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The Dimmitt Fellowship

Last updated April 13, 2018

Visiting Scholars Enrich Campus Life at Morningside College

The Dimmitt Fellowship program brings distinguished scholars from around the world to Morningside College to enrich the cultural and academic life on campus. Named for the late Lillian Dimmitt, who came from bustling, urban northeast Illinois to rural northwest Iowa, Ms. Dimmitt taught Latin at Morningside from 1893 until 1916, when she was named Dean of Women. When Ms. Dimmitt arrived, there was only one building on the College’s campus, and it was still unfinished, with no gas, plumbing, or electricity. Ms. Dimmitt's commitment to Morningside's students helped her persist through these conditions, however, and when she eventually purchased her own home, she rented out rooms, providing comfortable living quarters to more than 100 students. During her tenure at Morningside, Ms. Dimmitt sponsored campus organizations, conducted study tours of Europe, and published articles on classical languages and college administration. When she retired in 1940, she had interacted with every Morningside student who had ever enrolled, either as a professor or administrator. Her devotion to the students and her commitment to academic excellence and life-long learning inspired the College to name Dimmitt Hall, which was constructed in 1926, after her. When the dormitory was renovated in 2015, Morningside constructed an apartment to house Dimmitt Fellows during their residencies. This central location allows visiting scholars to fully immerse themselves in the campus’ rich academic and extra-curricular life. In addition to strengthening the academic culture on campus, Dimmitt Fellows also help to bolster the College’s ties to the community through selected engagements that are free and open to the public.

2018 Dimmitt Fellow

W. Roger Curry, a former Ponca, Neb., area resident and retired president and chief executive officer of Consolidated Freightways, will present a lecture “Integrity: Stories of Honesty and Character” at 7 p.m. April 19 in UPS Auditorium in the Lincoln Center, 3627 Peters Ave., on the Morningside College campus.

Curry’s lecture will focus on personal and business ethics and integrity, using his own experiences with a situation that involved the FBI, bribes, wiretapping and his boss’s son. He also will present the lecture at 10:30 a.m. April 20 in the Yockey Family Community Room in the Olsen Student Center, 3609 Peters Ave.

Curry will live on the Morningside campus April 15-20 as part of the college’s Dimmitt Fellows program and the CEO in Residence program sponsored by the department of business administration and accounting. In addition to his public lectures, Curry also will speak to several business and accounting classes and meet with student groups and faculty.

Curry, a resident of Saratoga, Calif., is a graduate of Ponca High School and Morningside College. He is a former member of the college’s board of directors. Curry worked with Consolidated Freightways for more than 30 years in a variety of executive positions, including leadership roles at two of its subsidiaries: CF Air Freight and Emery Worldwide. At Consolidated Freightways, he was responsible for the operations of a $2.4 billion transportation company with more than 25,000 employees throughout North America.

Curry also has a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska.

Nomination Process

Prospective Dimmitt Fellows must be nominated by a sponsoring department, division, or faculty member. The Faculty Senate will consider candidates one year in advance, and deadlines for nominations are September 15 and January 15 of each academic year. Letters of nomination should be submitted to the President of the Faculty Senate. The Senate will then prioritize the nominations in cooperation with the Provost, and the Provost will negotiate compensation and other details with nominees on a case by case basis. Preference will be given to nominations of interdisciplinary interest and longer term residencies (brief stays of one or two nights will not be considered). Once a Dimmitt Fellow has been approved and scheduled, the sponsoring faculty member will work closely with the Grants Office to develop a timeline of possible events, both on campus and in the community, in partnership with local organizations.

Letters of information should include the following information:

♦   Name, contact information, and credentials of the nominee
♦   Description of preliminary contacts made by the department, division, or faculty member, and an indication of the nominee’s level of interest
♦   Proposed length of visit, including timeline considerations and amount of flexibility
♦   Roles the nominee might play on campus
♦   Approximate budget for activities surrounding the nominee's residency, and a preliminary estimate of compensation expected
♦   Indication of how the department, division, or faculty member intends to help integrate the nominee into the life of the college

If you would like to learn more about this fellowship, please contact Vivian Isaacson in the Provost’s Office via .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).