UNI pays it forward with extreme experience

The University of Northern Iowa had the opportunity to pay it forward when ABC's Emmy-winning hit show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" selected the Gibbs family from West Union, Iowa, to be featured on its show.

Home makeover

UNI students, faculty, staff and alumni traveled to the Extreme Makeover:

Home Edition work site everyday to volunteer their time for a good cause.

Throughout the demolition and reconstruction of a brand new home, UNI students, faculty, organizations and alumni traveled to the work site day and night to volunteer their time for a good cause.

UNI's Construction Management Club had 70-student volunteers assist with the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition project.

"The club was able to participate in every aspect of the project, from project management, job site safety, pre-planning and especially assisting the various subcontractors wherever they needed help," said Brendan Miller, UNI Construction Management Club president.

The students applied their classroom knowledge and experience while working alongside Larson Construction and the ABC staff. They put in approximately 1,200 volunteer hours and received a priceless opportunity in return.

"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was a great opportunity for our club because it not only allowed us to volunteer our skills and experience, but it allowed us to be part of a much bigger picture, which was helping the Gibbs family," said Miller.

Students from UNI's interior design program also got involved. They helped at all different stages of the process. The program emphasizes health, safety and welfare through design, as well as designing for those who need quality and safe design but may not be able to afford it.

The UNI community transforms thousands of lives everyday through volunteer outreach; it was an honor to be part of such a momentous event for the Gibbs family and the West Union community!

Visit UNI's YouTube site to see our newest TV commercial that aired during the Gibbs family episode.