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Leifeld: School year off to great start

By Staff | Sep 4, 2016

“The year is off to a great start,”?Iowa Lakes executive dean of the Estherville campus Bob Leifeld said.

“It’s great to see the multitude of students back on campus.”

Although the fall semester has already started, Leifeld said, “If you have an interest, stop by any campus; we will do our best to get you started yet this fall in classes, even though you are unsure. Stop by!??A campus tour may spur something and get you into a great high-paying career.”?

The 50th Anniversary Celebration will be held the evening of Oct. 29 in the SERT building on the Estherville campus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., welcome from President Valerie Newhouse at 7:15 p.m., and SLB (Scott Larsen Band)?begins playing at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $15/person or $25/couple for tickets purchased by Oct. 15.

“We start this year with a renewed spirit and energy in why we do what we do,”?Leifeld said, “to serve, and to help students succeed.”?

Leifeld remarked that the Back to School Bash held Aug. 24 was a great success, and he was thankful for the community support.

“The most exciting news is our upcoming project,”?Leifeld said. “First of all, thank you to our constituents in our five-county merge area. Without their support, this wouldn’t be possible.”?

Leifeld said a fine arts addition was discussed for many years.

“The estimated 500 seat auditorium is now becoming a reality. We’re in the design phase,”?Leifeld said.

The project expects to open for bids in January, 2017, break ground spring 2017, and open doors beginning in the fall semester, 2018.

“Our vision is:?to host musicals, plays, competitions, talent shows, concerts and camps; provide some fine arts classrooms as well as the Digital, Social &?Broadcast Production program; and to have it available for communities to use to hold events.”

Leifeld said the $1.7 million new grant announced Friday would allow the college to transform the technology on campus to meet the needs of today’s students.