Iowa Central to honor 2013 Hall of Fame class

Iowa Central Community College has announced the 2013 Hall of Fame class as nine alumni will be honored, in addition to a longtime professor of art.

The inductees will be officially inducted into the Triton Hall of Fame during Iowa Central’s Alumni and Friends Banquet on Saturday. The banquet is part of the homecoming weekend and will include dinner, silent and live auction, and alumni games on Saturday. The Triton football team takes on North Dakota at noon on Sept. 29 at Dodger Stadium.

Triton Humanitarian

Robert J. Halm


Robert Halm began his lifelong commitment to education after graduating from Michigan State with a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Iowa with a master’s degree in art in 1950.

Halm began his journey in art education at Fort Dodge Senior High School from 1950 until joining Iowa Central in 1966. For years, Halm served the college as art and design professor.

Halm was able to share life experiences because he was a practicing artist as well, for just shy of 50 years. He acquired a long list of art exhibitions including the juried “Print Society of Amateur Graphic Artists” in New York City (1951) and his final retrospective exhibit (January 2000) “Realization” at the Blanden Memorial Art Museum.

From 1951 to 1970, the Fort Dodge Federation of Arts ran the Blanden Memorial Art Museum exhibitions under his leadership. In addition, he was the unpaid director for 12 years. He dedicated many years assisting the museum with docent tours and improvement projects.

After retiring, Halm served on the board of the Webster County Historical Society and Archives. He spent countless hours cataloging and filing.

Halm died in 2011.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Donald Olson

Don Olson attended Fort Dodge Junior College in 1940. Like many students, he also worked while attending school at Montgomery Ward, and continued working for them until he was drafted into the U.S. Navy in December 1942. Olson served his country aboard a ship in the South Pacific from 1943-1945.

He returned to Callender to marry Doris Petersen in 1946 and graduated from Luther College in 1948 with a business degree.

Olson began his 24-year success story with Firestone Tire & Rubber in 1948, in Des Moines, as a tire changer. His talent was quickly recognized as each time he advanced he took on more responsibilities within the different divisions of Firestone. His final stop was Akron, Ohio, to manage 1,500 stores. Olson also was the manager of dealer wholesale sales nationwide. In 1968, he was named the vice president of U.S. operations. For the next four years, he was in charge of all U.S. sales, stores and dealers. His division accounted for 60 percent of Firestone’s sales.

He left Firestone in 1972 and opened Don Olson Firestone in Clearwater, Fla. Under his leadership, the franchise grew to 47 stores. He sold the company to Firestone in 1991, which now operates under the Tires Plus name and is still headquartered in Clearwater.

Olson’s community service has included serving on the boards of Luther College, the Morton Plant Hospital, National Tire Dealer’s Association, Winnebago Industries and the Florida Tire Dealers. Among his recognitions are the Fort Dodge Special Achievers Award; Luther College Distinguished Service Award; Clearwater, Fla., Small Business Award; and the Tire Industry Hall of Fame. Most recently, he received the Clearwater Chamber Lifetime Achiever Award.

The Olsons, who live in Clearwater, are the parents of a son, Jim; a deceased daughter, Jan; and three grandchildren.

Thomas G. Schnurr

Thomas Schnurr graduated from Iowa Central Community College in 1972 and from the University of Iowa in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree.

He credits his much of his successful career in accounting/banking to his Iowa Central mentor, Bob Dunsmoor.

Schnurr began his career with McGladrey & Pullen. In 1975, he joined Gutknecht, Schnurr & Associates. Two years later Schnurr and his brother, Don, acquired the firm which specialized in tax and audit.

In 1985, he joined Stark Bank Group Ltd., serving in various capacities until he was named president and chief executive officer of First American Bank Group (now Stark Bank Group Ltd). a holding company, with banks in Iowa and Florida. First American Bank has assets of more than $1 billion and employs 300 people.

Schnurr is a member and past board member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Iowa Certified Public Accountants.

