“It's a privilege to work with high-achieving students from the time they enter UNI to the time they graduate,” says Jessica Moon, ‘98. “College is a time of incredible growth, and I get to see the maturity and focus that develops during the students' time with us. It's gratifying to help them through the honors thesis process as seniors and see the undergraduate research and creative work they are capable of. The quality of their work never ceases to amaze me!”
Jessica Moon Asa
Jessica is the director of the University Honors Program at the University of Northern Iowa, a position she has held since 2004. Not only does she provide academic support, she also contributes to the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Dean’s Fund for Excellence, Panther Scholarship Club and through a planned gift.
It may seem unusual for someone this young to designate a planned gift, but Jessica explains, “The planned gift option seemed like a straightforward and easy way for me to commit my support. UNI will always have a special place in my heart - both from my own educational experience and as a professional. So I made the choice to list UNI as one of my beneficiaries.”
Jessica adds “My main focus right now is strengthening our institution each day through the work I do with students. My planned gift was a sign of my commitment to what UNI represents and my belief in the important role this university plays. The interesting thing about a planned gift is that after you set up a commitment to long-term support, you can get right back to improving the student experience in the present!”