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, Vol. 25, Issue 2, Fall 2015

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obert Leevers

—If we

had them, Bob Leevers

would get a “perfect atten-

dance” pin for his annual

participation in the Key

Event! Bob helped us host

the 23

rd

annual event, and

again, Leevers Foods was

one of the most generous

sponsors. We’re grateful

for his patient support for

Carol who has, for all these

years, served as the chair-

person of the Key Event

planning committee. The

Key Event has raised more

than $1.1 million for schol-

arships and other worthy

projects for LRSC.

Supporting the Key

Event is only one of many

commitments Bob has

made to LRSC. Through

their business, Leevers

Foods, Inc., Bob and Carol

Leevers established and

continue to invest in a

scholarship endowment.

They are also regular spon-

sors for a great variety of

college activities, from tail-

gating and booster events

to sponsorships for student

organizations such as the

Playmakers Drama Club,

DECA, Phi Beta Lambda,

Student Senate, and others.

Bob and Carol helped with

renovation of the Robert

Fawcett Auditorium and

then provided the lead

gift to build the Leevers

Welcome Center. Bob has

served on the foundation’s

budget and investments

committee and has been a

listening post and advisor

for the college’s presidents.

If you asked Bob why

he is so committed to the

college, he would likely

explain that he grew up

watching his father, Norm

Leevers, make similar

investments. Thank you,

Bob, for continuing the

Leevers tradition of invest-

ing in education to create a

brighter tomorrow.

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Class of 1941

—The Key

Event marked the begin-

ning of a year-long celebra-

tion to commemorate the

college’s 75

th

anniversary.

The college opened its

doors on September 22,

1941. Classes were held in

the Pershing Building locat-

ed at Central High School.

The Pershing Building was

destroyed by fire in January

of 1988.

The opening of a junior

college in Devils Lake was

the culmination of several

years of planning by school

and community leaders

who were energized by the

vision of F. H. Gilliland,

superintendent of Dev-

ils Lake Public Schools.

Legislative funding was

available to school districts

wishing to launch a two-

year college. The Devils

Lake School Board voted

enthusiastically to proceed.

H. L. Woll was hired to be

a professor and dean, and

teachers from throughout

the region were recruited.

Midway through that

first year, Pearl Harbor was

bombed, the United States

declared war, and enroll-

ment plummeted. But

college advocates persisted,

and post-secondary educa-

tion opportunities have

been available in the Lake

Region ever since.

We were pleased to sa-

lute LRSC’s first class and

were delighted to recognize

Amy Pulst Mosbaek as a

representative of the class

of 1941.

Bequests ...

the easiest way to leave a legacy

P

lanning a bequest is one of the easiest strategies to

leave this world a little bit better than you found it. An

advisor will help you include language in your will or

trust specifying that a gift be made to a charity that car-

ries out work that you value. Appropriately worded and

presented before the end of 2016, a bequest will qualify to

be matched by the North Dakota Challenge Fund. Please

contact

Laurel.Goulding@LRSC.edu

or call 701-662-1513

or stop in for a chat over a cup of coffee.

A

trauma

scenario

was staged at LRSC

on March 30

th

. As-

sociate Degree Nursing

students, Mercy Hospital

ER staff, Devils Lake Fire

Department, Valley Med

Flight, and others took part

in the training.

The scenario involved

four “victims” involved in

a head-on collision. Two of

the victims were live actors,

and two were high-defini-

tion simulator mannequins.

LRSC’s nursing simulation labs were used as an emergency room for the exercise.

During the exercise, one of the mannequins was flown in via helicopter, assessed, di-

agnosed, and transferred out via helicopter. The other patients were assessed, diagnosed,

and either prepared for transfer or to stay at the current medical facility.

The activity gave Nursing program student nurses a hands-on application to utilize the

skills and knowledge they have learned. Other agencies had the opportunity to perform

as team units, clearing and landing the helicopter and working with multiple medical

personnel in an emergency situation.

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New to Hall of Fame

T

he Hall of Fame was unveiled in June of 1991 as part

of the college’s fiftieth anniversary. Planners were

seeking a way to publicly appreciate those who have

invested their time and energy, talents, and resources in the

school over the years. This year, we were pleased to induct

the following into the LRS Hall of Fame:

The red

carpet party

kicked off

a year-long

celebration of

LRSC’s 75

th

year!

Diamonds are Forever

Annual Key Event was a picture-perfect success!

G

uests at the annual Key Event stepped into the spotlight on October 16,

2015, and raised $85,000 to support scholarships and special projects

at Lake Region State College.

The red carpet event, sponsored by the Community College Foundation, was

a fabulous affair with more than 300 people in attendance. The evening began

with a social, silent auction bidding, and swingin’ entertainment. A delicious dinner

was served, and during a brief program, guests learned about some of the recent

accomplishments of the college. New inductees into the LRSC Hall of Fame—Bob

Leevers and the Class of 1941—were introduced, retiring board members were

recognized, and new board members were elected. Attendees also received

the annual report of the Community College Foundation which lists donors and

shows that our fiscal house is in good order.

The highlight of the evening was the Opportunities Auction. More

than 350 items were donated to the auction by many generous

businesses and individuals. Silent and live auction bidding

was enthusiastic, and guests went home with artwork,

diamonds, furniture … even a little, red convertible!

Key Event planner “My Fair Lady” Carol Leevers

declared the evening a “marvelous success” and

invites everyone to mark October 21, 2016,

on their calendars for the next Key Event.

A theme has not yet been selected, but

there is no doubt that it will be yet

another fabulous affair!

This was the 24

th

annual

Key Event which also

served as the official

kick-off for the college’s

75

th

anniversary.

The celebration will

continue through

December 2016, with

a special weekend

of festivities taking

place next summer,

July 8-10, 2016.

Stay tuned for

more details!

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Photo courtesy of Kyle Martin, UND Rural Health

An excellent training opportunity

LRSC Associate Degree Nursing students participate in staged scenario