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Art Courses Highlighted At Iowa Lakes December Trustees Meeting

By Staff | Dec 15, 2017

Byron Lindell

ESTHERVILLE?- The Board of Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College met for the final time in 2017 on Tuesday, Dec. 12, to review ongoing construction projects. An overview of the college’s Art programs was highlighted during the meeting as well.

Executive Dean of the Estherville campus, Lisa Stich, Ph.D., introduced Byron Lindell, professor of art, who explained the value of art classes in a well-rounded educational program.

Art classes at Iowa Lakes s range from general education art appreciation options to specific courses such as drawing, painting and ceramics.

Lindell shared with the Trustees the success stories of several of his students, which ranged from independently selling artwork and jewelry to working in a museum and art center. In fact, one of Lindell’s former students is currently working as an interior stylist for an airline.

Lindell reported his graduates draw a great amount of joy from their projects.

“It makes me very proud of all of them,” said Lindell.

Many of Lindell’s students advance to a four-year university and receive a Bachelor’s Degree.

Just like his students, Lindell started his education at Iowa Lakes Community College and went on to achieve a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and then a Master’s Degree from Mankato State University.

In other items before the Board of Trustees, Jolene Rogers, Executive Director of Community and Business Relations, shared news that a donation has been given to the Oliver Anderson Jr., scholarship. The Trustees unanimously accepted the donation. In addition, the Trustees accepted a preliminary agreement for an area company that plans to expand its workforce.

The combined College & Iowa Lakes Foundation’s Annual Report has been delivered to every household in the five-county area with the spring edition of the Iowa Lakes Launch magazine. A change which occurred this year is that the annual report is a ‘report’ rather than a calendar.

The Ag Investment Group, which advises the college Farm Lab each year, gathered recently to hear the results of last year’s projects as well as developing plans for the 2018 growing season.

Additionally, Rogers reminded the Trustees of year-end giving opportunities for those who would like to increase their charitable contributions for the 2017 calendar year.

In her monthly report on facilities, Executive Director of Facilities Management, Delaine Hiney, updated the Trustees on the ongoing consstruction projects currently underway at several campuses.

At the Emmetsburg Campus, renovation work is currently underway in the Dining Services area. Large overhead doors are being removed, the ceiling is being replaced and upgrades are being completed to walls in the area.

At the College Farm Lab outside of Emmetsburg, the Chava wind turbine is spinning more consistently as duration tests are taking place. Since the turbine has been running in an ‘unattended mode’ during the month of October, the unit has generated around 5 megawatts of electircal power.

Workers at the Algona, center are hopeful for low winds so they can place the steel on the north and west sides of the addition. On Dec. 20, the campus will be closed to switch the electrical service. The contractor is hopeful that concrete work can be started in early January.

Work also continues on the Fine Arts auditoirum facility at the Estherville campus. Brick layers have enclosed the load bearing masonry (back of stage) wall and continue to lay block during the cold weather. In addition, there is hope that two change orders could be made to the building which would reduce the price of the structure.

And, the Industrial Technology Center at the Spirit Lake campus will be officially dedicated on Thursday, Dec. 14 starting at 10 a.m.

Hiney also received approval from the Trustees to submit a grant request to the Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation in which the college would pay for a portion of the request to improve snow removal for citizens using the Smith Wellness Center and the Emmetsburg Public Library.

The Iowa Lakes Board of Truustees will gather again next year on Jan. 16, 2018.