Fred Luthans

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Clinton High Accomplishments in Academic Fields Inductee into the Academic Hall of Honor

By Ryann Hubbart

“To be in the inaugural Hall of Honor group is just unbelievable…To be in this group, I feel very honored and humble. And obviously I’ve gotten a lot of awards throughout the years but this is near or at the top of the list for me. This provides a lasting recognition to a proud River King alum,” stated Luthans, a 1957 graduate of Clinton High School and new inductee into the CHS Hall of Honor.

Dr. Fred Luthans is an All-University and George Holmes Distinguished Professor, now Emeritus of Management, at the University of Nebraska. A pioneer in his field of positive and behavioral psychology in management, Professor Luthans has recently been recognized as being in the top 1% of citations among all researchers in all fields worldwide. On April 12th, he will be inducted into the inaugural class of the Clinton High School Hall of Honor. His resume includes an impressive list of honors, consultancies, citations, and publications, but what struck me most was his sense of gratitude for every individual and opportunity that helped him along the way, especially for his hometown.

Fred Luthans was born into a Clinton family in 1939 that strongly valued education. Like current Clinton kids, he grew up spending time on the river and working on the farm. During his high school career, he “wasn’t exactly an intellectual type,” instead he played sports all year long: baseball in the summer, football in the fall, basketball in the winter, and track in the spring.

He continued his track career at the University of Iowa, running hurdles. It’s where everybody went, his older sister added. “We didn’t really think about other places to go,” he said, though he emphasized that he never regretted it. And he clearly must not have. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, he stayed on at Iowa to earn an MBA and then a PhD in Organizational Behavior/Theory and Management and Social Psychology. “As far as I’m concerned I had the greatest grade school,  junior high, high school, and then university education that I could’ve had anywhere in the world.”

While at Iowa, Luthans went through the ROTC program, being commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army. However, he was granted a delay from active duty while he continued his education. The day after graduating with his PhD, he went off to infantry officer training at Fort Benning, Georgia, right at the build up of the Vietnam War. He would’ve been sent in an infantry unit to Vietnam but took it upon himself to look into the teaching catalogue at West Point. He was qualified to teach some of the courses, so he talked to his Colonel, a West Point graduate, and was able to attain an active duty assignment teaching psychology and leadership to the Cadets.

“I was very fortunate because every one of my classmates at Fort Benning…went on to Vietnam and many didn’t come back…My education, more or less, probably saved my life.” Professor Luthens taught at West Point from 1965 through 1967. “The sad part of our stay there was that more and more of the great young men I had as seniors my first year were now being shipped back from Vietnam in caskets to be buried at the West Point Cemetery. I believe the Class of 1967 had the largest mortality rate of any in the history of the Academy.”

After West Point and the end of active duty, he looked for an academic position elsewhere. He had interviews and offers from Columbia, the University of Michigan, and Missouri, but ended up choosing Nebraska. Why Nebraska? “Well, I did it because I’d be close to Clinton!” (especially his family in Iowa). Family has always been the most important part of his life. His parents and sister, his wife, Kay, their 4 children, and 8 grandchildren were always at the center of his life. Speaking about his wife of 56 years, he said, “I owe every success I have had to her.” His career advice is “Have a good family relationship and always put them first.” With his family behind him, Professor Luthans was among the first to engage in groundbreaking research and application combining business management with psychology.

It started with behavioral psychology. Professor Luthans coined the term “Organization Behavior Modification,” the use of operant conditioning to increase performance. While organizational behavior is now the biggest subfield in management, it was revolutionary work then.

After publishing his first textbook he proceeded on to establish the ground floor for positive psychology, the focus on healthy individuals realizing their full potential. With his colleagues at Nebraska, Luthans worked to find a research-backed determination of what can be built on to improve well being and performance, that he termed “Psychological Capital.” By chance the four points he found that lead to psychological capital created the acronym “HERO”  (Hope, Efficacy (confidence), Resilience, and Optimism).

Luthans has traveled around the world consulting groups on how to increase their inner “HERO.” Federal agencies, the US military, NASA, and Boeing are among the long list of places where Luthans and his work have had an impact. And his impact can be shown in the use of his work beyond Nebraska. In 2017, Professor Luthans was determined to be in the “top 1% of citations” around the world in all fields. For him, this shows objectively that his work has had an impact on the world around him.

What advice does Professor Luthans have for the current students of his alma mater? Work hard. “I’ve never claimed to be a big intellectual or anything like that, but I do claim that I’ve always worked hard.” You have to work hard and have hope, confidence, resilience, and optimism. “Bring out the HERO within.” Professor Luthans is overflowing with positivity and gratitude for the path he’s taken and has worked hard to make an impact. Clinton High is proud to welcome Fred Luthans into the Hall of Honor.




Kyle Ketelsen

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Clinton High Performing Arts Inductee into the Academic Hall of Honor

By Evan Harden

In April, Clinton High School intends to honor alumni that have made a difference and an impact on the world. Within the inaugural class is Kyle Ketelsen, a world renowned opera performer.

