UNI and Board of Regents recognize outstanding staff members

Posted on Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

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

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Four University of Northern Iowa staff members were honored at the fall Board of Regents meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 9, for outstanding professional service. 

The Regents Excellence Award for Staff is given annually by the Iowa Board of Regents to honor outstanding university staff members. This year's recipients include:

- Dawnell Johnson, general manager of catering and events in the Department of Residence. Johnson has dedicated the past eight years of her career to various positions in the UNI catering program. In each position she has held she has left a mark, reflecting her dedication and commitment to positively touching people's lives.  Her dedication to the students, staff and university community is evidenced by the commitment to providing the best catering experience possible.

- Amy Schipper, associate director of admissions and communications in the Office of Admissions. As a proud UNI alumna, Schipper is extremely knowledgeable about the university and makes a great impression on families and students when they come for a visit. She consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure prospective students receive the information they need.

- Libby Vanderwall, career services coordinator in the Office of Career Services. In every interaction Vanderwall has with students, she is positive, encouraging and does everything she can to see that students reach their goals. She plays a significant role in assisting with the Overseas Fair for Educators and has coordinated the Career Fair for more than 20 years. Vanderwall bleeds purple and gold, and her work and dedication to the university are the very definition of excellence.

- Coleen Wagner, former secretary in the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President. Wagner possessed a wealth of knowledge and expertise in all aspects of her former job. No recent associate provost in UNI's history could have possibly done the job without this knowledge, patience to train new administrators and service-oriented attitude. Because of her positive attitude and teamwork skills, Wagner was an asset to UNI and the provost's office for many years.