Historic ECC 125th proclamation signed by Gov. Terry Branstad
Wednesday / September 16, 2015
Gov. Terry Branstad signs the proclamation for Ellsworth Community College’s 125th anniversary. Behind him are, from left, Rep. Dave Deyoe, Dr. Chris Duree, Dr. Martin Reimer, Roger Nissly, Darwin Miller, and Rep. Pat Grassley.
Hundreds were on hand on a beautiful Sept. 16 fall day to witness Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad signing a proclamation celebrating the 125th anniversary of Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls. The event included remarks by IVCCD Chancellor Dr. Duree; ECC Provost Dr. Martin Reimer; Darwin Miller, President of the Ellsworth College Board of Trustees; Roger Nissly, President of the Ellsworth College Foundation; and Gov. Branstad.
The speakers shared historic College highlights, Ellsworth memories, student stories, and their hopes for the next 125 years. After the Ellsworth Community College Choir performed “Our Alma Mater” by William Thalman under the direction of Anne Sherve-Ose, ECC Music Professor, a group photo of all participants and spectators was taken.
Hundreds displayed their purple and gold pride for a large group photo at the conclusion of the anniversary celebration.
Gov. Terry Branstad discussed the accomplishments of Ellsworth Community College and then read the proclamation before signing it.
IVCCD Chancellor Dr. Chris Duree welcomed the crowd, set the stage for the event, and introduced the other speakers. Ellsworth Community College is operated under the auspices of Iowa Valley Community College District.
Darwin Miller, President of the Ellsworth College Board of Trustees, shared some of the College’s historic highlights and explained the unique role of the Trustees in the operation of ECC.
Roger Nissly, President of the Ellsworth College Foundation, talked about the Foundation’s scholarship support of ECC students. A large percentage of the Foundation’s donors are alumni and community members.
ECC Provost Dr. Martin Reimer, who was hired just five weeks ago, shared stories of famous ECC alumni and stories of current students who are making their dreams a reality by pursuing an education at Ellsworth Community College.
The Ellsworth Community College Choir performed “Our Alma Mater” by William Thalman under the direction of Anne Sherve-Ose, ECC Music Professor. They were accompanied by Becky Buhman, ECC Adjunct Instructor.
Dr. Martin Reimer and his wife, Jackie, visit with Gov. Branstad after the signing ceremony.
A group of ECC Equine students take the opportunity to get a group photo with Gov. Branstad and ECC Provost Dr. Martin Reimer.
Two ECC students visit with Gov. Branstad following the ceremony.