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Release: July 30, 2001

UI Alumni Association grows in members, programming in fiscal year 2000-2001

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- This past fiscal year was a banner year for the University of Iowa Alumni Association (UIAA), with national awards for two programs, continued growth in membership numbers, and breakthroughs in several other programs.

For its communications program and student organization, the UIAA received national recognition from the Council of Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

In CASE's 2001 Circle of Excellence Awards Program in Alumni Relations, the UIAA communications department staff won a gold medal. Judges in the Visual Design in Print category gave the top prize to the Iowa Alumni Magazine for its October 2000 cover. The UIAA received one of only two gold medals awarded among a field of 87 entries from across the U.S. and Canada.

For its work on the Hawk's Nest, the UIAA's Student Alumni Ambassadors (SAA) program won the 2001 CASE District V Award for Outstanding Program. Founded by SAA members in the fall of 1999, the Hawk's Nest is an athletics booster club of UI students dedicated to rallying Hawkeye spirit behind the Iowa men's basketball team at home games and on the road. Under the direction of the UIAA, and with support from the UI athletics department, the SAA has built the Hawk's Nest into a prominent and spirited group of more than 850 members. The Hawk's Nest not only bolsters morale during game time, but also promotes community service projects, such as the recent DeGowin Blood Center blood drive.

The Student Alumni Ambassador program racked up another success by winning the Student Organization of the Year Award from the UI Student Government, which also handed its Advisor of the Year Award to a member of the UIAA staff.

The UIAA reported further growth for fiscal year 2000-2001, with membership climbing to more than 53,000. The Director's Club Honor Circle more than tripled in size from last fiscal year, from 53 to 183 members, each committed to giving $1,000 annually to the UIAA through the organization's highest gift-club level.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this past year, the Iowa Voyagers travel program exceeded expected participation, with 642 travelers taking advantage of the program's tour agenda, up from 550 in 2000. Among the 35 travel opportunities offered, trips to Ireland, Rome, and Tuscany proved to be among the most popular.

The UIAA completed the first year of its new strategic plan, focusing on customer service and the advancement of programs aimed at increasing the participation of all alumni in the life of the University of Iowa. In addition, the UIAA developed and implemented a team charter, intended to guide the UIAA staff in the implementation of the UIAA's strategic plan.