SCC Alumni Association Names Kious, Philp Distinguished Alumni for 2017


Southeastern Community College has named this year’s Distinguished Alumni. Mary Ann Philp (’80) was named as Keokuk Campus Distinguished Alumna, and Dr. Andrew Kious (’75) was named as West Burlington Campus District Alumnus.

Each recipient will be honored at a reception prior to commencement ceremonies for their respective campus. Philp will be honored at a reception at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10 at Pilot Grove Savings Bank Community Room in Keokuk. Dr. Kious will be honored at a reception at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 11 at Burlington Memorial Auditorium.

Each honoree will deliver the Keynote Address during their respective campus commencements. Keokuk campus commencement will take place at the Grand Theatre in Keokuk at 7:00 p.m. on May 10; West Burlington campus commencement will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Burlington Memorial Auditorium.

Mary Ann Philp has been a registered nurse in Keokuk for over 35 years. She started her career in her home town of Carthage, IL at Memorial Hospital. Philp joined the SCC Nursing program as a clinical instructor in 1981.

After retiring as a full time instructor at SCC in 2011, Mary Ann took on another labor of love and became kindergarten teacher’s helper at Central Lee elementary school. She now helps students begin their educational process, with academic and emotional support.

SCC Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Becky Rump says that even in retirement, Philp shows no signs of slowing down.

“Mary Ann still teaches as an adjunct for SCC and has also served as a tutor for individual and small groups of struggling nursing students, as well as serving on SCC’s Nursing Program Advisory Committee,” says Rump. “She continues to be an effective teacher and leader here at SCC, and has high standards for our students and helps to ensure they have the tools and skills to meet them.”

Mary Ann and her husband Mark live near Donnellson, Iowa.

Dr. Andrew Kious, formerly of Fort Madison, graduated from Southeastern Community College in 1975.

He transferred to the University of Iowa College Of Dentistry, graduating in 1982. Dr. Kious practiced as a dentist in the United States Air Force, serving at six duty assignments, including tours in Germany and Korea.  He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal Two Oak Leaf Clusters and retired after twenty four years of service at the rank of Colonel.

Upon his retirement from the Air Force, Dr. Kious accepted a position in the Restorative Sciences Department at The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University where he currently practices as Associate Professor and director for the Freshman Operative Dentistry course. His personal faculty practice is primarily focused on the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a problem that often leads to stroke and heart attack. He has authored several scientific articles that have been published in professional journals and was recognized in 2011 with the prestigious Excellence in Education Award from the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Rump says of Dr. Kious, “Drew is a tireless educator and clinician who gives significant credit to Southeastern Community College for serving as a springboard to his higher education, professional achievements and opportunities to serve.”

Currently he makes his home in Augusta, Georgia. 

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