The Indian Hills Community College Foundation presented awards to six people at the annual staff workshop Thursday. Each year, members of the Indian Hills staff nominate and select an outstanding IHCC alumnus, an IHCC retiree, a lay citizen and two current employees.
Judy Murphy of Ottumwa was recognized as this year’s Outstanding Alumnus. When she first enrolled in arts and sciences classes, her goal was to turn her life around, and Indian Hills gave her that opportunity. In 1998, she completed an Associate of Arts degree and immediately pursued a bachelor’s degree in the human services field. Murphy is the recovery services coordinator for First Resources Corporation, and will soon finish a master’s degree in criminal justice.
Murphy’s most outstanding contribution has been co-founding Mom’s Off Meth. What began as an idea about how to help mothers dealing with addiction, flourished into a national organization within 10 years. She coordinates the annual national convention of Mom’s off Meth in Ottumwa each year.
Bill Hansen of Ottumwa received the Outstanding Retiree Award. He became a member of the Indian Hills family in 1980 and retired in 2010. However, it’s difficult to recognize his retirement as he has been volunteering his “retired” time to assist in the IHCC registrar’s office for several hours each day, without any compensation. He evaluates transcripts of incoming students, completes graduation check lists and assists students.
Hansen is the “Voice of the Warriors” for softball, volleyball and basketball games and the president of the IHCC Booster Club.
Dennis and Nancy Emanuel of Ottumwa were chosen as the recipients of the Outstanding Lay Citizen Award. Generous supporters of Indian Hills for many years, the Emanuel’s have a strong connection to the college and the Foundation. In the late 1970s, Nancy Emanuel worked part-time as a clinical nursing instructor.
In 1994, she began serving as an Indian Hills Foundation board member. During her tenure, she was actively involved in organizing special events and alumni functions.
As a local attorney, Dennis Emanuel has assisted individuals in planning their estates and several of those have resulted in gifts to the Foundation. In May 2010, he was selected as the speaker for the Ottumwa Campus graduation ceremony. Because of their strong belief in the benefits of education, they established an annual scholarship in memory of Nancy’s mother, Dorothy Schiele, and have provided additional donations that have assisted many students.
Dr. Jill Budde, dean of the health occupations department and a six-year employee of Indian Hills, received one of the two Outstanding Service Awards. She is a dedicated professional, educator and mentor.
Her peers describe her as one who has numerous outstanding characteristics and qualities including having a strong work ethic, not being afraid to listen to possible changes for program improvement and, most definitely, not being afraid to delegate. Her attitude and direction to others remains professional even in sometimes difficult situations and her open-door policy has made many departmental transitions almost effortless.
One co-worker said, “She welcomes critical and forward thinking within the division. Jill can laugh and let down when appropriate and turn on the professional side when needed.”
Gordon Rader, culinary arts program director and a five-year Indian Hillsí employee, also received an Outstanding Service Award. His nomination stated, “He has rejuvenated a whole department with new ideas and opportunities. The changes that he incorporated have benefitted students, staff and the general public.”
With more than 30 years of experience, Rader has brought international flavor into the culinary program arranging for guest speakers and instructors and for travels abroad for students and staff.
When his students graduate, they leave with not only an education but also the same desire and passion that he holds. He has worked with local community leaders in developing a “Market on Main” in Ottumwa that will promote local goods and services.