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UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance hosts 7th annual Cedar Valley Nonprofit Awards luncheon

April 15, 2011

Julianne Gassman, director, UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, 319-273-2264,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Nonprofit Leadership Alliance student association (formerly American Humanics) will recognized outstanding nonprofit organizations, board members, collaborating businesses and nonprofit professionals in the local area at "Celebrating Those Changing Lives in the Cedar Valley." The Nonprofit Awards Luncheon was Friday, April 15, in the UNI Commons Ballroom.

The award winners include: The Isle Casino Hotel, Nonprofit Business Partner of the Year; the Baby Safety Project, Bob Koob Award for Collaboration; Chris Vadner, Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley, Nonprofit Board Member of the Year; Kari McCann, Gordon Mack Award for Student Leadership; Glenda Husone, New Nonprofit Employee of the Year; Derius Johnson, YMCA, Family and Children's Council Legacy Award; Julie Hinders, Presbyterian Village, Nonprofit Staff Leader of the Year; and Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity, Exceptional Nonprofit of the Year.

The Veridian Credit Union Community Engagement awards were also presented. These awards are given to honor UNI faculty members who have enriched the quality of life in the Cedar Valley by strengthening relationships and sharing knowledge with local organizations. These award winners are as follows: Francis Degnin, College of Humanities and Fine Arts; Donald Gaff, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; Christopher Martin, College of Humanities and Fine Arts; Jihwa Noh, College of Natural Sciences; and Erica Voss, College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

The UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is a student-run organization within the Division of Leisure, Youth and Human Services. The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is a national certification program that prepares the next generation of nonprofit leaders through coursework, service projects, networking and professional development opportunities.

For more information on UNI's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, visit