"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."
-John Quincy Adams
Alumna’s Life Changed Through Friendship and Scholarship at UNI
By Edra Bogle
When someone asks me why I'm leaving my estate to UNI, I tell them how I came to love literature and music.
In this brief space, I cannot explain the alienation from others and boredom I felt growing up, but in junior high these experiences led me to the Sibley Public Library, where I checked out four books a week-children's books, adult novels, adult nonfiction and Harvard Classics volumes. At 16, I saw The Great Caruso and fell in love with opera, listening every Saturday and any other chance I got, though unable to afford recordings or a player.
After working for two years to save money, I enrolled in Iowa State Teachers College (ISTC), now known as UNI, with a tuition remission scholarship. I worked in the library and became friends with three of the librarians, who helped me in many ways. They conspired to get me a $1,000 repayable PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization) grant to go to Columbia for a Master of Library Science.
After two small college jobs, I became an education librarian at the University of Southern California, then an assistant librarian for public services and finally earned my Ph.D. in comparative literature. My life is now filled with great music, literature, art, travel and political action, none of which would be possible without the help those librarians and other UNI faculty gave me. I hope to pass such chances on to others.
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