Outstanding Awards

The Clinton Community College Alumni Association honors outstanding contributions to the college by awarding their Annual Outstanding Awards during the college's commencement week activities.


The 2013 Outstanding Awards are awarded to:

  • Outstanding Business Associate is Tim Wright of Wagner Pharmacy

    Dr. Timothy A Wright is the owner and CEO at Wagner Pharmacy Company, and is responsible for the business planning, financial management, and marketing and sales aspects of the organization. Tim is a 1999 Fulton High School graduate, and after completed his Associates of Arts and Associates of Science degrees at Clinton Community College, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. 

    While continuing his pursuit of his education, service in the USMC became a priority as well, and included 2 years of active service, followed by a deployment to Fallujah, Iraq with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During breaks from his service, Tim completed his Doctorate in Pharmacy from Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Pharmacy. While completing his graduate education, Tim met his wife, Nora, also a pharmacist; they both graduated Doctors of Pharmacy in March of 2008.

    Tim and Nora began working for Wagner Pharmacy Company in leadership capacities in April of 2008, and purchased the company in January of 2010. Since 2011, Wagner Pharmacy has funded a scholarship for students studying pre-pharmacy through the Paul B. Sharar Foundation.  In 2012, Tim served as the Keynote Speaker at the annual CCC Alumni Association Student Leader Luncheon.  Thank you, Tim, for representing CCC as an outstanding CCC graduate and an outstanding business partner!

  • Outstanding Friend of the College is Karen Friis

    Karen Friis is the “Go-To” person the community depends on.  She has served as Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce Administrative Services Coordinator since 1995 is such a valuable contact for so many in the community.  Her role at the Chamber expanded this year with retirements, and she fills it willingly and with a smile. Karen has served on the CCC Administrative & Office Support Advisory Panel for 10 years.   In addition to assisting in a vital role for one of the CCC programs, Karen is a willing partner in gathering information about the community, share information via the Chamber and look for suggestions to connect to the community. 

    CCC President Karen Vickers commented, “Karen is one of those people who willingly shares of herself.  She serves on the advisory committee for our AOS program and is always willing to provide guidance to help us improve the program. Anytime we need to advertise an event at CCC, Karen helps to post the event with the weekly email from the Chamber.  She also gathers information for the CVB.  In all she does, she does so in a thoughtful, kind, caring manner.  Karen is a friend to all of us, but especially CCC.”
    CCC Paul B. Sharar Foundation Board member and former CACC President Julie Allesee concurs, “I have worked with Karen while at the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce.  Karen is a ‘human’ dictionary and the go-to person for people seeking information about our community.  She delivers that information in an inviting and friendly manner and never hesitates to ‘go beyond’ to help someone requesting information.” 

    Karen also serves on the Clinton Human Rights Commission.  Free time is spent enjoying time with her children and grandchildren.

  • Outstanding Volunteer is Amy Leslie.

    The 2013 Outstanding Volunteer is Amy Leslie.  Amy represents us by her student involvement, as a voice for the student body, as a strong advocate for CCC and our Student Success Center.   Amy has been instrumental in college events such as the Cruising with the Cougars Car Show, Adopt R Campus and Highway Cleanups, Stop the Hate/Show the Love walk, MLK celebration, evening refreshments and plus many more. 

    Amy spoke out on behalf of other students by attending the Legislative session in Des Moines, representing the Student Body during Congressman Bruce Braley’s visit, attending the APCA/SWLC (Association for Programing of Campus Activities/Statewide Leadership Conference), attending the Social Injustice roundtable discussions, and attending the State domestic violence and transitional housing forum.

    Amy is dedicated, energetic, enthusiastic and committed.  Outstanding!

  • Outstanding Graduate is Cory Reuter.

