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ICCC announces Hall of Fame honorees

Class will be inducted at Oct. 6 alumni banquet

September 8, 2012
Messenger News

Iowa Central Community College has announced the 2012 Hall of Fame class. Eight alumni and one humanitarian will be inducted during Iowa Central's alumni banquet on Oct. 6. The banquet will be part of the Alumni and Friends Homecoming weekend.

Triton Humanitarian Award

Melvin Samuelson

Samuelson was a member of the Iowa Central Board of Trustees for 13 years, and he served as board president for six years until he retired in 2000.

After graduating from Buena Vista University, he taught business at Alta Community Schools from 1947 to 1951. During this time, he attended the University of South Dakota and earned his master's degree in school administration in 1951. He later served as superintendent of Alta Community Schools for 12 years. During this time he worked with Iowa Central Community College and the league of high schools in the area to pilot a two-year post-secondary concept. When Iowa Central was organized, he was a strong advocate for Buena Vista becoming part of Area V.

Samuelson served as Iowa Central's representative to the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees from October 1989 to October 2000.

He was awarded the John P. Kibbie Award in 1996. For his longtime service to the college, in 2004, the board of trustees named the Storm Lake Center after him.

Samuelson has also held leadership positions with his church locally and at the synod level. He is a former president of Kiwanis and still boasts of perfect attendance. Samuelson also welcomed Thai Dem refugees to his community by helping with relocation, housing, employment and providing guidance.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Daryl Beall, 1967

Beall, a member of the Iowa Senate, began his political career at Iowa Central Community College as president of the Iowa Central student body in 1967.

He received his bachelor's degree in history and political science from Buena Vista and his master of public administration degree from Drake University in 1978. Beall was a Taft Fellow at MacAlister College in St Paul, Minn.

He taught political science at Urbandale High School, worked as a newspaper columnist, editor, publisher and public relations manager in Iowa, Colorado and South Dakota, before returning to Fort Dodge.

Beall was elected to the Iowa Senate in 1998 and continues to represent the people of District 25 (which is composed of Calhoun, Greene, and Webster counties). He currently serves as the chair of veteran affairs committee, vice chair of the government and transportation and infrastructure budget committees, and also serves on the commerce and education committees.

Beall has served his community on the school board for the Fort Dodge Community Schools, as president of the Interfaith Forum, and with involvement on the Arts Council, the Child Abuse Council and the Alcoholism Treatment Center. Beall is also a member of Kiwanis and the Trinity United Methodist Church.

Among his recognitions is the 2002 Martin Luther King Jr. Award. In 2006, the Izaak Walton League named him Legislator of the Year. The Iowa Asian Alliance named him "Asian ambassador" in 2008 and in 2011, the Iowa Chinese Association awarded him the Community Service Diversity Award.

He and wife Jo Ann have three grown children and 11 grandchildren.

Distinguished Alumni Award

William W. McAnally, 2002

McAnally attended Iowa Central Community College for a year in 1972. He then attended Northland College, studying environmental studies in 1974 and received his carpentry diploma from Western Iowa Tech Community College in 1975. In 1990, after working for his own construction company for 15 years he then received a teaching certificate from the University of Iowa. McAnally continued his education, earning an associate degree from Iowa Central in 2002, and his bachelor of arts degree from Buena Vista.

He returned to Iowa Central, where he spent 15 years as the carpentry instructor and program coordinator. During this time, he also was instrumental in transforming the college campus to be "green." In 2008, McAnally became the department chair of industrial technology, a position he held until retiring in 2010. He remains active in the field and is owner of McAnally Consulting.

McAnally sits on various local and state boards, including the Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency, the Center for Sustainable Communities, the Iowa Energy Center, the Fort Dodge Senior High Building and Trades advisory board, and Iowa Central's Deconstruction/Energy Efficient Rehabilitation Advisory Board.

In 1984, McAnally received the Iowa Governor's Award for Heroism, as well as a 1996 NISOD award, a 2001 Golden Apple Award, and Iowa Central Community College Instructor of the Year, and in 2009, the Iowa Governor's Volunteer Award.

He is a monthly guest of "Talk of Iowa," a home improvement show on Iowa Public Radio.

He and wife Donna are parents of two adult children and have three grandchildren.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Mark Gould, Art 1971-1972 transfer

Gould's art journey began at Iowa Central under instructor Bob Halm as a student and continued to his successful career as an artist after graduating from the University of Iowa.

Gould has served as a role model for Iowa Central art students by volunteering his time and talents to conduct hands-on workshops, as well as displaying his art for the Iowa Central gallery shows.

He is a nationally and internationally acclaimed artist. He has won numerous awards, authored several books, and his work has been featured in many magazines.

