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Webster hired as school’s first Sports Information director

Marshalltown Community College director of athletics and Student Life, Dan Huntley, has announced the hiring of the school’s first full-time Sports Information director in Ricky Webster. Webster will serve as the coordinator of Sports Information and Compliance and began his duties on June 3.

The hiring of Webster coincides with the college’s commitment to enhance the ability to provide up-to-date quality information regarding the athletic programs on campus, student athletes, news, schedules and more beginning July 1 with the new athletic website hosted by Presto Sports, Fans will be able to access the new site through the MCC main web page by clicking on the athletics tab.

Webster will also assist with NJCAA compliance aspects, primarily student athlete eligibility issues.

Webster comes to MCC from The College at Brockport, a Division III institution in western New York. Webster served as the assistant director of athletic communications since 2011. His primary duties consisted of maintaining Brockport’s athletic website with daily press releases. Webster also focused on game-day responsibilities, including statistical input for the school’s 23 athletic teams while working closely with local and national media. Webster helped expand Brockport’s social media while incorporating live video streaming for multiple sports.

Prior to Brockport, Webster received a Bachelor of Science in sport management from Fredonia State University where he served as a liaison to the sports information department. Webster helped revamp the department’s athletic website while focusing on game-day management.

Kouba accepts new roles with Khan Academy

Khan Academy and the California State Board of Education are two of of the latest work assignments for Dr. Duane Kouba, a 1970 graduate of LDF High School (now East Marshall High School) and a 1974 graduate in mathematics from the University of Northern Iowa.

Khan Academy, created by Salman Khan in 2006 and receiving significant financial support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is one of the most popular and widely-used internet resources for educational videos in the world, and entertains millions of visitors each month on its nonprofit website. Kouba has been sub-contracted as a mathematics problem writer and content advisor since April 2013.

Kouba, who received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Colorado State University in 1982, has been a lecturer in mathematics since 1982 and an assistant men’s basketball coach since 1995 at the University of California at Davis. His many years of teaching a wide range of undergraduate mathematics courses at UC Davis has led to his recent appointment to the California State Board of Education. Starting in June 2013 Kouba will serve the board as a content review expert for the 2014 Mathematics Primary Adoption of the Common Core State Standards in California. Starting in the 2014-2015 academic year, Common Core State Standards are being adopted by all public schools in nearly all 50 states as means of better preparing students for colleges and careers in the global economy.