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The newest class of Iowa Central Community College’s Hall of Fame will be honored Oct. 22 with an induction ceremony on the Fort Dodge campus.

The Class of 2022 Hall of Fame includes Tanner Aus, Morgan Brown, Harlan Sessions, Dan Cassady, Lisa Shimkat, Joseph LeValley and the 2007-08 Women’s Cross Country Team.

Aus, Brown, Harlan and the 2007-2008 cross country team will be recognized as athletes, Shimkat and LeValley as distinguished alumni and Cassady as distinguished teachers.

The event will begin at 4 p.m. with a social hour, followed by a meal and tribute to the inductees at 5 p.m. A silent auction will be held with a variety of items.

Tickets for the event are $25 and are available at the Central Iowa Foundation office or the Central Iowa Bookstore in person or by phone at 515-574-1081

Tanner Aus

Distinguished athletes

Tanner Aus

Aus began his college career at Iowa Central in 2008 and was a member of the rodeo team. As Triton, Aus finished his first season ranked 10th in the nation in bareback riding and third in the nation in bareback his second year. After graduating from Iowa Central, Aus transferred to Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Missouri, where he finished second in the nation as a junior and won the national bareback riding championship his senior year. Professionally, Aus is currently ranked seventh in the world bareback rankings and has qualified for the famed National Rodeo Final six times.

Morgan (Brown) Angotti

Angotti, a Fort Dodge native, was a decorated athlete in three sports for the Tritons from 2006-2009. She was an all-region volleyball player in 2006 and 2007, a member of the women’s qualifying golf team Iowa Central Nationals in 2007 and qualified for Golf Nationals as an individual in 2008. Angotti was a member of the Triton women’s basketball team from 2007 to 2009 where she was named player of basketball from all regions in the 2008–09 season; averaged 17.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. After her years at Iowa Central, she went on to a successful basketball career at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City.

Dan Cassady

Harlan Sessions

A native of Detroit, Harlan played basketball for Fort Dodge Junior College/Iowa Central from 1966-1968. He was a two-time all-around player for Iowa Central and a member of the men’s basketball team. ball who finished fifth in the national tournament. Harlan transferred to Weber State in Ogden, Utah, where he went on to a successful college hoops career, winning two conference championships and two NCAA Tournament berths. Harlan worked as a police officer in Denver for 30 years and led the Denver SWAT team for nine years.

2007–08 Women’s Cross Country Teams

Led by several area runners, the 2007 and 2008 women’s cross country teams won back-to-back NJCAA National Championships. They were the first women’s teams to win national titles for the Tritons and were the first of many national championships for the Iowa Central Cross Country program.

Distinguished Graduates

Harlan Sessions

Joseph LeValley

LeValley graduated from Central Iowa with an Associate of Arts degree in 1973. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Drake University in Des Moines in 1976 and holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa. . He began his career as a writer/photographer for the Globe-Gazette in Mason City. LeValley served as director of community relations, vice president of planning and public affairs, and senior vice president of network development for Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa and retired as senior vice president of planning and system development for Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines. and Mercy Health Network. He is a Life Member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. LeValley is an accomplished author of five novels. He is a drummer and guitarist and has written over 40 songs. LeValley is also a 2016 inductee into the Iowa Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame and has held various community service positions in the Des Moines area.

Lisa Shimkat

Shimkat graduated from Central Iowa with an Associate of Arts degree in 1993. She received a Masters in Business Administration from Iowa State University. Shimkat nominees describe her as someone who “lives her life as a distinguished leader. She served as CFO of Cornbelt Power Cooperative and Regional Director of the Iowa Central Small Business Development Center. She is currently the Iowa State Director for the Small Business Development Center at Iowa State University. She is a recipient of America’s Small Business Development Center State Star Award and has served on the National Board of the Small Business Development Center since 2019, currently serving as Vice President of the US SBDC. Shimkat also sits on the board of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Locally, she serves as school board vice president for the Fort Dodge Community School District.

Distinguished faculty

Joe Levalley

Dan Cassady

Cassady served as Director of Instrumental Activities at Iowa Central from 1995 to 2006. He has taught at all Fort Dodge educational institutions, including Fort Dodge Senior High and St. Edmond Catholic Schools. He is currently an adjunct professor of music at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake and gives private lessons at McSweeney’s School for the Performing Arts. He is in high demand to play in various musical ensembles in the region and state. Cassady plays trombone with the Fort Dodge Symphony, is a member of two major bands in the Okoboji area, and plays rock trombone with local band Lone Tree Revival. He is a trombonist for the brass quintet Jive for Five. Cassady is the musical director of the Comedia Musica Players of Fort Dodge, where he conducts the pit orchestra and vocalists. He has served on the staff of jazz camps at Southwestern Iowa Community College and Reggie Schive Jazz Camp. He is a member of the American School Band Directors Association, the Iowa Bandmasters Association, the Jazz Educators of Iowa and the International Trombone Association. He has been a member of the Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge for nearly 45 years, where he currently serves as the Band’s Deputy Leader.

Lisa Shimkat

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The 2007-2008 women’s cross country team is shown here with their trophy.


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