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, Vol. 25, Issue 2, Fall 2015

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reland is known as the Emerald Isle for a reason ... it has

every shade of green imaginable spanning its country-

side. But there is more to Ireland than its beautiful land-

scape. Ireland is a country rich in history, a country where

knights battled for territory, King Arthur ruled Camelot,

and unexplained stone circles dot the green landscape.

Now Lake Region residents have a chance to experience

the Emerald Isle. Travelers on LRSC’s Study Abroad trip,

taking place spring 2016, will discover for themselves just

how beautiful the British Isles are.

This year, the group will spend four days in Ireland,

one in Wales, and two in England, from Stratford to

Oxford, to London said Teresa Tande, associate professor

of English and Humanities and tour coordinator. “

From

the simplicity of a medieval village in Ireland, to the splendor of

Windsor Castle in England, and other ancient castles and colleges

in between, this year’s trip focuses on different aspects of literary

tradition—Celtic mythology, King Arthur legends, the Book of

Kells, and of course, Shakespeare,

” she said.

You can choose to have an extension to travel to

Stonehenge and Bath and have some free time in London.

Tentative dates for the trip are May 16-24. Although the

trip provides an opportunity for LRSC students to study

abroad, it’s also an opportunity for LRSC to showcase its

commitment to lifelong learning by inviting community

members to join, too.

As always, the trip is through EF Travel, so the cost

covers everything

flight, lodging, transportation and

admissions, breakfasts, and some evening meals. Travelers

need only pay for lunches and souvenirs.

For more information, contact Teresa.Tande@LRSC.

edu or

Kristi.Hernandez@LRSC.edu.

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shades of green

B

en Morris was one of

the students selected to

represent the class of

2015 at LRSC’s graduation

this past May. His story of

an opportunity found at

LRSC mirrors many other

individual stories.

See, I’ve been in and out

of college since 2008. I never

really stuck with anything

after I injured my shoulder

playing baseball my first year

at Miles City Community Col-

lege,

” he said. However, he

heard of an opportunity at

LRSC and was determined

he wasn’t going to mess

this one up. “

I had another

chance to play collegiate base-

ball and get a quality educa-

tion.”

He was impressed im-

mediately at the level of

care, concern, and account-

ability staff and instructors

had for their students. The

community also was very

welcoming, Ben said.

Through athletics I was

able to get in touch with the

community. I coached a few

teams and was an umpire and

official for many Park Board

events this past year. The

relationships I’ve built with the

kids and their parents are ones

that I cherish. It feels good to

be looked up to and know that

I am being watched within

the community. This keeps me

on the right track by making

me concentrate and keeps me

grounded. It also helped me

decide on a career with youth

by becoming a teacher.

Ben completed an

internship and earned a de-

gree in the Fitness Trainer

Technician program and

an Associate in Arts. He is

now a student in Mayville

State University’s education

program offered at LRSC

while working as a personal

trainer to help pay for that

extended education.

Lake Region State Col-

lege has helped me so much

more than simple words

can describe,”

Ben says. “

I

came here with the thought

of playing collegiate baseball

again, but with my final game

played, I’m not satisfied with a

2-year degree. I’ll leave LRSC

wanting more in regards to my

education. This is the first time

in my life that I’m comfortable

saying I’ve moved on from

being an athlete. I now have a

career to look forward to and

to expand on. I owe everything

to this college and its staff

and faculty. It didn’t matter

if it was the president or the

custodian or the many friends I

have made; I know that every-

one at LRSC has influenced

me in some way.

Opportunity found ...

L

ake Region State Col-

lege has hosted the

only sign language

interpreting program in

the state to educate trained

interpreters and prepare

them for employment in

various fields. Now, a new

degree program, recently

approved by the North Da-

kota State Board of Higher

Education, is designed to

teach more people how to

communicate with people

who are deaf and hard of

hearing.

