June 2020 Central Connection

June 1, 2020

Campuses name outstanding graduates

Three Central Community College graduates have received the 2020 Outstanding Alumni Award.

Jake Dilsaver
Columbus Campus

Jake Dilsaver of Lincoln has received the 2020 Outstanding Alumni Award from the Columbus Campus.

He earned an associate of applied science degree from CCC-Columbus in 2005, graduating with honors. He then transferred to Wayne State College to study criminal justice.

Dilsaver is captain of the Lincoln Police Department (LPD). He previously had worked as a uniformed street patrol officer, a criminal investigations unit investigator and a sergeant before being promoted to his current position.

Other ways he served the LPD was as a field training officer, Recruit Academy instructor, internal resource officer chairperson, chaplain liaison, and as a member of the Field Force Team, Policy Review Committee, Labor-Management Committee, Hiring Panel, Wellness Committee and Awards Committee.

His law enforcement career began with an LPD Recruit Academy Top Scholar Award in the fall of 2007. Since then, he has received numerous commendations.

Throughout his career, Dilsaver has been involved in a variety of community activities, including the Friendship Home Board of Directors, Special Olympics, Child Advocacy Center Board of Directors and Teammates Mentoring Program. He also has coached Lincoln Youth Football, volunteered for the Santa Cop Auction and served as a high school and collegiate basketball official. He was selected by coaches as an official for the Nebraska Coaches Association All-Star Basketball Game in 2016 and 2019 and as an official in multiple Nebraska School Activities Association state basketball tournaments. Through his referee activities, he said he works to maintain standards of sportsmanship and fair competition in interscholastic athletics.

He and his wife, Carrie Mullendore-Dilsaver, are donors and supporters of the True Potential Scholarship program, which focuses on creating opportunities for young immigrants to attend community colleges in Nebraska.

Nia Karmann
Grand Island Campus

Nia Karmann of Omaha has received the 2020 Outstanding Alumni Award from the Grand Island Campus.

She is the owner of Nye Street Studio in Omaha and is an award-winning, professional photographer who specializes in fine art and portrait photography. She’s been featured on NET’s Nebraska Stories, Nebraska Public Radio and NTV’s The Good Life, and her work has been showcased in art galleries, magazines, online publications, books and calendars.

Karmann started taking pictures on film cameras when she was 9 years old in Hall County 4-H. She had her first professional photography show as a senior in high school and then went on to polish her business skills at CCC’s Grand Island and Hastings campuses.

As a student with a disability, she had to overcome adversity and convince naysayers to pursue her passion for photography, but she continues to build her career by submitting her work in a variety of venues throughout the Midwest. She also continues traveling throughout the country and overseas capturing moments in her unique style to build her portfolio.

Her photography has received local and national awards and been published in an international magazine. Her 2019 recognitions include winning second place at the Grand Island Art in the Park for a banyan tree photo from Hawaii; being selected as the featured artist at the Sump Memorial Library in Papillion from June 1 through July 31, and getting published in the Summer 2019 Fine Lines Book as an honorable mention winner. She received that last award as a part of the Omaha Artists Inc.’s Chillin Winter Art Show, and it was her photo featured on the wraparound cover of the Fine Lines Autumn 2018 issue.

Karmann is the current president and adult representative of the Nebraska Spina Bifida Organization. In 2019 she was the 4-H photography judge for the Nebraska State Fair.

Carol Welke
Hastings Campus

Carol Welke of Hastings has received the 2020 Outstanding Alumni Award from the Hastings Campus.

She earned a two-year diploma in dental assisting in 1976, becoming the first member of her family to graduate from a postsecondary school.

When she started classes at CCC-Hastings in 1974, she walked onto the Rams volleyball team and was selected in 1975 as the team’s co-captain. She also was on the drill team her first year and a cheerleader in her second year.

Welke has been employed by Landgren Family Dental for more than 35 years. She worked for many years as a chairside assistant to Dr. George Landgren before being promoted to running the front desk and training incoming dental assistants. When Dr. David Landgren joined his father in his practice, she was promoted to office manager. She had planned to retire in March, but COVID-19 led Landgren and Uden Family Dentistry to ask her to stay longer because of her experience and expertise.

Her community activities have included serving as vice president and president of The Arc of Adams and Clay counties and as a member of the ESU #9 Parents Advisory Board and the Mid-State Dental Assistants Society. She also has been an asset to the CCC Dental Assisting Advisory Board and has helped dental assisting instructor Marie Desmarais place CCC students in clinicals. Desmarais was Welke’s instructor when she was attending CCC.

She has been active in the Methodist Church, including working with its youth group, Sunday school and children’s choir. Over the years, she has played on community sports teams and coached youth sports such as volleyball, softball and baseball. She also was a coach for Special Olympics bowling and the Special Olympics Alumni Group.

Retirement beginning for Condreay, Luna

The following employees are retiring from Central Community College:

Dorothy Condreay

Dorothy Condreay of Lincoln has been a chemistry instructor at the Columbus Campus since 1995.

Prior to joining the CCC staff in 1995, she taught for 16 years at Nebraska high schools in Stanton, Silver Creek, Albion and Milford. Other work experience included serving as a dining room shift manager for the Garden Café and Bakery in Lincoln.

Condreay earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a bachelor’s degree in education from Wayne State College and a master’s degree in science education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She also completed graduate hours in nutrition at UNL.

She is a member of the National Education Association, Nebraska State Education Association, American Society for Nutrition and Leadership Columbus.

