"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."
-John Quincy Adams
Gratitude Leaves a Priceless Imprint on Students' Lives
"Some people are the beginning of so much good," Len Froyen says. "They generously see themselves as an offering. They graciously make space for everyone, strangers and friends alike."
This quote posted on Froyen's Facebook page, meant to inspire others, drew comments such as: "That's you, Len" and "I see yourself in all of these attributes. We are grateful for you."
Anyone who knows Len agrees that he lives a life of gratitude. In fact, he wrote a book titled Gratitude: Affirming One Another Through Stories. His book is based on his experiences as a spiritual director, ordained deacon and educator.
Len graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1957 and joined the faculty in 1963. He taught in the Department of Education and Psychology. Although he retired in 1994, he stays connected to students through campus activities and through his position as deacon at St. Stephen the Witness Catholic Student Center in Cedar Falls.
One of the many ways Froyen and his wife, Gail '67 '87, express their gratitude is through the gift of scholarship.
The Len and Gail Froyen Scholarship supports students accepted into the UNI Teacher Education program. Over the past 42 years, they also have supported the Class of 1957 Heritage Endowed Fund, Panther Scholarship Club, Friends of Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, and are founding members of the Lang Society.
"When I am feeling grateful, I want to do something to help other people feel the same way," Len says.
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