His list of service to the Fort Dodge community includes the Fort Dodge Area Chamber of Commerce, Blanden Memorial Art Museum, St. Edmond Catholic School, Corpus Christi Parish, Fort Dodge Country Club, Fort Dodge Betterment Foundation, Webster County Improvement Corp., Lakota Girl Scouts, Trinity Health System Board and the Iowa Health Systems.

He and wife Beth live in Fort Dodge; they have three daughters and seven grandchildren.

Timothy (Madai) Taylor

Timothy (Madai) Taylor studied art at Iowa Central and earned an associate of general studies degree in 1984. He has a bachelor’s degree in social work and fine arts from Buena Vista University.

Taylor joined the staff of the North Central Correctional Facility in 1989 and served as a task force treatment counselor until July 1992. He then worked for Y.O.U.R., Inc. in Webster City as a family development specialist, leaving in 1996 to serve as the maternal health coordinator and social worker for Webster County Public Health in Fort Dodge. Taylor continues to work for Webster County Public Health on a part-time basis. In 2001, he founded the AGAPE Church where he serves as pastor.

Taylor studied painting and drawing at the Chicago Academy of Art. He has exhibited his paintings in 37 selected solo and group exhibitions throughout the Midwest since 1990. Colleges, corporations and individuals have purchased his art for their collections.

Iowa Central will have a Madai exhibition on display in the lobby of Decker Auditorium from Thursday through October.

Taylor has also served on the boards of the Blanden Memorial Art Museum, Webster County Crime Stoppers, United Way, and Linking Families and Community Organization. He lives in Fort Dodge with his wife Maya and their children.

Vaughn Bauer

Vaughn Bauer graduated in 1977 with a certificate of graduation in machine shop. He and his father founded Paton Machine and Welding that year and later incorporated the business as Bauer Built Manufacturing. The focus of the business was fabricating folding toolbars for planters and cultivators.

In 2002, Bauer took over the business and signed exclusive agreements with John Deere to build planters. The Deere Bauer Toolbar is used on all 60-foot to 96-foot John Deere planters which are sold worldwide. A true entrepreneur, Bauer didn’t stop there, he built a 48-row, 30-inch spacing, 120-foot- wide planter after being told it would not be possible; the largest planter in the world is built by his company in Paton. Bauer Built now employs more than 150 people.

Bauer has taken the leadership role in revitalizing downtown Paton. His latest endeavor occurred in April as he built a restaurant, 209 Main, in Paton, so his employees would have a place to and eat.

Bauer’s passion for tractor pulling led to another innovation, the IronMan pulling sled. He redesigned the pulling sled so the weight box rails are parallel to the ground, making the sleds safer for the tractor pulling industry. Today, most pulling sleds are crafted along this prototype.

Bauer has served his community as a chief volunteer fireman; He is active in the Catholic church and is an avid Cyclone supporter.

Bauer and wife Lori have four children and four grandchildren (three living). They live just outside Paton.

Julie (Moser) Thorson

Julie (Moser) Thorson will become the first female to be honored as a distinguished alumni.

Thorson graduated in 1993 with an associate of arts degree; she received her bachelor of arts degree in broadcast news from the University of Kansas in 1995. She returned to her hometown in 1998 as a news director and an adjunct instructor for Iowa Central Community College.

In 1999, she began her nine-year career journey with Friendship Haven – first as a social worker, then activity director, advancing to admissions coordinator and sales director before becoming sales and marketing director, senior staff, in January 2007.

Thorson left Friendship Haven from 2007-2009 to become the program director of the Trinity Wound Healing Center.

She rejoined the Friendship Haven staff as the development director, then became the director of strategic initiatives.Thorson pursued her nursing home licensure while becoming the assistant administrator of Tompkins Health Center. She became administrator of Tompkins Health Center in April 2011.

