Pella Chronicle

Breaking News

CNHI/Southeast Iowa

September 4, 2013

Indian Hills Community College presents annual awards

OTTUMWA — The Indian Hills Community College Foundation presented awards to five people Thursday as the college is beginning a new academic year.  Each year, members of the Indian Hills staff nominate and select an outstanding IHCC alumnus, IHCC retiree, lay citizen and two current employees.

Daren Relph, chief executive officer of Wayne County Hospital, was recognized as the Outstanding Alumnus.  In the early 90's, he worked as an EMT and housekeeper for Wayne County Hospital and began taking arts and sciences courses and continuing education credit for paramedic certification at Indian Hills.  From 1996 to 2000, he worked for investment firms then returned to the health care field becoming a staff paramedic.  In 2005, he became the associate administrator of Wayne County Hospital providing senior-level leadership and strategic vision to the 25-bed critical access hospital and was involved in all facets of a $7.3 million hospital renovation project.  In 2010, he was named the hospital's CEO.  During his tenure, the organization has grown to include the county-wide clinic system, has expanded from 169 to 251 employees and has increased from $25 million to $40 million in projected revenues for 2013-14.

Ron Oswalt was selected as this year's Outstanding Retiree.  Retiring in 2004, he has been a member of the Indian Hills family for more than 30 years.  In retirement, Oswalt has continued his commitment and loyalty to Indian Hills as he always did as a student, instructor, coach and administrator.  He is one of the "go-to" guys that can be counted on when the college needs assistance.  He is a respected member of the Ottumwa community and has served many consecutive terms on the Ottumwa Community School Board.  In that role, he brings a perspective that is supportive of what is good for kids; he has been key to the collective efforts of Ottumwa High School and Indian Hills to enhance opportunities for students.

Bob Perkins was chosen as the recipient of the Outstanding Lay Citizen award.  He volunteers his time and gives generously to Ottumwa organizations including the Bridge View Center, Hy-Noon Kiwanis, Ottumwa YMCA and the former Ottumwa Regional Health Foundation.  He has been an especially strong supporter of the Indian Hills Foundation and funds 11 annual scholarships; four for students enrolled in culinary arts, four for students enrolled in a medical field, two for students participating in athletics and one for veterans.  He also established two perpetual awards that assist international students or students enrolled in international studies.  He became a member of the Foundation Board in 2011 and is actively involved in the various special events.  He devotes much of his time, talent and financial resources to improving the lives of others and does so while remaining humble, quiet and reserved.     

Roxanne Denner, aviation programs secretary, and Shelle Harvey, secretary to the vice president of academic affairs, were presented with the Outstanding Service Awards given annually to current Indian Hills employees.  

Denner has had a 16-year career at Indian Hills.  Her work history verifies that she is well grounded in what makes Indian Hills tick and that she possesses strong work and people skills.  Her peers describe her as "dedicated, hardworking, precise and personable."

What sets Denner apart is her "soft skills."  One of her nominations said that "students, co-workers, visitors, faculty, administrators and trustees all get the same respect, friendly response and assistance from her because that's who she is.î  She is so upbeat and positive that you never leave a conversation with her without feeling better yourself.

Harvey began her career at Indian Hills in 2000.  She is described as "a detail-oriented, efficient and organized employee."  She works closely with many different departments and individuals to maintain accuracy and functionality of both the electronic and people systems that maintain courses, schedules, course fees and grades for all students.  Harvey was instrumental in serving on a statewide committee that selected and implemented statewide curriculum software and served as a trainer and coach for all faculty.

She takes the initiative to get things done and to solve problems.  For example, when the college's homegrown system used for student perceptions crashed, Harvey researched various options, contacted companies for references and then worked with the academic departments to implement the system.  

She also volunteers countless hours at the college's athletic events, fundraisers and community activities through the year.

Since 1979, 164 people have received these special awards at Indian Hills.

 

1
Text Only
CNHI/Southeast Iowa
  • linda-ronstadt.jpg Obama had crush on First Lady of Rock

    Linda Ronstadt remained composed as she walked up to claim her National Medal of Arts at a White House ceremony Monday afternoon.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Can black women have it all?

    In a powerful new essay for the National Journal, my friend Michel Martin makes a compelling case for why we need to continue the having-it-all conversation.

    July 29, 2014

  • 0729 OTT Picture veteran -T -M Veteran finally receives his medals OTTUMWA — A World War II injury may have saved the life of a U.S. Coast Guardsman from Iowa, but he lost friends and a box of military awards. Francis Hardy Harbour was born on Dec.16, 1919, in Drakesville. He joined the Coast Guard in 1941 as a mach

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dangerous Darkies Logo.png Redskins not the only nickname to cause a stir

    Daniel Snyder has come under fire for refusing to change the mascot of his NFL team, the Washington Redskins. The Redskins, however, are far from being the only controversial mascot in sports history.  Here is a sampling of athletic teams from all areas of the sports world that were outside the norm.

    July 28, 2014 3 Photos

  • 'Rebel' mascot rising from the dead

    Students and alumni from a Richmond, Va.-area high school are seeking to revive the school's historic mascot, a Confederate soldier known as the "Rebel Man," spurring debate about the appropriateness of public school connections to the Civil War and its icons.

    July 28, 2014

  • Fast food comes to standstill in China

    The shortage of meat is the result of China's latest food scandal, in which a Shanghai supplier allegedly tackled the problem of expired meat by putting it in new packaging and shipping it to fast-food restaurants around the country

    July 28, 2014

  • wd saturday tobias .jpg Stranger’s generosity stuns Ohio veteran

    Vietnam War veteran David A. Tobias was overwhelmed recently when a fellow customer at an OfficeMax store near Ashtabula, Ohio paid for a computer he was purchasing.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 1.33.11 PM.png VIDEO: High-dive accident caught on tape

    A woman at a water park in Idaho leaped off a 22-foot high dive platform, then tried to pull herself back up with frightening results. Fortunately, she escaped with only a cut to her finger.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • CATS-DOGS281.jpg Where cats are more popular than dogs in the U.S.-and all over the world

    We all know there are only two types of people in the world: cat people and dog people. But data from market research firm Euromonitor suggest that these differences extend beyond individual preferences and to the realm of geopolitics: it turns out there are cat countries and dog countries, too.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • How spy agencies keep their 'toys' from law enforcement

    A little over a decade ago, federal prosecutors used keystroke logging software to steal the encryption password of an alleged New Jersey mobster, Nicodemo Scarfo Jr., so they could get evidence from his computer to be used at his trial.

    July 25, 2014

Features
Facebook
AP Video
US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Obituaries