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College to hold ribbon cuttings at Emmetsburg and Spencer

October 3, 2017

Iowa Lakes Community College hosts two ribbon cuttings this Friday as steps are taken toward opening a Student Services addition in Emmetsburg and celebrating an extensive exterior remodeling as well as a new roof at Gateway North and the Spencer campus.

In Emmetsburg, Friday’s event kicks off with the Emmetsburg Chamber Coffee starting at 9:30 a.m. followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. The public is welcome to attend the ceremonies and view the progress on the project. Guests are encouraged to enter through door #1 or door #2.

Participating in the ceremony will be College President Valerie Newhouse, Trustee Vice President Pat Kibbie, Emmetsburg Executive Dean Tom Brotherton, Professor Mark Zabawa, student Nate Benson and Director of Auxiliary Services Bill Lapczenski.

The new structure connects two parts of the campus that were previously separated by an outdoor area. The new space now becomes the ‘center’ of the college where visitors will have an easily identifiable entrance and be provided with contiguous services which guests typically need. In addition, the facility provides convenient visitor parking, enhanced building security, significant energy efficiencies and an outdoor water retention solution.

Just after lunch Friday, a ribbon cutting will be held at Gateway North and the Spencer campus of Iowa Lakes at 1900 Grand Ave.

The Spencer ribbon cutting involves not only the college, but also the partner/owners and those renting space at Gateway North. The celebration begins with an open house at 1 p.m. and the ribbon cutting ceremony at 1:15 p.m.

Those speaking in the Spencer event include College President Valerie Newhouse, Trustee Jane Nolan Goeken, Spencer Campus Director Mary Faber, Associate Professor Abi Sedlacek, student Jose Mendez and Nyle Dotson, owner of Center Cleaners and the head of the Gateway North Regime, which represents the businesses located at Gateway North. 

The project in Spencer involved a badly needed roof to protect the contents of the building as well as a refreshing and updated exterior for the building. The venture included additional costs that were paid for by those businesses owning portions of Gateway North. Security was also enhanced through computerized keyless entry in Spencer. 

Both the Emmetsburg and Spencer projects were funded through a bond referendum that was approved by voters in the Iowa Lakes district in February of 2016.

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Iowa Lakes marketing offices at 712-362-7983 or 712-362-7947

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