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, Vol. 26, Issue 1, Summer 2016

Opportunity found ...

S

ince he was a junior in

high school, Jonathan

Oien from Linton ND

knew he wanted to go into

law enforcement.

“But I didn’t know where I

was going to achieve this goal.

I talked to the deputy sheriff

in Linton, and he gave nothing

but good reviews about Lake

Region State College.”

Jon scheduled a tour of

LRSC.

“After the tour I knew

this was the place for me. It

was such a friendly environ-

ment, and it made me feel at

home.”

Since starting college,

Jon has become involved in

a variety of activities. He’s

been a tour guide for a year

and a half, joined Student

Senate, and become a Resi-

dent Assistant.

Jon was also awarded

scholarships at LRSC that

helped offset the cost of

college and solidified his

bond with the college, his

future career field, and

North Dakota.

“At the end of last semester,

I was informed that I received

the Val Pascal Memorial

Scholarship. This scholarship

is awarded to one of the peace

officer students. Val’s life was

sadly taken in the line of duty,

and it was an honor to have

received this scholarship. He

and I shared many of the same

ideas and goals. Like Val, I am

a huge community guy. I enjoy

doing volunteer work because

it makes community members

happy, and that makes me

happy! Val loved North Da-

kota as I love North Dakota.

Home is where your heart is,

and that’s North Dakota for

me. I never see myself work-

ing outside of North Dakota

because I’m content here and

here to stay.”

Scholarships make an

impact. Not only do they

make paying for college

a lot easier. Scholarships

help students achieve goals.

Scholarships solidify career

plans. Scholarships change

lives!

Re-thinking the library

T

he digital information and technology of the 21

st

cen-

tury are impacting the way we think about libraries.

Across the nation, public and academic libraries are study-

ing services, designs, and patron usage. With help from

a grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation, LRSC is also

evaluating its Paul Hoghaug Library.

Our goal is to transform our traditional library into a

vital learning resource that will strengthen information lit-

eracy and maximize use of available resources. Electronic

resources will replace many paper books reducing the foot-

print reserved for shelving. The freed-up floor space will be

used to create a “learning commons” filled with services

designed to help students, faculty, staff, and community

patrons find and use information effectively.

A learning commons features a blend of traditional

library reference resources and modern technology. Where

adopted, the learning commons quickly becomes the heart

and soul of the academic library. Dedicated collaboration

spaces are popular as they support opportunities for people

to work together. Contemplative areas are also important

features in most learning commons. Many feature com-

fortable lounge-type furniture in addition to more tradi-

tional furnishings. Often, the learning commons becomes

the go-to place for writing and communications support,

tutoring, and other specialized support. At the same time,

the learning commons maintains critically important ac-

cess to traditional research and technical services.

In addition to changing the floor plan, a learning com-

mons often breaks many traditional library behaviors. In

communal areas, there is no “hush-hushing,” food and

drinks are allowed, and teamwork is encouraged. Maker-

spaces and virtual reality labs are found in some innova-

tive learning commons, opening opportunities to build

prototypes or “fly” through the galaxy. Video production

technology is frequently a popular option in learning com-

mons. And of course, a soft chair in a nice, sunny corner

provides an inviting setting for a scan of a newspaper.

As change is being studied, library renewal committee

members have visited serval academic libraries, viewed nu-

merous webinars, and reviewed research. Students, faculty

and staff have completed surveys and offered input. Li-

brarians from throughout the region are being interviewed.

With LRSC’s mission in mind—

We enhance lives and

community vitality through quality education

—plans are well

underway to transform the Paul Hoghaug library into a

vibrant hub of learning for the future.

Newsmakers

Dr. Betsy Bannier

, associ-

ate professor of chemistry

and math-

ematics,

was invited

to serve as

a program

chair and

deliver a ple-

nary address

at the 7

th

International Conference

on Distance Learning and

Education at the Univer-

sity of Hertfordshire, UK,

October 2016. The title of

her address was

Accelerated

Online Learning

. Her corre-

sponding paper will be pub-

lished in an upcoming issue

of the International Journal

of Information and Educa-

tion Technology (IJIET).

