Alumni Success at Upper Iowa University
Upper Iowa University invites you to read about our successful alumni in this first of a series of such booklets. UIU has many triumphs to tout, but we believe successful alumni are one of our most important and valuable assets.
Upper Iowa University s s e c c u S i n m u l A Since 1857, Upper Iowa University has been preparing students to succeed—in the classroom and in the world. That rich history, coupled with a student-centered mission, has created a springboard for UIU to become a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online UIU by the numbers and independent study. • Over 150 years of history • 6,800 plus students • 2 classes at a time / 8-week Through our student success stories, you’ll learn how others have benefited from a UIU education— and you’ll begin to understand the significant advantages a terms • 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio • 40 plus majors, 20 minors, plus design-your-own major • UIU colleges nationally for enhancement of student education can bring to your life and, ultimately, to the lives of your family members. Ranked in top 25% of learning [CLA Learning Report 2010] • 20% plus student diversity • Only D-II Athletics in the state of Iowa 2 er v o C e h t On Zinita B. Graf was a 1913 graduate of Upper Iowa University and noted Shakespearean actress. Zinita toured with the Devereaux Players for some 20 years before marrying wealthy west coast financier Harry Bayles and settling in California. Following her husband’s death, Zinita returned to Fayette to live with her mother, Nora, but continued to travel back and forth between the two states to escape the harsh Iowa winters. In November 1950, while enroute to California, Zinita suffered a stroke in Tucson, Arizona, and died. Nora chose to ship Zinita’s body back to Fayette to await burial after the spring thaw. To this day, some UIU students are convinced that Zinita’s body was stored on campus while awaiting burial and that it’s her spirit that haunts the Colgrove-Walker (C-W) building which once housed Upper Iowa’s theater. In fact, not too many years ago on a late night in the dead of winter, a professor was helping students build sets in the theater shop when suddenly a window opened. Not long after that, during a performance intermission, 3 students observed a tape recorder turn on, play, and then turn itself off. Witnesses passing by the deserted C-W building on the Fayette campus late at night have seen lights flickering. These unexplained phenomena, which have been reported on numerous occasions over the years, are rumored to be the work of the ghost of Zinita Graf. Finally, an old travel case that bears her initials, ZBG, is displayed in the C-W lobby. For years, something inside that locked suitcase would slide back and forth when shaken. One curious professor arranged to have a local locksmith open this piece of luggage only to find it completely empty. After the case had been unlocked, the sound of something sliding around inside was never heard again. t s r i F s ’ UIU s e i r o t S Success David B. Henderson, the first Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from west of the Mississippi, attended UIU in 1861. Henderson did not finish his college studies, because he left Upper Iowa to fight in the Civil War. In 1900, Andrew Carnegie gifted UIU $25,000 to build a library in remembrance of Henderson, his personal friend. Henderson Susan Angeline Collins attended UIU in 1879 and became a missionary in Africa. She was UIU’s first African-American student. Student George Safford Parker, founder of the Parker Pen Company, attended Upper Iowa in 1882. John R. Mott attended Upper Iowa in 1883. He was the leader of the YMCA Movement and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1946. Upper Iowa University awarded Mott an Honorary Degree. Alumnus Milo Maltbie, 1892, was a world-renowned economist and municipalities/utilities giant in New York City. Alumnus Carleton Magee, 1896, invented the parking meter and was an investigator of the Teapot Dome Scandal. Dorman Maltbie Alumnus John “Doc” Dorman, 1900, established a dental practice in Fayette and in 1907 became a football coach at Upper Iowa— a position he held for over 50 years. “Doc” set the record for having coached football at the same college longer than any other person in the U.S. and was elected to the Coaches’ Hall of Fame. Alumnus John C. Baker, 1910, invented enriched flour and Desenex® skin care products. Baker filed over 50 patents for inventions. Alumnus Dr. Arlie V. Bock, 1910, was known as the “Pioneer in Sports Medicine.” Alumnus Dr. William Albright, 1912, was instrumental in deciphering, describing, and dating the Dead Sea Scrolls. 4 Professor Emeritus, Physics If one were to ask Clyde R. Burnett, ’46, what he had been up to for the past 33 years, he can literally point to his website (www.stratospheric-hydroxyl.com) on atmospheric research related to stratospheric ozone, where an impressive summary and analysis on the subject is immaculately laid out and documented. “As visiting scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fritz Peak Observatory in Colorado,” said Burnett. “I have made spectroscopic measurements of the total column of atmospheric hydroxyl in support of international atmospheric chemistry studies of the danger of stratospheric ozone destruction by nitrogen and chlorine reactive species.” Translation: There is a common misunderstanding that the ozone problem and climate change are the same—not true. Both are human-caused but completely different. Burnett’s 33-year series of measurements is the longest data set in the world related to the ozone problem. During this period, with research support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NASA, Burnett has secured similar measurements from Florida, Alaska, Micronesia, and New Zealand. He concludes that we have corrected our mistakes with the ozone layer; now we need to give urgent attention to that most serious environmental problems in the world—global warming and climate change. Burnett was raised on a farm in northern Iowa and was attracted to Upper Iowa University in 1939 by a $60 tuition scholarship. His college studies were interrupted in 1942 when