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Carolyn Anderson honored by Black Hawk College East Foundation

Carolyn Anderson Wall of Fame honoree

From left: Carolyn Anderson and Carolyn’s husband, Lanny

The Black Hawk College East Foundation recently honored professor emeritus Carolyn (Shallenberger) Anderson, inducting her into the Wall of Fame. Honorees have provided outstanding service and/or leadership to the foundation and/or the Black Hawk College East Campus as well as the community.

“In 1970, Carolyn Anderson began her career at Black Hawk College’s East Campus looking at a blank piece of paper. She was one of an elite group of early pioneers at Black Hawk East whose contribution was to turn that metaphoric blank piece of paper into a business education program—a program that launched hundreds of students into successful careers,” said Chanda Dowell, vice president for the East Campus.

Janie Metscaviz of Kewanee nominated Anderson for the recognition and noted that Carolyn started her teaching career at the college before the main building even was built. “She started out in a small classroom with some part-time students and only three full-time students. Waiting for the electricity to be installed was one of her challenges, but that didn’t stop her from having class,” Metscaviz wrote.

Carolyn’s successor and mentee, professor emeritus Paula Luft, said, “Carolyn was an excellent teacher and role model for her students. She made sure students learned the most up-to-date business practices and had the opportunity to train on the latest technology.” In 1981, Carolyn made one such daring introduction—she put computers in the classroom to replace typewriters and correcting IBM Selectrics.

Once Carolyn established the business education program, she took the East Campus into the community and initiated many solid business partnerships that were mutually beneficial to the business community and to the students of the East Campus.

In 1986, the Kewanee Business and Professional Women recognized Carolyn as one of their Women of the Year. In receiving that honor, Carolyn herself said at the time, “My most important contribution to the community is the training and placement of potential office workers to provide community employers with competent secretaries and office workers.”

Carolyn’s colleagues noted that she was a great leader and advocate for the East Campus often referring to her internally as a “total faculty member,” Luft said.

“She built many bridges between the East Campus and the Quad-Cities Campus long before we were functioning as one college. As a member of the union negotiating team, she helped establish many of the basic fundamental operating conditions of faculty today. She assumed leadership among her faculty peers by serving various tours as faculty senate president and secretary as well as serving as a department chair in various capacities throughout her career.

“Carolyn Anderson set the bar high for the East Campus faculty and made us all better teachers, leaders and advocates of Black Hawk College and supporters of our community,” Luft said.

Outside the classroom, Carolyn was an advisor to the Business Club. Professionally, she was a member of the Professional Secretaries International, the Illinois Business Education Organization and the Illinois and American Vocational Associations. In the community, she is active in Relay for Life, her church, the Humane Society and various other benefits and events.

Although Carolyn retired as a professor of office careers in 1999, she continues to support and contribute to Black Hawk College enabling students to continue to benefit from her efforts. Along with her husband Lanny, she established the Anderson Memorial Scholarship through the East Campus Foundation and contributed to the Boot Scootin’ Barn Dance and BBQ in 2011 to raise funds for equine scholarships.

“It is these contributions that elevate her for recognition as the 2013 inductee into the Black Hawk College East Foundation Wall of Fame,” Dowell said.

Carolyn’s son, Frank Anderson, also provided his congratulations from California in a special video prepared on her behalf.

“As Winston Churchill so aptly stated, ‘We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.’ The individuals inducted into the Wall of Fame have not only made their livings, but they have also enriched their lives, as well as that of others, through their financial and volunteer support of BHC East Campus and the communities in which they live,” said Liz Breedlove, executive director of the Black Hawk College East Foundation.

“They have been recognized for their lasting and significant impact on the Foundation and/or East Campus,” she added.

To be considered for the Wall of Fame or Distinguished Service Award, nominees must provide exceptional service to the BHC East Foundation and/or East Campus. In addition, they also meet one or more of the following criterion:

  1. Outstanding service to a community within the Black Hawk College District.
  2. Outstanding service or leadership to Black Hawk College East Campus.
  3. Noteworthy academic achievement or scholarship associated with Black Hawk College East Campus.
  4. Significant financial contribution to the Black Hawk College East Foundation.

Since 1992, a total of 53 deserving, successful individuals and organizations have been inducted into the Wall of Fame or received the Distinguished Service Award.

For more information about the Black Hawk College East Foundation, contact Liz Breedlove, executive director, at 309-854-1715 or