Marshall County native receives teaching awards
Duane Kouba has been a lecturer in the department of mathematics at the University of California at Davis since 1982.
In February 2014, he received the Mathematical Association of America Award for Distinguished College and University Teaching. His nomination was selected from among many others in the MAA Golden Section of Northern California, Nevada and Hawaii.
In June 2014, Kouba received the G. Thomas Sallee Teaching Award, an award honoring the top teacher of lower-division mathematics courses at UC Davis. Kouba's teaching is not only limited to the United States. In 2013 he taught mathematics classes in Thai Nguyen City, Vietnam. During summer 2014 he will be teaching mathematics classes in Cebu City, Philippines.
Kouba received a BA degree in 1974 from the University of Northern in 1974 and a Ph.D. from Colorado State University in 1982. He is a 1970 graduate of LDF High School (now East Marshall High School).
Hemesath inducted into 4-H Hall of Fame
The Iowa 4H Foundation and Marshall County Extension and Outreach would like to welcome Tom Hemesath, of State Center, into the 2014 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. The Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame recognizes volunteers and staff who have exhibited outstanding service to their county 4-H program.
Hemesath has been involved with the Marshall County 4-H program since 2000. Along with his wife Lisa, he served as co-leader of the Central Iowa 4-H Club for 10 years. During those 10 years, enrollment increased from 29 in the first year, to over 50 members for the next nine years.
Hemesath has invested many hours in improving the show pavilion and the swine barn at the Central Iowa Fairgrounds in Marshalltown. This includes raising funds to purchase new pens for the barn, new pens for the show pavilion and pouring concrete around the show ring to create a more enjoyable environment. This year, Hemesath raised enough money to purchase 40 new swine pens. He has been the Swine Superintendent since 2001. As such, he has traveled many miles for on-farm swine weigh-ins, grilled lunch for 100's of fair exhibitors from all species and sweat through many hot afternoons in July while shoveling, sweeping and setting up pens at the Central Iowa Fair.
Hemesath leads by example and provides youth with strong personal skills that translate to a successful life style. The 4-H program for Tom has always been about the youth. He continues to give back even after his children have graduated. Tom is an excellent example of "Making the Best, Better."
Hemesath will be awarded a plaque on at at 10 a.m. July 13 at the Central Iowa Fair and a certificate at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.
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