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Celebrate with LRSC

By   Erin Wood
05 /26/2016

From young high school graduates starting a bachelor’s degree or auto mechanic career, to the newly single middle age mother looking to enhance job opportunity in the workplace, to the soldier returning home looking to start a new career, the numbers of lives touched by Lake Region State College the past 75 years is hard to measure.

So it’s only fitting that to celebrate its 75th anniversary, Lake Region State College is inviting the entire community and region.

“We’ve always considered a true community college…a community college by mission and a community college because it’s the community’s college where citizens can participate in arts, theater, sporting, lectures and other special events,” said Dr. Doug Darling, LRSC President.

Special activities commemorating the anniversary have been held since last fall, but the July 8 & 9 will be extra special, Darling said.

Activities kick off with the Devils Lake Area Chamber summer movie series Thursday, July 7. Lake Region State College will be sponsoring the movie Madagascar in Roosevelt Park at dusk. The college’s Royals mascot, Louie the Lion, will be on hand to entertain before the movie.

Friday, July 8 is the Booster Club Scramble at Creel Bay Golf Course. Registrations are being accepted at Cost is $50/person or $200/team. A steak fry will wind up the night at the Creel Bay Golf Course.

Saturday, July 9, is filled with activities starting with a 7.5 K fun walk/run starting at 9:00 am at LRSC and ending at LRSC. Campus tours, open house, and picnic will take place from 11 am to 2:00 pm. A tribute show and Hall of Fame inductions will take place at 2:00 pm in Robert Fawcett Auditorium.

For the tours a few classrooms will be set up to showcase a certain decade and bring back memories of yesteryear along with today’s classroom.

The college is looking for any additional memorabilia alumni or area residents would be willing to loan for the weekend.

“If you have yearbooks, memorabilia, clothing, equipment, etc… from a certain area, it will help us decorate some of the classrooms,” said Erin Wood, Director of Development and Community Relations at LRSC.

A Proud History
Back in the spring of 1940 Superintendent of Devils Lake Schools F.H. Gilliland and the Devils Lake School Board discussed the law permitting school districts to operate a “department” of junior college work in cities of 10,000 or larger, but Devils Lake wasn’t at that population threshold.  So, in early 1941 the Devils Lake School Board passed resolution favoring a bill that would revise law to allow establishment of colleges in cities in over 5,000. Senator G.F. Drew introduced Sen. Bill 83, addressing this and it passed.

City voters then went to the polls and overwhelmingly approved establishment of a college in Devils Lake. Then, in the Summer of 1941 Gilliland had classrooms in Pershing Building readied, developed a curriculum, wrote and produced a catalog and hired H.L. Woll as dean and what other teachers from the high school that would be needed.  Then on September 22nd, 1941, the college opened its doors with 32 students.

Since that date a large number of students have entered the doors of Lake Region State College – some of students of Lake Region Community College, Lake Region Junior College, or University of North Dakota Lake Region.

“All of those students, faculty, staff, and volunteers are pieces of the Lake Region story and we want to hear them,” Darling said.

So, we want to hear from you. Where are our Lake Region students and graduates today?

  • What are they doing now?
  • What is a favorite memory of attending Lake Region?
  • Who was an influential staff or faculty?
  • How did LRSC impact you?

We want to hear from you, whether you went to Lake Region or had a child or relative attend LRSC.
Information can be sent to We look forward to hearing from you and hope to see you July 8-9.