IHCC presents annual awards
OTTUMWA — The Indian Hills Community College Foundation presented awards to seven people recently as the college begins a new academic year.
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. Two excellence in leadership awards also were presented.
Lt. Col. Gavin D. Tade, commander of the 73rd Aerial Port Squadron, Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, was recognized as the 2014 Outstanding Alumnus.
A Davis County High School graduate, Tade completed the pilot training program at IHCC in 1992. He earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Central Missouri. In 1995, he completed the Air National Guard Academy of Military Science and earned his wings a year later. He led the 2007 Chile FIDAE deployment for the 301st Fighter Wing. Other major deployments included Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, to enforce the Northern No Fly Zone over Iraq and Al Jaber Air Base, Kuwait, to patrol the Southern NFZ over Iraq. He trained, equipped and deployed 35 airmen to combat in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Vickie Perry is the 2014 Outstanding Retiree. She became a member of the IHCC family in 1987 and retired in 2013. She was the one who knew everyone on campus as she managed the Barn for 26 years. She was the resident “mom” always welcoming students, learning their stories, leading them money and helping them in any way that she could. During baseball banquets and reunions, she hosted, planned, solicited and organized. She helped with fundraising by making quilted and embroidered items and offering wood-crafted items made by her husband.
Virginia Padovan of Centerville is this year’s Outstanding Lay Citizen award winner.
After teaching high school and college classes for 43 years, she has continued to be involved in education endeavors in her 30 years of retirement. Padovan served on the Hy-Vee Scholarship committee for 33 years, the National Modern Woodman of America Scholarship committee for 25 years and is a member of the Appanoose County Foundation. Padovan supportsIHCC students by providing funds for a perpetual scholarship that assists a student enrolled on the Centerville campus each year. Her family has provided four additional perpetual awards as well. One of her primary goals in life is to help people get an education, especially those who can’t afford it.
Deb Hoguet, administrative assistant for the business office and human resources, and Diane Irwin, nursing professor, were presented with the 2014 Outstanding Service Awards given to current IHCC employees.
Hoguet has had a 26-year career at IHCC and has been identified as “one of the most dependable people that I’ve worked with and such a fun person to be around.” She is able to set priorities and accomplish her work juggling between two different busy departments. She volunteers for many college functions and often recruits her husband George to help.
Irwin began her career at IHCC in 1994. She has been described as positive, respectful, enthusiastic and helpful. Irwin has been instrumental in developing two new programs for the nursing department. She built the simulation lab from having just one sim man to the state-of-the-art facility used today. She dedicated hours into fine tuning the scenarios, supplies and equipment so students and instructors have a valuable learning experience. She also started the STARS program that provides tutoring services for IHCC students.
The Dr. Jim Lindenmayer Award for Exceptional Leadership recognizes those who lead with compassion, integrity, service and vision. This year’s recipients were Joel Pedersen and John Pothoven.
Pedersen, the superintendent of Cardinal community schools and a 1996 IHCC alumnus, is an energetic educational leader who has made his school district a shining star. His district is small and was at one time considered to be slowly shrinking to the point that it might not exist. However, with his leadership, the district has not only bounced back, but also grown and jumped ahead in the use of technology and cutting-edge strategies. Pedersen worked for Cardinal to be one of the first schools to move away from paper textbooks and put electronic media in the hands of both teachers and students. He made sure his faculty and staff had access to staff development to prepare them to use good teaching methods with these tools.
Pothoven spent the majority of his professional career in banking, culminating in the positions of bank president and board chair at MidWestOne Bank in Oskaloosa. He has been a member of the Indian Hills Board of Trustees since 2001. Throughout that time, he has been an active and engaged member of the board sharing his expertise and extensive business experience. Since 2010, he has served as board president. He has led through periods of good times and lean times, and he has always followed an inclusive form of leadership. He is a good listener and always permits all opinions to be considered and debated until a final decision is made. Pothoven has been an effective and thoughtful leader in the transition to a new president, chief academic officer, chief financial officer and dean of students. His consistent leadership has allowed IHCC to continue its core mission and to easily accomplish significant changes.