"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."
-John Quincy Adams
Helping Students Get a Good Start— Floyds Pass on Their Passion for Teaching to the Next Generation
Gary '62 and Myrna '63 Floyd were science education majors who met on campus. With the Class of 1962 50th reunion coming up on May 3-5, 2012, they couldn't help but reflect on their time at UNI. The couple credits their undergraduate years at UNI for launching them on a lifelong quest of learning and discovery, as well as a passion for teaching.
"The most significant impact on our careers has been our start at UNI," Gary says. "We still remember our instructors. I think UNI is just the right size—large enough to hire super-quality faculty and small enough for students to receive individual attention."
Their career advancements took them from Grinnell to Oklahoma to New Jersey and finally Ohio where they retired in 1996 after teaching for a combined total of 64 years.
"To care about students is not a trivial thing," Gary says. "You have to care that they learn, and when your love for that develops, you revel in it. The reward is looking at a room full of students and seeing in their eyes that they are thinking. UNI helped us develop that passion."
To keep that passion alive, Gary and Myrna have provided support in the following ways:
- Endowing a scholarship
- Making annual gifts for research assistantships
- Making provisions in their estate plans for scholarships, research assistantships and a professorship in biology at UNI
"The top priority in our lives has always been our students and teaching," Gary says. "By giving back, we can help ensure that future students get the same good start that we did."
The Floyds are proud of UNI's accomplishments in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, and are looking forward to the reunion celebrations of the Classes of 1962 and 1963.
Celebrate Your Own Milestones
Including UNI in your estate plans is a great way to celebrate a class reunion, a long and fruitful career, or even someone you love. If you have questions or would like to make a gift, feel free to contact us at 319-273-5968.
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