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Dan Hoge inducted into Wall of Fame; More than $166,000 raised for scholarships

Last updated 5/1/2014

Deanna & Dan Hoge

Deanna & Dan Hoge

Dan Hoge, professor of animal science at Black Hawk College East Campus, recently was inducted into the Black Hawk College East Foundation’s Wall of Fame.

Nearly 300 colleagues, former and current students, industry leaders as well as former inductees – including one of the five original founders of Black Hawk College, James Golby – attended the Wall of Fame event.

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. Hoge – a Black Hawk College institution with a reputation throughout the livestock industry as one of the winningest livestock coaches in the United States – certainly fulfilled the criteria.

For 44 years he worked to develop the animal science and livestock judging curriculums into one of the most active and successful community college programs in the United States. Numerous contacts Hoge has made over the years with leading livestock breeders and farm managers have provided students the opportunities to visit some of the best livestock operations in the country, exposing them to outstanding cattle, swine, sheep and goats as well as the producers themselves. His students have benefitted from the interaction, excelling in the classroom and show rings across the nation, becoming leaders in their own right as judges, breeders, producers, educators, and in some cases, serving as directors of national livestock associations and publications.

Hoge has educated and positively influenced more than 4,000 animal science students, more than 700 of whom, have participated on the Black Hawk College livestock judging teams. He has coached teams to victory for 19 combined championships at the Houston Stock Show, American Royal, National Western Stock Show and North American International Livestock Exposition as well as 40 National Barrow Show judging championships.

Paying tribute was Chanda Dowell, vice president for East Campus, who said that AG 141 and AG 285 are not animal science, they are “Hoge’s Animal Science.” These two courses boast such a high attendance they are held in the auditorium, his favorite place to teach, a place he calls home. Animal science in the auditorium has become a legacy experience with lectures only part of the equation.

“Students are quick to mention animal science labs among their favorite BHC experiences,” Dowell said. “And Hoge’s animal science labs set the standard for the hands-on education we pride ourselves on and our students seek and appreciate. Hoge’s animal science class – both lecture and lab – Is a rite of passage for students, at least two generations of students.”

“Impact and outreach – it’s what has lead students year-in and year-out to travel to Black Hawk College to study with Dan Hoge,” she said.

And livestock judging?

“It is more than just evaluating animals; it’s taking classroom knowledge out of the classroom and putting it into practice. It’s learning to be part of a team. It’s dedication and commitment. It’s winning with humility and not winning with grace. It’s analytical and critical thinking. It’s practicing communication and political skills. It’s building self-confidence. And with Hoge’s students, it’s about relationships, memories and lifelong friendships,” Dowell said.

“Among Dan’s greatest skills and contributions are recognition and celebration. Dan drew the road map for student recognition at the East Campus,” she said.

“Among our campus’ greatest strengths is the way we recognize students. It’s personal. It’s genuine. It’s encouraging. And the students are full participants in the recognition process. Recognition doesn’t happen to them, they are involved in it. And it is all modeled on the way Dan Hoge has been recognizing his ag students for decades. But I am not the only one who listens, watches, learns and appreciates what Dan has created. His colleagues past and present do too,” Dowell added.

One faculty member said, “The opportunities we have as teachers today, and to have what we have, are due in part to Dan.”

Steve Spivey, chair of the Black Hawk College East Foundation and Wall of Fame Committee as well as an East Campus alumnus and member of the 1975 Livestock Judging Team, talked about the measure of a coach.

Dan Hoge Wall of Fame“The truest measure of success of a teacher and coach is not their own individual accomplishments and awards, nor is it measured by wins and losses and championships. The truest measure is the success and  accomplishments of their students in their chosen professions and careers. All the trophies, awards and honors eventually fade into memory. It is the impact on the students, helping them achieve their potential and success regardless of their path in life; these are the things that endure and these are the things that are so much more important than any of the trophies, awards and honors gathered along the way. That is why we are inducting Dan Hoge into the Wall of Fame tonight,” Spivey said.

Jack Ward, COO of the American Hereford Association, an East Campus alumnus and member of the 1984 Livestock Judging Team, represented the Seedstock Breed Associations who committed $10,000 toward the Dan Hoge Endowed Scholarship fund. Supporting the fund were: the National Swine Registry, American Berkshire Association, American International Charolais Association, American Maine-Anjou Association, American Shorthorn Association and the American Hereford Association.

Dr. Daniel Shike, assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Illinois, an East Campus alumnus and member of the 1998 Livestock Judging Team, talked about the importance of being a lifelong learner.

