Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) honored six faculty and staff members with
Emeritus Awards for 2021.
Begun in 2015, the award recognizes those retired and retiring faculty and staff who
served lengthy careers of dedicated service to the college. To be considered, an individual
must have served at least 15 years at EICC and made significant contributions to the
college, communities and their disciplines or professions.
“We are blessed to have a number of individuals who, over the course of long careers
have far exceeded what is required of them and have helped to create the culture of
high aspirations and high expectations EICC works to maintain and develop today,”
said EICC Chancellor Don Doucette. “These individuals have given of themselves both
personally and professionally to move the colleges forward and to ensure our students
have the best possible higher education experience. The individuals we honor here
tonight represent the very best of Eastern Iowa Community Colleges and are truly deserving
of this recognition.”
Nominations are made by peers and supported by letters from colleagues, supervisors,
students and community members. The nominations were reviewed by a selection committee
that recommended recipients to the Chancellor with the final award bestowed by the
EICC Board of Trustees.
Those recognized include both faculty and staff, and were employed at EICC’s Clinton, Muscatine and Scott Community College campuses and other locations. The recipients include:
2021 Emeritus Recipients
Alan Campbell, Staff Emeritus
Retiring June 2021 as Associate Director for Marketing and Communications
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.
“I can think of few others in the community college marketing profession who have
been as effective communicator, as novel a creator, as inspiring a leader, as nurturing
a mentor, and as passionate a champion as Alan Campbell," said Jeff Ebbing, NCMPR
Jonathan Ikoba, Faculty Emeritus
Retiring June 2021 as Economics and Global Studies Instructor, Scott Community College
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
“Dr. Ikoba stands as a model of integrity in all that he does. With a kind and genuine
demeanor, Dr. Ikoba exemplifies professional standards in his department, in his classroom
and the greater community," said Isaac Newman, Interim Associate Dean of Arts and
Marcia Larson, Staff Emeritus
Retiring June 2021 as Academic Advisor and Disabilities Resource Coordinator, Clinton
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.
“She will always go above and beyond to help students. Larson has assisted many with
needs such as homelessness, abuse, hunger, lack of support, and low or no income.
She works with community resources to try to do what they can to care for students
so they can be successful," said Lisa Miller, Clinton Community College Dean of Student
Gale Roeder, Staff Emeritus
Retired December 2021 as Manager of CE Community Programming
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.
“With her energy and commitment to the community college philosophy I can say with
certainty that Gale touched more individual segments of the community than anyone
else in the EICCD system,” said Nancy Kothenbeutel, former Vice Chancellor for Continuing
Education and Workforce Development.
Peggy Thoms, Faculty Emeritus
Retired as Psychology Instructor, Clinton Community 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
Committee, Faculty Association Representative and LEAP Assessment Goals Committee,
to name a few.
"Whatever her focus…helping a student understand the material or mentoring a faculty
member, she did so with enthusiasm a strong sense of purpose, empathy, and integrity,
working tirelessly to get results," said colleagues.
Kathy Sunderbruch, Faculty Emeritus
Retired as English Instructor, Muscatine Community College
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,” a G-L-B-T student organization,
and the founding member of the AKOP book club.
"Sunderbruch was truly at the top level of all the instructors I have known over my
past fifty years in education. She and her husband have always been strong supporters
of the college and the MCC Foundation and are the type of folks you would want as
neighbors, friends and colleagues," said former Muscatine Community College President
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