Academic journal article Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin

Dr. Carolyn J. Rants Receives the 79th International Achievement Award

Academic journal article Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin

Dr. Carolyn J. Rants Receives the 79th International Achievement Award

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Each year The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International recognizes one member for distinguished service to the Society. From recommendations submitted by members, chapters, or state organizations, the International Executive Board selects a member for this honor. The symbol of this honor is a gold medallion that is presented to the recipient. The first medallion for the International Achievement Award was given in 1933 to Dr. Annie Webb Blanton; the most recent award was presented at the DKG Northwest Regional Conference in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

The 2011 recipient, Dr. Carolyn J. Rants, has advanced the Society through her vision of marketing, membership diversity, and generational issues. A forward-thinking leader, she encouraged creating a buzz for the Society, updating current Society brochures, and creating new, professional recruitment materials. She oversaw the revision of the Constitution and International Standing Rules and skillfully guided them through convention voting. The Society's vision statement, Leading Women Educators Impacting Education Worldwide, was inspired by Dr. Rants' leadership.

Beginning her educational career as an elementary teacher, Dr. Rants moved into higher education when she became an assistant professor in the Education Department at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. Her people and administrative skills being recognized very quickly, she advanced to the offices of Dean for Student Development, Vice President for Student and Academic Affairs, then Vice President for Enrollment, Student Services, and Administration in subsequent years. In 1999, Dr, Rants became Executive Director for Enrollment Services at Western Iowa Technical Community College; she retired from that college as Vice President for Instruction and Student Services.

An active leader in her community, Dr. Rants serves on the Iowa Community Attraction and Tourism Vision Board, the board of directors of the Siouxland Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Sioux City Symphony Board of Directors, and as president and treasurer of the Siouxland Youth Chorus. …

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