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-John Quincy Adams
A Gift of Excellence
Retired Professor's Gift Inspires Students for Years to Come
Photos of successful alumni fill the halls of UNI's School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services (HPELS). Former professor and director of HPELS, Bill Thrall, knows them all.
In 1978, HPELS was established to combine men's and women's health, physical education and recreation programs. At the time of the merger, Bill was the head of the Department of Physical Education for Men. Elinor A. Crawford, Ph.D., served as the head of the Department of Physical Education for Women. Through their generosity, the Elinor A. Crawford and William R. Thrall Hall of Excellence in the College of Education was developed to recognize former graduates who had distinguished themselves professionally.
The concept for the Hall of Excellence emerged in Bill's heart and mind when he was inducted into the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Hall of Excellence in 1989. Bill says, "At the time, I thought it would be great to develop something like this at UNI."
This year marks the 13th year for this event. Students often study in the Hall of Excellence amid these stories of success. Bill devotes countless hours to the Hall of Excellence events each year. Even in retirement, he is an inspiration to faculty and staff who join him in supporting the event. Bill says, "I hope that highlighting our most accomplished alums will inspire today's students to strive for this level of excellence and recognition."
Bill and his wife, Kay, also support the Panther Scholarship Club and are actively engaged on campus. They regularly attend UNI Foundation and Panther athletic events. They also enjoy a good game of bridge with friends. Kay retired from John Deere and devotes her time to several women's organizations. She also serves on the Cedar Valley Foster Care Review Board.
With gratitude, we salute Bill and Kay Thrall and Elinor Crawford.
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