Burnett enlisted in the U.S. Air Corps meteorology training program. Upon completion of his courses at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Chicago, Burnett received a 2nd Lt. Commission and was assigned to the 8th Weather Squadron in the North Atlantic as a weather reconnaissance officer. This would be the start of a lifetime of interest in atmospheric science. After his discharge from the service in 1946, Burnett reentered Upper Iowa University with support of the G.I. Bill and earned a B.S. in mathematics, with a mi5 nor in chemistry. Burnett continued on to earn both a M.S. (1948) and a Ph.D. (1951) in physics from the University of Wisconsin. He served as physics faculty at South Dakota State College (1950-1953) and Pennsylvania State University (1953-1963). While at Penn State, Burnett collaborated with other faculty in writing the textbook, “Introduction to Modern Physics,” by Blanchard, Burnett, Stoner, and Weber. From 1957-58, on leave from Penn State, Burnett continued his research in high-resolution optical spectroscopy, contributing to spectroscopic measurements in the early studies at Princeton for controlled nuclear fusion. This controlled fusion work for an ultimate energy source for the planet still continues in France today, with international support. In 1964, Burnett moved to the new Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton, Florida, as physics chair for four years and later became acting dean of the college. Burnett retired from teaching at FAU in 1989 with the appointment of Emeritus Professor of Physics. Since retiring, Burnett has not abandoned his interest in global warming but has shifted gears a bit. Recently he has been writing fictional stories with an environmental emphasis, namely, “The Greenhouse Effect–A Legacy,” “Jason and the Grizzly,” and “The Family Guide to Disruptive Climate Change” under the pen name, Alex Cook. His books are available at the UIU library or at amazon.com. He said, “In these books, I have included presentations of the facts of global warming and climate change for the reader’s careful thought.” Burnett has also served as a volunteer naturalist at Panorama Point in Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Colorado, and at the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Florida over the last 10 years. So, where does an environmental scientist live? In a one-bedroom A-frame at 9,000 ft. in the Colorado Rockies, of course! UIU’s ” n o i t a r e “Lost Gen The “Lost Generation” is a term made popular by Ernest Hemingway that describes the generation that fought during WWII. Upper Iowa University had its own cohort of students that came of age during this time period, who were either called to duty or voluntarily left college to join the fight. A veterans memorial named, “Reflective Tribute,” was funded by alumnus Stan Lee, ’46, in honor of these students. James Beneke, who was killed during WWII and Lee’s good friend, is the inspiration for the tribute. A life-size, bronze statue of Beneke in his UIU football uniform stands directly across from a plaque engraved with the names of the other UIU studentsoldiers who were lost during the war. James Beneke Dean Culbertson Paul DeLong Clyde Dobbs Ensign Cecil D. Foell Seaman 2nd Class James John Gleason John Greene Harvey Jeffrie 2nd Lt. Cecil Charles McSweeny Albert Pierce PFC Wendell F. Rieck Staff Sgt. Robert D. Roys John Wagner 1st Lieutenant Quentine L. Wagner “Those killed in action in the defense of their country are the only true heroes of a lasting democracy. These U p p er Iowa University students sacrificed their lives for our freedom. This memorial will perpetuate our memories of them forever.” – Stan Lee 6 Stan Lee, ’46 Major (retired) U.S. Air Force, President and CEO, Stan Lee Enterprises, Inc. The late Stan Lee, ’46, attended UIU in 1939, but his studies were interrupted late 1942 by a call to military service. After the war, Lee served four more years in the Air Force, both in combat intelligence and on the crew of a B-29 super-fortress bomber and afterward was a member of the Air Force Reserves for some 26 years. Lee returned to UIU to graduate in 1946 with a B.S. in business administration and political and social science. He earned an M.B.A. in commercial aviation trade and transportation from the University of Southern California and went on to obtain a commercial pilot’s license and fly commercial charter planes. After working several years for Standard Oil Corporation, he started his own business, Stan Lee Enterprises, Inc., in Santa Monica, California, serving as president and CEO. The business included the sale and operation of coin-operated amusement machines and real estate investments. Lee was an emeritus member of the UIU Board of Trustees; received the 1992 UIU Distinguished Alumnus award; in 1999 received an Honorary Doctorate of entrepreneurship leadership from UIU; and was a contributor of major gifts to Upper Iowa University, including the Recreation Center, Lee Tower, the Reflective Tribute memorial, and for many years supported the Stan Lee Scholarship. Lee was also a member of many professional organizations, including Junior Chamber of Commerce, Music Operators of America, and the Reserve Officers Association. Ted Johnson Staff Sgt. U.S. Army Cofounder and President J-TEC Associates, Inc. The late Ted Johnson attended Upper Iowa University and played on the men’s basketball team before cutting his college career short in 1943 to join the Army. As staff sergeant with the 42nd Rainbow Division, Johnson was awarded a Silver Star, Bronze Star, three Battle Stars, and the Combat Infantry Badge. Johnson earned his undergraduate degree and a J.D. in 1951 from the University of Iowa. Johnson was cofounder and President of J-TEC Associates, Inc., and returned to UIU as a member of the Board of Trustees from 1982 to 1985, serving as vice chair. In 1984, Johnson received an Honorary Doctorate of business administration from Upper Iowa University. In addition to the numerous organizations and associations Johnson was involved in over his career, he took time to act as editor and publisher of UIU’s “Old Time Peacocks” newsletter from 1990-2001. 