Southeastern Community College will host receptions for this year’s Distinguished Alumni honorees prior to the August 1 graduation ceremonies.
West Burlington 2020 Distinguished Alumnus, John Schulz, will be honored at a reception at 11 a.m. in the banquet hall at Burlington Memorial Auditorium.
Keokuk 2020 Distinguished Alumnus, Dr. Gary Mansheim, will be honored at a reception at 5 p.m. at Keokuk High School, the site of this year’s Keokuk campus commencement.
Schulz and Mansheim will present keynote speeches during their respective commencements.
To work around the pandemic, both ceremonies were moved to August 1 after students requested to hold in-person commencements. West Burlington’s commencement will begin at 1 p.m.; Keokuk’s will begin at 7 p.m.
A Mediapolis High School graduate, Schulz earned his degree from SCC in 1963, after serving in the Army National Guard.
He continued to Iowa State University, where he earned his degree in engineering. He then attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH, where he earned his MBA.
Schulz began his career at General Motors in Dayton, OH. He participated in GM’s program to develop the first automotive air bag — he also drove the first airbag-equipped automobile out of Detroit.
He and his family returned to Burlington. He purchased Klein Manufacturing, which is now called Flint Cliffs Manufacturing.
Schulz has contributed to the community a number of ways, including sitting on the Southeast Iowa Regional Airport Board, the Community Foundation Board, and teaching Junior Achievement for a decade. He has earned the Business Person of the Year award, the Manufacturer of Distinction award, the Burlington Chamber’s Manufacturer of the Year honor, and was presented with the Mayor’s Award for rebuilding the snowflakes on Snake Alley.
He also provided leadership in the reconstruction of the First United Methodist Church after it was destroyed by a fire.
Dr. Mansheim graduated from Central Lee High School with a dream of becoming a physician. He started his educational journey at SCC, graduating in 1973.
Upon his graduation, he transferred to the University of Iowa to complete his bachelor’s degree and continued on to the university’s School of Medicine.
Dr. Mansheim realized southeast Iowa had a profound need for primary care when he settled in the area. Working with other practitioners, he established Burlington Family Practice, which has grown to 20 providers.
It has always been his goal to improve access to high quality, compassionate, affordable medical care for residence in the region.
Dr. Mansheim credits SCC instructors Fred Karre, John Breshears, and Jim Ingemanson for giving him a quality science education foundation that led to his success.
Both pre-graduation receptions are open to the public and include hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and beverages for a free will donation.