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New Trustee Sworn In as ‘New Year’ Begins for Iowa Lakes Trustees

October 15, 2013

The Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College wrapped up one year and began another at their monthly meeting held at the Administrative Offices in Estherville late Tuesday afternoon.

Their first step was to accept the election results from September. That board (2012-2013) was then adjourned by Board of Trustees President Jan Lund and the new board was called to order by Board Secretary Tony Condon. That was followed by the oath of office being administered to incumbents Bob Jennings of Algona and Pat Kibbie of Emmetsburg; and new board member Christopher Fuhrman of Spirit Lake.

The Trustees then elected officers. Jan Lund was re-elected as the President of the Iowa Lakes Trustees and Pat Kibbie was re-elected to the position of Vice President. In addition, Tony Condon was appointed to serve as secretary, and, Bob L’Heureux as treasurer. Scot Bauermeister was selected as the attorney for the Trustees.

After finishing other organizational business, the Trustees heard from students serving in key positions at the college. In addition, a number of resident assistants for housing at the college spoke with the Trustees about their responsibilities. They also shared what activities they have planned at their respective campuses. Student ambassadors and graduate assistants also spoke. Later this month, these students will participate in a daylong team building and leadership training session at Camp Foster. In January, a contingent of student senators will travel to Des Moines to meet with legislators about issues that impact their education. 

Following that, the growth of the Emmetsburg campus garden was reviewed. It started as a student fundraising activity and grew to an exploration of small scale production for institutional food service and local markets. Supported by a PACGDC grant, Cal Christensen, retired Agriculture Instructor, and Steve Olerich, Food Service Supervisor, have taken a very thorough approach to preparing the soil, managing inputs and harvesting produce which has been enjoyed by students and staff at the college through the summer and fall. Some of the results of this past growing season include: 800 pounds of potatoes, more than 2,000 onions, and 200 pounds of carrots. The garden was home to over 5,500 pounds of vegetables which are being used by the college food service. Iowa Lakes likes to promote ‘green’ initiatives and this is just one more example of being green since there is no shipping with the products being consumed locally. 

The Collegewide Strategic Plan was approved for Iowa Lakes. Mark Gruwell, Executive Dean of Instruction and Development, shared that the document features 21 points that focus on critical areas such as student learning and success, technology and data, and economic development. Although ambitious, the strategic plan incorporates achievable goals and metrics. Cross-functional committees of internal and external stakeholders will create and implement annual operational strategies that will guide the college on a continuous improvement pathway during the next three to five years. The strategic plan plays an important part of the Academic Quality Improvement program that leads to accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission.

Other discussion on Tuesday involved the college’s efforts to offer career pathways for community members who haven’t considered enrolling in a diploma or degree program yet. Pathway Navigators will serve students in identifying educational options for potential careers. 

Also during the meeting, the Trustees heard from Delaine Hiney, executive director of facilities management. She received the go-ahead for three change orders to the Sustainable Energy Resources & Technologies (SERT) building.

In other business, the Trustees heard routine reports from members serving on statewide and regional boards and then adjourned. 

The next meeting of the Trustees will be on Tuesday, Nov. 19 in Estherville.

The Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees held their organizational meeting for the 2012-2013 college year at their meeting on Tuesday afternoon. Pat Kibbie, Bob Jennings and Chris Fuhrman receive the oath of office from Board Secretary Tony Condon.
The Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees held their organizational meeting for the 2012-2013 college year at their meeting on Tuesday afternoon. Pat Kibbie, Bob Jennings and Chris Fuhrman receive the oath of office from Board Secretary Tony Condon.

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