A Nevada resident has received an award from the DMACC Alumni Association.


Terry Stark has been named a recipient of the 2019 DMACC Outstanding Alumni Association Award. The Outstanding Alumni Award is the highest honor given to DMACC alumni by the Alumni Association. This award honors and recognizes alumni who provide service to their community, country and/or fellow citizen; have had great professional or personal achievement since graduation; and continue to be involved in the life and work of DMACC.


Stark is the owner of Chocolaterie Stam in Ames. He served in the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy. He earned an A.A. degree in Law Enforcement from the DMACC Ankeny Campus in 1977 and a B.S. in sociology from Iowa State University in 1988. He pursued a career in law enforcement, working for the Nevada Police Department and later the Story County Sheriff’s Department. He was one of the deputies who responded to the VEISHA riots in Ames. In 1991, Stark graduated from the FBI National Academy for veteran police officers. He spent three months at Quantico, Va., with fellow officers from around the nation and the world.


In 2003, Stark aided in an investigation and subsequent arrest of two individuals in a Miami, Fla., murder case.


“I’ve successfully negotiated the surrender of armed individuals on two different occasions during my law enforcement days,” said Stark.


After his retirement from law enforcement, Stark became the co-owner of Chocolaterie Stam in 2006. In 2014, he was named by the Iowa Economic Development Authority as the Main Street Iowa Business of the Year recipient. That same year, he received the Governor’s Volunteer Award and a year later received the Ames Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year Award.


Stark has been a member of the Ames Noon Rotary Club and the Main Street Iowa Advisory Council.


He was honored in a special ceremony recently held on the DMACC Ankeny Campus.