State Rep. Andrew Wenthe, who serves a Upper Iowa University vice president for external affairs, meets with UIU students and alumni during UIU’s fourth annual legislative reception in the Des Moines Botanical & Environmental Center recently.
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FAYETTE, Iowa (March 5, 2010) – About 50 Iowa state legislators and officials attended the recent fourth annual Upper Iowa University Legislative Reception. Included among the attendees were State Auditor David Vaudt and Rep. Roger Thomas, both UIU alums, and House Appropriations Chair Jo Oldson.
The event drew some 160 attendees that included UIU board members, alumni, students from the UIU education centers in the Des Moines area; UIU faculty and staff; and other special guests, including Robert J. Myers, president and CEO, Casey’s General Stores.
The event was held at the Des Moines Botanical & Environmental Center to give elected officials the opportunity to meet with Upper Iowa University in an informal setting to share information and discuss education issues. The event also has become an annual educational opportunity for students in the “Social Welfare Policies and Programs” class at the UIU Education Center in Des Moines. The course is part of the program leading to UIU degrees in Human Services or Public Administration.
"We look forward each year to this important opportunity to visit with state officials, alumni, and friends of Upper Iowa University," said UIU President Alan G. Walker. "During these challenging economic times, it is especially important to encourage legislators to protect important resources for Iowa families, such as the Iowa Tuition Grant. At Upper Iowa, we do everything we can to help speed economic recovery by providing flexible educational opportunities through our education centers and online programs for non-traditional learners who want to strengthen their skills in a changing marketplace. Reducing the unemployment rate is a key component of coming out of this recession, and we can help by providing affordable retraining opportunities for workers.”
Monica Bayer Heaton
Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
About Upper Iowa University
Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs and leadership development opportunities to over 6,600 students—nationally and internationally—at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and independent study. For more information, visit www.uiu.edu.