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Three at UNI receive Regents Staff Excellence Awards <br>

June 17, 2002

Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Three University of Northern Iowa staff members have received the 2002 Staff Excellence Awards, given by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

Recipients are Julie Bright, associate athletic director/business and licensing; Allan Stamberg, cooperative education director; and Dave Zarifis, director of public safety.

The awards are presented annually to staff members who have demonstrated outstanding professional contributions to UNI during their careers. Candidates are nominated by their colleagues and peers. This year's recipients will be honored, along with colleagues from the other Regent institutions, in an award ceremony on the University of Iowa campus Sept. 18.

Bright has served UNI for more than 26 years, beginning as an assistant in UNI-Dome operations in 1975, continually assuming more responsibility in UNI-Dome and athletic department business affairs. She was named to her current position in 1998. Bright founded the University's licensing and trademark program.

She is a past president of the Association of Collegiate Licensing Administrators and is president of the College Athletic Business Management Association, where she initiated the nationwide listserv program for that organization.

Stamberg has been at UNI for 26 years, 'serving as the heart, soul and voice of the cooperative education/internships program from its very beginnings,' according to his nominator, Donna Vinton, associate director of the UNI Career Center.

Stamberg has been an officer in the state cooperative education association. Among special programs he oversees are the '16-on-campus' program that provides campus offices with talented students for special projects over the course of a year and provides students with professional-level opportunities and responsibilities, and the John Deere Help-Desk Program. The Deere program offers students the opportunity to work over the course of several semesters gaining a solid work history with an international employer and the potential for future employment following graduation.

Zarifis has been a member of the Department of Public Safety staff for more than 14 years, beginning as support services coordinator with responsibilities for parking and public safety training. He served successively as assistant director and associate director, before being name the director in April of 2001. His commitment, compassion, professionalism and ability to remain calm in a crisis are among the attributes cited by his nominators.

He has served on two national task force projects focused on campus public safety issues, and has played active leadership roles in both groups. In sum, say his nominators, 'he is respected by peers throughout the United States who are working to make our campuses safer places to live and work.'