FAYETTE, Iowa (December 14, 2012) – Upper Iowa University students, faculty and staff have been busy this holiday season. Not only was campus humming as students prepared for final exams, but the anticipation of holiday traditions put smiles on faces.
Kicking off the season was a community-wide tree lighting celebration in late November. In the past few weeks, student organizations have spread good will and cheer throughout the area with carol singing, collecting items for children and participating in various activities to celebrate the holidays.
UIU's Financial Aid department volunteered recently at the Salvation Army in Waterloo, Iowa, for its third year of helping parents fulfill their children's holiday wish lists. Each family was also given a box of food to take home courtesy of Waterloo-area businesses and churches.
The Kappa Zeta Tau sorority held a holiday party for children of the Fayette community last Saturday, Dec. 8, at Pavo Blue. Members of the sorority decorated crafts with the children and helped write letters to Santa Claus. A holiday-themed book was also read.
For more photos, check out Upper Iowa's Flickr photostream at http://www.flickr.com/photos/upperiowauniversity. To view the UIU Athletics holiday video of student athletes singing the 12 Days of Christmas, check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOvwNsQQIT0.
The UIU choir performed "Merry Christmas Fayette from Rainbow Land" December 7 at Maple Crest Manor and the Fayette Opera House. Pictured are (back, left) Nikki Boggs from DeSoto, Wis.; Adrienne Gerst from Waukon, Iowa; Aquila Fawzi from Selango, Malaysia; Prem Puganenthran from Penang, Malaysia; Carli Jo Stee from Castalia, Iowa; Kimberly Yam from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Zach Carlyle from Luther, Iowa; and Austin Schnabel from Sheffield, Iowa; (front, left) Loh Yik Jun from Puchong, Malaysia; Ray Kociolek from Indianola, Iowa; Abby Mathavan from Selangor, Malaysia; Lesley Codd from Belize City, Belize; Jenna Rinehart from Fayette, Iowa, and Nicole Lim from Selangor, Malaysia.
Enjoying a wagon ride at the tree lighting event were (from left) Allyson Herkowski from Brown Deer, Wis.; Diana Oviedo from Warrenville, Ill.; Shay Enriquez from St. Charles, Ill.; Tatiana Grayer from Chicago, Ill.; Hillary Harriman from Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Jada Sternhagen from Delhi, Iowa.
Battushig Naranbat from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, smiles for the camera after decorating an ornament at the UIU community holiday celebration in November.
Dr. Bill Duffy (seated, center), UIU senior vice president for Academic Extension, reads "Santa's Island" at the KZT sorority event December 8.
NOTICE: Upper Iowa University will be closed for the holidays beginning December 20. We will return to our offices on January 2. If there is an emergency, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing by cell phone at 515-291-2070, and we will return your call.
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 some 6,200 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.
Monica Bayer Heaton
Associate Vice President for Communication and Marketing