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UNI to recognize former graduates in Hall of Excellence ceremony

October 30, 2012

Carol Bean, School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, 319-273-2840,

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

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Five graduates from the School of Heath, Physical Education and Leisure Services (HPELS) at the University of Northern Iowa will be inducted into the school's Elinor A. Crawford and William R. Thrall Hall of Excellence at 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 3 in the UNI Commons.

The following alumni will be inducted this year:

Scott Mittelstadt (M.A. '86) currently serves as a senior group leader in integrative pharmacology at Abbott Laboratories. He received the Advanced Technology Impact, Innovation, Integration Award from Abbott Laboratories in 2009.

Bobbi Petersen (M.A. '92) has served as the head volleyball coach at UNI since 2001 and has earned the Missouri Valley Coach of the Year four times. She was also named the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in 2002.

Doris Steffy (B.A. '46) taught at the University of Northern Colorado for 31 years and served as president of the Colorado American Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance from 1967 to 1968.

Deborah Vangellow (B.A. '86) served as the first-elected national vice president for the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and is continually listed as one of America's Top 50 Golf Teachers. She was recently named the LPGA national teacher of the year.

Michael Webster (M.A. '87) serves the School of Human Performance and Recreation at the University of Southern Mississippi as a professor and director of the Laboratory of Applied Physiology and was given the university's College of Health Distinguished Faculty Researcher Award and Distinguished Teaching Award.

This year's recipients join 89 others previously inducted into the Hall of Excellence, which recognizes graduates who have distinguished themselves professionally. The Hall of Excellence was created to acknowledge meritorious graduates and to encourage currently enrolled students to strive toward this recognition.

Inductees are chosen using the following criteria: demonstrated mastery of their profession; significant contributions to their profession; demonstrated scholarly activity through publications and presentations related to their profession; positions held in professional organizations; and completion of at least 10 years of service to their profession.

UNI's School of HPELS is one of the oldest programs in the U.S., tracing its roots back to 1896 with the establishment of the Department of Physical Culture. Course work in physical education dates back to 1878, two years after the opening of what was then known as the Iowa State Normal School.

The cost of the ceremony is $20. To make a reservation or for additional information, contact Carol Bean, at UNI's School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, at 319-273-2840 or