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Gogebic Community College Foundation's 16th Annual Recognition Banquet

IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP – October 21, 2011

The Gogebic Community College Foundation held its 16th Annual Celebration of Achievements Banquet Thursday evening. The event was hosted at the GCC Lindquist Center. Preceding the Banquet there was a Reception that was also held at GCC Courtside.
Each year, the GCC Foundation Board of Directors chooses several individuals to honor who have exemplified their commitment to the College. This year’s honorees included Margaret “Peggy” Malovrh, Distinguished Alumnus Class of 1977; James Milakovich and Donald Fortune, Distinguished Foundation Board Members; and David Coleman, Outstanding College Employee.

Pictured above (L-R) are Foundation President Charlene Newhouse, David Coleman, Donald Fortune, Margaret Malovrh, James Milakovich, and GCC President James Lorenson.

above The Welcoming remarks and introductions were made by Kelly Marczak, GCC Foundation's Executive Director.
Charlene Newhouse, President of the GCC Foundation gave the opening remarks at Thursday's banquet. Newhouse assisted GCC President James A. Lorenson in presenting the awards.

Margaret Ann "Peggy" Malovrh attended Gogebic Community College after graduating from Ironwood Catholic High School in 1975. Peggy fully embraced these initial college years at Gogebic, receiving a superb education, particularly from her science teachers: Mr. Ken Larson, Mr. Charles Supercynski and Mr. Doug Olsen. Cherished memories formed through participation in intramural sports, women's volleyball, cheerleading, college sponsored social events and singing in the school choir.

With a solid foundation from GCC, Peggy graduated with honors from the pharmacy program at Ferris State University in 1980 and began her career as a hospital pharmacist at St. Lawrence Hospital in Lansing, Michigan. She decided to pursue her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 1991 and subsequently received her Pharm.D. degree in 1993.
Peggy is currently the Clinical Pharmacy Supervisor and Residency Program Director at Sparrow Health System, a 733-bed tertiary care hospital in Lansing. She also serves as an adjunct clinical professor at the University of Michigan, Ferris State and Wayne State Universities. Peggy is a past president of the Capital Area Pharmacists Association and is president-elect of the Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP).She was honored as the Preceptor of the Year from Ferris State University in 2000 and the MSHP Pharmacist of the Year in 2008.In addition to pharmacy publications, Peggy has co- authored articles in scientific journals. In 2010, she was inducted as a fellow of the Michigan Pharmacists Association.
Peggy strongly believes in supporting Gogebic Community College, realizing that the first years on a professional path are the most important.

She has learned that the most difficult part of any journey is "pulling out of the driveway".
“I do not know how much I deserve this award but I do acknowledge everything that that Gogebic has done for me.  It has led me on a path to a wonderful profession” she said.


James R. Milakovich, Jim completed his public school education in Bessemer. In 1967, he began his college education at Gogebic Community College and graduated in 1969 with an Associate of Business.  Jim was a two-year starter for the Samsons and a member of two NJCC championship teams.
Milakovich graduated from Northern Michigan University in 1971 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. A few months after graduation, he was drafted and served two years in the U.S. Armed Forces in Germany.
From 1974 until 1982, Jim worked for the Miner's First National Bank & Trust Company in Ishpeming, Michigan. In August of 1982, Jim returned to Ironwood to serve as Vice President/Senior Lending Officer: Consumer, Mortgage, & Commercial Lending at the First national Bank of IronwoodlMFC First National Bank. When MFC First National Bank became Wells Fargo Bank of Michigan in 2000, he served as a Business Banker until June 2002.In June of 2002, Jim joined the First National Bank of Wakefield, Michigan, where he continues to serve as a Vice President/Senior Lending Officer.
Jim continued his education as he advanced in his banking career. He took graduate classes at NMU and graduated from the Northern Michigan School of Banking in 1978.
Jim has "been active in service organizations and community affairs both in Ishpeming and Ironwood. Beginning in 1980, he was an active member of the Ishpeming Chamber of Commerce and served as its President in 1982.
Jim has served Gogebic Community College as a member of the Long Range Planning Committee in 1984,an adjunct faculty member in 1985, a presenter for the Freshman Seminar, a member of the Advisory Committee for the Business Department from 1988 to 1994, and from 2002 to the present, and as a member of the Gogebic Community College Foundation Board. He served as Foundation Board President from July 2008 until June 2010.
Jim has long contributed to the business sector as well. He was a member of the Ironwood Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for three years and its treasurer for one year. For the past 28 years, Jim has been an active member of the Ironwood Kiwanis Club, serving as the treasurer for 6 years, as one of the Board of Directors numerous times, and as President in 2006. He was an active member of the Ironwood Elks for over 20 years and spent one year as treasurer. He served on the Ironwood Area Schools Citizen's Taskforce Committee between 1994 and 2002, and since1983, as a golfing member and Tournament Committee Member of the Gogebic Country Club. In 1994, Jim was honored as a Distinguished Alumni of A.D. Johnston High School in Bessemer, Michigan. Jim and his wife Jeannie have three children-Jennifer (Pavlovich), Jamie (Erickson), and James and four grandchildren:  Ella, Ethan, Chase, and Connor

Dean Lindquist introduced Donald Fortune and spoke of the important fundraising that Fortune accomplished on behalf of the Lindquist Center on the GCC campus.

