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Lake Region State College:

Celebrating 75 years

A lasting tribute to the college’s first half-century

The Paul Hoghaug Library

O

n January 27, 1994, the Com-

munity College Foundation

hosted the

Library Lift-Off

which marked the beginning of

construction for the new home of

the Paul Hoghaug Library.

The dream of expanding the

library had been born during the

college’s 50

th

Anniversary Cel-

ebration in 1991. Planners wanted

to create a lasting tribute to the

college’s first half-century, and a

library expansion was chosen as

the focus.

Unsure of the level of local

support—and inexperienced in

fund-raising—college administra-

tors suggested a low-cost, tempo-

rary solution could be achieved

for $35 thousand by closing off a

hallway to provide extra seating

and shelving space. The 50

th

Anni-

versary Fund-Raising Committee,

with co-chairmen Norm Leevers

and Fred Hoghaug, studied the

proposal and promptly rejected

it. They challenged college leader-

ship to think bigger.

Thus, a significantly more

ambitious goal was set, and by

anniversary’s end $152 thousand

had been raised for the Library

Expansion Project. Fund-raising

continued after the anniversary’s

end and included efforts to secure

state funding for the project.

The solution to the space

problem was found in an under-

utilized dormitory, South Hall.

The new space was double the

size of the old library, and it

would be equipped with state-of-

the-art technology and comfort-

able furnishings. A new entrance

would allow easy access.

The project became “do-able”

with three major pieces of fund-

ing—Peggy Collinson and her late

husband Jim presented the college

with a gift of $200 thousand for

library furnishings; the estate of

Fred Hoghaug, a long-time bene-

factor of the college, provided an

additional $151 thousand; and

finally, the State Board of Higher

Education allocated $295 thou-

sand from a capital projects pool

established by the legislature. At

long last, the goal of $800 thou-

sand had been reached!

Work was begun with the

Library Lift-Off, and the official

move was held the week of Janu-

ary 30 through February 3, 1995.

Volunteers responded from

all areas—alumni, faculty, staff,

students, Retired Senior Volun-

teers and Boy Scouts, and folks

who just like libraries. Books were

loaded into grocery carts and

whizzed down the hall to their

new shelves. Every afternoon,

three shifts geared up to the task.

Librarian Sharon Evensen kept

volunteers supplied with books

to be moved, and Brenda Seeha-

fer, assistant librarian, directed

unloading and placement.

At the end of the second shift

on Friday, forty thousand books

had been settled into their new

home, along with 175,000 peri-

odicals, AV materials, computer

equipment, projection equipment,

and boxes and boxes of library

supplies. ●

Vital statistics about the move

• 218 volunteers

• 460 hours of volunteer labor

• 2,500 shelves full of books were

moved—40,000 volumes—over

50 tons of books!

• 92 volunteers came from the com-

munity.

• Campus volunteers included 27

faculty, 27 staff, and 72 students.

— Paul Hoghaug Library —

grand opening celebration

September 19, 1995

College leadership

F

rom 1941 to 1967, the superin-

tendent of Devils Lake’s school

district served as president of the

college. In 1967, management was

assumed by a president report-

ing to a local board of trustees.

In 1985, management was placed

with the president of NDSSS with

an on-campus executive dean. In

1987, management was placed

with the president of UND. Man-

agement of the college was placed

with a campus president begin-

ning in 1999.

1941-1959

F. H. Gilliland, President

H. L. Woll, dean

1959-1967

Clarence Erlandson, President

F. H. Gilliland, Dean

1959/1961

Dr. Richard Davison,

Dean

1961/1962

Merril Berg, Dean

1962/1967

1967-1975

Merril Berg, President

1975-1976

Clarence Laber, Acting President

1976-1979

Dr. Merril Berg, President

1979-1983

Dr. Dennis Michaelis, President

1983-1984

Dr. Richard Kunkel,

Acting President

1984-1985

Dr. William Taylor, President

1985-1987

Dr. Claire Blikre,

NDSSS President

James Horton, Executive Dean

1987-1999

Dr. Thomas Clifford,

UND President

1987/1992

Dr. Kendall Baker,

UND President

1992/1999

Dr. Sharon L. Etemad,

Executive Dean

1999-2008

Dr. Sharon L. Etemad, President

2008-2012

Dr. Mike Bower, President

2012-Present

Dr. Doug Darling, President