7 U I U g n i v Ser Board of Trustees Upper Iowa Alumni Bruce I. Campbell, ’69 Dr. Darrel Lang, ’70 William R. Cook, ’65 Scott R. Lebin, ’64 Robert Firth, ’89, ’00 Dr. Harry J. Maue, ’76 Howard K. Fischer, ’71 Dennis Murdock, ’68 Attorney, Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts, P.C. UIU Board of Trustee since 1977 B.A., Upper Iowa University J.D., Harvard Law School Financial Consultant Partner, Deloitte & Touche, L.L.P. UIU Board of Trustee since 1993 B.S., Upper Iowa University M.A., University of Iowa Chairman, Founder, and Majority Owner, All American Drive-Ins UIU Board of Trustee since 2006 Chairman, UIU Board of Trustees B.S., M.A., Upper Iowa University President and CEO, U.S. Roasterie UIU Board of Trustee since 1988 B.A., Upper Iowa University M.B.A., Roosevelt University Steven C. Harms, ’73 President and Chairman of the Board, Rain and Hail L.L.C., Rain and Hail Insurance Service, Inc., and Agri General Insurance Co. UIU Board of Trustee since 2000 B.A., Upper Iowa University Health and Phy. Ed. Consultant Kansas State Depart. of Ed. UIU Board of Trustee since 2007 Vice Chair/UIU Board of Trustees B.S., Upper Iowa University M.S., University of Wisc.-La Crosse Ed. D., Oklahoma State University President and CEO, Lebin Financial Management, Inc., and Managed Economics for Doctors, Inc., Geneva, IL Board of Trustee since 2009 B.A., Upper Iowa University M.A., Northwestern University Chairman and CEO, Stuart, Maue, Mitchell & James, Ltd. UIU Board of Trustee since 1998 B.A., Upper Iowa University B.S., University of Alabama M.B.A., Southern Illinois University J.D., U of San Gabriel College of Law Ph.D., St. Louis University LL.M., U of Leicester, England Executive Vice President and CEO, Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) UIU Board of Trustee since 2005 Treasurer, UIU Board of Trustees B.S., Upper Iowa University Barry B. Smith, ’59 Business Entrepreneur and Startup Expert UIU Board of Trustee since 2002 B.S., Upper Iowa University 8 William Andres, ’48, and Betty Andres, ’46 The late Bill Andres was CEO of the Fortune 500 company Dayton-Hudson Corporation (Target Stores). Betty Andres taught school for many years. Both were dedicated to UIU, with both serving on the Board of Trustees and giving important gifts to Upper Iowa. The couple was instrumental in funding a major landscaping project in the ’70s to beautify the Fayette campus for prospective students, which included 13 sculptures by different artists; contributed to the new Andres Center for Education and Business academic building; and supported two scholarships in their name. William A. Hiller, ’50 In 1981, the late William A. Hiller was named president and CEO of Agway, ranked 132 on the Fortune 500 list at that time. He also served as chairman of the board for Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital in Syracuse, New York; was a member of the National Executive Committee of the Boy Scouts of America; received the Boy Scouts Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope, and Distinguished Citizen awards; was director and vice chair of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives; was a member of the Advisory Council of the New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the corporate advisory council of the Syracuse University School of Management, the FFA Foundation Sponsors’ advisory board, and an honorary member of Alpha Zeta professional fraternity; served on the UIU Board of Trustees, was national chairman of the Presidents Club of the University, and recipient of UIU’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. Gerald L. McCauley, ’61 The late Jerry McCauley graduated from UIU with a degree in biology and a minor in history, leading him to a distinguished career as director of global market development for the Heart Valve Division of Medtronic, Inc. He was on the UIU Board of Trustees for 10 years, serving as board chair from 2006-09. The University grew and prospered under his leadership, and McCauley was instrumental in developing the current strategic plan. 9 s w e N e h In t Iowa’s winningest girls high school basketball coach UIU alumnus Gene Klinge, ’62, was awarded the 2011 Morgan Wootten Award for Lifetime Achievement in Coaching High School Basketball by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Coach Klinge has coached girls high school basketball for nearly 50 years, including the transition from six-person to five-person basketball in the state of Iowa. His career began at West Central High School in Maynard, where he coached for 41 years, winning 817 games. In 2003, he moved to Iowa’s Waukon High School, where he still coaches today. During Coach Klinge’s first year at Waukon, he led the team to a 28-0 record and the state championship. Entering the 2011 season, Coach Klinge’s record is 956 total wins, making him the all-time leader in the state of Iowa for wins in coaching girls basketball. “The selection of these two legendary high school coaches for this year’s Morgan Wootten Award continues the Hall of Fame’s goal of honoring excellence in the sport of basketball at all levels,” said John. L. Doleva, president and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “These coaches have touched the lives of thousands of basketball players, and we are proud to recognize their lifetime achievement at the high school level.” The annual award is named after Morgan Wootten, one of two coaches enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame that exclusively coached high school basketball. The winners—one boys basketball coach and one girls basketball coach—are selected by a nationally based committee comprised of Hall of Famers, national high school media members, tournament directors, and others that have significantly impacted the game. [Story and photo courtesy of Basketball Hall of Fame at www.hoophall.com] 10 it all began at uiu... Dr. Charles Klink, ’75, and wife, Margaret (Ernst) Klink, ’74, met at Upper Iowa and married shortly after his graduation. The couple has been married for 35 years and have two grown children, Kiersten (right) and Ian, and two granddaughters. Says Charles, “Our two children have had fun over the years telling the story of mom and dad meeting when mom “stole” dad’s class ring. A version Meg says is not true!” The Klink