Wartburg College will recognize four alumni with Alumni Citations at the Wartburg Homecoming Luncheon on Sunday, Oct. 16.
Romaine Foege ’60 of Mount Vernon; Conrad Mandsager ’75 and Kathy Osterbur Mandsager ’75 of Nottingham, N.H.; and the Rev. Mark Pries ’71 of Iowa City will be honored for their vocational and professional achievements and contributions to the church and local and international communities.
Foege spent more than 20 years as a school social worker with the Grant Wood Area Education Agency in Eastern Iowa. As a longtime state representative in Iowa House District 29, he was principal author and sponsor of the Community Empowerment Early Childhood Initiative and served on a task force to develop the Iowa State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).
After stepping down from the Iowa House in 2008, he accepted an interim appointment by Gov. Chet Culver as director of the Iowa Department of Aging.
The Mandsagers are known nationally and internationally for their work with ChildVoice International, an organization dedicated to restoring the voices of children victimized by war, abduction, and slavery. Conrad Mandsager serves as president and C.E.O. of the organization, which he founded in 2006.
Kathleen Mandsager is a team and intern coordinator for ChildVoice, which operates a multi-phase humanitarian development project in northern Uganda. Its programs are based on the conviction that children forced to fight as soldiers or submit to sexual slavery can be restored in safe communities with loving care, spiritual and psychosocial counseling, and effective education and vocational training.
The Mandsagers have provided a home for one of Uganda’s ex-child soldiers since 2008 and have involved four generations of their family in the work of ChildVoice.
Pries has spent 36 years as a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, including 20 years at Peace Lutheran Church in Pella and his current position at Zion Lutheran Church in Iowa City, where he moved in 2007.
Nominations for the Alumni Citation from present and former parishioners describe Pries as “the epitome of a pastor, a genuine shepherd,” “an eloquent speaker and storyteller,” and a leader who “has skillfully led our congregation into the next phase of its development and potential.”