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Historic ECC 125th proclamation signing & photo planned for Sept. 16

ECC 125th Anniversary LogoIowa Governor Terry E. Branstad and many state and local dignitaries will be on the Ellsworth Community College campus Wednesday, Sept. 16, to participate in the historic signing of a proclamation celebrating the College’s 125th anniversary. The event will be held at 11 am on the south steps of Kruse Main; in case of rain, the ceremony will be moved indoors to Hamilton Auditorium. The public is invited to attend, and all attendees are encouraged to wear ECC clothing items and/or college colors (purple and gold) for a commemorative photo that will be taken after the proclamation is signed.

“We are honored to have Governor Branstad with us for the signing of the proclamation which recognizes and celebrates Ellsworth Community College’s 125th anniversary,” says Dr. Chris Duree, Iowa Valley Community College District Chancellor. “The Governor working our celebration into his busy schedule is not only greatly appreciated but serves as an example of the support he has for the important role our community colleges play throughout the state of Iowa.”

Dr. Martin Reimer, who assumed his duties as ECC Provost on Aug. 10, adds, “During the short time I’ve been at Ellsworth, it has become apparent to me that this College has a rich and vibrant history that’s been shaped over the years by tens of thousands of students, staff members, donors and other supporters. There’s an incredible legacy of success and support spanning the past 125 years, and it’s as strong today as it was when the College was founded by Eugene Ellsworth back in 1890. On behalf of the ECC students and staff we invite all of our friends, supporters and stakeholders to join us for this momentous occasion on September 16th as we celebrate Ellsworth!”

The brief program will include remarks by Dr. Duree; Dr. Martin Reimer, ECC Provost; Darwin Miller, President of the Ellsworth College Board of Trustees; Roger Nissly, President of the Ellsworth College Foundation; and Gov. Branstad. The Ellsworth Community College Choir will perform “Our Alma Mater” by William Thalman under the direction of Anne Sherve-Ose, ECC Music Professor.

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