“I knew when I was a student at Black Hawk that Dan Hoge was an amazing teacher and coach. But it wasn’t until I was teaching and coaching that I ever gave much thought to why Dan Hoge was so effective as an educator. Certainly the fact that he is a well-spoken, hard-working, passionate and competitive person contributes to his success. But I believe on of the reasons he has been so effective at teaching is that he has never stopped learning. Dan Hoge is the definition of a ‘lifelong learner.’ He continues to stay current (if not ahead of the competition) on all aspects of animal science and is always fully aware of industry trends and type changes across all species of livestock.”

Dr. Mark Hoge, associate professor of animal sciences at Western Illinois  University, an East Campus alumnus, member of the 1993 Livestock Judging Team as well as Hoge’s son, reminisced about growing up with Dan Hoge, the time his dad was away from home, the family vacations spent at the Illinois State Fair, and learning from his father.

“I was raised by college freshmen and sophomores, and now I’m raising my own sons the same way,” the younger Hoge said. They made a significant impact on his childhood.

Dr. Hoge also talked about the Mount Rushmore of Black Hawk College East Campus – Eldon “Bud” Aupperle, professor emeritus, who began the ag program at East Campus; Lanny Anderson, professor emeritus, one of the original instructors in the agriculture program and instrumental in the development of the computer program and its application to agriculture; Jon Wolf, professor emeritus, credited for developing and implementing the horse science program; and his father, Dan Hoge.

Also sharing Dr. Hoge’s remarks were:

  • Roger Carr, agriculture instructor/FFA advisor, Clinton Central School Corporation, East Campus alumnus and member of the 1980 Livestock Judging Team
  • Gary Dameron, owner/manager, Dameron Angus and Hoge’s Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity brother at the University of Illinois
  • Ken Geuns, commercial account manager, Kent Nutrition Group, East Campus alumnus and member of the 1973 Livestock Judging Team
  • Emily Griffiths, director of public relations and consumer marketing, Ohio Beef Council, East Campus alumna and member of the 2009 Livestock Judging Team
  • Cody Lowderman, auctioneer, Lowderman Auction Company, BHC alum and member of the 1999 Livestock Judging Team

For the first time, an endowed scholarship was set up in honor of a Wall of Fame inductee. Steve Spivey, chair of the foundation board of directors, said plans for the banquet began in September with a cash goal set for $50,000. Soon the amount was revised to $100,000 and then $150,000 as cash and pledges were sent in. At the event’s conclusion, it was announced that $166, 218 in cash and pledges have been raised for the Dan Hoge Livestock Judging Scholarship. The interest will generate $4,000 to $5,000 in student scholarship annually to livestock judging students attending the East Campus.

Liz Breedlove, executive director of the BHC East Foundation, thanked and recognized the contributors who made the scholarship possible.

“We trust that your lives will be enriched as you make a difference to BHE livestock judging students, now and in the future,” she said.

Lead sponsors included:

  • Platinum ($10,000 level) – Bohnam Show Cattle (Steve Bohnam and Bob Maddox), Verlin & Joan Jackson Foundation; Sullivan Supply (John, Dede, Sara and Sage Sullivan)
  • Gold ($5,000 level) – Anonymous, Marion K. Calmer, Roger K. Carr (in memory of Neil & Carol Carr), C5 Angus (Kevin & Debbie Cassady), Lee Denzer, Ken & Deb Geuns, Mark Gordon, Jeff Speer-73, National Swine Registry, Spivey Angus Farms (Steve & Sandy Spivey, Mary Spivey, Stephanie Giertz & Teresa Mrocka), State Bank of Toulon
  • All-American $3,750/a full year’s tuition for 1 student: Jay D. (Dick) Adkisson, Bloomberg Cattle (Jim & Mary Bloomberg, Ray & Mark Bloomberg & Families), Ben & Haylee Bobell, Colburn Bros. (Dennis & Gene), David Cox, Horse Creek Outfitters (Mandy McCormick-Tomlinson), Dan & Jennifer Shike family, Union Federal Savings & Loan Association
  • Silver ($1,000 level) – 25 sponsors
  • Bronze ($999 or less) – 74 sponsors

The night culminated with David Emerick, chair of the Black Hawk College Board of Trustees, announcing the renaming of the East Campus auditorium to the “Dan Hoge Auditorium.”

Dan teaching in the newly named “Dan Hoge Auditorium”

The 2014 Wall of Fame Committee included Steve Spivey, chair; Janene Blodgett Lourdeau, Liz Breedlove, Lee Denzer, Ken Geuns, Mark Gordon, Mark Hoge, Dan Shike, Jennifer Shike, Patty Varner and Jon Wolf.