Ray and Myra Boots have made a lasting and significant impact on the University of Northern Iowa through their philanthropic spirit and their service.
In 1965, Myra joined the UNI faculty in what is now the Communications Disorders department. Always supported by Ray, Myra assumed many leadership roles at the university and in the community. She chaired the Faculty Senate, was co-chair of the Leading Building Sharing campaign’s faculty/staff drive and served as mentor to many young women on campus. She was the first recipient of UNI’s Outstanding Service Award.
Ray and Myra are avid Panther fans. In fact, they have often rearranged their weekend trips to their favorite campground on the Mississippi River to attend UNI games.
“No amount of words can thank Ray and Myra for the impact that they have had on our volleyball student-athletes and program,” said UNI volleyball coach Bobbi Petersen. “Their contributions have allowed young women to not only pursue their dream of earning a college degree and competing in college athletics, but to experience the many intangibles that go along with those pursuits.
To honor all Ray and Myra have done for the university, they were given the Faculty and Staff Award at the 2014 Distinguished Awards Celebration. The award recognizes an individual or couple currently employed by or retired from the University of Northern Iowa who has provided philanthropic support, dedicated long-term service and creative leadership to the university.
Added Peterson, “The neatest part about their contributions is that it not only has an impact on students while they are at UNI, but it will impact them throughout their entire lives. Thank you Ray and Myra.”