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Lake Region State College:

Celebrating 75 years

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Royal Air Force of Oman

Opportunities and benefits of a

special training contract for the

Simulator Technology program

I

n 2007, LRSC and the Royal Air

Force of Oman (RAFO) forged an

agreement to provide training for

the RAFO airmen responsible for

keeping Oman’s fleet of flight sim-

ulators in top operating condition.

The first group arrived in January

2008, bravely stepping from the

plane into North Dakota’s deep

freeze. Ready for an adventure,

they were determined to experi-

ence all LRSC has to offer.

As they near the end of their

training, they proudly count off

a long list of “firsts”—locking

eyeballs with bison at Sully’s Hill;

testing their skills on ice skates,

snowshoes, and downhill skis;

hunting pheasants, waterfowl,

and deer. They have also explored

a bit, traveling to South Dakota,

Chicago, Orlando, Minneapolis,

and points in between.

In addition to exploring, they

have been eager to share informa-

tion about Oman. They’ve accept-

ed every invitation to talk about

their country. They brought items

to display, cooked favorite foods,

entertained with dance and song,

and presented throught-provok-

ing programs about the similari-

ties and differences between our

countries. They are great ambas-

sadors for Oman and have, in a

sense, been part of our teaching

team helping students develop

skills they will need to function in

a global society.

Late this summer, the first

cohort of RAFO students will re-

turn to Oman ready to take on the

responsibilities of operating their

air force’s flight simulators. In Au-

gust, a new group will arrive. We

are confident the graduates will

be excellent simulator technicians

and expect that the RAFO-LRSC

partnership will continue for years

to come. ●

— Branches, spring 2009 —

Spanning the globe

S

tudents have traveled to Devils

Lake from around the world to

attend Lake Region State College.

Australia

Bahamas

Belarus

Bosnia-

Brazil

Cameroon

Canada

China

Colombia

Costa Rica

Croatia

England

Germany

Hong Kong

Israel

Jamaica

Japan

Jordan

Liberia

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Malawi

Mexico

Mongolia

Montenegro

Nepal

Nigeria

Oman

Pakistan

Philippines

Poland

Saudi Arabia

Serbia

South Korea

Tajikistan

Tanzania

The Gambia

United Kingdom

A wide, wide world

of students

A

pathway of colorful national

flags led visitors to a lively

celebration of diversity at the first

LRSC Culture Fest in February.

Each year, during Diversity

Week, LRSC has recognized the

wide array of cultures represented

by students, faculty, staff, and

residents of the Lake Region. This

first-time festival featured ethnic

foods, music, and dance and will

become a regular happening.

This year we expect students

from ten foreign countries. Their

culturally diverse backgrounds

will surely help to make this

year’s Culture Fest memorable.

Take advantage of this special

opportunity to learn more about

their countries and cultures. ●

— The Connection, fall 2004 —

LRSC—a hub of diversity

T

he college’s first international

student arrived from Jordan in

1968. Each year, that number has

increased a little, and LRSC now

rivals all other community col-

leges in the state for the highest

international student population.

Recently, LRSC has averaged

about 30 international students

each year. Many have come to

play one or several sports. Some

have come as required by their

government for technical training.

Many community members—

farmers, English teachers, county

commissioners, and others—have

sponsored students financially,

and supported them emotionally

during their two-year journey to

complete degrees.

In 1998, the Diversity Commit-

tee was formed and tasked with

bringing diverse programming to

the campus. A variety of events

has included a Native Ameri-

can speaker series, a Holocaust

speaker, culture fests, anti-racism

speakers, and more.

In 2012, English and humani-

ties instructor Teresa Tande saw

a need for American students

to have an opportunity to travel

abroad. She said,

“The internation-

al students we had coming to campus

did so much to enrich our campus;

we wanted our students to be able to

enrich their own lives through the

study of humanities abroad.”

Tande partnered with EF

Tours, a global education compa-

ny focused on experiential learn-

ing, and began teaching classes

which prepared students for a

study abroad trip. To date, 76

students and 40 community mem-

bers have traveled to countries in

and around Europe.

Our international students,

along with the Diversity Com-

mittee, and the study abroad

initiative, have provided the Lake

Region with opportunities to

learn about essential differences

in people and cultures. We have

been delighted to experience life’s

exciting variety! ●

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