Iowa Valley Community College Grinnell honors students
Iowa Valley Community College Grinnell honored its students on Sunday, April 29, recognizing graduates and presenting awards. MaryAnne Nickle, Dean of Iowa Valley Grinnell, welcomed students, family members, faculty and staff who gathered for the ceremony and reception at the Grinnell High School Auditorium.
Nickle noted this was the sixth annual graduation/awards celebration and this year there were 325 Iowa Valley Grinnell students who took a total of 7,500 credit hours. She expressed congratulations on behalf of the faculty and staff to the 23 graduates and the winners of 35 awards presented for academic achievement and campus leadership. Nickle also noted that there was a 12 percent increase in concurrent enrollment among area high school students, and that Iowa Valley Grinnell will be adding a brand new program, Automotive Repair Technology this fall.
The Iowa Valley Grinnell students will receive their Marshalltown Community College degrees and diplomas during Commencement on May 4 in Marshalltown. Faculty members and support staff presented awards as follows:
Ed Jorgensen, Iowa Valley Grinnell paralegal instructor, and Ben Jones, mathematics instructor, presented the Phi Theta Kappa inductees of the Beta Sigma Chi Chapter: Hollis Anderson, Dorene Arment, Sherri Berry, Chelsi Booth, Jilly Burnham, Heather Davis, Angela Dreesman, Tina Harter, Emma Hudnut, David Kline, Lawrence Lease, Samantha Manatt, Kayla Moyer, Monica Moyer and Phyllis Turner.
Katie Johnson, student success specialist, honored members of the Student Activities Council for providing fun activities and food for students: Melinda Chandler, Marie Channell, Lloyd Gill, Ashley Halterman, Aly Harris, Tina Harter, Katie Havlik, Ashley Kriegel, Cheri Rebik, Jose Rivera, and Bonnie Stewart.
Katie Johnson also presented the Outstanding Commitment to the College Award to students recognized for their dedication to Iowa Valley Grinnell: Hollis Anderson, Melinda Chandler, Ranae Hamor, Paul Poole and Jose Rivera.
Diane Karr, executive assistant, honored Cody Agans for all of his efforts as a work-study student at Iowa Valley Grinnell.
Laura Armstrong, English and Literature instructor, presented the Outstanding New Student award to Joy Harland, for demonstrating strong academic ability, going above and beyond in the classroom, and setting a good example for her peers.
Laura Armstrong also presented the Ramona Washington award to Tina Harter, a 2012 graduate, who overcame many obstacles throughout her life and never gave up on getting her degree at Iowa Valley Grinnell. Armstrong explained that she was incredibly proud of Tina and her constant devotion to success.
Bobby Nalean, student success specialist, presented awards for Outstanding Academic Students: Hollis Anderson, Kelly Beck, Jilly Burnham, Jamie Dillon, Eli Havlik, Jeremy Kelley, Jeff Riddle, and Krystal Smith.
Ben Jones, math instructor, presented the Outstanding Commitment to Overcoming Obstacles Award to the following students: Curtis Kumbier, Candace Moore, and Phyllis Turner.
David Kline and Jose Rivera were Iowa Valley Grinnell’s nominees for the All-USA Academic Team. They both completed lengthy and comprehensive applications that were evaluated by state and national judges. Ed Jorgensen, paralegal instructor, congratulated David and Jose.
Jack Aker, Industrial Maintenance Technology instructor, presented the Outstanding New Industrial Maintenance Technology Student award to Zachary Hall. Aker noted an instance early in the semester when Zachary brought a toy Nerf gun to class, wondering if he could exchange the batteries to make it more powerful. Aker said, “That’s when I knew this kid would be great to have in class!” Aker awarded the Outstanding Returning Industrial Maintenance Technology Student to Justin Flathers.
Aker also announced the Outstanding Graduate Award honoring Jose Rivera. Jose maintained a 3.75 GPA, taking a total of 73 credit hours, all while balancing his family life, which includes his wife and four children. After being laid off from work during tough economic times, Rivera came to Iowa Valley Grinnell determined to work hard at bettering his skills and to earn his degree. Jose is also actively involved in various activities around campus.
Marshalltown Community College 2012 graduates from Iowa Valley Community College Grinnell are by hometowns:
Brooklyn: Jennifer Gunderson, Katrina Osborn, Krystal Smith;
Deep River: Wayne Denny;
Gilman: Paul Poole;
Grinnell: Travis Astelle, Heather Davis, Jaime Dillon, Lacy Dunwoody, Tina Harter, Ashley Kriegel, Brandee Lacy, Brandi Lewis, Jesica Miller-Julin, John Salmon, Robert Stacey, Alisa Schroeder, Phyllis Turner, Alexandra Woolfolk;
Malcom: Elizabeth Manatt;
Montezuma: Victoria Jackson;
New Sharon: Jose Rivera;
Sully: Candace Moore.
Iowa Valley Grinnell 2012 Graduates, (above): Shown L-R: Paul Poole, Brandee Lacy, Jaime Dillon, Alexandra Woolfolk, Candace Moore, Jose Rivera, Ashley Kriegel, Phyllis Turner, Elizabeth Manatt, Tina Harter, and Alisa Schroeder. Not pictured are: Travis Astelle, Heather Davis, Lacy Dunwoody, Jennifer Gunderson, Brandy Lewis, Jesica Miller-Julin, Katrina Osborn, Krystal Smith, Wayne Denny, Victoria Jackson, John Salmon, and Robert Stacey.
(below): Jose Rivera is congratulated by faculty members Laura Armstrong and John Aker as he receives the Outstanding Graduate Award at the Iowa Valley Grinnell Graduation/Awards celebration on April 29. Rivera is also a member of the All-USA Academic Team, was presented with the Outstanding Commitment to the College Award, and was recognized for his participation in Student Activities Council.