Iowa Valley Grinnell honors students at sixth annual awards ceremony
Iowa Valley Community College Grinnell honored its students on Sunday, May 5, 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 that this year is the 20-year anniversary of Iowa Valley Grinnell. This spring and fall there were 562 Iowa Valley Grinnell students who took a total of 8,612 credit hours. She expressed congratulations on behalf of the faculty and staff to the 35 graduate applicants (its largest class to date) and the winners of 44 awards presented for academic achievement and campus leadership. Nickle made a special point to recognize Beryl Wellborn, who served on the Board of Directors in 1993 and was instrumental in the establishment of the campus, and continues to be a support for this campus and its students.
The Iowa Valley Grinnell students will walk across the stage at Marshalltown Community College Commencement on May 10 in Marshalltown. Faculty members and support staff presented awards as follows:
LIST of graduating award winners -
Outstanding Graduate: Ranae Hamor
Outstanding Students: Beth Fisher, Jeanette Madera-Alcazar, Ranae Hamor, Curtis Kumbier, Jill Belcher, Eric Goetz, Stacy Hundley, Joy Harland, Curtis Bryant, Michaella Henkle, Michele Smith, Julie Eccles, and Alayna Scheetz
Ramona Washington Award: Stacy Hundley
Wellborn Scholars: Stacy Hundley, James Havel, and Eugene Whisenand
Outstanding IMT Student: Justin Flathers
SAC Members: Diana Carr, Ellen Chapman, Patrick Doza, Mitch Gill, Ashley Halterman, Curtis Kumbier, Amber Oliver, David Pearlman, Bonnie Stewart, Cheryl Rebik, Caitlin Urfer, and John Urfer
Phi Theta Kappa Inductees: Allisyn Brandenburg, Joy Harland, and Curtis Kumbier
Sheree Andrews, GED instructor, started things off by recognizing the GED graduates present at the ceremony: Sammy Kaskadden, Natalie Rogers, Sara Sanchez, and Payton McCurry.
Katie Johnson, student success specialist, honored members of the Student Activities Council for providing fun activities and food for students: Diana Carr, Ellen Chapman, Patrick Doza, Mitch Gill, Ashley Halterman, Curtis Kumbier, Amber Oliver, David Pearlman, Bonnie Stewart, Cheryl Rebik, Caitlin Urfer, and John Urfer.
Diane Karr, executive assistant, honored Ranae Hamor, Beth Fisher, and Lorraine Vasquez, for all of their effort as a work-study students at Iowa Valley Grinnell.
MaryAnne Nickle presented the Wellborn Commitment to Excellence Scholars to Stacy Hundley, James Havel, and Eugene Whisenand.
Laura Armstrong, English and Literature instructor, filled in for Jack Aker in presenting the Outstanding Industrial Maintenance Technology Student to Justin Flathers.
Ranae Hamor and Hollis Anderson 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. Michell Klinker-Feld, Student Success Specialist, congratulated Ranae and Hollis.
Ed Jorgensen, Iowa Valley Grinnell paralegal instructor, presented the Outstanding Graduate Award honoring Ranae Hamor. Ranae is also a member of the All-USA Academic Team, is involved in work-study, and other activities around campus.
Laura Armstrong presented awards for Outstanding Academic Students: Beth Fisher, Jeanette Madera-Alcazar, Ranae Hamor, Curtis Kumbier, Jill Belcher, Eric Goetz, Stacy Hundley, Joy Harland, Curtis Bryant, Michaella Henkle, Michele Smith, Julie Eccles, and Alayna Scheetz.
Ben Jones, math faculty, presented the Outstanding New Student award to Jodi Blackford and Deann McMains. He noted that these were the type of students that instructors love to have in class and look forward to teaching every day.
Ed Jorgensen then presented a new award to Laurie Bolluyt for Outstanding Online Student. Jorgensen noted that since implementing the online Paralegal program, Iowa Valley Grinnell has seen a number of well-motivated online students across the state and it was time for an award to recognize that.
Laura Armstrong also presented the Ramona Washington award to Stacy Hundley, who overcame many obstacles throughout her life and never gave up on getting her degree at Iowa Valley Grinnell.
Brenda Kremer, PTK sponsor, presented the new Phi Theta Kappa inductees of the Beta Sigma Chi Chapter: Allisyn Brandenburg, Joy Harland, and Curtis Kumbier.
A news release listing all graduates from Iowa Valley Grinnell who have officially completed their degree requirements and have been conferred a degree or diploma will be posted on the Iowa Valley website and distributed to the media in August. This timing is to ensure that those taking summer classes have successfully completed all required coursework.
Photo 1: Paralegal instructor Ed Jorgensen congratulates Ranae Hamor on stage as she receives the Outstanding Graduate Award at the Iowa Valley Grinnell awards celebration on May 5. Ranae is also a member of the All-USA Academic Team, is involved in work-study and other activities around campus.
Photo 2: English instructor Laura Armstrong presented the awards for Outstanding Academic Students (left to right): Alayna Scheetz, Michele Smith, Julie Eccles, Joy Harland, Stacy Hundley, Curtis Kumbier, Erin Goetz, Ranae Hamor, Beth Fisher.
Photo 3: Laura Armstrong (right) presents Stacy Hundley (middle) with the Ramona Washington Award for overcoming obstacles and never giving up on her degree. Stacy’s friend T.J. Milner (left) took the stage to say a few words and congratulate her on her accomplishment.