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Gift from former UNI professor will benefit math students

May 30, 2012

Bill Calhoun, president, UNI Foundation, 319-273-6078,

Joel Haack, dean, College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, 319-273-2725,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The University of Northern Iowa has received a $1.5 million gift from the estate of Bonnie Litwiller. Litwiller retired from UNI as a professor of mathematics in 2000.

The gift, given through the UNI Foundation, will be used to support the Bonnie Litwiller Mathematics Teacher Scholarship for students who demonstrate academic excellence and financial need. Preference will be given to students pursuing a degree in secondary math education.

"We are grateful for Dr. Litwiller's lifelong contributions to and confidence in the programs at the University of Northern Iowa," said UNI President Ben Allen. "Her gift for scholarships will help provide an outstanding educational experience for more students and will prepare them to meet an important need for mathematics teachers not only in the state of Iowa, but across the nation."

Joel Haack, dean of UNI's College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences said, "Dr. Litwiller's gift will honor her legacy of national leadership in mathematics education by encouraging gifted students to become mathematics educators, thus bringing a new generation of potential leaders into the profession. Of course, it will provide an impact on these educators' students as well, so that this gift will reach generations of students."

Litwiller was awarded the 2003 Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics Lifetime Achievement Award, the 1995 University of Northern Iowa Outstanding Service Award and the 1993 Regents Award for Excellence from the Iowa Board of Regents. She co-authored more than 900 journal articles, published four books and edited 26 books for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Bonnie H. Litwiller died at her home in Morton, Ill., on Jan. 27, 2012. Her gift is part of UNI's Imagine the Impact campaign. For more information about the campaign or the UNI Foundation, visit