The honor is conferred in the spirit of keeping the 'light of service to others' burning brightly in Iowa Lakes students. The name of the award is to honor Senator Jack Kibbie, frequently referred to as "The father of Iowa community colleges." Senator Kibbie served as an Iowa Lakes Board of Trustee member from 1970 to 1988 and was Board President for nine of those years.
The students honored with the John P. "Jack" Kibbie Outstanding Service Award at the summer commencement ceremonies include Sun Mudiavita, Ashley Nelson and Daniel Jones. These students were nominated by faculty and staff and were selected based on the numbers of hours and quality of service they have performed.
Sun Mudiavita is an international student at Iowa Lakes Community College from Congo, Africa, pursuing an Associate in Arts Degree. During his time at Iowa Lakes, Mudiavita has become involved with Laker Life, cross country, student senate, men's choir, and being an Iowa Lakes tutor. Within Laker Life, Mudiavita serves as the music leader of the Laker Life band and also leads the Wednesday luncheon meetings, teaching his peers and setting an outstanding example of good character.
"Mudiavita spent both of his Spring breaks at Iowa Lakes on mission trips serving food at homeless shelters, and working with underprivileged children," Julie Williams, executive dean of students at Iowa Lakes, said.
As a recipient of the Academic All-NJCAA award Mudiavita met the requirements of being a collegiate athlete and earning at least a 3.6 GPA with a minimum of 45 credit hours. He was also named 1st Team Academic All-Region for his participation in cross country and his ability to earn a GPA of higher than 3.5. Mudiavita set high goals for himself and knew he wanted to attend college in the United States to achieve his goals.
"By being a driven student and doing more than what is asked of him, Mudiavita exemplifies the qualities of outstanding service," Williams said.
A native of Peterson, nursing student Ashley Nelson is another shining example of student service at Iowa Lakes Community College, according to Williams. During her time at Iowa Lakes, Nelson was actively involved in various organizations including being the president of student senate, swim team student manager and secretary of the nursing club.
"Examples of Nelson's service work include raising funds for the Mapleton tornado relief fund, campus blood drive, organizing care packages for troops, and volunteering at an Emmetsburg Kiwanis pancake fundraiser for Horizon Unlimited," Williams said.
Nelson is known on campus as a sincere, caring young woman who is a good listener and shows concern for others. She also shows great leadership skills in that she is very industrious, and able to prioritize multiple tasks efficiently.
The third recipient of the first-ever John P. "Jack" Kibbie Outstanding Service Award is Daniel Jones, a native of Estherville. Jones graduated Magna Cum Laude with an Associate in Arts Degree from Iowa Lakes Community College.
During his two years at Iowa Lakes Community College, Jones volunteered his time at Grandview Baptist Church, working with the Junior High and Senior High youth, and attending weekend retreats with the youth several times a year.
"Jones is a positive role model that younger students look up to as a person with strong moral character," Williams said.
Jones spent both spring breaks attending Iowa Lakes mission trips to serve food to the homeless, and to work with underprivileged children. He is also a strong leader in the Laker Life group.
"Jones has influenced many students through the youth program at Grandview Baptist Church and is a strong leader on the Estherville campus with the Laker Life group," Williams said.
Up to three students will be honored at next summer's commencement exercises. Students receiving John P. "Jack" Kibbie Outstanding Service Award exemplify the spirit of service to the college community. Faculty and staff nominate students for this award and Iowa Lakes Trustee members select the recipients.