"More than 85 percent of our students rely on some type of financial aid."

Bill Calhoun

Robert Assink '62 designates bequest to UNI Theatre students

"I have always been proud of my degree from the University of Northern Iowa. I graduated in 1962 with a major in theatre arts education. The superb education I received at UNI set the foundation for an exciting career and some rewarding hobbies.

"My years at UNI spanned three name changes: Iowa State Teachers College, State College of Iowa and University of Northern Iowa. Each incarnation contributed to my growth. My career and education in the arts were made possible by inspiring and knowledgeable professors, the caring attitude of the university, a dynamic curriculum that provided a solid basis for my chosen discipline while encouraging creativity, and a friendly and scholarly environment-reflecting a commitment to excellence.

"It is a joy to support students as they become teachers of future students and artists through a bequest in my will. What a wonderful connection to the future! It is an honor to assist the university as it continues leadership in educational theatre."

Bob, a retired theatre arts teacher at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been involved in the following projects and volunteer opportunities during the past year:

• Worked on the production of "Cottage Home" and wrote the script based on the diaries and letters of Jane Kelsey, a Linn County pioneer woman.

• Designed for "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and planned a celebration for the 60th birthday of Playtime Poppy, a local mascot of the Children's Theatre of Cedar Rapids.

• Assisted with planning, building and installing The History Center's next major exhibit "Main Streets of Linn County."

• Spent time in Florida and participated in a couple Road Scholar programs. Also volunteered at local theatres and museums.

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