Gould is the owner of Dancing Crow Studio in Taos, N.M.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. Eric Pearson, 1983

Pearson graduated from Iowa Central Community College in 1983, then earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa in 1987. He graduated from the University of Iowa Dental School in 1988, completing an internship there in 1989. After completing his residency in 1989-1993 at Gunderson Clinic in La Crosse, Wis., Pearson moved back to Fort Dodge. He is an oral surgeon/partner at Fort Dodge Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, PC.

Pearson is the past president of the Iowa Society of Oral Surgeons and the Fort Dodge Dental District.

Pearson has board positions on the Friendship Haven Foundation, the YMCA, Fort Dodge Country Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Fort Dodge School Booster Club and Trinity Regional Medical Center.

He is also involved with committees at First United Methodist Church and is the board chair of the Iowa Central Community College Foundation.

For the past 20 years, Pearson has served as scorekeeper for Fort Dodge athletics. Both Iowa Central and Fort Dodge Senior High athletes have benefited from his free sports physicals.

Pearson and wife Lynette have two children, Jamie and Colin.

Triton Athletic Award

Jae Conn, 2003 Women's Basketball

Conn, a 5' 4" guard, arrived from Australia and made an immediate impact on the Iowa Central women's basketball team. Until this year, she held Iowa Central's all-time scoring mark with 1,155 points, and was second in assists, and fourth in steals.

Conn was selected to the 2002 All Region Team, first team All Region in 2003 and was a second team All-American.

Conn continued to play basketball for Akron University, a NCAA Division I school. She graduated in 2005 with a communications degree. She currently is a fifth- and sixth-grade teacher at Lara Lake Primary School in Geeling, Victoria, Australia. Her basketball career is not over, as she plays for the Geeling Lady Cats, a professional basketball association in Australia.

Triton Athletic Award

Tommy Thompson, 1983 Wrestling

Thompson's wrestling career began at Fort Dodge Senior High School, where he was a three-time letter winner and a two-time state tournament qualifier. He transferred to Iowa Central from Augustana College and was a member of Iowa Central's 1981 NJCAA National Champion team. Thompson was a two-time NJCAA All-American at Iowa Central. He continued his wrestling career at the University of Missouri, where he was a two-time NCAA Division I qualifier and graduated with a bachelor's degree in secondary education in 1985.

He returned to Fort Dodge to be a high school health and physical education teacher and an assistant wrestling coach. He was also an assistant wrestling coach at Iowa Central. He earned his master's degree from Northwest Missouri State in 1990.

Thompson love for wrestling continues as he is still a wrestling official at the middle school, high school and junior college level. Thompson also serves as the head boys golf coach at Fort Dodge Senior High School.

Triton Athletic Award

Klaye Rowe, 2006 Men's Basketball

Rowe graduated from Papillion La Vista High School in Nebraska, but came to Iowa Central as a transfer student from McCook Community College. In 2005, Klaye averaged 18 points and 8 rebounds per game. He was voted First Team All Conference and Conference MVP and was Coach Dennis Pilcher's first First Team All American player.

Rowe continued his career at Bellevue University. His senior year, he led Bellevue to a 33-4 record and a berth in the NAIA National Championship game. He earned First team All MCAC and was named Second Team All American.

Rowe graduated with a bachelor's degree in sociology. Rowe works for Integrated Life Choices in Omaha, Neb., with wife Sam.

Triton Athletic Award

Ray Carreathers, 1987 Football

While on the field, Carreathers was busy as he played cornerback and wide receiver, and he was the team's back-up quarterback. He also returned punts and kick-offs.

Carreathers was NJCAA First Team All American Defensive Back and First Team 11 Region Team Defensive Back in 1986.

Ray was the 1987 Mike Algoe winner for the Outstanding Male Athlete at Iowa Central.

He went on to Iowa State University where he was named 1988 All Big 8 Second Team Defensive Back and Honorable Mention All-American Defensive Back. He was signed as a free agent by the Minnesota Vikings in 1989.

Carreathers graduated with a bachelor of science degree from Iowa State in 1990. He has added the following professional training to his resume while he has been employed as vice president of U.S. Drug Channel, Kraft Foods, Inc.: Food Industry Management graduate, Cornell University 2004; Leveraging the Value Network, and Kellogg School of Management 2006, the Executive Leadership Council's Institution for Leadership Development and Research 2010.

He has also been involved with his community as a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church, a volunteer for the Northern Illinois Food Bank, a supporter of Boy Scouts of America, volunteer for Susan J. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness and a member of the national Black Sales Council. Carreathers is an avid golfer and has been involved with the First Tee Program.

He and wife Demeke have a 7-year-old daughter, Rayna.

Members of the community are welcome to attend the banquet and induction ceremony.

To order tickets or for more information contact the Foundation office, 574-1145.



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