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SCCAA Golf Outing Driving In Support 7/18/14

The WhipplesAt the July 19, 2013 event, thirty six teams and several hundred generous donors helped net $10,700 for alumni scholarships, college mini-grants and Distinguished Alumni Awards. Congratulations to the winners in all three flights! As in most years, the weather cooperated. We can also happily report a record number of flag and team sponsors  for the fourth year in a row!

Don't get left out in the rough in 2014! Click here, call 319-208-5062 or send an email to NOW to reserve a team spot for the 18th annual event scheduled for July 18, 2014 (always the 3rd Friday in July)! This 4-person, best shot event includes beverages, hole games, raffle prizes, and a great dinner by Aggies on the Green. Sponsorships make the biggest difference, so please sign up to sponsor our event, beverage carts, golf carts, teams, holes and flags! 

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West BurlingtonCraigUpton Entrepreneur Craig Upton (WB 1976) and St. Louis, MO Author, Linda S. (L.S.) Murphy (Keokuk 1995) were honored as 2014 Distinguished Alumni at individual receptions and served as keynote speakers at their respective 2014 graduation venues on May 14th and 15th. Online nominations can be submitted at any time before the next annual deadline of 4:30 p.m. on August 1. Questions? Contact the SCCAA Executive Director at 319.208.5065 or send an email to photo


The 2013 Distinguished Alumni honored by the SCC Alumni Association and SCC Board of Trustees were Greg Smith, a 1987 SCC West Burlington graduate and principal of Fort Madison High School, and Kathy Gabel, a 1981 & 1984 graduate of the SCC Keokuk Campus and owner of Advanced Home Health Care. Following receptions held in their honor, they provided inspiring keynote speeches at their respective graduation exercises. As is done every year, they also presented scholarships given by the SCC in their honor. Funds are raised at the SCCAA annual golf outing.

 Randy Winegard (SCC BurlingtonCampus 1967 AA) photoand Cathy Richardson (SCC Keokuk Campus 1988 A.A., 1992 A.D.N.) were photorecognized at separate graduation events as the 2012 Southeastern Community College Distinguished Alumni. Winegard is the President and CEO of Winegard Company in Burlington, Iowa and he is the majority stock holder in Great River Entertainment, Huckleberry Entertainment and Catfish Bend Casino. Richardson, a registered nurse, went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts from Western Illinois University in 1995. She is a certified Occupational Hearing Conservationist and recently retired from Metzeler Automotive Profile Systems, Iowa Division, in Keokuk as a First Aid Supervisor, Workers’ Compensation Administrator, and Wellness Coordinator.

Nominations for Distinguished Alumni Awards are due annually on August 1 and considered by the SCCAA Board at the October meeting. Recommendations are taken to the SCC Board of Trustees' November meeting for confirmation.  See a list of SCC's Distinguished Alumni awardees since the award's inception in 1997.

Online nominations can be submitted at any time before the next annual deadline of 4:30 p.m. on August 1. Questions? Contact the SCCAA Executive Director at 319.208.5065 or send an email to  

Bond Levy Passed - Let the Building Begin!!

Nearly 70% of Participating Voters Approved SCC's Bonded Levy

Persons voting in the September 10, 2013 school board election provided a 69.2% approval of the ballot question asking them continue a bonded levy for physical plant purposes at Southeastern Community College - with the intent to support the newly adopted Master Facilities Plan. Bonded levies require a 60% supermajority. This election marks the third time since 1990 that SCC has received voter approval for a bonded levy. For the rest of the story, click here.

All winter and spring College planners have been meeting with architects to develop the detailed plans for the new Health Occupations building at the West Burlington Campus and the new Industrial Maintenance programs building at Keokuk Campus. Following a feasibility study that spanned January/February 2014, SCC and the SCC Foundation approved action on a major gifts campaign to begin Fall 2014. Contributions received will be used to help fill the gap between the bond levy proceeds and the total funds needed to fully implement the Master Facilities Plan.

For more information, contact Lev/Major Gifts Campaign Coordinator Becky Rump at (319) 208-5065 or

Great Tastes#8 was a Smash!

GT8posterThis year's event, retitled GREAT TASTES, was held Friday, March 28, 2014 at the Pzazz! Event Center in Burlington. The fun started at 6 PM with gorgeous guitar music by alum Jesse Mazzoccoli, fabulous hot & cold hors d'oeuvres, over 60 beverages to taste, including wines (some local wineries' products were available for sale for the first time this year), beers, ales and spirits, plus a raffle, and a silent auction. at 7:30 PM many of the students who are performing in the spring musical, RENT, presented a flash mob, wowing the audience with the show's signature song.

The live auction of unique items started at 8 PM with the serving of desserts, followed by the announcement of raffle winners. With the help of hundreds of generous donors, bidders and volunteers, we beat the 2013 net of $30,000!   Click here to see the complete auction list/tasting program.