children’s version of their parent’s love story would be an ironic twist, considering Charles has been a Methodist minister since 1978. Charles earned a B.A. in religion and a minor in speech from UIU and went on to get a master’s of divinity from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and a doctor of ministry from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. Here’s their love story, as told by Charles: It was my second year at UIU, and I was sitting with a friend in the Garbee student union spinning my class ring on one of the tables. A first-year student named, Margaret (Meg), came up to our table to see her mutual friend with whom I was sitting. Meg sat down, and we all talked for awhile. When she said, “Let me see your ring,” I handed it over to her, and she looked at it the rest of the time we talked. When Meg got up to leave, we all said our good byes. Shortly after Meg disappeared, it suddenly dawned on me that she still had my class ring! It turned out she had only gone upstairs in Garbee, actually taking my ring on purpose intending that I would come after her. The next time I saw Meg was a couple of weeks later at a dance on campus. When the night ended, I asked if I could see her 11 again tomorrow night, to which she responded yes. That evening I went over to Graf Hall but when I went to buzz Meg’s room to tell her I had arrived, I could not remember her name! All I could remember was that she lived on the second floor and had red hair. Another student I knew was in the lounge area, so I asked her if she would go up to the second floor and invite “the redhead” to come down. She gladly obliged, but the woman who came down was not Meg! How was I supposed to know that there were two redheads on the same floor? It was very embarrassing to have to say to her, “Oh, no, not you...the other redhead.” Thank goodness she understood and graciously went back to ask Meg to come down—whose name I remembered from that moment on! Charles is about to complete 33 years in the ministry, and his third year at Montezuma United Methodist Church in Iowa. e c i v r e S Public State of Iowa, Auditor of State David A. Vaudt, CPA, began his third four-year term as Auditor of State in January 2011. The Auditor of State has responsibility for audits of counties, cities, school districts, and other governmental subdivisions and is required to provide guidelines to CPA firms performing such audits. All audits must be filed with the Auditor of State and are a matter of public record and open to inspection. According to the State website (auditor.iowa.gov): “We serve the citizens of Iowa as the ’Taxpayers Watchdog’ to help ensure that government is open and accountable to its citizens. We provide independent, accurate, and timely audits of the financial operations of Iowa’s state and local governments. We review government activities to help ensure they are conducted in an effective, efficient, and legal manner. In addition, we work with government officials, CPA firms conducting government audits, and individual citizens as they strive to obtain information, answer questions, and resolve issues, all with the objective of making government work better for its citizens.” After graduating from Upper Iowa University in 1976, Vaudt joined the CPA firm of KPMG LLP (formerly Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co.), Des Moines, and was elected to the partnership in 1988. In 2001, he retired from the firm to pursue public office. Vaudt served as chairman of the Iowa Accountancy Examining Board from 1995-2002, resigning in 2002 after his election to State Auditor. He served 10 years on the board of directors of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and completed his year as chair of NASBA in October 2004. During his tenure with NASBA, Vaudt chaired the Examinations Committee, Public Perception Committee, and Regulatory Structures Committee. In September 2004, he was named to Accounting Today’s “2004 List of 100 Most Influential People in Accounting.” Vaudt also received the “Iowans for Tax Relief Watchdog Award” in 2009. Vaudt is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Des Moines Chapter Association of Government Accountants, and the Des Moines Rotary. He serves on the board of directors of the Young Women’s Resource Center and as emeritus member of the Iowa Homeless Youth Centers. He also has served on various other community and civic boards, including the Better Business Bureau, the Des Moines Playhouse, the Morris Scholarship Fund, the Iowa Supreme Court Client Security and Attorney Disciplinary Commission, and the Walnut Creek Family YMCA. The Auditor of State is a member of the State Executive Council, the State Appeal Board, the Iowa Telecommunications and Technology Commission, Vision Iowa Board, the Tobacco Settlement Authority Board, and the Honey Creek Premier Destination Park Authority. 12 damjanovic elected mitchell county swcd commissioner Karen Johnson Damjanovic, ’81, graduated from Upper Iowa with a B.A. in office management and currently works for the Riceville Community School District as its business manager, school board secretary, and secretary to the superintendent. Recently, however, she was also reelected as the Mitchell County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) commissioner and is a member of the Cedar River Watershed Coalition (CRWC). During her first term in office, Damjanovic assisted with successfully writing a $1.1 million grant for the Spring Creek Watershed in Mitchell County that has since been included in the Mississippi River Basin Initiative. As a member of the CRWC anti-flood group, she is helping develop a plan to prevent damage from future flooding along the Cedar River, particularly to avoid the tragedy people experienced during the spring of 2008. After graduating from college, Damjanovic moved around the United States—from Iowa to Florida to Tennessee—doing mainly office work. In 1991, she returned to Iowa, married her husband, Al, and purchased the farmhouse her grandparents had built in 1911, as well as 10 acres of land on the farm where she grew up in Mitchell County. ronment, and then as an assistant SWCD commissioner. When the commissioner in her own township retired, Damjanovic ran