|The Community College Foundation is pleased to announce a final tally for the Key Event fundraising gala held November 15, 2013. The event raised more than $130,000 to support scholarships and special projects at the college. This is significantly larger than the preliminary total reported earlier. |
| || The safari themed event was called “Wild About LRSC” and was attended by 350 friends of the college. The evening featured a silent and live auction stocked with a variety of donated items that ranged from antiques and collectibles, to useful and practical items, to fun events and parties. |
Included in the festivities was the LRSC Hall of Fame induction for Anne-Marit and William “Bill” Bergstrom who have a long history of supporting the college growth and development; Also inducted was the 1981-82 men’s basketball team and its coach Hugh Welsh. Members of the honored team include: Kelly Grindahl, Doyle Heisler, Rod Helling, Linden Hochstetler, Craig Irwin, Kenny Johnson, Lonnie Komrosky, Larry Krogstad, Kyle Meyer, Dan Ruhland, Dennis Smith, Brent Viger, Al Walford. The assistant coach, Dale Busche, was also inducted.
|The Hall of Fame was unveiled in June of 1991 as part of the college's fiftieth anniversary celebration. Planners were seeking a way to publicly appreciate and recogniz e those who have invested their time and energy, talents, and resources in the school over the years. |
The Hall of Fame features pictures and biographical sketches of inductees as well as trophies and special recognition for campus organizations and outstanding students. This year, we are pleased to honor the following through induction into the LRSC Hall of Fame:
|William "Bill" and Anne-Marit Bergstrom-Anne-Marit Bergstrom has fond memories of the challenging but exciting years when the Lake Region community decided it was time for its fledgling college to have its own home. The school, which today is called Lake Region State College, first opened its doors in 1941 and was operated by the Devils Lake Public School District. Classes were held in the Pershing Building, which once served as the city's high school. |
Anne-Marit Studness Bergstrom and Bill Bergstrom both grew up in the Lake Region watch ing their parents support the struggling post-secondary institution. As a newly married
|Anne -Marit and William "Bill" Bergstrom |
|and Anne-Marit began to develop their own linkages with the college. Bill was serving on the college's foundation when a change in college governance structure created a Board of Trustees to oversee day-to-day operations. Bill accepted an appointment to the Board of Trustees and soon became its president. |
|This new assignment proved to be both exciting and challenging. The college had outgrown its hand-me-down facility and was forced to hold classes in empty storefronts and workshops all over town. Something had to be done! The school district could not finance a new campus, so college personnel and community leaders pursued a variety of other options. Gradually, a plan emerged. |
Property was acquired, an architect was hired, and a funding package was cobbled together to allow construction to begin. Bill and the Board of Trustees worked hand-in-hand with college leaders and Devils Lake School District personnel. All shared the dream that students of the Lake Region would have a "real" college campus with infrastructure designed to support the needs of students for years to come.
Anne-Marit remembers the needs of the college being the centerpiece of discussion at the dinner table and social gatherings all across town. She recalls sitting on a card chair outside a classroom in the Pershing Building where the Community College Corporation Board of Directors was meeting on December 16th 1962. Bill and Anne-Marit had planned to go out to dine that evening to celebrate their first wedding anniversary, but the needs of the college took precedence. The board meeting ran on and on. As the couple drove home that evening (without supper), they each felt exhilarated because of decisions that had been made to bring things closer to a new home for the college.
Anne-Marit did her part to support the college development cause. She advocated for the inclusion of an auditorium space in the design plans. She and her mother, Alma Mehus Studness, a concert pianist, launched a fundraising effort to purchase a Steinway grand piano for the new auditorium. They presented a joint concert, and the proceeds helped finance the new piano which is still used and appreciated today. With the Beta Sigma Phi group, she raised funds to equip a laboratory on the new campus. Through the years, Anne-Marit and Bill nurtured and encouraged the auditorium's use by a wide variety of performing arts groups, including the Community Concert Association, Fort Totten Little Theatre, Missoula Children's Theater, Lake Region Young People's Concerts, and many others.
|Anne-Marit has been a tenacious advocate for continuance of the North Dakota Chautauqua, founded in Devils Lake in 1893. Though she would be quick to credit others, Anne-Marit was instrumental in its revival in 1976 and has worked tirelessly to continue the tradition of bringing quality cultural enrichment programming to the community. Sometimes, the programs are held in the college auditorium, and often they are held in the Leo and Alma Mehus Studness Chautauqua Gallery. The Chautauqua Gallery is well appreciated in the community as an attractive, well equipped, accessible meeting space readily available for public gatherings. As the name suggests, the decor reflects the history of Chautauqua. |
| Anne-Marit Bergstrom Accepting Hall of Fame |
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| The Chautauqua story is told in a series of oil paintings by Anne-Marit and her daughter-in-law, Candace Bergstrom, and in a picture book written by Mira Bergstrom Norcross, daughter of Anne-Marit and Bill. Chautauqua history is also recorded in photos from the period, a memorabilia display, and a lovely star quilt created by Grace Lambert, a Native American woman whose family participated in early Chautauquas. Anne Marit's family provided the resources to design and furnish this special campus resource. |
In June of 2005, the college and community lost an important friend and advocate with the passing of Bill Bergstrom. Fortunately, Anne-Marit has remained in the community and with the support of her son and daughter-in-law, Renard and Candace Bergstrom, and other family members has continued her passionate work to create and sustain opportunities for cultural enrichment. "Afterall," Anne-Marit explained, "people need enrichment like plants need water.”
Lake Region State College is proud to induct Bill and Anne-Marit Bergstrom into its Hall of Fame.
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