The Distinguished Alumni Award was established by the Southeastern Community College Alumni Association to recognize and honor an alumna/us of SCC or its predecessor colleges, Burlington Junior College, Burlington Community College, and Keokuk Community College, who has achieved substantial public recognition for their accomplishments or success.
Distinguished Alumni Scholarships
Every year the SCCAA awards Distinguished Alumni Scholarships worth $1,000 each to graduating SCC students who are transferring to continue their education after SCC.
Distinguished Alumni are honored annually for their outstanding contributions to their communities and professions. Nominations are due annually August 1.
Nominate an Alumni
To nominate an individual for the Distinguished Alumni Award, click here.
Click here for a complete list of Distinguished Alumni, starting in 1997.
2015 Distinguished Alumni
Tim Peevler (SCC Keokuk Campus, 1976)
A Keokuk, Iowa native, Tim Peevler enrolled at Southeastern Community College, graduating in 1976 with an Associates of Applied Arts degree in Retail Marketing. it included on-the-job training at Pamida that resulted in a mid-level management position. "I had some of the best instructors at SCC, including Business teacher Chuck Peters. He was so positive and made class fun. I applied what I learned and worked part-time, graduating with no college debt."
Tim went on to earn a BA in Business from Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University). For the next 20 years he rose through the ranks to be store manager at Pamida and Jack's stores. In the evenings he studied for his real estate license, eventually purchasing a small agency in Keokuk. Tim has grown Peevler Real Estate into a successful and respected firm. "I've been fortunate to have such a great real estate team all these years," Tim says. "The best high pressure salesman is a low pressure salesman. We've never sold anyone a house. Instead, we try to find the best fit for our buyers."
Growing up in a single-parent household, Tim's youth wasn't always easy. He credits his older sister and her husband for helping him succeed. He also decided early on not to let circumstances define him. "I don't have any special talents. I just try to do the best I can with what I've been given. Each one of us has an opportunity to make a difference. Every day we get to choose." In fact there are few organizations or events in Keokuk that Tim and Peevler Real Estate haven't supported. He has especially enjoyed his work with area schools, his bicycle restoration and give-away program, sponsoring a Little League team and Habitat for Humanity.
Ken Schwenker (SCC West Burlington Campus, 1971-1972)
Ken Schwenker graduated from Burlington High School in 1971 and then attended Southeastern Community College for a year. "Choosing SCC was a natural for me. And, I'd always enjoyed watching the Blackhawks play basketball."
After SCC, he traveled through Europe to broaden his horizons and then returned to the Burlington area to join his father's growing business, Standard of Beaverdale. As an innovative business manager, Ken championed for his company to be one of the first in the industry to develop and implement a computerized inventory management system. Today, under Ken's resourceful leadership, the business continues to flourish.
While he has traveled the world, to Ken, 'home' is best. He is passionate about community involvement. "If people want to see their area improve, then they need to do something, because it won't just happen by itself." Ken finds great satisfaction in supporting local communities and organizations. He has made significant cash and product donations for many area projects and rarely turns down a fundraising request. Ken often underwrites promotional advertising for community events, too, expecting little in return. He greets every customer who comes through his door with a smile and a 'can-do' attitude. "I do it because of the thanks I get in return. It's a great feeling."
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