Ketelsen was a 1989 CHS graduate. In a recent interview, Ketelsen stated that he was contacted by Jennifer Graf and Gary DeLacy about whether he could stop in Clinton to perform and work with current students. Graf and DeLacy then told Ketelsen, while in Clinton, that he would be inaugurated into the CHS Hall of Honors Class. Ketelsen stated that this was a “pleasant surprise” and “a milestone in my career.”

When asked about his childhood in Clinton, and his life at CHS, Ketelsen replied, noting fond memories. “I’d go everywhere in town on my bike,” said Ketelsen. “I loved my childhood in Clinton.” Clinton, at the time, had a good music community. Ketelsen expressed his love for music. “Music moves you.  It’s something of value.” Ketelsen developed a passion for music, driven by the teachings of John DeHaan. He stated that DeHaan “demanded excellence” and taught his students different, complex music. The choir students learned to depend on each other.They performed nationally and ranked above other schools. His times in the choir room gave him lasting memories.

Outside of the choir room, Ketelsen excelled in mathematics. His aptitude placed him in advanced math classes. Another class Ketelsen really enjoyed during his time in CHS was physics. His teacher, Mr. Gunzel, was passionate about what he taught which left an impression on his students.

After CHS, Ketelsen attended the University of Iowa. While there, his love and understanding for music grew even more. He was taught by Albert Gammon. Gammon gave Ketelsen “excellent guidance” in his early career. Ketelsen was taught to make things his own in music. After Iowa, Ketelsen attended Indiana University to earn a Master of Music degree. He was taught by Giorgio Tozzi, who was another great influence in Ketelsen’s life.

Before long, Ketelsen began to perform internationally. He stressed the importance of having your own voice. Having your own voice is most natural. Ketelsen has won first prize in many vocal competitions around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council, the George London Foundation, the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation, the National Opera Association, and the Liederkranz Foundation.

Although after being in this business for the last 20 years, Ketelsen also how important his family is to him. Ketelsen that he “found the right partner,” and they “made it work for 20 years.” The downside to what he does is travelling and being away from his family. However, Ketelsen makes time to be at home. An opportunity in Vienna presented itself, but he had to turn it down due to it taking too much time away from his family, which includes two children.

Influencing young, impressionable students has kept Ketelsen humble. He has often said, “If you have an interest, then it could become a vocation. There is a way to get what you want in life, through dedication and hard work.” He stated he loves what he does and getting paid for doing something he loves is a “gift.”

On April 12, Ketelsen is hoping to see people from his past. He hopes to reconnect with teachers because human interactions fulfill him. He will be performing in Clinton High’s Vernon Cook Theater on April 11.

Sandra Joireman

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Clinton High Humanitarian Inductee into the Academic Hall of Honor

By Grace Tubbs

This year Clinton High School is finally beginning to not only honor the prestigious athletes that went through the school, but is giving the deserved recognition to the academic successes who have graduated from Clinton High in 1986. Sandra Fullerton Joireman is being honored as the first humanitarian in the Academic Hall of Fame. A humanitarian is someone who puts others before themselves. Her basic biography explains that she has published numerous books and articles in the fields of property rights, poverty, and war in developing countries. Mrs.Joireman also holds a high position at the University of Richmond as Weintein Chair of International Studies, Professor of Political Science, and Associate Provost for Faculty.

Associate Provost of Faculty, dealing with books on war and property rights in developing countries, at first may go way over your head, as it did mine, but I had the pleasure of speaking with Mrs. Joireman and it became clear that her job is very interesting and this humanitarian honor is much deserved. She teaches comparative politics classes, not about what is happening in the U.S., but instead in what is happening in developing countries such as Uganda and Kosovo.  Not only does she teach about these places but she often visits them. After a war, someone must restore properties to their owners and resolve property laws. This is exactly what Joiremne does. She mentioned places like Kenya, Uganda, and Kosovo, places where they need help in very specific areas like property rights, where Joireman specializes and  offers a lot of help. She answers the questions like, “Who owns that?” in a post conflict setting. Not only does she teach, travel, and publish, she is also the Associate Provost for Faculty, which involves managing faculty, hiring, and faculty development.

Not only did I learn about Joireman’s career and humanitarian endeavors, I also got to hear about her life before graduation and about what Clinton High was like for her. Joireman cited theater and musicals as her favorite extracurricular activities. She focused on intellectual activities as opposed to athletics. She enjoyed being senior class president and being able to have a voice within the school and with the board. She used her voice to get Robert Ray as her graduation speaker, whether the principal liked it or not. Joireman also had the amazing experience of studying in France as an exchange student for a year. After seeing what the world could offer, Joireman knew Iowa was too small a place for her, so she decided to attend Washington University. When asked about which teachers had the greatest impact on her through her schooling she mentioned Mrs. King, an English teacher. Mrs. King did a peculiar activity in which the students were given a book to read based on their personality, once she knew them well enough, Joireman was skeptical of this at first but was introduced to her favorite book through the venture. Joireman also said that this teacher was always pushing her to be curious.

