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UNI recognizes student, staff and faculty for volunteer efforts

May 6, 2003
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Tina Heeren, volunteer coordinator, the Career Center, (319) 273-6857
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- VolunteerUNI, a program of the Career Center at the University of Northern Iowa, observed National Volunteer Week April 27-May 3, and named student, staff and faculty volunteers of the year.

Chosen Student Volunteer of the Year was Kate McKenna a sophomore biology major from Vinton, for her work as chairperson of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life project at UNI. Receiving honorable mention was Tyler Granberg, a freshman criminology major from Oelwein. Granberg is a volunteer with the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, and was a Combat Hunger sponsor. Also receiving honorable mention was Brent Bergman, a junior technology/industrial arts teacher education major from Cedar Falls. He is construction coordinator of UNI's Habitat for Humanity chapter with Greater Black Hawk Habitat for Humanity.

Staff Volunteer of the Year was Karen Agee, read/learn strategic coordinator for Academic Advising Services. She volunteers with Cedar Valley United Way. Honorable mention went to Rachel Phillips, assistant director of UNI-CUE, who volunteers for the Foster Care Review Board.

Michele Yehieli, executive director of Global Health Corps at UNI, was chosen Faculty Volunteer of the Year. She volunteers with the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. Mike Waggoner, head of the Department of Educational Leadership, Counseling and Postsecondary Education, received honorable mention. He volunteers with the Waterloo Community Playhouse/Black Hawk Children's Theatre.

VolunteerUNI encourages active volunteerism and directs members of the university community to volunteer opportunities.