Hawkeye Honors Two Long-time Board of Trustees Members

By: Public Relations and Marketing
Date Published: Friday, October 04, 2013

WATERLOO—Hawkeye Community College recently honored two long-time Board of Trustees members, Mark Birdnow of Jesup and Luane Lorenzen of Traer, for their years of service to the college.

Trustee Birdnow served 19 years on the board and held the position of Chairman of the Board for the past 13 years. He worked toward the successful passage of the 2003 Bond Issue that secured local funding for the Black Hawk Hall classrooms, dental clinic renovations, Virtual Lab and Hospital program, Health Education and Services Center with new healthcare programs, and the Brock Student Center. Birdnow served as Director in District 4, which represents the Dunkerton, East Buchanan, Independence, and Jesup school districts.

Trustee Luane Lorenzen served on the Hawkeye Board for 25 years. She was an avid supporter of the Hawkeye Foundation and also served on its board for several years. Lorenzen was a member of the Board of Trustees that supported Hawkeye’s change from a technical institution to a comprehensive community college in 1991. Also, it was during her tenure that the Western Outreach Center opened in Grundy County and has become a model K12 partnership in offering concurrent enrollment. Lorenzen served as Director in District 3, which represents the Dike-New Hartford, Grundy Center, North Tama, and Union school districts, along with portions of Cedar Falls and Gladbrook-Reinbeck.

Incoming board members Gene Ficken of Independence and John Schuller of Grundy Center will be sworn in as Trustees on Tuesday, October 22. Ficken will represent District 4, and Schuller will represent District 3.