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Trustees Hear How Students Learn Broadcasting Skills

By Staff | Sep 29, 2011

ESTHERVILLE – The Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees met Sept. 20, and heard about the wide variety of positions that are available in the broadcasting industry.

Broadcast Media Assistant Professor Bob Pritchard also talked about how the program has evolved over the past seven years since he has been at Iowa Lakes. Two students, Courtney Luttrell and Abby Klumper, spoke about the experiences they are receiving in their online radio shows. Students have three-hours they are to be on air during each week classes are in session. Students like the two-year program because it educates them in all aspects of radio and television. In addition, students can transfer their credits to a four-year college.

New faculty members at Iowa Lakes were introduced by Mark Gruwell, Executive Dean of Instruction and Development, during the meeting.

In other news during the meeting, Jolene Rogers, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, brought two donations to the Trustees, which were approved.

FreeWave is donating six wireless Ethernet transmitters with power supplies and antennas. These will be used as teaching tools in the Wind Energy and Turbine Technology program. Incorporating the radios in classroom curriculum will give the students a preview of new trends in technology to watch for as they enter the wind industry.

In addition, the Trustees accepted the donation of the use of a new Vermeer round baler annually to the students in the college’s Agriculture programs. The baler had been on display at the Clay County Fair and was then delivered to the Emmetsburg campus where dealer training will be hosted and the students will learn the set up and maintenance of the equipment as well as the use and care of the baler on stalks this fall and hay during the next growing season.

“The program faculty members have been in communication with both the Vermeer Company and Woodford Equipment, Inc., and are excited about this tremendous addition to the learning opportunities for our students,” said Rogers.

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

At the end of the meeting, the Trustees went into closed session according to the Code of Iowa. The session was opened and a meeting was adjourned by Board President Jan Lund.

The next meeting of the Iowa Lakes Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Estherville. That will also be the date to conduct the organizational meeting at which two new board members and two continuing members will officially join the Trustees group.