CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - A Cedar Falls couple who graduated from the University of Northern Iowa have given the school's athletic program the largest one-time unrestricted gift it's ever received. Russ and Connie Wasendorf made the $2 million donation at halftime of Saturday's game against Indiana State. The gift was made through the UNI Foundation. In a school news release, UNI Director of Athletics Troy Dannen said, "We are pleased to recognize Connie and Russ as founding investors of the Panther athletics VIP Fund. Their leadership will help ensure the sustainability of a strong intercollegiate athletic program at Northern Iowa for years to come." Russ Wasendorf said, "I am simply paying back, with interest, the financial aid I received while attending UNI. I feel, without that financial aid, I would not have received a quality college education. Connie and I are proud to make this donation and enhance opportunities for UNI student athletes."
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