The Wartburg College Alumni Board will present Susan Infelt Work, Dr. Darrell Schlange and Dr. Jerry Swanson with Alumni Citations Sunday, Oct. 4, during the college’s homecoming celebration.
As CEO of Holy Family Ministries, Work, a 1971 graduate, has grown the nonprofit into a $3 million organization serving more than 500 children in Chicago’s most economically challenged neighborhoods. With Work’s guidance, Holy Family has grown to include a faith-based PK-8 school, an out-of-school enrichment program and a leadership development program for teens and young adults. In 2014, HFM opened Lucille, a 10,000-square-foot resale store named in honor of Work’s mother.
After graduating from Wartburg in 1961, Schlange went on to earn a Doctor of Optometry degree and complete a children’s vision
Swanson, a 1973 graduate, has worked in the Mayo Clinic Department of Neurology for more than three decades. When not practicing, Swanson often can be found at Mayo Medical School, where he is a professor of neurology and the director of program evaluation, leading efforts to assess the medical school’s outcomes. He is a medical editor for MayoClinic.com and headache editor for UpToDate, an electronic information resource for health care providers.
Citation recipients will be recognized during a luncheon at 11:45 a.m. in Knights Ballroom of the Saemann Student Center. Nominees for the annual award are reviewed based on their personal and professional application of the college’s mission statement pillars: leadership, service, faith and learning.