Enriching the Cedar Valley

TC with John Deere TractorFall is back, which for UNI means exciting things like the return of Panther football, volleyball and the kickoff to the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) 2018-19 season  — just to name a few.

But often underappreciated in this exciting time is the role corporate sponsors play in enhancing the quality of life for both the UNI community and the larger Cedar Valley. As a loyal supporter of Panther Athletics and GBPAC performances, John Deere’s 100th anniversary milestone is a cause for celebration.

Steve Carignan, director of the GBPAC, said John Deere’s support goes back to the center’s creation in 2000.

“As one of our founding sponsors, John Deere has been an active partner in developing our programming by hosting focus groups, providing leadership on our friends and advisory boards and providing material support,” Carignan said.

Each year, John Deere sponsors several of GBPAC’s artist series shows in addition to the Kaleidoscope Series for Youth, which offers performances to northeast Iowa students at one dollar per ticket. Kaleidoscope served its 500,000th student in March of 2017.

“Perhaps just as importantly, we enjoy the support and patronage of many John Deere employees who fill our audiences and donate as individuals," Carignan added.

John Deere has been a committed partner to UNI Athletics throughout its history in the Cedar Valley, financially supporting the construction of the McLeod Center, a number of scholarship funds for Panther student-athletes and annually sponsoring athletics events.

"UNI Athletics is extremely appreciative of what John Deere has done for our programs, the university community and the Cedar Valley,” said David Harris, UNI athletics director. “Our department is very fortunate to have a partner that is a worldwide leader in business while being based here in the Midwest.”

John Deere will be honored at UNI’s first home football game vs. Hampton on September 22.