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Nine individuals received Ambassador of the Year / Outstanding Service Awards at the annual Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) staff in-service recently. The employees represent all units of IVCCD, including Ellsworth Community College (ECC), Marshalltown Community College (MCC), Iowa Valley Continuing Education (IVCE), Iowa Valley Community College Grinnell (IVG), and District Administration. An Ambassador of the Year Award was awarded to Dan Lopez, South Tama High School Counselor, for doing a remarkable job of promoting Marshalltown Community College to STC students. The nomination read, in part, “Five years ago Dan enrolled STC students in 430.5 credits’ worth of dual credit college coursework and this past academic year that number was 1,292 credits. South Tama has the highest number of students traveling to the MCC campus each day for our Career Academy programs. In 2011 MCC enrolled 16 percent of the STC graduates, and last year we enrolled 21 percent as full-time students. Dan brings between 50-75 students to the MCC campus each year for MCC’s College Fair and Career Fair days. He’s truly an ambassador for IVCCD!” Others honorees included: Growth Award to Robin Shaffer Lilienthal, MCC Provost, for being forward-thinking and using innovative and careful planning to provide comfortable, aesthetically-pleasing and useful campus resources for students. Partnerships Award to Connie Gardalen, MCC Coordinator of High School Relations/Student Success Specialist, for being extremely effective in building partnerships with K-12 school districts, particularly the working relationships with the school counselors. Sherilyn Hitch Educational Excellence Award to Sherilyn Hitch, IVCE Director of Adult Basic Education/High School Completion, for her work as a longtime GED/ESL instructor who puts in many extra hours to assure that her students reach their potential Recognition & Success Award to Katie Kothenbeutel, MCC Library Associate, for being the rock in MCC’s B.J. Harrison Library during the last three years, which saw many retirements and resignations. Ambassador of the Year Award to Don Fejfar of Iowa Falls for his longtime support of Ellsworth Community College as an Ellsworth College Trustee, scholarship donor, ECC Band member (for more than 25 years), and more. ducational Excellence Award to Sherilyn Hitch, IVCE Director of Adult Basic Education/High School Completion Leadership & Communication Award to Chris Brees, MCC Director of Student Engagement & Residence Life, for displaying unbelievable dedication to student success and to the success of his co-workers. Quality Award to Aaron Freland, MCC Student Success Specialist, who has made a major impact in all of the many facets of his position within the MCC Admissions Office. Chancellor’s Award to Barb Wright, Assistant to the ECC Provost, who has served (and trained) eight different ECC deans and provosts since her arrival in 1991.

 
 

 

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