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HCC Foundation Presents Distinguished Alumni Awards

FREEPORT�The Highland Community College Foundation presented its sixteenth annual �Distinguished Alumni Awards� during the Foundation�s Annual Board Meeting on Tuesday, October 26, 2010. The 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients are Nancy D. Boettner of Indianapolis, IN and Joe Geiter of rural Freeport, IL.

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Joe Geiter and Nancy Boettner's sister, Wendy Boettner.

�The HCC Foundation received some outstanding nominations from the community in its search for this year�s recipients. These individuals have shown to be true community leaders who made their start at HCC and still believe in the College mission,� said Highland Community College Foundation Executive Director Susan Atherton.

A total of 79 individuals have earned the honor as a Highland Community College Distinguished Alumni since the awards program was started in 1995.

For additional information about the Highland Community College Foundation �Distinguished Alumni Awards,� go to or contact the HCC Foundation at 815.599.3413.

The following recipients have kept the �community� in Highland Community College:

Nancy D. Boettner, nominated by Wendy J. Boettner. Ms. Boettner graduated from Freeport High School in 1971 and started attending Highland Community College in the fall, graduating in 1973. With six children, their family found HCC to be within their means. Nancy is currently employed as an Engineering Manager at Technicolor (formerly RCA/GE/Thomson).

Nancy went on to Western Illinois University earning a Bachelor�s Degree in Math Education. She then went on to graduate from Purdue University School of Engineering and Technology where she received the Senior Award for the student with the highest grade point average.

Nancy has lived in Indianapolis, IN since leaving Freeport. Nancy has played her cello in the Carmel, IN Symphony Orchestra for 31 years. She also serves as a Music Leader including choral and chimes at her church, the Northview Church of the Brethren, in Indianapolis. Nancy has also served as treasurer of her church, off and on, for twenty years. funny gifs

Nancy has attained Master Gardener status and now serves as Secretary of the Garfield Park Master Gardener Association. Nancy is an active member of the Irvington Garden Club along with her Neighborhood Association by serving on the Block Party and Welcoming committees. funny pictures

A friend of Nancy�s began �Second Starts� which provides household goods to homeless families moving into housing. Nancy has been instrumental in promoting and volunteering in this effort. From a humble beginning, �Second Starts� provides a needed service to families getting their lives back together in the Indianapolis area.

Joe Geiter, nominated by Pete Willging. Mr. Geiter is a life-long resident of Stephenson County and graduate of Orangeville High School. He first enrolled at Highland in 1968, but his education took a detour when he enlisted in the US Army. He served for 3 years, one of which in the Vietnam War, repairing guidance systems on combat helicopters. Upon leaving the service, he finished his associate of applied science degree in electronics in 1973. Before completing his degree, he began a twelve-year career with Micro Switch. In 1981, Joe left Micro Switch to found Stateline Communications which he and his wife Connie owned and operated until 1997. Upon selling Stateline Communications, Joe decided to keep the sound amplification piece of Stateline as a �retirement business.� Tower Sound, a thriving commercial sound installation company, has been a fixture throughout northwest Illinois ever since. funny images

Over the past fifteen years, Joe has served as chairman of Stephenson County�s Emergency Telephone System Board (911 Board). In this capacity, he has volunteered countless hours to help make county residents safer by leading the effort to ensure that the county�s 911 system has the most recent and effective technology possible.

Joe�s service to his community does not end with his work on the 911 Board. He is currently president of the board of directors for Buckeye Mutual Insurance; a board member of CB Community Bank; and a trustee and treasurer of the Cedarville Fire Protection District. funny photos

Joe and Connie live in rural Freeport and have a daughter, Tara, who is also a Highland graduate. Pictured: Joe Geiter (left) and Wendy J. Boettner (right)

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