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Vajpeyi Fellowship established in the Department of Political Science

Posted on Friday, June 10th, 2016

A new opportunity for CSBS faculty in the Department of Political Science was announced earlier this year.

Steve (History BA '67, Political Science MA '74) and Linda Segebarth of Indianapolis have established the Vajpeyi Political Science Endowment Fund. Named after Dhirenda Vajpeyi, UNI professor of political science since 1969, the fund will support one faculty member each year in the Department of Political Science to pursue his or her scholarly interests and engage students in research.

The Segebarth's gift was in the form of over 78 acres of land.  Located along Crane Creek, a tributary of the Wapsipinicon

River, near Dunkerton, Iowa, the land was designated as a state Protected Water Area. The land has several wetlands and cover for upland and migratory birds. Due to the land's conservation value, the UNI Foundation sold it to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF) at the end of 2009. The gift is also part of the $150 million "Imagine the Impact" campaign for UNI that focuses on scholarships, faculty, and program support. 
"Linda and I are delighted with this opportunity to honor professor Vajpeyi," said Steve Segebarth. “His passion for  scholarship and teaching opened my eyes to the world of comparative politics."

photo: Steve and Linda Segebarth with professor Dhirendra Vajpeyi (center).