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UNI employee chosen KBBG-FM's 'Friend of the Year'<br>

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Steve Carignan, director of Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, (319) 273-3665
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing and Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Steve Carignan, director of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC), is this year's recipient of KBBG-FM radio's 'Friend of the Year' award. Carignan was chosen in recognition of the GBPAC's efforts to increase African-American participation in cultural events. He will receive the award during the station's 25th annual banquet Saturday, May 11, at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo.

Carignan joined the GBPAC staff in December 1999. Prior to coming to UNI, he was the director of outreach and development for the Maine Center for the Arts at the University of Maine. He holds a B.A. in history, and a B.A. in theatre and dramatic literature, both from Dickinson College. He earned a master's in theatre from the University of Maine.