Mrs. King must have left an impression on Joireman about being curious. “Be curious and act on it” is the advice Mrs. Joireman wants to give her students. “There is a big world and so many opportunities and so many things you might love. It’s hard to fathom but do things that are hard and weird to find them.” This is what she wants to advise those trying to figure what they want in life.

By definition a humanitarian is someone seeking to promote human welfare. Sandra Joireman is helping and promoting something hardly anyone knows is even a problem or rarely pays attention to. With all of the accolades and honors Joireman has received, it’s no wonder she was the first one chosen to be inducted into the academic hall of fame and especially for something as noble as being a humanitarian. Being inducted into the hall of fame means a lot to Joireman. She said, “It shows how important academics really are and it shows how many different paths one can take after graduation”.


The inaugural Clinton High School Hall of Honor induction is set for Friday, April 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.  The first induction class to be recognized includes William Conner, Sandra Joireman, Kyle Ketelsen, Fred Luthans, and Krista Voda.  The public is welcome to this event at the new gym, adjacent to the pool.

There will be a luncheon prepared by the Clinton High School culinary students for the induction.  The price is $10 per person and reservations can be made by emailing Deb Deters at or calling 563-243-7540, extension 1570.  The menu can be found at:

The Clinton High School Alumni Hall of Honor has been established to recognize Clinton High School alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers, communities, and personal lives. These individuals are being commended to Clinton High students as examples of citizenship and success.

Please come and celebrate five successful alumni of Clinton High School that have excelled in their respective fields.



One of the selected projects by the Clinton Iowa Big  program is a study to address the shortage of childcare options in Clinton  The more significant question is whether the school district should offer parents an option of childcare to address these availability concerns and for parent convenience.

The students that are studying this issue will be issuing a survey to parents and the community in the next few days.  The survey link will be available through the school email or the district web site.  Among the topics the survey questions will cover are:

  • Interest in before or after school daycare at a centralized school location or at each elementary and/or middle schools
  • Interest in future childcare options at the schools for children ages 0-4
  • Interest in school childcare during the summer
  • Demand, ability to pay, etc.

If the school district decides to provide these services, by code it will be tuition-based.  It is not legal to use PK4-12 funding to supplement childcare services.

Please support these students by responding to the survey.


The Clinton Community School District has hired FRK architects to do a feasibility study of the current condition of Clinton High School.  This study has been completed and the following are the conclusions:

  • The lower part of the academic building was built in 1919 and was not replaced in the 1968 fire.  Therefore much of the structure (and infrastructure—piping, electrical, plumbing, etc.) is 100 years old.  This building has little to no insulation in the external masonry walls, no fire area separation, and no sprinkler system.  The HVAC, mechanical, and electrical systems are 50 years or older, beyond their useful life expectancy.
  • The “shops” building was constructed in 1958.  The roof of this building needs to be replaced.  Much of the flooring is original.  Like the 1919 building, there is no fire separation and it lacks a sprinkler system.  There are also some issues about meeting all ADA standards in the stairways.  The 1958 building has multiple locations of materials that contain asbestos.  The parking lot in this area is steep and not ideal.
  • The 1969 building is the part of the campus that replaced the space damaged in the 1968 fire.  It has little to no insulation and the majority of the roof needs to be replaced.  The 1969 building has no fire separation and does not have a sprinkler system, except in the auditorium.  This building has multiple issues of accessibility.  Materials that contain asbestos exist in this building, as well.  The main entrance is not close to current parking lots on district property.
  • The original 1958 Yourd Gymnasium was extensively remodeled in 2011.  However, it still has little to no insulation in the exterior masonry walls.  Existing upper level exterior windows are original and have little to no R value.  The concourse level of Yourd has had little to no updating since it was built.

This spring, the district will begin the conversation with the community about the best plan to renovate Clinton High School to serve its students for the next 50 years.  There will be several options to consider as we look to the future.

Weather Make-up Days

Last night, the Clinton School Board voted to use Monday, April 22 as a weather make-up day.  The teacher compensation day for parent-teacher conferences this spring will be moved to the end of the school year.

Several parents and teachers have contacted me about the district plan for making up the school days.  As I told the School Board last night, I do not want to put forth a plan when none of us know how many more days we may miss. The administration along with the leadership of the Clinton Education Association have been looking at options to minimize the impact of the calendar.  We have decided that extending a school day or utilizing spring break days for make-up are not viable options for our situation.  Hopefully in a few weeks we will get past this weather and be able to finalize the calendar for the rest of the year.

Although the plan is not finalized, we are targeting that Friday, June 7, will be the last day of school for students.  The district’s calendar will be adjusted once we get through this weather to meet this date.

Clinton Community Schools is committed to doing what is best of students in terms of safety and educational programming.  Thank you for your support.