The new Bachelor of

Applied Science in Inter-

preting and Sign Language

Studies is a collaborative

effort among Minot State

University (MSU), Lake

Region State College

(LRSC) in Devils Lake,

and the North Dakota

School for the Deaf/Re-

source Center for Deaf and

Hard of Hearing (NDSD/

RCDHH). A grant from the

Bush Foundation provided

the funds needed to develop

the program.

This degree program

lays a foundation to prepare

professional American Sign

Language interpreters to work

in a variety of settings,

” said

Greg Sampson, Depart-

ment of Special Education

chair at MSU. “

This new

program will positively impact

children and their families in

the region.

At North Dakota School

for the Deaf we recognize the

need for more highly trained

interpreters,

” said Lilia Bak-

ken, communications coor-

dinator for NDSD. Bakken

has worked at NDSD for

nearly thirty-five years, and

she has been involved with

sign language interpreting

her entire tenure.

We considered LRSC to

be a perfect host for an inter-

preter training program since

both of our schools were lo-

cated in the same community,

said Bakken.

NDSD offered to help

LRSC by providing their

program with site opportu-

nities for field experience

work and internships.

To learn more about this

new opportunity, please

contact ASL and Inter-

preting Studies Program

Coordinator Lisa Ginther

at

Lisa.Ginther@lrsc.edu

or (701) 662-1649.

New degree program aims

to improve communication

A

project by LRSC ag

students harvested

bushels of hope and

instilled in them the value

of community service.

Students of the Preci-

sion Ag Club spent the

warm North Dakota spring

and summer growing a gar-

den that benefited the Hope

Center food pantry which

serves the needs of the

Devils Lake community.

Early this spring, Win-

field Ag Solutions and

Land O’Lakes Founda-

tion supported the club to

purchase supplies to grow

a variety of produce that

would eventually be do-

nated to the Hope Center.

So, near the end of May,

students and staff rolled up

their sleeves and planted a

wide variety of seeds in the

Answer Plot Community

Garden. They tended the

garden during the growing

season, weeding and watch-

ing for any pests or plant

health issues. Other young

adults helped out with gar-

den duties due to Precision

Ag student involvement in

farms, agronomy centers,

and dealerships during the

summer. Students from the

local Harmony House and

the LRSC volleyball players

also tended to the gardens.

This project is a great

opportunity for students. They

are gaining hands-on knowl-

edge of planting, soils, and

growing conditions while mak-

ing a positive impact in the

community,

” said Preston

Sundeen, assistant director

of the Dakota Precision Ag

Center.

The Precision Ag Club

was started during the past

school year. Sundeen says

that the club was created

to be active in the commu-

nity. He says they plan to

continue to participate in

projects like this, travel, and

tour various agricultural

plants and equipment busi-

nesses as well as be active

in the industry in ways that

otherwise may not be as

achievable.

Our mission is to be

involved in the community,

he said. “

We have over a

dozen students that really

want to make this an active

club and volunteer their time

in the Lake Region, as well as

visit and see different parts of

North Dakota’s agricultural

industries.”

Bushels of hope

Ben Morris

Nursing students

lead state pass rates

N

ursing students from

LRSC are leading

the state in national

licensing exam pass rates.

In the second quarter

of 2015, Associate Degree

Nurse graduates (RNs)

posted a perfect 100-percent

pass rate. All graduates

taking the National Coun-

cil Licensure Examination

passed on their first at-

tempt, said Karen Clem-

entich, coordinator of the

LRSC Nursing program.

The LRSC Practical Nurse

program at all sites has also

maintained a 100-percent

pass rate for the past five

years, Clementich added.

Enthusiastic and dedi-

cated faculty within the Da-

kota Nursing Program impact

our students,

said Julie

Traynor, director of the

Dakota Nursing Program.

They dive into innovative

processes, adapt to new tech-

nology quickly, and use new

techniques such as simulation

to enhance student education.

LRSC offers Practical

Nurse and Associate De-

gree Nurse programming

at its home campus and in

Mayville. Practical Nurse

education also is delivered

in Grand Forks.