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Iowa Lakes Trustees Cut Ribbon On New Wrestling Facility

By Staff | Nov 28, 2008

ESTHERVILLE – A new college facility was officially welcomed, and other business discussed during the regular meeting of the Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees on Nov. 11, in Estherville.

Prior to the Trustees’ monthly meeting, an official ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the new wrestling room by Iowa Lakes Community College President Harold Prior, Athletics Director Troy Larson, Head Wrestling Coach Jason McCloud, and other college dignitaries.

The Iowa Lakes wrestling facility is located on the east side of the Estherville campus. Construction of the facility, one of the largest college wrestling facilities in the Midwest, was completed in October.

During the ceremony, Iowa Lakes Community College Athletics Director Troy Larson expressed the importance of the addition to the college community.

“We are very excited to have a state-of-the-art wrestling facility at Iowa Lakes. It gives Coach McCloud and his program a great recruiting tool and an excellent place to train student athletes,” said Larson.

Coach McCloud and the wrestling program, presently competing in its inaugural season of competition, are excited to have the new facility completed. McCloud stated in his address at the ceremony that the new facility is one of the marquee wrestling facilities in the nation.

“Our wrestlers and coaching staff are very excited the project is coming to a completion and would like to thank all the people that were involved in getting this project done,” McCloud said.

In other business, Chief Academic Officer Mary Mohni introduced the Trustees to several new classroom instructors. The faculty members each had a chance to share information about their past employment, as well as what drew them to Iowa Lakes.

The Iowa Lakes Report for November featured Jolene Rogers, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement. Rogers reviewed gifts received from employees this fall, highlighting the strong participation from staff. She also covered efforts with alumni of Iowa Lakes. Growing relationships with alumni will be a priority for the Institutional Advancement staff. A newsletter was recently distributed electronically with the remainder mailed.

Two building projects were discussed. A change order was approved for the college’s new wrestling facility. Additional improvements were needed at a cost of $14,650. That was offset by the first change order that actually saved the college more than $20,000.

The Trustees also learned from Delaine Hiney, Executive Director of Facilities Management, that proposed specifications for a second addition to the Wind Energy and Turbine Technology building will be ready in December.

Executive Vice President Valerie Newhouse presented an early retirement plan to the Trustees. The Trustees approved the plan, which will be offered to employees who are nearing retirement age.