Annual honor

Iowa Central prepares to fete some of its top alums

-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter Chuck Peterson began at Iowa Central in 1975, was Vice President of Financial Affairs until 2005, and then served as assistant to the president (and for a time as special liaison to the board) until 2012. The bioscience building shown here, one of the newer buildings on campus, was completed while he was still working for the college.

After working for Iowa Central Community College 30 years, Chuck Peterson was looking forward to retirement.

But the president wanted him back. In fact, Peterson ended up taking a leading role after that president resigned.

“Dr. Bob Paxton in February 2005 said you need to come back to work, I haven’t decided how I’m going to replace you yet,” Peterson said. “So I went back to work, and Dr. Bob Paxton still hadn’t decided as of 2008.”

This was right after Peterson had served as vice president of Financial Affairs for 29 years.

Peterson will be honored for his years of service at the Iowa Central Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame dinner on Saturday. The dinner is preceded by a 5:30 p.m. social hour and silent auction at the Triton Cafe on the Iowa Central main campus.

-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter Chuck Peterson stops outside the Student Services building at Iowa Central, which houses the administrative offices where he worked for almost 40 years.

He attended Iowa Central from 1964 to 1966, when it was called Fort Dodge Junior College and located in the northeast corner of the high school.

After some time in the United States Army, he graduated in 1972 from Iowa State University with an accounting degree, hoping to get a job with the IRS.

Since that never worked out, he went to work at U.S. Gypsum for a while, before landing a position at the school in 1975.

His boss left in 1980, and Peterson became business manager. Later the job title was changed and he became vice president of financial affairs, he said.

Peterson retired in the hopes of spending more time traveling to see family, but then was brought back to work as “assistant to the president,” which quickly became a full-time job.

After Paxton retired, there was a year before the school board hired Dr. Dan Kinney.

“In the meantime, I and the other vice presidents administered the college as a team,” Peterson said. “Mr. Crimmins, the president of the board, wanted one person to speak with the board, rather than meeting with four or five people.”

Thus, Peterson added the title “liaison to the board” to his job description.

“I didn’t want to be called acting president or interim president or anything. But Mark Crimmins said we had to have some kind of title for me,” he said.

Peterson retired, again, in 2012.

“So 38 years, give or take a month,” he said. “It was a great place to work. It really was. I have no regrets.

“I was thankful for the trust and confidence the board showed in me, and the president showed in me.”

Highlights of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees

Dave Stevens

• A.A. Degree, Iowa Central Community College

• B.S. (Business Administration) Minnesota State University

• M.B.A., University of St. Thomas

• Senior Associate Dean for Business and Operations and Chief Financial Officer, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

• Roy Holsten/Weatherspan Award Recipient.

• Board of Directors, Kenan-Flager Business School

• President, Board of Directors, Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill.

• Massey Award for Exceptional Service to the University of North Carolina

• Habitat for Humanity Volunteer

Phil Gunderson

• A.A. Degree, Iowa Central Community College

• Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science

• President and CEO of Gunderson Funeral Home and Cremation Services

• Chairman of Fort Dodge Betterment Foundation

• Chairman of Friendship Haven Board of Directors

• Board Member of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance

• Former Board Member and Chair of Unity Point Health

• Served on Unity Point Foundation Board

• Co-Chair, Unity Point Cancer Center Campaign

• Co-Chair of St. Edmond’s Ball

• Member of the Hospice House Committee

• Past President of St. Edmond School Board

• Member of St. Edmond Development Board

• Former President of Fort Dodge Jaycee’s

• Serves on Berry Center Mental Health Board

• Serves on Iowa Health Systems Healthcare Board

Kirk Yung

• A.A. Degree, Iowa Central Community College

• B.B.A. Finance, Iowa State University

• M.B.A. Drake University

• Group President, Great Western Bank

• President, Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance

• Chairman of Growth Alliance Housing Committee

• Board Member, Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way

• Member of Holy Trinity Parish Finance Committee

• Board Member of Unity Point Health Trinity Foundation

• Past President of Fort Dodge Community Recreation Board

• Past Board Member of Fort Dodge Housing Agency

Dr. Timi Jordison

• A.A. Degree, Liberal Arts, Iowa Central Community College

• B.S. Psychology, Iowa State University

• E.D.S. School Psychology, Iowa State University

• Ph.D., Adolescent Mental Health, Iowa State University

• Rape/Sexual Assault Victim Advocate

• Volunteer for National Depressing Screening Day

• Active actress in Hawkeye Community Theatre

• Former President of Board of Hawkeye Community Theatre

• Volunteer actress for Oakland Cemetery Week

• Volunteer for Fort Museum Civil War Enactment

• Fireball Run

• Member of American Psychological Association

• Member of Iowa Psychological Association

Quentin Hart

• A.A. Degree, Iowa Central Community College

• B.A., Sociology, Mankato State University

• Masters of Arts Education, Post-Secondary Education, University of Northern Iowa Central Community College

