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UNI Alumni Association to present Heritage Honours Awards during commencement

May 6, 2003

Noreen Hermansen, director, Alumni Relations, (319) 273-2355
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Alumni Association will present its annual Heritage Honours Awards during the 10 a.m. commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 10, in the UNI-Dome. The awards recognize alumni who have achieved significant personal and professional accomplishments.

Those chosen for the 2003 awards are Thomas Ervin, a 1967 alumnus with a bachelor's degree in education; and Patrick Esser, who earned a bachelor's in individual studies in 1979 and a master's in communication media in 1982.

Ervin has worked in education for 36 years and is now an earth science teacher at North High School in Davenport. He has received numerous awards at both the state and national level, including the Distinguished Service Award from the Iowa science teachers section of the Iowa Academy of Science. He also has served in leadership roles for state and national professional organizations.

Patrick Esser is vice president of operations for Cox Communication Inc., in Atlanta. He has received the Cable Television Advertising Bureau's President's Award, and is co-founder of the Product Information Network. He also serves on the board of directors for the Cable Television Association's Educational Foundation, and the national steering committee for UNI's 'Student's First' Campaign.