To make auction item contributions or to get on the annual invitation list for the March 27, 2015 event, click here. 

Click here for information on how to purchase unreserved event tickets @ $50 each in advance ($60 at the door), a reserved Sponsor Table for 8 @ $500, or raffle tickets (1 for $5, 5 for $20). Click here to purchase tickets ONLINE.

For questions or to reserve tickets, contact the SCC Foundation Office at 319-208-5062 or 319-208-5065 or send email to   

Shop ONLINE with a Purpose!

Now you can make online purchases that generate rebates of 1-6% to the SCC Foundation! GivingSphere is an online fundraising platform that allows rebates to be earned from shopping transactions that are donated back to the non-profit SCC Foundation! So, now you can SHOP and feel GOOD about it!

Want to Donate ONLINE?

Click here. It's that easy. The annual SCC Foundation fund drive is on, plus annual fundraiser ticket purchases are now available online, too! SCC Foundation: Supporting Education. Changing Lives. Thank you! Contact Becky Rump at 319-208-5065 for more information.

New in September: Alumni Coffee & Conversation!

Learn more about SCC and your fellow alums! Starting in December, the SCC Alumni Association will host monthly Coffee & Conversations on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM starting September 2014. Events on the West Burlington campus are set for the 1st Tuesday of the month in the Art Gallery, while Keokuk Campus gatherings will be on the 3rd Tuesday in the Cafeteria. A member of the SCC Alumni Association Board of Directors will be present to answer questions about SCC. Come with questions and info to share. For more information, contact Becky Rump at (319) 208-5065 or at

Hop Aboard the SCC Train!

Watch your local parades for the SCC Alumni Association's latest addition - the SCC Trolley Train!

Keo Parade Trolley 2013

Jobs Available for SCC Grads!

The SCC Alumni Office periodically receives calls from employers who are seeking viable candidates, like SCC Alums, for good jobs. Jobs currently available include a Medical Office Administrative Assistant (filing insurance, clerical, phone, greeting patients) in Stronghurst, IL (24-26 hours per week) and four full-time Industrial Supervisors in Fort Madison, IA. Interested applicants should call Becky Rump at (319) 208-5065 or send an email with "Interested in Job" in the subject line to To learn about many other jobs available for SCC students and grads - or to post a job opening - click here.

Donors & Recipients to Mingle Nov. 16

At last year's annual event, more than 350 donors, recipients, families and college employees enjoyed the opportunity to meet, express gratitude, have their photos taken together, and to learn more about the SCC Foundation. Following the welcome from SCC President Michael Ash, and messages from student recipients, Penny Savage and Joel Wagenbach, donor Lawrence Matteson presented a special message to the students in the attendance: "Make a goal to pay it forward!" SCC Foundation Board members then made a special presentation to Irvin and Ruth Stein, donors of two annual full tuition scholarships since 1990.

SCCF Board members in attendance honored all donors and recipients in attendance.  Click here to view all the photos. This year's event is already set for Sunday, November 16 from 2-4 PM in the Loren Walker Arena on the SCC West Burlington Campus. Refreshments will be served. Call 319-208-5065 to reserve your spot!

Giving Tuesday - Donate Online!

Touted as the coolest new way to make online donations, Giving Tuesday - which follows Black Friday (day after Thanksgiving) and Cyber Monday (first Monday after Thanksgiving) - was initially hatched as a "good feel" way to support victims of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and will continue annually to let donors support the organizations the love. SCCF participated on December 3, 2013 and it drove some great new donations! Giving Tuesday 2014 is set for December 2. Check it out here.

DAring Riders Rode the Route Sept. 14

Happy bicyclists participated in the 5th fun/fundraiser ride in memory of the late SCC Science instructor Dan Ring on Saturday, September 14. Oganizers Kim Tracy, Pam Peterson, Brian McAtee, and Gary Szymula offered FOUR options this year: (1) the ice cream ride; (2) the walk to ice cream; (3) the 15 mile city perimeter ride; and (4) the 50 mile country route ride. Several lucky riders won cool gift certificates! More than $2,500 again was raised for the SCC Foundation Dan Ring Memorial Endowed Nursing scholarship fund! To see 2103 ride details, click here for the registration form.

Birdies for Charity Pledges Support SCCAA

Here's a "tweet" for ya! A Birdies for Charity pledge provides a painless way to support the SCCAA. All it takes is a pledge of 1¢ or more per birdie to be made by the pros at the 2014 John Deere Classic in Moline, IL. If you guess the number of birdies the pros make in 2014, you might win a car or one of 500 other great prizes! If you choose to complete the form and return it to SCCAA (1500 W. Agency Road, West Burlington, IA 52655), JDC's Birdies for Charity staff will invoice you next July 2014! And, 100% of the paid pledge dollars come back to the SCCAA! It's a real win-win for all! 

