NCC Dedicates Dr. Alethea Stubbe Atrium in Health Sciences Building

Last fall NCC held a dedication ceremony for the atrium of the newly constructed Health Science Building to Dr. Alethea Stubbe, President Emeritus — Northwest Iowa Community College. Dr. Stubbe was the 9th President of NCC. She served in many capacities throughout her 30+ years of service, starting as a secretarial instructor and concluding as President for ten years until she retired in June of 2021.

About 250 people attended the dedication. Many of Stubbe’s former colleagues from NCC (who have retired) as well as past students, community members, current employees, friends, and family members including her husband Jack, her children Jamie and Matt, and her grandchildren gathered to remember Alethea’s service to the College.

Dr. John Hartog, current NCC President, welcomed the visitors and stated how excited Alethea would have been to be a part of the day celebrating the new facilities and the students they will serve. He added that while she would have loved celebrating the new facilities, she would not have been comfortable with any attention on herself. Hartog said, “The construction sounds you hear in the background are truly fitting for this celebration. It is the continuation of her dream of this new facility becoming a reality for the benefit of our students, our partners, and our community members who need access to quality and dependable healthcare. From her time serving as an instructor to when she was President, she always asked herself the question when making a hard decision, ‘Will this be the best thing for the students or future students of NCC?’. I can wholeheartedly say a resounding yes, this is and will be the best thing for our students long into the future!”

Kristi Landis, Director of College Advancement, announced a new scholarship that has been established in Alethea’s name. Landis said, “Right now, the scholarship is sitting at just over $70,000 in local contributions to the fund. That means every year NCC will be able to award around $3,500 scholarships to deserving students.” Landis went on to say that the Foundation is still taking donations for the scholarship fund and to contact her if you are interested in contributing to it. “More contributions mean we can serve more students and help them achieve their academic and career goals,” stated Landis.

Matthew Stubbe, Alethea’s son, stated about the scholarship, “There is nothing more fitting than a scholarship in her [Alethea’s] name at the school she loved so much. Knowing that so many people have given so much in her honor is amazing! I’m glad that future students will benefit from Mom’s legacy.”

After the ceremony was over, Jamie Stubbe, Alethea’s daughter, said, “The Open House was a beautiful, fitting tribute to Mom that truly captured her vision for NCC and the new Health Sciences building. It was humbling to hear just how many people have been impacted by her work. It’s a true reflection of her dedication to lifelong learning and the College’s motto, your success is our story. She was truly devoted to the students and this building, and the beautiful atrium dedicated in her honor will continue to serve generations to come.”

When asked if the family had any idea of the impact Alethea had on the College and the community, Jamie said, “It’s been truly humbling to see just how much of an impact she made at NCC. I think we knew how much her work at the College meant to her, but to see so many come forward with their own stories of how she impacted them and led the college has been truly humbling.”

Matthew followed up with, “A huge thank you to everyone at the College, on the board, in the surrounding communities. Your outpouring of love and kindness has been amazing to experience. The school was Mom’s second home, second family really, and to see how much you all loved her knowing how much she loved you is awesome. I’d also like to give our condolences to those of you who knew Mom. Losing her has been your loss, too. Just know we appreciate everything you’ve done and continue to do in her honor.”

Sadly, Dr. Stubbe passed away in June of 2022. At one of her last public events for NCC, Alethea lead the ground-breaking ceremonies for the Health Sciences Building. Stubbe said, “It [the Health Sciences Building] will truly be a beacon of hope for the future as we prepare even more healthcare workers for the surrounding communities. Of course, we could not do this alone, without our health partners: hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, individuals. This project is indeed a dream come true with all of your help.”

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Photo: Alethea Atrium 1: Alethea’s family and NCC Board of Trustee Members, NCC President John Hartog