Donald Fortune graduated from Flint Northern High School, Flint, MI, in 1950. He lettered in track and cross country, and was a member of the 1950 Class A Track Championship team. Don attended Flint Junior College until drafted to serve in the U.S. Army for service in the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged as a non­commissioned officer in 1955. He then attended University of Michigan - Flint College.

After a brief career in real estate sales, Don joined Michigan National Bank as Management Trainee in 1963. Bank training required completion of courses from U of M Extension Office. Don was named Asst. Vice President in 1966. In 1970 he was named Vice President and Department Manager of newly formed Public Funds and Municipal Bond Underwriting areas of the bank. In 1974 he was named President and CEO of First National Bank of Calumet/Lake Linden, MI. The bank prospered under his leadership.
First National Bank of Calumet/Lake Linden doubled in size and market share during his tenure. Don completed two years of the American Bankers Association's Stoner Graduate School of Banking at Rutger's University in New Brunswick, NJ.

After 13 successful years in the Copper Country, Don was named Executive Vice President and CEO of First National Bank (FNB) of Ironwood in 1987. In 1990, Don was named President of FNB, an affiliate bank of the Michigan Financial Corporation of Marquette, MI - a generous supporter of GCC during the construction of the Lindquist Center.

Don and John Rajkovich co-chaired the local fundraising drive from 1991 to 1993 to provide matching funds to support State and Federal monies to build the David G. Lindquist Student Center on the campus of GCC. This group raised in excess of$550,000. Don and Marilyn were patron contributors for most years while living in the Gogebic Range area.
Don continued his high level of civic and community involvement while at FNB serving as GCC Foundation Board Member from 1989 to 2000, past President of Hurley-Ironwood Rotary Club, past President of Grand View Health System Board of Directors, past President of Ironwood Industrial Council, and numerous other volunteer groups.

FNB prospered under Don's leadership and the bank increased assets by $40 million and profitability rose to levels of high performance peer group standards. Corporate policy required Don's retirement in 1999 at age 65.
In 2000 Don accepted a call from the organizers of a new state chartered bank to organize and prepare stock prospectus, design products, and hire staff. The new bank, Gogebic Range Bank, opened in May, 2002, with offices in Bessemer and Ironwood. The new bank has prospered since the first day, and now is a fine example of the role of a community locally controlled bank.
Don retired for the second time in December, 2003 and returned with Marilyn to their retirement home in Florida. Summers are spent at their lake home in Mercer, WI. Retirement includes lots of travel visiting daughter Debra (MTU 1984) in Raleigh, NC; son Todd (GCC i985) in Mt. Vernon, OH; son Scott (GCC 1997) near Madison, WI; and son David (U. of Maryland 1998) in Herdon, VA. Don & Marilyn also have two grandchildren who are GCC alumni.
GCC is still in the thoughts of Don & Marilyn. Both are supporters of the Annual Pines to Palms Event held in Florida each spring.

Video above - President James Lorenson speaking of Don Fortune

David Russell Coleman was born in Ironwood, Michigan in 1943. David graduated from L. L. Wright High School in 1961 and attended Gogebic Community College until 1964. David transferred to Northland College in 1964 and graduated in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Broad Social Studies Major.  
Dave taught Social Studies at Shawano, Wisconsin before moving back to Ironwood. He began his career at Gogebic Community College by teaching Physical Education at Camp Ojibway in Marenisco, Michigan. While teaching Physical Education he was the first Teacher Aide in GCC's Vocational Small Engine Repair Program and moved on to be a Teacher Aide in the Small Appliance Repair Program and Automotive Technology Program at Camp Ojibway. David was an Adjunct Instructor teaching Corrections Classes at the main campus for Gogebic.
In 1989 David became the Gogebic Off-Campus Coordinator in Iron River Michigan and was instrumental in developing classes for Corrections Officers for the soon to be open Camp Ottawa Correctional Facility in Iron River, Michigan. David was the driving force in bringing Off-Campus College Evening Classes to the people in L'Anse and Baraga, Michigan. David started Off-Campus College Evening Classes in Hancock, Houghton, and Calumet, Michigan.
In 1994 he became the On-Campus Evening Supervisor and Assistant Manager of the David G. Lindquist Student Center. In 1997 he became e Head Manager of the David G. Lindquist Center. David became the Assistant Athletic Director in 2006 and Residential Manager of Campus Suites in 2008. David retired from Gogebic in 2009 and agreed to continue as part manager of Campus Suites until his full retirement from GCC in 2010.
David has been a registered Basketball Official for 45 years and ntinues to officiate Middle School and Junior Varsity games. He also helps cook for the Hurley Midget Booster Club at Football games.
He and his wife Andrea have three children: daughters Lynn and Jennifer and a son Kevin. They also have two grandchildren Michael and Steven.
He considers it an honor and privilege to be a part of the Gogebic Community College family for so many years.

Above left is former GCC President Donald Forster and current GCC President James A Lorenson.
pictured above are the Breakwater staff who did an excellent job in catering this year's banquet.

Polar Bear Cookbook

Thank you to everyone who submitted recipes for the Polar Bear Hockey Cookbook. The cookbooks are now available. The cost for the cookbooks are $10.00 so make sure to grab one for yourself and maybe one or two as a gift. They can be purchased at the Pat O'Donnel Civic Center concession stand or by contacting Kerry Roehm or Micki Sorensen.


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