2nd Annual Alumni Art Show Attracted a Crowd

jpg  The 2nd annual Alumni Art Show opened July 8 at the SCC West Burlington Campus art gallery - located across the hall from the Welcome Center. A public reception was held Friday, July 19 at 6 p.m. The alums participating in the show elected officers for the new Alumni Fine Arts Chapter at their first official meeting on July 5th: Chair - Tracy Jones; Vice Chair - James Walker Henry; Treasurer - Sean Walker; and Recording Secretary - Casey Luke. SCC alumni art students and music students are encouraged to join the new SCC Alumni Fine Arts Chapter! 

In 2012 art alums Julian Menke, Tim Van Ginkel and Serena Stevens launched a facebook page and initiated the first annual alumni show in the SCC WB Art Gallery in February.

To find out what's happening with the Chapter and to enter artwork into next year's shows, go to the group's facebook page. To join the SCC Alumni Fine Arts Chapter, check out the brochure. Watch here, too, for more details. Interested? Call 319.208.5065 or send a message to  


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Foundation Update Newsletter

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Nursing Alumni Chapter Celebrates 6 Years

During the month of February 2013, the SCC Nursing Alumni Chapter celebrated its 6th anniversary. To continue the celebration, we are asking you to share a memory, story or a special thought about your nursing program experience. Had a favorite instructor or clinical instructor? Had a funny experience? Share with us. We want to hear about it!  You can either post it on the SCC Nursing Alumni Chapter facebook page or send an email to Diane Aliprandi, Chair of the SCC Nursing Alumni Chapter at daliprandi@sccnursingalumni.orgl who will post it for you!  Help us celebrate YOU!!!

"Bringing nurses of all ages together to benefit each other, the nursing profession and the community" 

Join the SCC Art Collectors Club



Ever notice the MILES of unadorned wall space at SCC's many sites?? Here's your chance to help us create a lovely, inspiring and educational permanent art collection at SCC. Join the SCC Art Collectors Club now until June 30, 2011 and you'll be considered a CHARTER member! Of your $100 fee ($200 for couples; students are free), 75% will go toward art acquisitions and 25% will be used for arts programming. (Work by Amana artist and donor, Gordon Kellenberger, is featured here.)

Iowa artists or artists with a connection to Iowa are encouraged to contribute work. Click here to preview the walking art tour map. Recognition and acknowledgement include a charitable contribution, a listing on the SCC flickr webpage and a name plate next to the displayed work. Please direct questions to Becky Rump at 319.208.5065, brump@scciowa.e or John Bybee at 319.759.9606 or

Art Note Cards For Sale

Lovely packets of 10 note cards and envelopes feature original art work by five SCC students and one SCC art faculty member. They sell for $10 per packet and all proceeds go to the SCC Foundation! Participating students include Kim Boomershine, Katie Cole, Abby Darbyshire, Jennifer Stutzman and Julie Foster. Art Faculty member Cathleen Gordon oversaw the students' work and contributed art work as well. To buy cards, complete the purchase form and submit to or mail to Becky Rump, SCC Foundation, 1500 W. Agency Road, West Burlington, IA 52655.

Alumni DECADE Reunion February 2015!

The SCC Alumni Association is hosting a DECADE ALUMNI REUNION in February, 2015 (date to be determined). The event will start with a 6:00 pm hors d’oeuvres reception just prior to the men's basketball game, followed by group recognition during the game. Grads of years ending in "5" (e.g., 2005, 1995, 1945) is the target audience. Paid SCC Alumni Association members from those decades will receive FREE admission to the game; while, Decade Alums who are not (yet) members  will receive a 50% discount. RSVP required to the SCCAA office: 319-208-5065 or

we're on to something

The Southeastern Community College Foundation was established in 1982 to attract, manage and disburse contributions for the support of Southeastern Community College. Areas in which assistance will be rendered include, but are not limited to:

  1. enhancement and extension of facilities, equipment, and services and,
  2. awarding of scholarships, grants, and/or loans to students, faculty, staff and departments of the college or to the college governing board.

The SCC Foundation provides an opportunity to invest in the development of our regional workforce and gives the gift of a quality education to many who otherwise could not afford this important advantage. Telling us about you Planned Gift makes you a member of our Legacy Society. Gifts of all kinds are listed in the Foundation's annual report in the SCC VISION newsletter.

For students who have additional financial or job placement needs, or who need help with preparing their taxes, go to


SCC is for everyone


The Southeastern Community College Alumni Association (SCCAA) was formed in 1991. Membership is open to anyone who has completed a 3 credit hour course at SCC or one if its predecessor institutions. The SCCAA Board of Directors adopted the following mission statement:

" encourage lifelong interest in Southeastern Community College by its alumni and friends by creating an atmosphere which promotes positive feelings and interactions between the college and its alumni through a variety of actions, events, services, and communication."

Help yourself AND SCC by joining the SCCAA! See HOW on the left side of this page! Or, call 319.208.5065 or send an email to We're waiting to hear from YOU!

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