Dr. Bannier has taught for

LRSC since 1998.

“As the

only American on the confer-

ence committee, I am afforded

an outstanding opportunity

to discuss our online program

with educators from Europe,

Asia, Africa, and the Middle

East,”

she said.

President Doug Darling,

Ph.D.

has been awarded Phi

Theta Kappa’s prestigious

Shirley B. Gordon Award of

Distinction.

He was hon-

ored at Phi Theta Kappa’s

98

th

annual convention

April 7-9. College presi-

dents and campus CEOs

are selected for this award

based upon outstanding

support of PTK. President

Darling was nominated by

the LRSC chapter for his

serious attention to meeting

with students to determine

a college project, which

he has done every year of

his presidency. He is also

recognized for designating

a portion of his family’s

endowment earnings to

recognize the work of the

PTK chapter president.

Diane Karlsbraaten

, associ-

ate professor of Business

and Office Technology, was

named the

2016 North

Dakota

Advisor of

the Year

for North

Dakota Phi

Beta Lamb-

da at the

46

th

annual State Leader-

ship Conference which was

held in Fargo, April 15-16.

She is advisor to the LRSC

Phi Beta Lambda chapter

and also a state advisor to

the North Dakota PBL. Phi

Beta Lambda is an organi-

zation for college students

which prepares its members

for careers in business. PBL

is headquartered in Reston,

Virginia, and organized on

local, state, and national

levels.

Julie Traynor

, director of

the Dakota Nursing Pro-

gram, has

been se-

lected for an

Outstand-

ing Rural

Health

award. She

was recog-

nized as the

Outstanding Rural Educator/

Mentor

at the 2016 Dakota

Conference on Rural and

Public Health’s annual

banquet early in May. This

award recognizes a pro-

fessional who has made

outstanding contributions

to the education, develop-

ment, and placement of

new health care profession-

als in rural North Dakota.

Julie spearheaded creation

of the unique collaborative

Dakota Nursing Program.

She currently serves as

director of the four-campus

DNP which includes

LRSC, Bismarck State

College, Dakota College at

Bottineau, and Williston

State College,

Andy Wakeford

, LRSC

online coordinator/advisor,

has been elected the 2016-

2017 State Board of Higher

Education

staff advi-

sor. He will

assume his

new role on

July 1. The

SBHE, the

policy-set-

ting and ad-

vocacy body for the North

Dakota University System,

is made up of seven citizen

members appointed to four-

year terms by the governor

and one student appointed

by the governor to a one-

year term. The Council of

College Faculties selects the

board’s non-voting faculty

advisor, and the NDUS

Staff Senate selects the

board’s non-voting staff

advisor. Andy has worked

at LRSC since 2002.

Choose wind

Continued growth of

wind farms means

openings for wind

turbine technicians

B

ecome job-ready in just 9

months (

two semesters

) in

LRSC’s

Wind Energy Techni-

cian

program.

Enter a rapidly grow-

ing industry. (Workforce is

expected to grow by 108%

over 10 years.)

Prepare for a new career

with great starting wages

and benefits. (Average start

is $58,580.)

Earn college credit from

LRSC’s nationally accred-

ited and industry-approved

program.

Complete the 1+1

program in the order that

works for you—tech or

academic courses first.

Finish your two-year

degree (AAS) through dis-

tance education while you

work as a wind technician.

Gain experience through

an industry internship.

Access great scholarships

and federal financial aid.

Climb and learn by do-

ing. Some classes meet at

the top of LRSC’s 1.6 MW

GE wind turbine.

Discover a “military

friendly” campus.

Participate in the “green

revolution.”

Work in North Dakota

or travel the world. Wind

farms are popping up

around the globe.