    Cory Reuter is an excellent example of a nontraditional student who returns to college for a new career.  Cory suffered from a major injury of his spinal column and has turned his recovering and future into strengthening his mind and body.  Cory made the most of his college experience by earning an Associate of Science Degree in Pre-Engineering and will continuing his education at the University of Iowa in the fall.

    Cory’s Academic Achievements include being a member of the President’s and Deans’ lists, a member of Phi Theta Kappa honorary society, a Paul B. Sharar Foundation scholarship recipient, and Cory was recognized as a scholar on the 2013 All-Iowa Academic Team.

    Cory is an excellent role model both in the classroom and the Success Center.  Cory has been an excellent tutor in the Student Success Center.  Cory is an inspiration to many.  He is well respected among his peers and is sought out by students for tutoring in many subject areas.  Not only does he tutor the subjects he has taken, he is willing to help as he can with classes he has not taken.  Math is his forte’.  He is humble and is gracious in thanking those who have helped in along the way.  He has been a cheerleader for many, and always is encouraging to all students.  Cory is truly outstanding!

  • Outstanding Faculty/Staff Member is Shirley Turnis.

    Shirley Turnis is the Outstanding faculty/staff member for 2013.  Shirley has taken on new duties this academic year.  She was named a mentor/trainer for online instructors on the Clinton campus.  She is very willing to hold help sessions, and work with individual instructors with their technology problems.  Shirley is a very patient trainer!  Along with assisting instructors on campus, she has attended many meetings and trainings to keep current with our online consortium.

    In addition to the mentor trainer, Shirley has been an active member of the district Developmental Math committee.  Their task is to revamp the Developmental Education Math offerings to assist students working toward the college level Math to give them the best courses to take to reach their academic goals.  This committee involves district meetings and trainings as well.  Shirley has piloted 2 of the courses on our campus, Prealgebra, and Math Literacy.  Both of these courses took hours of planning and preparation to deliver.

    Shirley is also an advisor for Phi Theta Kappa.  She is involved in many aspects of the honor society from preparing eligible student lists to writing the script and program for the induction ceremony.  She has taken PTK students to volunteer at the Children’s Cancer camp for the past two Junes.

    Most importantly, Shirley is an excellent Math instructor both in the classroom and online, and is willing to help not only her own students, but students from other Math classes as well.  She again is very patient with students, and cares about their success in the classroom.  This semester she even held office hours in the open computer lab, so Math Literacy students could come in to use the MyMath Lab and have assistance from Shirley if needed. 

    Shirley Turnis is an outstanding example of an instructor going above and beyond, not only for students, but her fellow faculty members as well.

  • Outstanding Alumnus is Ruthann Papke.

    Ruthann Papke is a proud graduate of Clinton Community College, attending college at a time when her three children were young AND she was assisting her husband on the family farm.  She is a nurturer as is evident in her many roles as wife & mom, nurse and volunteer.

    Ruthann served as Vice President of Patient Care Services for Mercy Medical Center – Clinton.  With her encouragement, numerous healthcare professionals have pursued higher education degrees & training.  Her legacy at Mercy Medical Center will live on for years to come.  In retirement, Ruthann continues to serve as a Magnate Appraiser for the American Nurses Association nurturing other healthcare facilities throughout the country as an ANA magnate appraiser. 

    As a community volunteer, Ruthann nurtures organizations such as the Clinton Library Board and our own Paul B. Sharar Foundation where she will complete a two-year term as president in August.  Under her leadership the Sharar Foundation continues to grow and expand assistance to the students and programs of CCC.  Ruthann supports education – literally- through the Ruthann Papke Nursing Scholarship at Clinton Community College. 

    A vocal supporter of the college, Ruthann has written Guest Editorials, promoted CCC activities and continues to encourage people to explore CCC offerings in health care. When enjoying free time, Ruthann is found playing Bridge, cheering on her grandchildren at their many activities, or walking her beloved puppy Snickers with husband Gary.


Congratulations to the Clinton Community College Alumni Associations Outstanding Awards Recipients for 2013!