At CCC, Condreay was involved in the general education, Columbus Christmas, outstanding alumni and Columbus Campus Faculty Member of the Year committees and was the lead multiple times on the science committee. She served twice as the faculty representative on the Columbus Campus Cabinet and the College Cabinet. She also developed science demonstrations for girls in science and various tour groups and spoke about academic transfer to the CCC Board of Governors.

Her husband, Blain, was a biological sciences instructor at the Columbus Campus until his death in 2016. They have four children: Marcus Condreay of Denver, Colo.; Joel Condreay of Hickman, Sheri Tremain of Dayton, Wyo.; and Christina Condreay of Alexandria, Va. They also have four grandchildren.

Condreay will retire after teaching this summer.

Liz Luna

Liz Luna of Grand Island has been registration and assessment director at the Grand Island Campus since 2017 but she has been employed by CCC since 1975.

Her affiliation with the college began in January 1975 as a student in its first location in Grand Island in a downtown storefront next to Northwestern Energy. The space was furnished with folding tables and chairs and its parking lot across the street could hold about 13 cars.

At the time, the Grand Island location didn’t offer credit courses so Luna took continuing education classes in secretarial science. In May, she was hired as a secretary for the business and general education department, marking the beginning of a career at CCC dedicated to working with students.

Luna was promoted to a full-time position in July 1975 as a receptionist and secretary for CETA, a federal program that paid students to go to school.

When CCC-Grand Island opened at its current location, she became a secretary for registration and student accounts. She went on to serve as a registration technician, student records coordinator and registration director before becoming registration and assessment director.

From 1976, she not only worked full-time for CCC but also bartended at night.

Luna earned a GED diploma in 1974, the same day she earned a legal and medical secretary diploma from the Grand Island School of Business. She later earned associate of applied science degrees in secretarial science and data processing from CCC and a bachelor’s degree in management from Bellevue University, graduating with honors.

While at CCC, she was involved with the graduation and wellness committees. She also was involved in the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and the Association of Veterans Education Certifying Officials.

Luna has a daughter and son-in-law, Tina and Steve Whited of Grand Island. She also has three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She is proud to note that Tina, Steve and her three grandchildren all followed in her footsteps and graduated from CCC.

She is continuing to work part-time at the college.

Echo the cat lives to give lots of love and sometimes that means closely supervising Catrina Gray’s work. 


Home Office of the Week 

During this COVID pandemic, Central Community College has been naming a CCC Home Office of the Week. Winners receive a Home Bound Hero award/gift and are spotlighted in an email to all CCC employees and on the human resources’ Facebook page.

The latest winners are: Week 3, Emily Mach, psychology instructor at the Columbus Campus; Week 4, Catrina Gray, Early College Pathway retention coach at the Kearney Center; and Week 5, Kim Saum, administrative assistant at the Columbus Campus Resource Center.

Mach’s light-filled dining room serves as Command Central, doing duty as her psychology classroom, her children’s kindergarten and third grade classrooms and an office where she can do live lectures, hold open office hours and grade assignments. Most importantly, the chairs are comfortable and the kitchen is nearby for snacks and coffee. She also is more appreciative of her patio where can grade and work as long as the weather cooperates.

Gray’s dining room is in close proximity to the bathroom, the refrigerator and a window and is within yelling range to make sure her child is staying on task. She said her whole workspace makes her happy, including the cat turned co-worker, the picture of her smiling daughter, her graduation tassels and master’s cap, and a case of wine that reminds her that she can get through anything.

Saum’s dining room provides great views and allows Saum to enjoy nature while she works. As a library assistant, she said she most misses all the books and the students. Her favorite aspect of working at home is the phone ringing on her laptop because she knows it’s a real live person. Whether it’s a student or a co-worker, it brightens her day, especially when she can see their face – and their kitchen.

All three women said they most miss CCC students and colleagues. Gray added traveling to other CCC locations and Saum added books to the list. Mach added she also missed going to the restroom without someone asking her a question from outside the door.


Left: The stack of books on the dining room table should be the clue that this is Kim Saum’s work space. Middle: Emily Mach shows the dining room that serves as Command Center. Right: Mach’s puppy, Gina Chardonnay, loves to sleep on her feet and keep them warm. 

Employee news

Administrative Office

College President Matt Gotschall has been elected first vice chairman of the Heartland United Way Board of Directors.

Columbus Campus

Daniel Gettinger is the new associate dean of skilled and technical sciences.

Admissions Director Kristin Hoesing has been elected to the Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska Board of Directors.

Grand Island Campus

The nursing division has gained two new employees: Terri Bossow, associate dean of nursing, and Renee Hutsell, nursing admission adviser.

Hastings Campus

Dental hygiene instructor Cindy Gaskill received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nebraska Dental Hygienist Association (NDHA) at its annual session April 24-25, which was held as a webinar.

She has been a member of the NDHA her entire career and is a past president. She has served on the local, component and state levels in many areas, including as president of the Greater Nebraska Dental Hygiene Component.

She is a founding member and past president of the Central Community College Dental Hygiene Alumni Association. She recently completed a 10-year term as one of two registered dental hygienists on the Nebraska Board of Dentistry. She also serves as a coordinator, team captain and examiner for the Central Regional Dental Testing Service.

During the NDHA annual session, Gaskill also presented a continuing education class along with part-time CCC dental hygiene instructors Diane Alden and Deb Schardt. The presentation, “Public Health Registered Dental Hygienist (PHRDH),” covered the application process to become a PHRDH and the procedures, reimbursements and dental coding for a PHRDH.