Life.Changing. Times 08-16

Randy AndersonMy final “Life. Changing. Times”

After writing and publishing “What’s Going On?” and “Life. Changing. Times” for the majority of the past 29 years, this is the last issue for Randy Anderson. I will be retiring at the conclusion of the Summer term. Throughout my time here, I have enjoyed working with many great people who have sincerely cared about the success of the many students who have passed through the doors of Indian Hills Community College. It’s been quite a ride, but now it is time for me to step aside.


2017 Fall term set to begin August 28th!

Even though it is hard to believe that summer is almost gone, Indian Hills staff are excited for the beginning of the 2017 Fall term. Students will move into our residence halls on Sunday, Aug. 27, and the new academic year will begin on the following day.

The Showcase of Indian Hills student clubs and organizations will run from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 28, in the Hellyer Student Life Center. Lunch will be served during that time at the south entrance to the Hellyer Center and lawn games will also be available. The IHCC Student Senate will host an ice cream social in the Formal Lounge from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The day will conclude with a beach party at The Beach Ottumwa at 8:00 p.m.

Fall Term Starting soon

Tuesday highlights will include “Donuts with the Deans” in the Formal Lounge from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., a Job Fair in the Formal Lounge from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and a “Beat the Blame” Game in St. John Auditorium at 8:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, students can look forward to a caricature artist at various campus locations from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., a college scavenger hunt at 3:00, “Minute to Win It” games in Warrior Junction at 3:30, and volleyball vs. Highland in the Hellyer Center at 6:00 p.m.

On Thursday, classes will dismiss at 10:00 a.m. on the Centerville Campus, county service centers and career academies; and at 11:00 on the Ottumwa and North campuses. 


New employees at Indian Hills:

It has been a busy summer for the Human Resources staff with many new employees having been hired to work at Indian Hills.  Here’s the rundown:

Nate VeVerka is an adjunct Welding Instructor for the North Mahaska Welding Academy.  He earned an AAS from Iowa Central Community College and a BS in Industrial Technology from William Penn University. 

Tomaz Marinelli is a new Residence Hall Supervisor and will also serve as Intramurals Coordinator. He has a BA in Spanish from the University of Iowa.

Rebecca Boshart will be joining the Marketing Department as a Graphic Designer on Aug. 28. She earned a BFA in Graphic Design from Iowa State University.

Audrie Beary will begin her new duties as Academic Advisor, Upward Bound and Talent Search/Tutor Coordinator with the Ottumwa school district on Aug. 28.  She holds a BA in Secondary Education from William Penn University.

Andrea Mills is an Academic Advisor, Upward Bound and Outreach Advisor, Educational Opportunity Center in the Centerville school system. She earned her BS in Elementary Education from Indiana University. 

Peyton Crosser is an Assistant Women’s Volleyball Coach and Academic Advisor. She has an AA from Indian Hills and a BA in Business from Western Illinois University. 

Peyton Crosser

Alex Coleman is a part-time Testing Center Assistant. He earned both an AA and AAS in Business Specialist/Office Management from Indian Hills. 

Ashley Stagner is an Admissions Representative. She earned an AA from Iowa Central Community College and a BA in English from Morningside College.

Bill Garrels is an Automotive Technology/Machine Technology instructor for the Albia Area Career Academy. He earned an AAS in Automotive Technology from Indian Hills.

Ashley Tierney is an Academic/Career Advisor. She has a BS in Biological and Ag Engineering from Kansas State University.

Sharon Mier is working as a part-time Outreach Advisor for the Educational Opportunity Center. She has an AA from Indian Hills, a BA in Human Relations/Sociology from William Penn University and a BA in Criminal Justice from Buena Vista University.

Alison Bennett is a part-time assistant in the Testing Center. She has an AA from Indian Hills.

Bobby Orman is working as an Admissions Representative. He earned a BA from the University of Northern Iowa.

Jennifer Glosser is a part-time Telecommunications Assistant. She holds an AA from Indian Hills.

Karol Kirkpatrick serves as a Security Officer.

Maria Cordova is a new custodian in the Physical Facilities Department.

Derek Faulkner has joined the staff as an Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach/Residence Hall Supervisor. He has a BS in Kinesiology from California State University and a MS in Kinesiology from California Baptist University.

Derek Faulkner

Zach Carpenter is working as the Head Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach. He earned a BS in Computer Information Systems from Lee University and a MS in Instructional Leadership from Tennessee Technological University.

