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Iowa Lakes to dedicate Tatman Center

By Staff | May 4, 2010

SPIRIT LAKE – Iowa Lakes Community College will hold a dedication ceremony this Saturday at the Spirit Lake campus, 800 21st St.

That’s when the campus facility will officially be dedicated as the Jack Doren Tatman Center during an outdoor ceremony. The public is invited to attend the event on the south side of the campus which will begin at 1:30 p.m., May 8. The ceremony will be moved inside in case of inclement weather. Those attending are invited to stay afterward for a short reception.

College President Valerie Newhouse, along with Board of Trustee President Jan Lund, will speak and introduce Jack Tatman, who served more than four decades as a Trustee on the Iowa Lakes Board of Trustees.

The Trustees chose to name the building after Jack Doren Tatman to honor his 42 years of service to Iowa Lakes Community College. He was also the first Board of Trustees President for the college.

Tatman, who has been a farmer and lifetime resident of Dickinson County, was a veteran of World War II and has been very active throughout his life with civic activities.

In 1952, he became a member of the North Superior Consolidated School Board and was elected to serve as Board President of the Spirit Lake Community School District in 1958, holding that position for nine years.

When Iowa Lakes Community College held its first board meeting in January of 1967, Tatman was elected as a Trustee. During his 42 years of service, he served as Board President for 21 years.

In 1997, he received the John P. Kibbie award for outstanding Trustee from the Iowa Association of Community Colleges (IACCT).

He is also one of very few individuals nationwide who continually served as a Trustee at a community college for more than 40 years.