for that position and was elected. Her current responsibilities as SWCD commissioner include working with landowners on the education and implementation of environmental conservation practices. Damjanovic said, “This would be the same farm I couldn’t wait to leave. It took leaving Iowa before I could truly appreciate living and working here.” Damjanovic says the fact that the Mitchell County landfill is in her backyard, so to speak, has made her and Al particularly conscientious about the surrounding environment. The Damjanovics have installed many wildlife habitats on their land and put into practice the conservation practices she teaches others. Upon her return to Iowa, Damjanovic took a position as office manager for the Floyd Mitchell Solid Waste Management Agency, which jumpstarted her interest in the envi13 Pursui e c n e l l e t of Exc the conley group, inc. the International Academy of Investigative Professionals. Conley is a former police captain and a graduate of Executive Security International, a highly regarded executive protection academy, where he became a certified protective agent. He is also a certified emergency medical technician; has earned a black belt in karate; and is a certified expert with a handgun and rifle. Tom M. Conley is the president and CEO of The Conley Group, Inc. headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. The Conley Group, Inc. provides highly qualified uniformed and plainclothes security services, security patrol services, and the Remote Viewing™ solution to its clients globally. Conley has earned three degrees from Upper Iowa University: a B.S. in business management, ’91, a B.A. in psychology, ’93, and a Master’s in business leadership with an emphasis in quality management, ’97, and has taught more than 100 college classes while serving as an adjunct professor. The long list of professional certifications Conley holds include being designated a certified protection professional by ASIS International; a certified anti-terrorism specialist, a certified master anti-terrorism specialist and a certified maritime security manager by the Anti Terrorism Accreditation Board; a certified information security manager by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association; both a certified protection officer and a certified protection officer instructor by the International Foundation for Protection Officers; a certified private investigator by the Academy of Private Investigators, certified in Homeland Security by The American Board for Certification in Homeland Security; and has been designated a certified fraud investigator by During his career of service with the U.S. Navy, Conley served in a number of law enforcement, criminal investigation, and information security leadership positions, as well as serving as the commanding officer of an active duty destroyer squadron detachment. He is the recipient of more than 40 military medals and awards, including 10 personal decorations, and is a Navy Master Training Specialist, a certified counterterrorism instructor by the U.S. Department of Defense, and is a terrorism subject matter expert. His stories of success in the face of some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable are both challenging and inspiring. Conley was the 2010 keynote speaker for UIU’s three commencement ceremonies on the Fayette campus. During his speech, Conley listed six attributes he has studied of those who have achieved greatness in their lives. One of those attributes is being highly committed to excellence. Conley explained, “...achieving your goals in a way you can be proud of and the people around you or who care about you can be proud. People who achieve greatness have an infinite capacity for hard work and possess a great determination and resiliency. Excellence cannot be achieved by average effort.” To hear Conley’s entire commencement speech, go to www.youtube.com. 14 personal, community, and professional betterment Debra Carr, ’95, is currently the director of economic development for ISED Ventures, a non-profit organization that helps people increase their assets and build wealth. “I am passionate about serving people and helping them reach their full potential,” she said. “When I help to lift others, I grow and prosper from the life experiences gained through the process.” Carr graduated from Upper Iowa University with a B.A. in human services and holds a master’s of social work from the University of Iowa School of Social Work, and a certificate of nonprofit management from Iowa State. She is a graduate of the Larned Warner Nonprofit Management Institute from the University of Iowa, is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and holds an honorary doctorate of letters from Aspen Theological Seminary. Additionally, Carr is an entrepreneur and continuously involved in volunteer and civic activities. She does consultation services for a broad range of individuals and organizations on grant writing, program development, project management, financial education, and training and fund development, and has also served as a federal grant reviewer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In 1986, Carr founded Le Chic Fashion Ensemble. In 1987, Carr founded and directed the first Miss Black Iowa U.S.A. pageant. She served as executive director for the Miss Black U.S.A. pageant from 1988–1993 and currently serves on its national Board of Advisors. During the 2007 Miss Black U.S.A. pageant held in Gambia, West Africa, Carr served as director of operations, coordinating activities for delegates. Since 1990, Carr has been a certified national 15 trainer for the American Red Cross African American HIV/AIDS Education Program, has trained a number of individuals and organizations throughout the country, and has been a guest speaker on this and other subjects in her career field. And this is just a short list of her accomplishments. Carr says her top priority, however, is supporting her twin sons in their activities and goals. Plus, she credits her parents with giving her a positive upbringing and attitude that is “open to receiving all that is available to me.” It is evident that Carr is living up to her favorite mottos: “Success lies not in how well known you are, but