Congratulations to our 2013 Alumni Award Recipients!

The NIC Alumni Association honored the 2013 Alumni Award Recipients at the recent Scholarship Celebration.  


Alumni of the Year Sara Fladeland

Sara Fladeland was selected as the 2013 Alumni of the Year! Sara first attended NIC in 1992, and worked as the NIC Alumni Relations Coordinator from 2004-2011, before moving into her current role as NIC Grants Coordinator. Sara has aided in several major projects during her time at NIC, and achieved a record number of awarded grants in her two years as Grants Coordinator. She also played a fundamental role in securing the $2.97 million grant for the new aerospace and maintenance program- the largest grant NIC has received to-date. Sara does all of this while teaching part time in the Business and Professional Programs Division!


Honorary Alumnus Terry Jones

Terry Jones was selected as the Honorary Alumnus of the Year for his many years of service and endless dedication to the college. He started his career at NIC 27 years ago as one of the first Humanities Instructors. Terry has been a long time music instructor and currently serves as the NIC Band director. More than 15 years ago, Terry launched the JazzNIC Clinics and Gathering of the Bands, and continues to bring hundreds of local middle school and high school students onto the NIC campus to participate in these special events each year. Terry is known for his ability to recruit and invest in musicians of all ages, and his leadership and dedication to his work have created an impact on thousands of students and employees over the years.


Distinguished Alumnus Richard OrmsbyRichard Ormsby, who attended NIC in 1952, was honored as the Distinguished Alumnus.  After his year at NIC, Mr. Ormsby earned an Electrical Engineering degree at University of Idaho, then continued his education in computer hardware and software at MIT. Mr. Ormsby spent 30 years working for NASA as a Mission Operations Manager for significant projects, including:

  • the Nimbus, which took the first pictures of the entire world and provided the first global positioning hardware capability,
  • the Solar Maximum Mission, which investigated solar phenomena, and
  • the Hubble Space Telescope.