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Iowa Lakes wrestling facility completed

By Staff | Nov 13, 2008

The Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees Tuesday learned that the new wrestling facility was completed substantially under bid.

The facility was dedicated in ceremonies Tuesday afternoon before the board meeting.

After change orders, the facility was completed on time for $311,250, or $6,050 under the original bid of $317,300. Christensen Construction of Estherville was the project contractor.

Iowa Lakes employees did the electrical and flooring work as well as heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

In other construction-related business, Delaine Hiney, executive director of facilities management, said specifications would be ready for the proposed addition on the wind energy building by Dec. 9. Bid opening will be 9 a.m. Jan. 16 with a public hearing on the proposed building Jan. 20.

In other business, the board heard program reports from instructors in five programs, including CAD, agriculture, physics, wind technology and Web development and design.

In her report, Jane Campbell, executive director of marketing, noted that homecoming will be held Nov. 15-19. Campbell also said the women’s volleyball team will be going to nationals Nov. 20 and that several cross-country runners did their personal best at nationals in South Carolina. Campbell also commented on the success to date of the mens and womens basketball teams this season.

Other upcoming events include the jazz festival Nov. 17-19, honor band Nov. 20-22, art show Dec. 4, coffee house at the Max 7 p.m. Dec. 9 and winter music recital Dec. 10.

Jolene Rogers, executive director of institutional advancement, in the Iowa Lakes report said 83 percent of full-time employees participated in the internal fundraising campaign.

The board also approved the early retirement plan, academic calendar, retraining projects and the treasurer’s report.

President Dr. Harold Prior, reporting on the Iowa Association of Community College Presidents, noted a continued growth in credit hours at Iowa Lakes as well as at other Iowa community colleges. Prior said 93 percent of Iowa community college students are from within state. A projected increase of 1-2 percent is expected over the next five years.

Prior said on a statewide level Iowa community colleges are trying to develop marketing messages to better reach students and parents.