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Iowa Lakes Trustees Accept Donation Of Wind Turbine For College Farm Lab

By Staff | Aug 25, 2015

A wind turbine will be erected at the Iowa Lakes Community College Farm Lab west of Emmetsburg. The move came during the August meeting of the college’s Board of Trustees last Tuesday.

The donation of a Chava Wind Turbine for the college farm was accepted by the trustees, who then approved the purchase and install a tower, foundation and complete electrical work for the turbine. Chava will donate the turbine and related accessories worth more than $111,000.

With this being a prototype, Windtest the German company with its U.S. Headquarters at the Estherville campus of Iowa Lakes will partner by providing studies on this vertical access turbine model.

In other business, the trusttees awarded a bid for site work for a new beef facility at the Farm Lab. MichaelSon Excavating of Armstrong was awarded the work after submitting a bid of $120,000 on the recommendation of Delaine Hiney, Executive Director of Facilities Management.

As the college year begins in less than a week, Hiney also updated the trustees on many upgrades that have been completed by staff members this summer and that the facilities are ready as the majority of students arrive on campus on Sunday, August 23.

The Trustees then accepted two donations from area businesses. According to Jolene Rogers, Executive Director of Community and Business Relations, the college will benefit from a robot donated to the Engineering Technology program by Eaton Corporation; and, the Nursing program along with the Certified Nursing Assistant program will benefit from 10 hospital beds and two patient recliners donated by Spencer Hospital.

In other business, Scott Stokes, Executive Dean of Instruction and Development, presented a list of summer graduates which was approved by the Trustees.

Also during the meeting, Bob L’Heureux, Vice President of Administration, introduced Randy Beernink for the presentation. Beernink reported that for many years, Iowa Lakes has partnered with other colleges by cooperatively planning upgrades in software services.

The ACCES (Alliance of Community Colleges for Electronic Sharing) consortium consists of nine community colleges seven are located in Iowa and two in Illinois which use the Datatel (now Ellucian) software. This association allows the colleges to receive excellent discounts in purchases since they have ‘buying power’ as one unit.

CAST is the other computer group. It stands for College Alliance Sharing Technology. It consists of Iowa Lakes, plus two other Iowa community colleges. The three colleges share the costs of equipment and staff to administer that system.

In addition to reducing costs, the partnerships allow for collaboration on solving technical glitches and sharing solutions to other software issues.

Beernink then demonstrated to the Trustees the ease of which students can access their own accounts. And, he gave the Trustees gave oral reports on college and statewide committees.

Also speaking at the meeting were M.J. Dolan, the Executive Director of the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees, and Dave Palmer, a legislative consultant with the organization and a former Iowa Lakes professor.

College starts with classes starting at 4:30 p.m. and later next Tuesday, Aug. 25. The Trustees were updated on ‘Move-In Day’ (Sunday) and ‘First Day’ activities set for Tuesday, Aug. 25.

The next meeting of the Iowa Lakes Board of Trustees is slated for Tuesday, Sept. 15.