In observance of Veterans Day, Upper Iowa University is proud to salute our brave men and women who have defended our country and continue to fight for our freedoms. Upper Iowa is pleased to bring you "The Military Salute," a publication dedicated to our alumni, students and faculty that serve this great nation.
From the President ...
The UIU Military Family Scholarship and Student Services Endowment Fund
In honor of President Duffy's inauguration, UIU has created the Military Family Fund to assist students who are members of the military family. You can help support our military students by giving a gift online.
Since the early days of the Civil War, Upper Iowa University has a unique history interwoven with the lives and stories of men and women who have served and are serving in the United States military.
As the historical collections were being compiled for this publication, I was struck by the sacrifice, commitment and passion for this country that was shown by the volunteer students and faculty of the University Recruits of Company C. Despite the misgivings of many at the time, these young men formed their own company and marched to war in the south, bravely taking heavy losses at Shiloh and enduring prison camps only to pick up arms upon release to fight again.
If there is one theme that I see throughout this publication, it is passion - passion for this great nation and passion for this University. This high-level of dedication to defend the United States and to build leaders can be seen in each and every article about UIU students from the days of the Civil War through both World Wars and UIU's ROTC program of the 1970s and 1980s - and even today in our alumni, students and faculty who have served or are on that journey now.
As a retired lieutenant colonel of the U.S. Army, I understand commitment and passion for serving your country and striving to do it so selflessly. I also know that this commitment is shared by a soldier's spouse and children. That is why, in celebration of my recent inauguration as the 21st President of Upper Iowa University, we established the Military Family Fund to provide financial assistance for scholarships and student services for those enrolled at Upper Iowa University who are serving in the military or have a family member serving. These support services include, but are not limited to, tutoring, career services, technology, classroom equipment and any items that would enhance teaching or services for military members or their dependents at any UIU location, including online and self-paced degree program students.
It is my sincere hope that UIU can continue to serve members of the total military family in any way possible. We will strive to continue to be recognized as a top Military Friendly school, an honor we have held these past five years. Throughout history, UIU has been committed to providing educational programs for students who serve our nation. As a result, we have developed high-quality and affordable programs that allow military service members to earn their degrees in a variety of ways – on campus, at educational centers on base or in the local community, online and through the self-paced degree program. Students can continue their degree program even when they are deployed in areas of the world without reliable computer access, which enhances their ability to advance their career while serving their country.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, our faculty and staff, I salute these men and women whom it is our honor to serve.
William R. Duffy II, Ed.D., Ed.S.