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Local service organization makes financial gift to Counseling Center

Posted on Monday, February 14th, 2011

The Knights of Columbus Council affiliated with St. Stephen the Witness Catholic Student Center donated $105 to the UNI Counseling Center to be used at the director’s discretion to improve services to UNI students.

Paul Lee, Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council 14987 and a 2008 UNI graduate, presented the check February 11 to David Towle, director of the Counseling Center. “This generous gift will be useful to contribute to our client education and professional development.   It will have a positive impact on our ongoing commitment to serve UNI students’ counseling needs,” said Towle.

Knights of Columbus is an international fraternal service organization founded on the principles of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism.  Each year the local council raises funds and shares proceeds with a variety of organizations including those serving UNI students.

Annually, the Knights of Columbus conduct a "Persons with Intellectual Disabilities" campaign, where the proceeds of the funds are entirely spent serving persons and organizations who will directly serve persons with intellectual disabilities. Throughout the state of Iowa, over $14.5 million has been raised.

Counseling Center staff members who were present to thank the Knights of Columbus included Towle, Jennifer Murra, licensed mental health counselor and Ruby Casiano, psychology associate.  Ben Schafer, associate professor of computer science and Knights of Columbus Council member and treasurer, was also on hand for the presentation of the gift. 

Photo identification:  The Knights of Columbus Council 14987 donated $105 to the UNI Counseling Center to be used to enhance services to students.  Those present when the check was delivered included: left, Ben Schafer, associate professor of computer science; Paul Lee, Grand Knight of Council 14987 (holding his son, Noah Lee); David Towle, director of the Counseling Center; Jennifer Murra, counselor; and Ruby Casiano, psychology associate.