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Iowa Lakes Trustees get inside look at

By Staff | Aug 20, 2008

The environmental studies program was highlighted at the Iowa Lakes Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday.

Gary Phillips has been the program coordinator for 27 years. His first year, 28 students were enrolled in the program. The expected enrollment for the fall 2008 semester is 40. Total enrollment during the past 26 years has been 1,290 students, which represents approximately 5 percent of the Estherville campus. So far, 426 students have graduated from the program.

Phillips is also the director of the sustainable energy program. He brought three former students to show different careers that spawn from an environmental studies or sustainable energy degree.

The former students currently work in fields such as environmental technology, resource management and sustainable energy management.

The board approved three resignations: Linda Helmers, Deana Swenson and Jamey Parker. They also approved five new hires: Seana Godbold, CADD instructor; David Schwellenbach, physics instructor; Valerie Riesberg, office associate; Kevin Farley, soccer coach, marketing assistant and housing; Hollie Barth, custodian.

In an update from the executive director of marketing, Jane Campbell announced that eight of the North Sentral Kossuth baseball champions will be attending Iowa Lakes this fall.

The first day for freshmen is Monday, Aug. 25, and the first day of classes for everyone will be Tuesday, Aug. 26.

Campbell also announced that the Iowa Lakes baseball coach, Jason Nell, was named manager of the year of the Northwoods League.

Campbell reminds those on the fence that there is still time to register for classes for the fall semester.

Jim Miller from the farm laboratory committee gave a report. The Farm Expo Day is scheduled for Sept. 4. Pigs sold for fairs have become champions both in O’Brien and Dickinson counties. Miller also added that “there are cows and one happy bull doing well in the pasture.”

In other business, the board:

n Approved the 130 summer graduates.

n Heard a foundation update from Tricia Morfitt, stating that nearly $50,000 has been raised for student scholarships.

n Approved the 403B memorandum of agreement.