UNI recognizes 2023 Distinguished Alumni

UNI recognizes 2023 Distinguished Alumni

Jim Jermier speaking at Distinguished Alumni event

Notable graduates and loyal supporters were recognized at the annual Distinguished Awards Celebration, held on Nov. 17, 2023.

Stan & Rose Lorenz are recipients of the Purple and Gold Award. This award is the most prestigious award for lifetime giving and recognizes the extraordinary, long-time support of an individual or couple who have had a significant and inspiring impact on UNI. The two are incredibly strong supporters of UNI, providing large gifts to the McLeod Center, Lorenz Athletic Scholarship Endowment, Lorenz Athletic Scholarship Fund and Lorenz Scholarship Fund.

Joel & Linda Haack received the Faculty and Staff Award. Their numerous gifts to areas across campus — including the College of Humanities, Arts & Sciences, Tallgrass Prairie Center, McLeod Center, McCollum Science Hall, Campanile renovation, Panther Scholarship Club, School of Music, Varsity Men’s Glee Club and the Department of Mathematics — have helped countless students succeed by providing supportive learning environments.

Kevin Zaugg was awarded the Emerging Philanthropist Award. A 1996 accounting graduate, Zaugg is a managing partner of the Ernst & Young accounting office in Des Moines and a proud UNI alum. In 2022, Kevin led the charge to support the newly created Ernst & Young Accounting Endowed Faculty Fellowship, a position he and other partners have committed to grow into a professorship. In addition to funding the fellowship, Kevin and another UNI partner in Des Moines office, Chris Yuska, continue to support the Ernst & Young Accounting Scholarship.Due largely to Kevin's guidance, Ernst & Young is the second largest recruiter of UNI accounting students.

The Bright Foundation is the recipient of the Corporate and Foundation Award. To date, the Bright Foundation has contributed millions of dollars in scholarships at UNI and has made a lasting impact on the 94 Bright Scholars at UNI. Each year, the foundation has increased the number of awards given to UNI students. As of this year, 33 UNI students are recipients of the Bright Scholars of Iowa Award and five UNI students have been named Bright Persistence Scholars. Thanks to the support of the foundation, these students are able to attend UNI and gain all of the benefits a UNI education offers.

Read more about the 2023 recipients and award winners from past years by visiting the Distinguished Awards Celebration web page.