Zach Carpenter

Kevin Hurtado is an Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach/Residence Hall Supervisor. He has a BA in Business Administration from Centenary College in Louisiana.

Kevin Hurtado

Kasey Murphy recently joined the staff as an adjunct Certified Pilot instructor. He earned his AAS in Aviation Pilot Training from Indian Hills.

Mary Beth Breon is working as an Administrative Assistant in the Health Sciences Division. She holds an AAS from Ottumwa Heights College.

Kristen Parks is the college’s new Human Resources Director. She has a BA in Communications from Central College and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. 

There have also been several changes in assignment:

Noah Eklund has begun his new duties as an Academic/Career Advisor. He previously served the college as a Financial Assistance Advisor.

Noah Eklund

Joy Korthuis is now a Business Liaison with Continuing Education and Workforce Education. She had been Coordinator of the Aquatics, Health and Safety Programs.

Joy Korthuis

Bobbie Comer will move from part-time Student Support Services administrative assistant to full-time Student Support Services and Upward Bound Trio Programs Administrative Assistant on Aug. 26.

McKenzie Baum will begin her new duties as Academic Advisor on Aug. 28. She currently is a Financial Assistance Advisor.

McKenzie Baum

Sadie Rule will begin as Communications Coordinator, Admissions and Orientations on Aug. 28. She has been an Integrated Student Services Specialist in the One Stop.

Sadie Rule

Ranae Molkenthin will begin her duties as Campus Visit & Recruitment Coordinator on Aug. 28. She is currently working as an Academic Advisor.

Ranae Molkenthin

Callie Proctor will change jobs in the Business Office from Student Accounts to Cashier on Aug. 26.

Callie Proctor

John Howard will join the Marketing Department on Aug. 28 as a Machine Operator in Printing. He has been working as a Custodian.


Two staff members are taking on additional assignments: 

Gabby Zeller Schroeder has filled the role of Residence Hall Supervisor and continues to serve as the Athletic Department Coordinator.

Gabby Zeller

Brent Ewing has accepted an additional position as Residence Hall Supervisor. He also serves as an Assistant Coach for IHCC Running Programs.

 Brent Ewing


Indian Hills Professor co-authors Textbook

Suzanne KellerSuzanne Keller, Indian Hills Professor of Science (Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology) has co-authored the 12th edition of the textbook, “Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology,” with Elaine Marieb. This is a textbook that IHCC will use beginning this fall.

Here is a portion of the information on the back cover of the book—

Focus on the essential what, how, & why of human anatomy & physiology

With the 12th Edition of Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology, science educator Suzanne Keller joins bestselling author Elaine Marieb in helping learners focus on the essential What, How, & Why of A&P, without getting sidetracked in unnecessary details.  

Thoroughly updated with dozens of new figures, photos, and current information on medical recommendations and terminology, the 12th Edition continues to set the standard for brief, accessible one-semester A&P texts. The authors’ hallmark clear and friendly writing style has been strengthened with familiar analogies and abundant mnemonic cues that help students learn and remember concepts. Continuing to offer just the right balance of anatomy, physiology, and clinical coverage, engaging new chapter previews help learners hone in on what structures and functions they are studying, how they function, and why they are important to learn.

Congratulations Suzanne, on completing this project!

Fall sports off and running!

With the beginning of a new school year, new sports campaigns are beginning for various Indian Hills teams. Here’s a look at home games coming up for the Warriors:


Men’s Soccer

Aug. 19- exhibition match vs. St. Ambrose College @ 4:00 p.m.

Aug. 20- exhibition match vs. Central College @ 2:00 p.m.

Aug. 22- exhibition match vs. Culver-Stockton College @ 3:00 p.m.

Sept. 1- regular season match vs. Iowa Lakes CC @ 4:00 p.m.

Sept. 3- regular season match vs. Johnson County CC @ 1:00 p.m.

Sept. 9- regular season match vs. Hawkeye CC @ 2:00 p.m.


Women’s Soccer

Sept. 1- regular season match vs. Iowa Lakes CC @ 2:00 p.m.

Sept. 3- regular season match vs. Dodge City CC @ 3:00 p.m.

Sept. 9- regular season match vs. Hawkeye CC @ 4:00 p.m.


Women’s Volleyball

Aug. 22- vs. DMACC @ 7:00 p.m.

Aug. 30- vs. Highland CC @ 6:00 p.m.

Sept. 13- vs. Iowa Western CC @ 7:00 p.m.