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UNIBusiness student organizations unite for local, global causes

February 20, 2014

Chris Schrage, global opportunities coordinator, UNI College of Business Administration,


Rebecca Schultze, communications and public relations manager, UNI College of Business Administration, 319-273-3309,

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

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Student organizations in the University of Northern Iowa College of Business Administration (UNIBusiness) are teaming up to make positive changes locally and globally. They are combining the virtues of sustainability, service and global awareness by raising funds for several projects.

One project is to plant trees in areas of Cedar Falls that were damaged by floods in 2008. The students' goal is to plant 4,000 hardwood seedlings in the community. The effort is part of the Living Lands & Waters Million Trees Project.

Students will also raise funds for emergency operations for International Medical Corps, a $185 million global, humanitarian nonprofit organization that provides healthcare training and relief and development programs in some of the most devastated regions of the world. This organization is led by Nancy Aossey, who graduated from UNI with a marketing degree in 1982 and an MBA in 1984.

Money raised will also help ongoing projects for water purification and education opportunities in Siares, Matagalpa, Nicaragua, a region UNIBusiness students have taken service trips to since 2001.

To raise money for these causes, students will sell engraved donor bricks through Saturday, April 12. Those who give $100 receive an engraved brick that will be placed in a designated area at Gateway Park in Cedar Falls. Those who give $300 receive an engraved brick and their name or logo on the back of volunteer T-shirts. Those who give $1,000 receive the two items mentioned above and a bench placed in the park in their honor.

Donations of any size are accepted. Funds will be distributed with 25 percent used to purchase trees and other materials for Cedar Falls, 25 percent used for the water purification system and educational resources in Siares, and 50 percent donated to International Medical Corps' relief efforts.

All funds will go directly to these three projects and none will be used to cover administrative costs. A list of donors will be given to International Medical Corps and recognized at the Siares water purification facility.

The deadline for donations is Monday, March 31, to have your name or logo on the back of the volunteer T-shirts and Saturday, April 12, to receive a brick. Checks can be made out to UNI-Hardwoods and mailed to Chris Schrage, Curris Business Building 5, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0126.

Volunteers also are needed to help plant trees from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 12. Volunteers will meet west of Bruns Machine, 1824 Lincoln St. in Cedar Falls. To receive a free volunteer T-shirt, you must pre-register at by Monday, March 24.

For more information, contact Joe Noonan, president of the Supply Chain Management Association and co-president of the College of Business Administration President's Council, at or UNIBusiness Global Opportunities Coordinator Chris Schrage at