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New book about UNI Athletics helps support scholarships

November 9, 2012

James Kelly, emeritus professor of teaching, 319-266-0809,

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – A new book chronicling the 120 years of intercollegiate athletics at the University of Northern Iowa goes on sale this month. According to Jim Kelly, emeritus professor of teaching and project coordinator, all proceeds from sales of "Tutors to Panthers, a brief history of UNI athletics" will go to the Panther Scholarship Club to help fund scholarships for UNI student-athletes.

Twenty-eight current and former UNI faculty, staff and coaches worked together to write the book. "We wanted to do what a group of older faculty, staff, coaches and Panther friends could do to help raise funds for scholarships, and in turn, decrease the need for state funds for athletics," said Kelly.

The book contains 16 chapters, each written by different authors. All authors donated their time and talent. The same goes for internationally known illustrator Gary Kelley, who created the original artwork for the book's cover.

According to Kelly, only 2,500 copies will be printed. The cost will be $34.95. The books will be available at UNI athletic events, College Square Hy-Vee, Heritage Art Gallery, Martin Brothers, University Book and Supply and through the Panther Scholarship Club. Online orders can be placed at