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Iowa Lakes holds organizational meeting

Fuhrman sworn in as new trustee

October 18, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville News

The Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees closed out its year-end business and held an organizational meeting of the new board Tuesday, Oct. 15 at the college board room in the administration building in Estherville.

After accepting election results of the trustee election, the old board adjourned and reconvened with board secretary Tony Condon giving the oath of office to Robet Jennings, Pat Kibbie and Christopher Fuhrman, the newest board member.

The board gave the nod to Jan Lund again as board president and approved Pat Kibbie as vice president. Lund said committee appointments would be tabled until November due to the change in trustees.

The board approved Scot Bauermeister of Fitzgibbons Law Firm as board attorney, Bob L'Heureux as vice president of administration and Tony Condon as board secretary. The designation of depository institutions was also approved.

The board also approved the personnel and consent agenda as presented by Kathy Muller, director of human resources.

In the Iowa Lakes Report, the board heard from student senate advisors and graduate assistants.

Troy Larson introduced grad assistants, observing that this is the seventh year for the program in which the assistants help with sports and work in housing, a cooperative agreement with Iowa State University. Larson said the program helps grad assistants gain skills that make them more marketable.

Andy Soper introduced student ambassadors who work in the admissions office and Nicole Bullock introduced student senators.

The board also heard an update on the Emmetsburg garden which has provided 5,500 pounds of food to the food service.

The board approved three change orders for the SERT building in Estherville, for a net addition of $34,390. Added costs came from the need for increasing boring depths to hold the structure outside the building, a change in the gas line to the HVAC lab and a floor drain.

Mark Gruwell, executive director of planning and development, discussed the collegewide strategic plan. Gruwell said the plan identified seven broad areas, framing a vision of where the college should be in three to five years.

The board approved the plan then heard the business and community relations update from Condon who presented it for Jolene Rogers, executive director of business and community relations. Jane Campbell gave the Iowa Lakes update, recapping the world record the college set for the world's largest science experiment at the Clay County Fair.



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