Honoring Those Who Have Served With Distinction
At the heart of THE Community’s College are the people who put their skills, knowledge and passion into making students’ dreams a reality. That’s why every year we take a moment to celebrate retired and retiring individuals who exemplified service to students and the community during their years with Eastern Iowa Community Colleges. This spring, six faculty and staff were recognized for their contributions through the college’s Emeritus Awards.
For more information about the Emeritus honorees, both past and present, visit eicc.edu/emeritus
Alan Campbell embodied what it means to be THE Community’s College by serving 35 years as the Associate Director for Marketing and Communications, providing vision, creativity and leadership to all of the EICC’s marketing efforts. In addition to his great contributions to EICC, Campbell has advanced the profession of community college marketing in both Iowa and across the entire country as a 30-year member of NCMPR (the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations) and former President of the national organization.
Marcia Larson made it her mission to help students succeed, serving for more than 15 years with Clinton Community College as an Academic Advisor, the Co-Chair of the Retention Committee and the Disabilities Resource Coordinator. A vocal advocate for removing barriers to student success, she was instrumental in the creation of the CCC Cupboard to reduce food insecurity for students, helped develop a program to provide bus passes and gas cards to those in need, and took it upon herself to become the “guru” in many areas of the college.
Peggy Thoms exemplified EICC’s commitment to a culture of high aspirations and expectations during her 20 plus years as a Psychology Instructor for Clinton Community College by prioritizing student success. One of the first to embrace hybrid-teaching models, Thoms quickly adopted to new technology and developed a challenging but supportive learning environment where students flourished. Outside the classroom, she was an active member of numerous campus and district committees including Professional Development, LEAP Assessment Goals and Faculty Association Representative, to name a few.
Jonathan Ikoba served 27 years with Scott Community College as an Economics and Global Studies Instructor, sharing his knowledge and strength of character in the classroom and beyond. Best described as a man of “great integrity and heart,” Ikoba also served as a leader and mentor to faculty as the Social Sciences Department Coordinator and on a variety of institutional committees. A forward thinker with a thirst for knowledge, he is an expert in developing learning strategies and community initiatives with a lasting impact.
Gale Roeder served 46 years in the college’s Continuing Education (CE) Department, retiring as the Manager of CE Community Programming. During her decades long career, she mastered what is unattainable for most: the ability to continually innovate and build new relationships at a pace that can only be described as “super-human.” It is her persistent determination that helped her build the largest and most diverse portfolio of programs in the college’s Continuing Education Department.
Kathy Sunderbruch served more than 35 years as an English Instructor at Muscatine Community College, challenging and inspiring students to reach their full potential with meticulous classroom preparation, outstanding instruction and the ability to stretch her students’ critical thinking skills. Beyond her work in the classroom, she was also an active ally of “All Kinds of People,” an LGBT student organization, and the founding member of the AKOP book club.