"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."
-John Quincy Adams
We Love Young People
Students Get a Boost From Couple’s Scholarship
When Mel Reimer arrived at Iowa State Teacher’s College (ISTC) in 1946, he didn’t expect to meet his future wife.
He had just completed a stint in the Army Air Corps and lived in Seerley Hall’s recreation room with 15 other men who had also returned from the service. One of his roommates introduced him to his future wife, Vi.
“We ate lunch together, started dating and here we are,” Vi says. “We’ve been married for 65 years.”
Mel attended ISTC for two years, then earned his degree in interior design at a school in Nebraska. Vi earned a two-year certificate from ISTC in 1948.
Vi worked at UNI in the registrar’s office and scheduling office, and retired from the controller’s office after 23 years. Mel worked for 33 years at Mueller’s Furniture in the design department. He was a member of the prestigious American Institute of Design.
Both of the Reimers’ children and their spouses earned degrees at UNI. Their son, Dennis, works in ITS Educational Technology at UNI. Their daughter, JoAnne Butler, who passed away five years ago, was the principal at Denver Middle School.
Neither Mel nor Vi received scholarships, but they are dedicated to helping UNI students receive all that the university has to offer.
“We like young people and we want to help them with their education,” Mel says.
The couple has arranged for their TIAA-CREF account to be used in the education department, specifically for students who want to work with children with special needs.
“Our daughter-in-law, Janet Reimer, has worked with children with special needs for years,” Vi explains.
In addition to their planned gift, they support Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Strayer-Wood Theatre, Panther Scholarship Club and the UNI Alumni Association.
“Giving to others is just inborn,” Vi says. “My grandfather was a pastor and we learned how much the mission of the church helps people. Now we are expanding that charity out to the community and to UNI.”
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