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Lake Region State College:

Celebrating 75 years

Page 17

New resources for

science students

The new science labs really enhance learning

F

or years,LRSC’s science labs

were notoriously stinky. On

lab days, people in offices

down the hall from the chemistry

classroom passed out clothespins.

“For your nose,”

they explained.

The fume hoods worked so poorly

that freqently, all spaces in the

science hallway and beyond were

uncomfortably odorous.

If the smell didn’t discourage

would-be technicians and scien-

tists, the grungy environment

might have. The old science center

had seen only minimal updating

since the college was built in 1966.

New science labs unveiled

This fall, a beautiful, state-of-

the-art science lab facility wel-

comed students back to campus.

The $300 thousand-plus proj-

ect brought in updated equipment

and enhanced safety mechanisms

that mirror the modern and high-

level academics offered in our

science arena. The North Dakota

State Legislature provided the

funds for the remodeling.

Throughout the summer, walls

and floors vibrated with the sound

of drills and hammers. All science

classrooms and labs—biology,

chemistry, and physics—were

remodeled. The rooms now have

new lab stations, are modern-

ized with computer access, fume

hoods, new lab desks, and are up

to all safety code standards.

Benefits of this project are

many, says chemistry intructor

Kory Boehmer.

“It’s wonderful to

have a quality learning facility that is

representative of the quality science

education our students are receiving.”

The remodeled science wing

provides a better learning and

teaching environment for students

and teachers because it will be

safer and adaptable to today’s

modern lab needs. The new labs

will also benefit the college by at-

tracting students seeking degrees

in sciences and nursing.

Although the remodeling is

complete, the college is waiting for

the academic year to get fully un-

derway before cutting the ribbon

on the science labs. That event will

take place on October 17

th

. ●

—Branches, fall 2006 —

Green light for TRiO

A

great weight was lifted from

the shoulders of our TRiO

staff when they received word

their program has been funded

for another five-year cycle. Access

to TRiO funding through the US

Department of Education is very

competitive. LRSC’s excellent

record of service opened the door

to this support which will provide

$255,000 each year.

LRSC continues to be the only

two-year college in the ND Uni-

versity System with a TRiO Stu-

dent Support Services program.

Launched in 1991, its services are

directed to students at greater risk

of not succeeding in college—low-

income, first-generation

(neither

parent completed a bachelor degree)

,

or disabled. Services include

instruction in basic study skills,

tutorial services, counseling, guid-

ance in career options, and assis-

tance in transferring to university.

National statistics show that

students involved with TRiO are

twice as likely to complete their

degrees as students not involved

in the program. TRiO students at

LRSC have an 84-percent retention

rate, which exceeds the institu-

tion’s overall average.

TRiO serves 160 students per

year. In 2009-2010, more than 70

TRiO participants graduated and/

or transferred to university. The

program employs four full-time

staff members and a number of

peer and professional tutors. ●

— Branches, fall 2010 —

TRiO staff again received good

news in July 2015 with another round

of funding from the US Department

of Education—$247,000 each year

for five years. While we can no longer

brag that we are the only two-year

college in the ND University System

with a TRiO program, since Dakota

College at Bottineau was also funded

in 2015, we can still boast about our

84-percent retention rate. And, TRiO

graduated over 100 students in May

2016!

Get busy with student organizations!

T

he college experience at LRSC is more than just classes. Students

quickly find that getting involved in extracurricular activities, com-

munity events, and campus organizations makes college exciting, fun,

and interesting. LRSC has eighteen clubs and organizations, including:

Law Enforcement Club

Student Nurse Organization

Computer Club

Business Club

(Phi Beta Lambda)

Peer Education Club

Sim-Tech Club

Legal Assistant Association

Teachers in Preparation for Society

First Americans Club

Royal Ambassadors

Skills USA/VICA

Delta Epsilon Chi

(DECA)

Residence Hall Association

Campus Crusade for Christ

Students Other than Average

Lake Region Playmakers

Student Senate

Global Students

— The Connection, fall 2005 —