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SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2018 THE N'WEST IOWA REVIEW/SHELDON, IA E14 CONGRATULATIONS MIKE COULANDER for being chosen as one of the 20 Under 40 recipients 1969 Park St., Sheldon, IA • 712-324-0064 Mon 7-7 • Tues-Thurs 7-5 • Fri 7-4 • Sat 7-12 • ERIN OLSON SIOUX CENTER Associate professor of social work at Dordt College in Sioux Center BY KATE HARLOW KHARLOW@NWESTIOWA.COM SIOUX CENTER—Erin Olson might never have gone into social work if it wasn’t for her mother. “My mom was a nurse, and I knew I didn’t want to do that,” Olson said. “But it was my mom who suggested I might like and be good at social work when I was a junior in high school.” It wasn’t something that had been on her radar before, but there were hints in her past that pointed to her career choice. “I remember as a kid playing adoption worker,” Olson said. “I also was always a really good listener and my friends would always come to me to talk about their problems.” After graduating from Faith Christian High School in Bigelow, MN, Olson attended Dordt College in Sioux Center and entered into its social work program. She never wavered in her focus. “I might not have known for sure before starting college that social work was what I wanted to do, but every class I took and experience I had confirmed that this is what I wanted to do,” she said. “I never changed my mind or my major.” After graduating from Dordt in 2002, Olson went right on to earn her master’s work. She graduated from the University of Nebraska in Omaha in 2004. AT A GLANCE: Age: 38 Education: Bachelor of social work degree from Dordt College in Sioux Center in 2002; master’s in social work from University of Nebraska in Omaha in 2004; doctorate in social work from Baylor University in 2011. Experience: Social worker at Southern Behavioral Health Care in Sioux Falls, SD, and St. Luke’s Hospital in Sioux City; associate professor of social work at Dordt College since 2007. Family: Husband, Brendan; children, Hailey, 12; Brady, 9; Colby, 7. Interests: Reading, singing, playing piano, running, exercising. She worked at Southeastern Behavioral Health Care in Sioux Falls, SD, mainly in home health care for children with behavioral or emotional diagnoses. Later, she went to work at St. Luke’s Hospital in Sioux City. One of her co-workers from St. Luke’s started working as a professor at Dordt College and called on Olson in 2007 to see if she might be interested in teaching part-time. “I was only 27 at the time and though, I thought I might want to teach at some point, I didn’t think it would happen at such a young age,” Olson said. She taught for part-time for one year before going to being a full-time professor in 2008. When asked what her favorite PHOTO BY KATE HARLOW part of her job is, her answer came easily — her students. “I really love watching them as they change personally, their identity both as Christians and as social workers as they go through their four years here,” Olson said. “I love seeing them get excited about things and them learning what they like where their careers could go.” She teaches three classes a semester as well as has some administrative duties such as creating a budget. While budgeting is not her favorite thing to do, Olson said she absolutely loves her job. “I just love teaching and watching my students learning,” she said. “It’s such a joy to be able to help them become who they are going to be.” Congratulations Matthew Lammers on your award! Zeutenhorst Financial inc 1230 S. Main Ave • Sioux Center, IA 51250 Office: 712-722-3878 • Toll Free: 877-722-3878 • Fax: 712-722-3872 WWW.ZEUTENHORSTFINANCIAL.COM Everything you need for your next business meeting. •AV • System •Catering • •Capacity • from 10 Ten to to 300 300 Prairie Winds Event Center (712) 707-5900 • 908 8th Street, Orange City, IA

SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2018 THE N'WEST IOWA REVIEW/SHELDON, IA E15 ERIC ORTNER SIOUX CENTER Network administrator at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon BY MARK MAHONEY MMAHONEY@NWESTIOWA.COM SHELDON—With all of the technology he gets to work with, Eric Ortner really enjoys what he does for his job. The Sioux Center man has worked for Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon since May 2007. He was a computer support technician for about four years and has been NCC’s network administrator for nearly seven years. “It’s nice from the standpoint that we’re always pushing for new technology here because we want our students to have the latest and greatest, so when they go out to work, they know the greatest,” Ortner said. “When you’re working at a business, a lot of times they don’t have the budget to keep up with the latest and greatest,” he said. “That’s nice from a technology standpoint. It makes my job easier to be able to push to have new stuff and things.” He enjoys interacting with AT A GLANCE: Age: 36 Education: Associate degree in computer networking technology from Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge in 2002; associate degree in business management from Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon in 2010. Experience: Network installer and service department employee at Rick’s Computers Inc. in Danbury for nearly four years; Macintosh and NCC students — especially ones who are interested in computers and technology — while working on the college’s campus. “We have students who are learning about the computer sciences,” Ortner said. “We’ll Windows personal computer network technician at American Identity/Staples in Orange City for about five years; computer support technician for NCC for about four years; network administrator for NCC for nearly seven years. Family: Wife, Mary; son, Justin, 7. Interests: Watching college sports, especially Iowa State University; keeping abreast of latest developments in technology. have internships or work studies, and then they work with us. I really enjoy helping them.” Ortner, who was named the college’s Outstanding Employee of the Year in November 2012, detailed the day-to-day duties he does for NCC’s sevenmember information technology department. “If I was at a bigger college, I would be just maintaining the e-mail servers and user accounts and network security, and keeping up the wireless network in the dorms and everywhere else on campus,” he said. “That’s kind of what my main focus is, but because there’s not many of us, I might be replacing a toner,” he said. “I know it’s not glamorous, but basically if it needs to be done, you fix it.” His love for computers can be traced back to his childhood growing up on a farm near Danbury. “My parents were the type that weren’t going to buy me a Nintendo, but they bought a computer,” Ortner said. “They bought a computer because we were farmers and they were PHOTO BY MARK MAHONEY like, ‘We’re going to do the farm books on the computer.’ Well, that never happened. I had already kind of taken over the computer and I just kind of fiddled around with it.” He gives a lot of credit for the career he has to working part time for nearly four years at Rick’s Computers Inc. in Danbury. “I got a lot of experience there,” Ortner said. THE MOST IMPRESSIVE THING WE'VE BUILT IS OUR TEAM. Congratulations Jeremy Van Den Berg! INTERSTATES. LET’S BUILD. INTERSTATES.COM/CAREERS