Twelve members of the Class of 2W0 were inducted into the prestigious I.V. Club during the 25th Annual Induction Ceremony on Oct. 18. Unlike past ceremonies, this one was virtual with everyone participating from home on Zoom.
The inductees are: Christopher Belfie, paint and coatings technology; Jared Dallmann, construction technology-carpentry; Zachary Faust, construction technology-masonry; Joseph Galbraith, machine tool technology; Samuel Gingery, horticulture; Joshua Johnson, horticulture; Tichon Johnson, construction technology-masonry; Konstantinos Karros, power plant technology; James Moorhead, paint and coatings technology; Aigars Panzer, construction technology-carpentry; Christian Ripoli, machine tool technology; and Sean Steppke, power plant technology.
The induction was performed by I.V. Club members, and included Warren Reichle 0W3 reading the poem “The Man in the Glass,” Kevin Welde 9W7 talking about “The past,” Joseph Portz 1W5 talking about “The present,” and President Michael Rounds talking about “The charge for the future.” The induction ceremony was led by Joshua Speakman 1W9.
Rounds said he was disappointed that COVID-19 caused the cancellation of the induction ceremony originally planned for March, but was pleased it was able to be held virtually. He explained that the club is an honorary society that acknowledges seniors who have shown exemplary citizenship, hard work, and leadership and embody the school’s core values.
The ceremony included an invocation and benediction by Sean Howat, assistant to the chaplain and welcoming remarks by Dr. Michelle Williams, vice president of academic affairs and CAO.
Also taking part in the ceremony were Chairman William Bonenberger 7W9, Arlene Snyder, vice president for institutional advancement, and I.V. Club members John Coleman 1W9, Samuel Oropeza 0W6, Donald Snowden 0W0, and James Strickland 1W9.
Each new inductee received a copy of the Deed of Trust, a certificate, and an I.V. Club pin.