how well respected... not in your power to take, but your willingness to give.” —Elizabeth Hata-Watanabe “Success is measured by the height of your aspirations, the breadth of your vision, and the depth of your convictions.” —W. F. Scolavino . . . e e r g e d e a UIU Wher when a job is pure enjoyment “I thought my previous career was my dream job, but it was just that—a JOB,” stated Vicki Neuman, ’93, ’97. “I had to get up at 5:00 each morning and drive 60 miles to work every day. Now, working from my home, keeping my own hours, while still earning a professional income, is a dream come true.” A non-traditional student, Neuman graduated with a B.A. in business management and M.B.A. in business leadership from the UIU-Madison center. She said it took her 15 years to complete her degrees while holding down a full-time job, several part-time jobs, and being a single mother for a number of years. Her goal was to finish her undergraduate degree before her son, which she accomplished by one semester. Her advice, “Perseverance pays off!” Neuman was employed 24 years at the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison. Her career began in 1967 as secretary to a dean at UW-Richland. Thanks to her degrees from Upper Iowa, Neuman worked her way up the ranks to associate dean for administration at the UW-Madison School of Nursing when she retired in 2005 and then consulted for an additional two years until 2007. “My intentions for obtaining my master’s were not only to advance at UW, but to find a post-retirement career,” said Neuman. “I thought I would teach part-time at the community college level. Then, under protest, I hosted a BeautiControl At-Home Spa party and fell in love with their amazing skin care products.” Neuman said she originally signed on with BeautiControl only intending to be a “Friends and Family Consultant” in order to get discounted products. However, after attending a training class to become a consultant, she became even more passionate about their products. “I ordered a $2,000 inventory, went home, and held my first spa,” said Neuman. “I was hooked.” One year after joining BeautiControl in 2006, Neuman was promoted to a director and the following year earned a brand-new, candy-apple-red Mustang convertible, a diamond ring for ranking 8th in sales, and numerous other achievement awards and pieces of jewelry since. Neuman added that she has also earned trips to South Beach, New York City, Maui, New Orleans, and a Bahamas cruise. “Being with BeautiControl has made it possible for me and my husband to be Florida snowbirds in the winter,”said Neuman. “Because we don’t have territories, I can do spas in Wisconsin and Florida.” As a team leader, Neuman said it is gratifying to be able to help others recognize and use the potential within them. Her words of advice are, “Have a servant’s heart, so you can help others realize the dream...” 16 from small town roots to the windy city marketing campaigns for her clients through Successful Farming Magazine, the SF web site (agriculture.com), television programming (Successful Farming Machinery Show), radio (Successful Farming Radio Magazine) and many other evolving services. She communicates SUCdaily with corporate reps, product ANOTHER managers, marketing specialists, media buyCESSFUL ers, public relations reps, and management in 00 ALUMNI the agricultural industry. Sarah Miller, ’02, grew up on a farm near West Union, Iowa, with a local population of approximately 2,500. She learned how to take care of livestock, drive a tractor, help during planting and harvest season, and do pretty much anything there is to do on a farm. Miller’s small town, rural lifestyle was a good life—comfortable, filled with family, friends, school, and social activities. A good student, Miller graduated high school with honors but, undecided on a career path, enrolled at a two-year business school in Des Moines. After earning her two-year business degree, Miller took a job with Pioneer. She said, “I knew immediately after starting at Pioneer that I wanted to do sales, but soon found out there was no way I’d make it there without a four-year degree.” So, Miller enrolled at UIU, attending night classes at the Des Moines center and taking online courses, while working full time. After graduating with a B.S. in marketing, Miller was hired as a district sales manager with Syngenta and said, “Without my marketing degree, I wouldn’t have even been considered.” After a few years, Miller decided she wanted to work with a broader scope of the agricultural industry so moved on to Successful Farming (SF), a subsidiary of Meredith Corporation, working with growers across the United States. Miller’s job is to develop 17 “The perks of what I do are endless,” said Miller. “I’ve been all around the United States, east to west, north to south.” She says trade shows also take her to fun and interesting cities. Miller added, “Coming from a dairy farm in Iowa, I didn’t see much outside the Midwest growing up; but this career path has allowed me to see and experience so many different things.” At SF, Miller has received the “Top Gun” Sales Award for the past two years, an honor given to only one SF sales rep annually, based on sales performance, new accounts, and “Top Gun” hits. When working at Bank of the West, Miller received the President’s Club award as a branch manager. Miller owns a lakeside home in the suburbs of Chicago, where she lives with her daughter, Marissa. As a single mother, she appreciates that her job offers her the flexibility to attend Marissa’s junior high school activities, even helping to coach her basketball team recently when it was left without a coach. Now it is Marissa’s time to spend summers on the farm back home in Iowa with her grandparents, aunts, and uncles. Marissa has, however, made Miller promise they won’t move from their Chicago home until after she graduates from high school in six years. In the meantime, Miller is enjoying her job and living large, while being able to provide her daughter with the best of both worlds. e c i t Scott Michels, s u J l a attorney at law Crimin Attorney Scott Michels, ’04, works for Gourley, Rehkemper & Lindholm PLC in Des Moines, specializing in criminal defense, juvenile delinquency, juvenile