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UNI Hall of Excellence to host speaker and ceremony

October 9, 2013

Carol Bean, secretary, Health, Physical Education & Leisure Services, 319-273-2840,

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

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Elinor A. Crawford and William R. Thrall Hall of Excellence, the University of Northern Iowa will host Anita DeFrantz, member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and member of the 1976 and 1980 U.S. Olympic teams, at 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18, in the Commons Ballroom. DeFrantz will speak on "Striving for Excellence." The installation of 2013 inductees into the Hall of Excellence will take place at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, in the Wellness and Recreation Center. Both events are free and open to the public.

DeFrantz was captain of the American rowing team at the 1976 Summer Olympics and went on to become the first female vice president of the IOC. The event is hosted by UNI's School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services and the College of Education. During the celebration, President Bill Ruud will welcome Hall of Excellence past and current inductees. A reception will follow the event with a cost of $20 for the public.

This year's inductees into the Elinor A. Crawford and William R. Thrall Hall of Excellence include Donald Briggs, instructor of physical education and former wrestling coach at UNI; Mark Farley, head coach of the UNI football team and winner of the National Coach of the Year-Eddie Robinson Award; Frederick Pelley, retired physical education teacher and honor award recipient; and Debra Stephenson, health and physical education teacher and outstanding teacher award recipient.

For additional information, contact Carol Bean, secretary in Health, Physical Education & Leisure Services, at 319-273-2840 or