May 13, 2011
The Morningside College Alumni Association presented its 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award to the Rev. Dr. Gary Armstrong of Clive, Iowa, during the college’s senior celebration dinner held May 13 at the Marina Inn.
In addition, the Morningside College Alumni Association presented outstanding senior awards to three members of Morningside’s 2011 graduating class. Recipients of the senior awards were Andrew Gerodias of Laurens, Iowa, a counseling psychology major; Terence Hancock of Malvern, Iowa, a computer science major; and Heather Nielsen of Ida Grove, Iowa, a business administration major.
Armstrong, a 1970 Morningside graduate, was a member of the Morningside College Board of Directors from 1994 to 2008. An ordained United Methodist Church minister, he served as pastor for congregations in several Iowa communities, including Cherokee, Council Bluffs, Indianola and Ottumwa. He also held a leadership role as district superintendent for the Fort Dodge District of the United Methodist Church’s Iowa Conference. In addition, Armstrong served on numerous Iowa Conference task forces, boards and commissions. He retired from full-time ministry in 2009.
Morningside College President John Reynders presented the alumni award to Armstrong and cited him for his unselfish service to Morningside College, the United Methodist Church, his congregations and the communities in which he has lived.
David Holub, a 1970 Morningside graduate and president of the Morningside College Alumni Association Board of Directors, presented the outstanding senior awards. The senior awards are given in the name of the late Brooke Simmons-Goodwin, a 1999 Morningside graduate and past president of the college’s alumni association board. A committee of Morningside faculty and staff select the senior award recipients based on the student’s commitment to campus life, academic achievement and service to the Sioux City area community.