law, and worker’s compensation. In his young career, Michels has already distinguished himself as an attorney who is a zealous advocate for his clients, satisfied with nothing less than the best possible outcome on each and every case. Whether it’s a court-appointed case or a private client, Michels goes the extra mile, does the necessary factual and legal research, and shows up to court ready and prepared for a good fight. It is said Michels possesses the attitude and mind-set associated with all of the attorneys at Gourley, Rehkemper & Lindholm and has already seen his hard work produce a number of victories for his clients. Michels’ high school and college years were also very successful, both in sports and academically, an indication that his highachieving attitude is innate. From Osage, Iowa, and a 2000 graduate of Osage High School, Michels then enrolled at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa, where he graduated magna cum laude in 2003, with a B.A. in criminology and psychology. While at UIU, Michels was also on the wrestling team and achieved Academic All-American and Academic All-Conference honors, both of which recognize the academic achievements of student-athletes in collegiate sports. “Coach Heath Grimm and I are family friends; we’re both from Osage,” said Michels. “He actually used to babysit my brother and me while my parents were at work, and he’s the reason I ended up at Upper Iowa.” Michels explained, “I was actually on the way to the mailbox with a signed “Letter of Intent” to attend Southwest Minnesota State when Coach Grimm called to ask me to come to Upper Iowa. I have to admit, it didn’t take too much convincing to get me to UIU.” Michels says he still keeps track of Upper Iowa wrestling, as well as maintains a regular workout routine. Following his achievements at UIU, Michels received his law degree from Drake University School of Law in 2007, earning special certificates in litigation and dispute resolution, and constitutional law and civil rights. He also successfully completed the Neal & Bea Smith Law Center, Drake Law School, Clinic in Criminal Defense as part of his law school education. Michels is a member of the Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Polk County Bar Association, and the Iowa State Bar Associations. He was presented the UIU Young Alumni Award during Homecoming 2009. Several other special moments in Michels’ life are marrying his wife, Annie, and becoming a parent to his two sons, Braylon (2) and Tyson (almost 7 months). 18 Setting and achieving high goals Your life experiences are your most valuable asset; wear your pivotal moment as your best accessory. — Andria C. Holub, M.B.A. Andria Holub, ’07, stated that attaining a doctorate degree has always been her life’s goal. She said, “I viewed education beyond my master’s as an opportunity to pursue something that genuinely interested me.” Holub is presently the regional mobility service manager at AT&T Mobility and has used her marketing and management degrees to carve out a successful career path over the years. Earning a B.S. in business marketing from Upper Iowa and a M.B.A. in global management from Ashford University, Holub’s list of competencies in the marketing realm is long. To name a few, they include networking to secure contracts and vendor placements, generating leads, product sales and solutions, customer service, advertising, promotional activities, developing corporate partnerships, and relationship building. Now Holub is pursuing a Ph.D. in organizational psychology from Walden University, crediting psychology courses in her undergraduate studies as the inspiration. “I found the study of psychology absolutely fascinating, because it provides an even greater level of relevance as a professional in today’s corporate structure,” said Holub. “It offered insight into matters of lifespan development, human dynamics, culture, gender, and social aspects.” Holub explained that studying organizational psychology, combined with her career experience and global management degree, 19 will expand further her cultural and human behavior awareness. “Several of my graduate courses offered glimpses into the study of psychology, yet did not allow me to gain the plethora of knowledge in the realm of psychology,” she explained. “The courses piqued my interest, if you will.” Holub says that when she completes her Ph.D. studies, she plans to achieve the credentials necessary to conduct scientific analysis, theory application, and really contribute as a scholar-practitioner in the field of psychology to promote the betterment of firms with a global holding. “This will align my diverse academic accomplishments into a synergistic application of a lifetime of scholarly pursuit.” Holub is also an inductee into the Golden Key International Honor Society for academic achievement; a contributing author to Iowa Spectrum: a Guide to Iowa’s Autism Community, and has earned her Six Sigma yellow belt (2009) and green belt (2010). s w e N e In th Pentagon names sergeant major of Army noncommissioned officer development, and the well-being of families. In his job, Chandler will recommend quality-of-life improvements to Army leadership. He will sit on councils that make decisions affecting enlisted soldiers and their families, and he will routinely testify before Congress on these issues. The Pentagon announced that Command Sgt. Maj. Raymond F. Chandler III was promoted to sergeant major of the Army on March 1, 2011. “We have the utmost confidence in Command Sgt. Maj. Chandler and look forward to having him join our leadership team,” said Secretary of the Army John McHugh when making the announcement. “He has the right qualities and credentials to assume this vitally important duty.” In June 2009, Chandler became the first enlisted commandant of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas. His previous job was command sergeant major for the U.S. Army Armor School at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Chandler was born in Whittier, California, and entered the Army in Brockton, Massachusetts, in September 1981. He earned a B.S. in public administration from Upper Iowa University. [Story and photo courtesy of The Fayetteville Observer, copyright 