Thorson was named president/chief executive officer of Friendship Haven in January 2012. She is a board member of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance and Fort Dodge Noon Rotary. She has also served on past boards of the Community Action Network, Fort Dodge Young Professionals and Hawkeye Community Theatre.

Thorson and husband Tjeran live in Fort Dodge with their two children.

Maurice Bernard Smith – 1985 Football

Maurice Smith made an immediate impact as he began his Triton Career in 1984, starting as a wide receiver and a defensive back for Coach Paul Shupe’s 8-3 Triton football team.

The next year he was back to help the Tritons take a run at a national championship and finish 10-1. His four interceptions against Harper Community College in the Cola Bowl assured the Triton’s a victory and a No. 4 national ranking.

Smith was selected first team all-conference as well as first team All-American in 1986. He went on to play for Western Illinois University where he was a two-year starter. In his senior year, he was a defensive captain and was named to the first team All-Gateway Conference and second team All-American. After receiving his criminal justice degree, he worked nine years for the Orange County Public Works in Florida.

He now works for the Orange County Correctional Department counseling juvenile and adult offenders.

He and wife Kimberly live in Clement, Fla. They have four children.

Tony Davis – 1998 Wrestling

Tony Davis’ wrestling career began in Chicago where he was a five-time kids state champ as well as becoming a two-time high school state champion. Davis became Iowa Central’s first two-time national champion in 1998. His career record was 32-0. He was also the Iowa State Open Champion that year.

Davis graduated with an associate in arts from Iowa Central in 1998.

He went on to wrestle for the University of Northern Iowa where he posted a 19-4 season record and placed second at the Division I Nationals. The following year, he became UNI’s first national champion since 1963. He was named the West’s Regional outstanding wrestler and received the Ryan Kaufman Award.

After graduating from UNI with a bachelor of arts in K-12 physical education, minor in coaching, he continued his freestyle wrestling with a fourth-place finish in the 2003 Senior World Team Trials and a third-place 2004 finish in the 2004 Olympic Team Trials.

Davis is an elementary teacher in the Raleigh, N.C., school district and has been recognized as one of North Carolina’s top educators.

He is the chief executive officer of Shoot Fast, Shoot First Wrestling Systems, a company that holds wrestling clinics throughout the country.

He lives in Raleigh, N.C., with wife LaCresha and three children.

Dana Holland- 2001 Wrestling

Dana Holland came to Iowa Central from Chicago where he was a state and national high school champion in 1998.

In his first year, he finished first as a NJCAA individual National Champion while maintaining at 3.3 GPA. Holland gave up his redshirt to wrestle in 2000 which helped the Iowa Central wrestling team finish second at the National Championships. Holland became a two-time Individual NJCAA National Champion that year.

Holland graduated in 2000 with an associate degree in biology and continued his wrestling career at Arizona State University. He also continued to excel in the classroom and graduated from Arizona State in 2003 with a degree in sociology/minor in biology. Holland received a master’s in business administration in business and project management from Keller Graduate School of Management from DeVry University.

Holland currently is a pharmaceutical sales manager for Vertical Pharmaceuticals. He and wife Brigitte live in Bolingbrook, Ill., with their two children.

Brad “Whitey” Schwartzbauer – Baseball

Brad “Whitey” Schwartzbauer came to Iowa Central from the Twin Cities (although he was drafted in the 42nd round by the Colorado Rockies) and made an immediate impact. He helped Iowa Central to a 41-18 record and a regional championship. He was selected First Team All-Region and First Team All-American during his year at Iowa Central.He signed a contract with the Colorado Rockies; he led the league in hitting his rookie season and won the Louisville Slugger Award. He continued with the organization for four years.

Schwartzbauer finished his education at Augsburg College with a bachelor of arts degree in 2003. He is pursuing his master’s in special education and teaches at Mounds View Middle School.

He and his wife live in Maplewood, Minn.

To order tickets, or for more information on the banquet and induction ceremony, call the Alumni and Development Office, 574-1137.