• Currently a doctoral candidate at Iowa State University

• Mayor of City of Waterloo

• Director of Heart-Waterloo Enhancement Project

• Member of State of Iowa’s Commission on Aging

• Iowa Department of Education — Equity Leadership Team

• Iowa Northland Regional Economic Development Commission Board Member

• Black Hawk County NAACP Member

• Iowa Great Places Advising Board Member

• President, Iowa Chapter for National Council of Black American Affairs

• Ex-officio Board Member, Social Action Inc.

2017 Triton Humanitarian Award Hall of Fame Inductee

Chuck Peterson

• A.A. Degree, Fort Dodge Junior College

• B.S. Degree, Accounting, Iowa State University

• 29 years of full-time service to Iowa Central Community College at Vice President of Financial Affairs

• Board Secretary of Iowa Central Community college for 29 years

• 10 years of part-time service to the College

• Co-chair of Employee’s Mapping Our Future Capital Campaign

• Member of Holy Trinity Parish

2017 Triton Athletic Award Hall of Fame Inductees

John Schaumburg–Wrestling

• A.A. Degree, Liberal Arts, Iowa Central Community College

• Undefeated season 1979-80 (20-0)

• National Title at 158 pounds

• 2-time NJCAA All-American

• Junior Pan-Am champion (Freestyle)

• Continued wrestling at the University of New Mexico

Kevin Russell — Wrestling

• A.A. Degree, Liberal Arts, Iowa Central Community College; B.S. Degree, Ag Education, Iowa State University

• Undefeated season 1981

• 2-time NJCAA National Qualifier

• National Champion at 126 pounds

• Continued wrestling at Utah State University

• USA Folk-Style National Title in the Veterans Division

Craig Carlson — Basketball Coach

• A.A. Degree, Ag & Business Management from Worthington Community College; B.S. Degree, Agriculture Education, University of Minnesota

• 2005-2014 Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Iowa Central

• Coaching record of 227 wins, 71 losses

• Led two teams to NJCAA National Tournament

• 2011 School record 30 wins and a fourth place finish at the National Tournament

Amari Spievey — Football

• A.A. Degree from Iowa Central Community College

• Seven interceptions

• Seven blocked punts/field goal

• 1st Team NJCAA All-American

• 2008 2nd Team All-Big Ten at the University of Iowa

• 2009 1st Team All-Big Ten at the University of Iowa Central Community College

• 2009 Jim Thorpe Award Nominee

• Four seasons with Detroit Lions

Stanley Kebenei — Track

• AA Degree from Iowa Central Community College; BA Psychology – University of Arkansas

• 6-time Region XI Individual Championship 2011-2012

• 7-time NJCAA Track and Field Champion Titles, 2011

• NJCAA Cross Country Champion 2012

• NJCAA Half Marathon Champion 2012

• 2-time NJCAA Indoor Track Champion Titles 2012

• Continued Career at University of Arkansas

• 4-time Southeastern Conference Individual Champion

• 9-time All-Southeastern Conference Team

• 5-time SEC Team Championship Member

• 7-time First Team All-American

• 2-time NCAA Runner-up finish in Steeplechase

• 2013 NCAA Indoor National Championship Team Member

• Professional Runner Nike (2015-Current)

• USATF 15K Champion, 2016

• USA Olympic Trials Finalist Steeplechase, 2016

• USA Cross-Country Championship, two in 2017

• World Champion Steeplechase, 4th place, 2017

Alumni Hall of Fame dinner

Iowa Central Community College Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame dinner is on Saturday. The dinner is preceded by a 5:30 p.m. social hour and silent auction at the Triton Cafe on the Iowa Central main campus. This is also Iowa Central’s Homecoming weekend.