2011] Chandler, ’09, will be the senior enlisted adviser to the next Army chief of staff. The sergeant major of the Army is the chief of staff’s personal adviser on matters affecting enlisted soldiers. The role involves extensive travel and focuses on soldier training, 20 UIU-wausau grad wins JEFFERSON AWARD Upper Iowa University-Wausau graduate Gina Mattheisen, ’10, was presented with the Jefferson Award for her “Sweet Dreams” project, which gained statewide attention in Wisconsin. Established in 1972, the award recognizes businesses, schools, and individuals who answer the call to action for volunteerism. “Sweet Dreams” is Mattheisen’s original idea—a charity effort that assists children who are removed from abusive households and taken into foster care by providing them with a little something to call their own. Mattheisen said, “I needed to come up with a plan that would give these children, who have very little comfort or possessions in life to begin with, something to hang onto—something that belongs to them.” The “Sweet Dreams” project is a volunteer project, whereby care packages are put together from new items that are donated, which includes three things—a fuzzy blanket, a pillow case, and pajamas for both boys and girls that range in age from three months to 14. Since Mattheisen started the project, she has collected over 3,500 pillowcase care packages that have been distributed by social services agencies throughout Wisconsin. 21 Mattheisen has also been recognized for her “Sweet Dreams” project by the Wisconsin Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, and the Wisconsin State Attorney General’s Office. She has been asked to speak at the State Steering Committee for the Wisconsin Drug Endangered Children (WIDEC), numerous church organizations, Lions and Rotary clubs, and other community groups. Mattheisen earned a B.S. in human services, with a minor in criminal justice, from Upper Iowa University. e c i v r e S Secret the versatility of an i.t. degree Clayton Barbier, ’07, graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in technology and information management from the Upper Iowa University Jackson Barracks center. Barbier is a criminal investigator (special agent) with the U.S. Secret Service, assigned to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s New Orleans field office. His job responsibilities include conducting criminal investigations into violations of federal law, such as financial crime and an array of fraud, as well as U.S. currency counterfeiting investigations. He also performs vulnerability and security assessments in regard to visiting protectees and has provided protection services to those individuals on a multitude of assignments around the country. Recently, Barbier was assigned to the Electronic Crimes Special Agent Program (ECSAP), which requires the successful completion of a six-week computer forensics training program. The program provides agents with hands-on experience with regard to computer hardware, device imaging solutions, forensic analysis tools, legal issues, and report generation, performing as cyber incident responders and digital evidence examiners. Barbier is scheduled to complete the training program in April 2011. Prior to joining the Secret Service, Barbier held information technology positions with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Coast Guard. His duties involved troubleshooting computer hardware and software problems, network administration and security, and website management. His list of awards is impressive, receiving the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service (2007); Commandant’s Superior Achievement Award (Bronze Medal) (2006), the highest honorary award granted by the Commandant to Coast Guard civilians; Presidential Unit Citation (2005) for the Hurricane Katrina response; Coast Guard Unit Commendation for Exceptionally Meritorious Service (2005); and the U.S. Coast Guard Integrated Support Command New Orleans’ Civilian of the Quarter Award (1st Qtr. 2005). He was also nominated for the Department of Homeland Security Secretary’s Award for Valor (2005). 22 • s ’ U I U f More o essful Alumni Succ Steve Staker, ’68, named the Liberty Mutual National Coach of the Year for NCAA Division III • Steve Exline, ’71, partner in Exline & Assoc. Financial Services • Bill Roths, ’74, named 2008 National Wrestling Official of the Year • Cheryl Christensen, ’75, celebrated over 23 years teaching at Pelican Elementary School • Tom Petsche, ’75, named 2009-10 National Board President-Elect for the Eastern Iowa Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals • Don Lyons, ’81, inducted into the Iowa Girls’ Coaches Association Hall of Fame • Francis Courtney II, ’85, director for the southeast region at GStek, Inc. • Andy Yearous, ’95, environmental manager at Agri Star • Bridget Blitsch, ’96, filmographer and production manager in movie/TV industry • Greg Jones, ’97, art teacher at Van Buren Middle School • Jeff Tyler, ’98, named the Waterloo Police Department’s 2009 Officer of the Year • Joe Greathouse, ’99, faculty member at Kirkwood Community College • Jeff Butikofer, Ph.D., ’00, assistant professor of environmental science at Upper Iowa University • Lisa Campbell, ’03, promoted to lieutenant within the Waterloo Police Department • Janet Mutahangarwa, ’06, published her second book titled, “Under Man’s Spell” • Julie Fagle, ’08, joined CIRAS as a government contracting specialist • Stephanie Luna, ’08, works for Flint Hills Job Corps Center as a career transition specialist; is an online instructor with National American University; and studying for a Ph.D. in psychology through Walden University go to www.uiu.edu/alumni-success to see even more successful UIU alumni. 23 David B. Henderson, the first Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from west of the Mississippi, attended Upper Iowa University in 1861. Henderson did not finish his college studies, as he left Upper Iowa to fight in the Civil War. In 1900, Andrew Carnegie gifted UIU $25,000 to build a library in remembrance of Henderson, his personal friend. The statue still stands in front of the library today as a campus icon. www.uiu.edu 605 Washington Street â€˘ Fayette, IA 52142 â€˘ 800-553-4150