47th Woman to be inducted to MVC Women's Hall of Fame

Posted April 30, 2015

Missouri Valley College's Valley Women organization will honor three individuals at its annual tea at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 30 in the Ferguson Center Formal Lounge. The 47th inductee into the Valley Women's Hall of Fame, the 2015 Outstanding Senior Woman and the Valley Women Scholarship recipient will be recognized.

Susan Dittmer, a 1975 MVC alumnae, will be inducted into the Valley Women's Hall of Fame.

Dittmer has served the Missouri Valley College community for 31 years, starting in 1984 as an adjunct professor in speech communications. She became a full-time lecturer in 1989, and was promoted to assistant professor of speech communications in 1993, and associate professor in 1999. Dittmer's leadership roles include chair of the arts and humanities division from 2007-2009, chair of the communications division from 2009-2013 and is currently chair of the communications, humanities and human services division. Additionally, she has served as Faculty Senate president, promoting fair and supportive leadership between faculty and administration.

Dittmer has received a number of awards including the John McCallum Outstanding Teaching Award, a peer voted award given away annually to an MVC faculty member.

Dittmer is an avid supporter of Missouri Valley College and all of its programs and students.

"Susan motivates her students by making learning fun. She is supportive and involved with her colleagues, a role model for the students and supportive of their collegiate activities," said Sharon Hoeflicker of the Valley Women Organization.

Dittmer received an associate's degree from Missouri Valley College in 1973 and a Bachelor of Science degree in speech and theater education and English in 1975. She then went on to obtain a master's degree in speech communication from the University of Central Missouri in 1991.

The Valley Women will also present Twyla Reid with the 2015 Outstanding Senior Woman award. The Outstanding Senior Woman Award is decided on the basis of scholarship, leadership, character and service, and is voted on by MVC faculty, staff and Valley Women members.

Reid, from Albion, Ill., is a biology major. She serves as a supplemental instruction mentor for biology, anatomy and physiology, tutoring students. She is a member of Alpha Chi national college honor society, Biology Club and the MVC rodeo team. Reid was honored this spring as an MVC Scholar. She has been accepted and plans to attend the University of Missouri's College of Veterinary Medicine.

An MVC junior woman will be awarded the Valley Women scholarship at the event. Money for the scholarship comes from private donations and fundraisers.

The Valley Women will host a Luncheon and Meeting on June 18, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. The purpose of the meeting will be to dicuss the future of the organization. If you are interested in attending please contact Dakota at day-herrell@moval.edu. 

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