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Professors offer students direction for student success in business careers

September 20, 2017

Professors and students were introduced to the Board of Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College at their meeting Tuesday afternoon. Dr. Lisa Stich, Executive Dean of the Estherville Campus, presented the team representing business-related careers. Those instructors include Lecia Berven, Accounting Specialist Professor; Johnny Hurley, Business Professor; Denise Reimer, Sales and Marketing Management Professor; and, Ann Wimmer, Business Professor and Institutional Assessment Coordinator. They have a total of 93 years of educational experience among them.

Opportunities for students with business degrees are endless. After graduating from Iowa Lakes, they may choose to enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year college or university. Several options are available for students to select the focus of the emphasis of their degree to match the area in which they have the most interest. The business students are offered a dynamic career environment while cultivating creativity.

Students in the business programs may apply to participate in the Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute. Each student who has attended the Institute reports it’s a “once in a lifetime experience.”
Current students also spoke with the Trustees.

Jusu Dukuly, a business transfer student, wanted to seek the degree to live a better life. He spoke highly of his professors. 

“They have done a tremendous job in guiding me through my education process,” Dukuly said. “I love Iowa and I love Iowa Lakes.”

On the topic of academics, Vice President of Administration Bob Leifeld introduced two new members of the college faculty. Mark Rosenberg heads up the Graphic Design program as both a coordinator and assistant professor; and Rachel Higgins is teaching Humanities and Social Science courses as an assistant professor. 

Delaine Hiney, Executive Director of Facilities Management, gave updates on projects at all five campuses. A change order of an additional $21,030 was accepted for the roof at Gateway North which houses several businesses as well as the Spencer campus. 

In Emmetsburg, finishing touches are being made to the Student Services addition. Work includes a terrazzo floor, carpet and painting. Also in Emmetsburg, the Beef facility at the college farm lab is complete and ready for cattle which are scheduled to arrive starting Sept. 25.

The Fine Arts Facility at the Estherville campus construction has begun. At this point, the contractor is waiting to hear from block layers and when they can start their process. 

At Algona, the footings on the addition have been installed. The goal of the contractor is to have the addition enclosed and concrete poured before Thanksgiving.

The Spirit Lake campus renovations continue with new lights and electrical being installed. The carpet for two classrooms is scheduled for late September and the painter should be arriving soon.
In other business, a donation from Harley Davidson was accepted by the Trustees. Jolene Rogers, Executive Director of Community and Business Relations, said the motorcycle is being donated to the Powersports program as a result of a student placing first at the National SkillsUSA competition.

The Trustees also entered into a preliminary 260E New Jobs Training agreement for a company in the region. 

Rogers then gave an update on the numbers of individuals taking Continuing Education classes which exceeded 4,550 this year – an increase of 7 percent. 

In other business, the Trustees shared regular monthly business and heard reports from state and regional groups.

The next meeting of the Iowa Lakes Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, Oct. 17 in Estherville. It will be the annual ‘organizational meeting’ of the Board. 

Jusuo Dukuly addressed the Trustees of the college Sept. 19 as Professor Anne Wimmer and Professor Johnny Hurley listen.
Jusu Dukuly addressed the Trustees of the college Sept. 19 as Professor Anne Wimmer and Professor Johnny Hurley listen.

Rachel Higgins is teaching Humanities and Social Science at Iowa Lakes.
Rachel Higgins is teaching Humanities and Social Science at Iowa Lakes.

Mark Rosenberg heads up the Graphic Design program.
Mark Rosenberg heads up the Graphic Design program.

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