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For friends and alumni of Lake Region State College

LRSC Branches

Lake Region State College

Volume 25, Issue 2, Fall 2015

Community College Foundation

Community College Foundation

2015 Board of Directors

Debra Anderson

Roger Mertens

Arne Berg

Kathy Miller

Sarah Burdick

Doug Mohr

Lexie Dion

Chad Peterson

Tammy Fischer

Darwin Peterson

Tim Greene

Tony Prozinski

Trish Hanson

Brian Quam

Jill Hanson

Fred Rance

Annette Hofstad

Christy Remmick

Denise Hornstein Brenda Swenseth

Lee Ann Johnston

Kevin Vistad

Jan Kurtz

Jeff Wahl

Frank Mack

Janet Westlind

Mike Yoder

2015 Executive Committee

Jeff Wahl.................................President

Lee Ann Johnston..................................

......................Immediate Past President

Chad Peterson................Vice President

Annette Hofstad......................Secretary

Doug Mohr..............................Treasurer

Ex-Officio

Doug Darling

Scott Privratsky

Lee Ann Johnston

Paula Vistad

Danny Mertens

Cheri Weisz

Staff

Laurel Goulding........ Executive Director

Dianne Gunderson.................................

...........................Accounts Management

Jessica Hjelden.......... Records/Support

Corry Kenner......... Assistant Treasurer

Bobbi Lunday......... Assistant Secretary

Katie Thomas.......Public Affairs/Events

Erin Wood......... Public Affairs Director

New LRSC

Technical

Center

Named

A

local family name

now welcomes

students and

guests to the new Tech-

nical Education Center

at Lake Region State

College.

A gift to LRSC from

Renard and Candace

Bergstrom and Anne-

Marit Bergstrom will

strengthen and support

programs based in the

technical education cen-

ter on the Devils Lake

campus. The building

will be named the Berg-

strom Technical Center.

The name was ap-

proved by the State

Board of Higher Educa-

tion at its meeting Janu-

ary 29

th

.

“Lake Region State

College is proud to attach

the Bergstrom family name

to its recently constructed

center for technical educa-

tion,”

said LRSC Presi-

dent Doug Darling.

Bergstrom family history

The Bergstrom

family’s involvement

with LRSC has been in

place since the college

opened in 1941. Arthur

Bergstrom founded

Lake Chevrolet Motor

Company which has

been owned and oper-

ated by the family since.

The business was well

established when the de-

L

ike a diamond, LRSC

has matured and

become more beau-

tiful and valuable

through time Like a dia-

mond, LRSC was created

under pressure, and once

“unearthed,” LRSC needed

experts to cut and polish it

to optimum brilliance. Like

skilled gemologists, educa-

tion leaders took a rough

rock and transformed it to

the glimmering gem that

we call LRSC.

Today, Lake Region

State College shines bright-

ly as it prepares to celebrate

its diamond anniversary,

celebrating seventy-five

years since it’s formation in

September 1941.

Part of LRSC’s bril-

liance comes from the

lovely “jewels” in its set-

ting—the thousands of stu-

dents who have entered its

doors. These students, are

much like diamonds. They

arrived at LRSC seeking a

transformational education,

preparing them to enter the

workforce, or to embark

on a career journey, or to

build a foundation for ad-

ditional education. Each

student arrived ready to have

his or her talents discovered

and polished

to expose the

sparkling gem

each can be.

College staff

and

faculty

are “gemolo-

gists and jew-

elers,” the pro-

fessionals who

help students

discover their

facets and pol-

ish them to a

brighter shine.

It’s fitting that as LRSC

prepares to celebrate seven-

ty-five years as an institu-

tion of higher education,

the diamond is used to

symbolize this milestone.

And, it’s even more fitting

to declare the students who

passed through the college

on an educational journey

are diamonds, as well.

Seventy-five years ago

a group of visionary com-

munity leaders set out to

create educational oppor-

tunities for those seeking

post-secondary education.

And today,

the little

college that

began as an

offshoot of

the public

school system

and eventually

transitioned

into a posi-

tion in the

North Dakota

University

System—en-

during a few

name changes along the

way—is still going strong

and changing lives for the

better every day.

We are a prize dia-

mond on the prairie, and

we’re seventy-five years

young. It’s time to celebrate!

“We want an opportunity

to celebrate this milestone in

one big way and in numerous

other ways,”

said Dr. Doug

Darling, LRSC president.

The college has set

aside July 8-10, 2015, for a

large college and communi-

ty celebration. A variety of

events will take place that

weekend.

“But we’re also

going to have a variety of other

events throughout the entire

2016 calendar year. From a

fun run/walk event, concerts,

open houses, and more, we’ll

provide opportunities for ev-

eryone to help us celebrate this

milestone,”

Darling contin-

ued.

We invite people to

check the LRSC website at

www.lrsc.edu

for a listing

of events as they become

LRSC is like a diamond

Preparing to celebrate its diamond jubliee

LRSC

... the

ultimate

jewel

(

Like a diamond,

contin-

ued on page 3)

The building will

be named the

Bergstrom

Technical Center

(

Technical center named,

continued on page 2)

The LRSC Precision Ag Club has been awarded 1

st

prize in Land O’Lakes Answer Plot® Com-

munity Gardens Photo Contest and will attend the Land O’Lakes annual meeting, March

2016. To see what else this energetic group of student volunteers accomplished during this

beautiful North Dakota summer, read “Bushels of hope” on page 6.