Courier Staff Writer
Freddie Miranda is pleased to be a local community member and a part of the Indian Hills Community College faculty.
Miranda will be among the community members helping with the ninth annual Diversity Conference, which is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 22 at the IHCC’s Ottumwa campus.
He’s someone who believes in “many faces, one vision.”
“The conference isn’t a one-person show,” he said. “It’s a group of people who want to bring this great opportunity to the city and the 10 counties.”
Miranda also noted the college opened the conference to those coming in from around Iowa, Missouri, Illinois and Kansas.
This year’s keynote speaker will be Matt Stutzman of Fairfield, also known as the “Armless Archer.”
Stutzman was born without arms in 1982. Though he was fitted with prosthetic arms at a young age, he never felt comfortable using them and found the prosthetics cumbersome and unnatural.
Instead, he chose to adapt to his disability and learn how to accomplish everyday tasks in his own way.
Today, Stutzman can accomplish nearly anything with his feet, including driving, writing, eating, playing the guitar and working on cars.
Over the years, Stutzman also developed an extraordinary ability with the bow and arrow. In 2011, Stutzman’s talent earned him the world record for the longest accurate archery shot after hitting a target from 230 yards away.
More recently, he became a silver medalist in archery at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
During his keynote address, Stutzman will discuss the obstacles he has faced in overcoming his disability and will demonstrate some of his remarkable foot skills.
Conference registration is $40. All students have free admission with current student ID.
For information, contact Ashley Albertson at 800-726-2585, ext. 5755, or register online at www.indianhills.edu/diversity.