April 21, 2005
Morningside College announced the upcoming retirement of Fred Erbes, director of gift planning, and Marilyn Heilman, associate professor and chair of the education department at Morningside, at a reception held in their honor on Tuesday, April 19, on the college campus. The retirements are effective at the end of May.
Erbes will retire after nearly 40 years of service to Morningside. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Morningside in 1962 and began working as an admissions counselor at Morningside in 1967. He was later promoted to admissions director in 1978. He served as director of alumni development from 1985 to 1990, when he was named director of gift planning.
Erbes implemented the W. S. Lewis Heritage Roll of Honor, a program recognizing those who include the college in their estate plans and named after Morningside’s second president. For the last 15 years, Erbes served as the college’s editor for “Horizons,” a quarterly publication about estate planning.
Erbes was co-founder and is a member of Planned Giving of Siouxland and one of three who started a Leave a Legacy chapter in Sioux City. He is a past president of the Siouxland Estate Planning Council.
Heilman has been a member of Morningside's faculty since 1978, including three years as director of the Learning Resources Lab from 1983 to 1986. Throughout her tenure, she has served as an academic advisor and as director and supervisor of student teachers. She has served on several boards and committees, including the advisory board for the Regional Center for Teaching and Learning at Morningside College, and two state accreditation review teams with the Iowa Department of Education. She is a faculty and chapter advisor of Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education, and was Morningside's institutional representative to the Iowa Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (IACTE) and other education associations.
In 2003, Heilman was awarded the Lucille and Charles Wert Faculty Award for excellence in teaching. The annual award, established in 1996, recognizes the faculty member judged by his or her peers to best exemplify the ideas of the academic profession at Morningside. Heilman also received the Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Faculty Person of the Year Award in 1988, which is presented annually by the student leadership organization on campus.
Before coming to Morningside, Heilman was an elementary teacher at Eastwood Community Schools in Correctionville and Cushing, Battle Creek Community Schools, and Ida Grove Community Schools in Iowa. She served twelve years on the Eastwood Community School Board.