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July 2013 - Volume 19, Number 3


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Focus on Iowa
Wesleyan College


On May 7th the Iowa Wesleyan College Board of Trustees announced the election of Dr. Steven E. Titus as its new President. “We are extremely pleased to name Dr. Titus as the next President of Iowa Wesleyan College,” said Don Wiley, Chairman. “He brings the experience and skills that will ensure we meet our strategic goals, address our institutional priorities, and continue to move Iowa Wesleyan College forward.”


Titus is currently Senior Vice President of University Advancement at Saint Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota. He served as President of Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Nebraska, from 2002-2007.


“What has drawn us to this special place is its bold and pioneering spirit and superb faculty, staff, and volunteer leadership. Iowa Wesleyan is uniquely positioned to respond to the changing higher education landscape,” Titus said. “I look forward to our work together to build on this foundation in remarkable and enduring ways.”


Titus earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration/organizational behavior at Southwest Minnesota State University, his juris doctorate degree from Marquette University Law School, and his Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Virginia.


IWC Honors Alumni During Commencement


Joan Gerling, Carman, Illinois, a graduate of the teacher education program at Iowa Wesleyan, established the Joan M. Gerling Endowed Scholarship at Iowa Wesleyan College for elementary education majors. Her support of the Iowa Wesleyan College Chapel Renovation Project resulted in the Roy H. & Joan M. Gerling Trust Plaza. Most recently, Gerling’s generous support is reflected in significant upgrades and renovations to the college residence halls. Gerling received the doctor of philanthropy degree, honoris causa.


Carol Nemitz, Mount Pleasant, was the recipient of the Iowa Wesleyan College Distinguished Service Award. She will retire this month after 50 years of service to the college. Nemitz graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College with a degree in education, earning a master’s degree in counseling and guidance from the University of Iowa. She joined the Iowa Wesleyan College, serving as Dean of Women, Dean of Student Personnel Services, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Vice President for Institutional Relations, acting President and Special Assistant to the President. She was the first woman to serve as a Vice President at Iowa Wesleyan and the only one to serve as interim President.


Frederic Volkmann, Vice Chancellor Emeritus for Washington University in St. Louis, was granted a doctor of humanities degree, honoris causa. He was the commencement speaker.


Volkmanan retired from Washington University in St. Louis in 2011. His career in public affairs, communications, and marketing spanned 52 years, 49 of which were in academe. He is a graduate of Iowa Wesleyan College with a bachelor’s degree in English.


Volkmann served as Chair of the Board of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), receiving the Steuben Apple Award for excellence in teaching and the Lifetime Achievement Award.


IWC Alumni Association Honored Graduates at Alumni Banquet


Dr. Linda Gerdner, Burlingon, was the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award. Gerdner is a Consulting Assistant Professor at the Stanford Geriatric Education Center. She developed a protocol for individualized music as an alternative intervention for management of agitation in persons with dementia, winning the International Psychogeriatric Association/Bayer Research Award. She is the primary author of Grandfather’s Story Cloth, a bilingual picture book that addresses dementia perception and care by Hmong-Americans through a culturally meaningful storyline. Grandfather’s Story Cloth has received six national and international awards.


Gerdner earned her B.S.N. degree at Iowa Wesleyan. She completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Iowa.


Anthony (Tony) Timm, Des Moines, received the Distinguished Young Alumnus Award, presented to alumni 40 years old or younger. Timm was named Executive Director of the Central Iowa Shelter & Services (CISS), Iowa’s largest emergency homeless shelter, in 2008. He oversees management, day-to-day operations, fundraising, public relations, and volunteer programs. He led the organization through a $15 million capital campaign and oversaw the design and construction of a new $13 million 43,000-square-foot shelter, which opened last September.


Mick and Susan Michael, Lexington, Kentucky, were the recipients of the 2013 Alumni Service Awards.


Sue was active in Zeta Tau Alpha, a cheerleader, and a member of Sheaffer-Trieschmann Hall Court, Qui Est, and Tri-S. She graduated with a degree in home economics, and then joined the IWC staff as an admissions counselor, being promoted to Assistant Director of Admissions. She retired as Director of Admissions at Sullivan University in January of this year.


Mick, a physical education and business major at IWC, was active in Phi Delta Theta on campus. Following graduation, Mick joined the IWC admissions staff. He went on to a career in sales, retiring as Regional Sales Manager for JCB Corp in March 2013.


Sue and Mick actively support Iowa Wesleyan. Sue has served on the Alumni Board and the Iowa Wesleyan College Board of Trustees.


Summer Alumni Event!


All IWC alumni and families are invited to join the Burlington Bees alumni event, on Monday, August 12. There will be a picnic from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m., at the 40 & 8 Club shelter near the Community Field in Burlington, hosted by Don Gibbs, and Linda ‘70 and Jim Brockway. The baseball game will start at 7:05 p.m., featuring Bees vs. Beloit Snappers.


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