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ICCP Names Fellows

Friday, May 24, 2013   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Kewal Dhariwal, CCP,CDP,CSP

Lynn McKell, PhD, CCP
ICCP Fellow (

At the 40th Anniversary of the ICCP - the society of Professional associations dedicated to certifying professionals in the computing industries, Dr. Lynn McKell was given the award of "Fellow of the ICCP" along with a posthumous award of fellowship for Fred Harris (ACM). Fred with John Swearingen (AITP), Paul Pair (AITP) and others were founders of the ICCP in 1973. Mike Maier (Coleman College) a former ICCP President was also in attendance at our celebration and he was also present at the original founding of the ICCP with Fred, John and Paul.

ICCP Executive Director Kewal Dhariwal, I.S.P., CCP, CDP, CSP (left) presents Dr. Lynn McKell, CCP with the ICCP Fellows Award.  On the right is ICCP President Ken Metcalf, I.S.P, ITCP, CCP.

Some of you may ask what is a fellowship award? In my opinion long term commitment to a common cause and receiving an unexpected award for selfless dedication are just a few of the elements of this fellowship of the ICCP. Let me use Dr. McKell's words to answer this question in more detail as to what this means to him and us - fellow professionals in the information and computer industries.

Thoughts on receiving the ICCP FELLOWS Award
(Lynn J McKell – 4 May 2013 – ICCP 40th Anniversary Celebration):

On one occasion, when asked what he thought about Western Civilization, Gandhi was reported to have said, "I think it would be a great idea.” On the occasion of this ICCP remarkable 40th anniversary, I honor the Institute and all of you who have worked so hard to ensure the ICCP's contribution to civilizing our industry – even world wide, not just in the west.

After being informed of this marvelous award – I looked up a definition of "Fellow;” Wikipedia offers:

First: a boy or young man – that's particularly enticing to one who is on the verge of turning 70.

Perhaps the most apropos definition is: " … a fellow is a member of a group of learned people who work together as peers in the pursuit of mutual knowledge or practice.”

Bear with me a moment while I parse that definition:

… a member of a group of learned people – ICCP leaders, staff (Cindy and Kendra) and volunteers are certainly a smart, motivated, wonderful group – committed to really trying to get things as right as possible. I remember well how often we spend considerable time struggling to get just exactly the right word – or "no word” as was the case this week in the certification council when, after multiple flip-flops, it was finally concluded to exclude the word "one” from the phrase "which one of…” in all test items which use the phrase.

… who work together – I am often impressed by you colleagues who give and take as we iterate to converge on an acceptable result.

… as peers – after these many years of association I am truly grateful to be acknowledged as your peer .

…in the pursuit of mutual knowledge or practice . One reason I chose to participate in the ICCP is because I found satisfaction working for common good with fine people who exemplify values to which I aspire. You inspire me.

Normally, one is admitted as a "fellow” to an organization because of some accomplishment or contribution. As I contemplate that thought in the context of this moment I am reminded of the following story: In his rookie season with the Chicago Bulls Stacey King had a game where he scored a single point - a free throw at the foul line - while his team mate Michael Jordan scored 69 points in the same game. Afterwards a reporter interviewing King asked for his reaction. King replied, "I'll always remember this night as the time when Michael Jordan & I combined for 70 points.”

Isn't our work in the ICCP like that? We each give our 1 point good effort – but as a team, the collective result is a wonderful contribution to our industry. Tonight is a celebration of a team effort. [To this I add, the most valuable player on my personal team is my wife, Kathy. I rely so much on her love and support. Thank you, Kathy!]

When I first began associating with the ICCP in volunteer service Linda Taylor was a colleague in the Education Foundation. On one occasion Linda offered the following quote which I have kept in my notes: "Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them ‑‑ work, family, health, friends and spirit ‑‑ and you're keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls ‑‑ family, health, friends and spirit – are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.” This is from a speech by the CEO of Coca Cola. Linda was one of my earliest mentors, and the quotation she offered then is just as appropriate today .

I think most of you are aware Kathy and I are currently serving as Mormon Missionaries in Brooklyn New York. Tonight's award is even more surprising to me because I had taken a leave of absence from ICCP service in order to accept this religious assignment. Mormonism has been significantly in the news lately with Mitt Romney's campaign and a hit Broadway musical titled "The Book of Mormon” playing near our Brooklyn home. Mormon doctrine informs that we are not mortal beings seeking a spiritual experience; but rather, we are spirit beings having a mortal experience. In the words of a noted Mormon writer, Arthur Henry King: "We are separated from God in order that we may VOLUNTARILY return to him.” (April'75 Ensign, p.14)

And so to you, my fellow peers, I sincerely hope that you can keep all five balls in the air; and from the bottom of my heart I wish to each of you all the very best of success in your divine destiny – however you choose to define the path or the destination. In keeping with the spirit of our current calling as Mormon Missionaries, and as a token of our appreciation for your kindness in bestowing this honor on such an auspicious night, Kathy and I would like to give each ICCP member present a copy of the Book of Mormon. We give it without condition – I will not quiz you at some future time about your reading. I believe we have enough – but if not, let me know and I will send you a copy.

Again, I express sincere appreciation for this singular honor – it is one of the highlights in my career. Though it may sound like an oxymoron, I am both humbled and proud to be your fellow peer in the ICCP. May God bless all of you. Thank you.


Larry W. Schmitz says...
Posted Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Lynn--Congrats. And blessings on you and Kathy and all you do. You are living proof that "class" is something you either have or you don't--and you, my friend, have ALWAYS had it--and still do. Best of everything, now and in the future. And a personal thank you for all you have done for ICCP and the IT profession. Larry Schmitz, CCP, CMC Past President-AITP Past President-FITE Past President-AITP Region 5 Past Chair-AITP Region President's Council Past VP/Board Member--ICCP (shall I go on--grin) One "PS" for Lynn on a personal basis--On turning 70--Age is like pain--it is "mind over matter"--If you don't mind, it doesn't matter (Been there--done that--am now 28 yrs old with 42 years of experience)

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