.

Center for International Education

International Student Graduation Reception - May 1

Musical to honor Henry Grannis May 2

          In the fall of 1861 on the campus of Upper Iowa University in Fayette, a young man named Henry James Grannis was chosen unanimously to be Sergeant Color-Bearer for Company C, the 12th Iowa Volunteer Infantry.  He proudly fulfilled his duty in 27 battles and skirmishes, holding the impressive position of being the only flag-bearer, Union or Confederate, to persevere the entirety of the Civil War without injury.  The U.I.U. Collegian wrote at his death, “No son of Upper Iowa was ever more deserving of the laurel wreath of veneration than this noble, heroic soul.  The story of his life must long be an inspiration toward the highest virtues of manhood, courage, patriotism, sterling integrity, the highest and truest citizenship.”


          In this 150th anniversary of the conclusion of the Civil War, the local homeschoolers called S.H.I.N.E. (Students Homeschooled in Iowa’s NorthEast) are paying tribute to Henry Grannis in their spring musical entitled Under the Banner.  45 students, under the direction of Aaron and Karla Bicknese, will share a collection of favorite Civil War era songs and tell the story of a modern boy who is studying Civil War history and meets the real Henry Grannis while attending a Civil War reenactment in Clermont.  Performances will be Saturday, May 2 at 11:00 and 2:00 at the Fayette Opera House in Fayette.  The performance is free and the public is welcome to attend.

Phi Beta Lambda do well at State

Once again the local members of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) have done an outstanding job of representing the university at their annual State Leadership Conference.  Three UIU members and one adviser attended the two-day conference, which was hosted by DMACC-Boone on April 10 and 11. 

Students representing Dakota State University, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Ashford University, Grand View University, Loras College, and the Boone and Des Moines campuses of DMACC joined the UIU students for competitive events and a variety of business-related workshops. 

Please join us in congratulating our students on the following awards: 

Krystle Blanks

1st place in Public Speaking and 2nd place in Human Resource Management

Monica Rohe

1st place in Accounting Principles, 3rd place in Organizational Behavior & Leadership and 3rd place in Statistics

Carrie Taylor

3rd place in Financial Concepts and 3rd place in Personal Finance

The chapter brought home awards for 1st place in Local Chapter Annual Business report (written primarily by Carrie Taylor) and 1st place in Conference Sponsorships.  They also reclaimed the highest award of the conference – Lloyd V. Douglas Outstanding Chapter in Iowa – for the eighth year out of the last nine.  The chapter members are very grateful for the support they have received from the Upper Iowa and Fayette communities as they solicited sponsorships and prepared for their competitive events. 

We are very proud of how our students represented UIU and look forward to taking them to compete at the national leadership conference in Chicago, IL this June.  We hope you’ll share in our pride and excitement, and if you’re really excited maybe you could consider making a contribution toward their expenses to attend the national conference! 


Lynn Isvik and Summer Zwanziger Elsinger Chapter advisers, UIU Phi Beta Lambda

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