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Iowa Lakes Student Services Facilities Open With Ribbon Cutting

October 10, 2017
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

"I want to sincerely thank all of our voters who helped make this dream come true. You supported our project wholeheartedly, and I?thank you," stated Valerie Newhouse, President of Iowa Lakes Community College.

With those words, a ribbon was cut Friday morning to officially open the new Student Services addition to the Emmetsburg campus of Iowa Lakes Community College.

The 12,371-square foot structure was constructed to bring services for students together in one location. The offices of Financial Aid, Registrar, Admissions, Business Office/Cashier and Records are all located in the new facility. Also located in the addition is the location for the College Store, as well as spaces for the Success Center and Student Center office. Space for a workroom and conference room round out the addition.

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THE?RIBBON?IS?CUT - The new Student Services facilities at Iowa Lakes Community College were opened Friday morning, Oct. 6. A ribbon cutting ceremony and open house were conducted in conjunction with the Emmetsburg Chamber of Commerce Weekly Coffee gathering. Participating in the official ribbon cutting, from left to right, are Bill Lapczenski, Iowa Lakes Director of Auxiliary Services, Iowa Lakes Trustee Arden Kinnander, Emmetsburg Campus Executive Dean Tom Brotherton, Professor Mark Zavawa, Board of Trustees Vice President Pat Kibbie, College President Val Newhouse, Board of Trustees President Jan Lund, Joel Armitage and Mick McBride of Sande Construction, the General Contractor, Iowa Lakes student Nate Benson, Board Trustee Jane Nolan Goeken and Iowa Lakes Executive Director of Facilities Management Delaine Hiney. -- Dan Voigt photo

During Friday's Ribbon Cutting, several speakers addressed a crowd of around 75 persons who turned out for the event.

Tom Brotherton, Executive Dean of the Emmetsburg Campus of Iowa Lakes, welcomed those in attendance.

"I want to welcome you to this beautiful addition to Iowa Lakes Community College,"?Brotherton said. "I'm the fortunate one to be employed at the time we did this beautiful addition."

In her remarks, College President Val Newhouse acknowledged several dignitaries on hand, including representatives from Senator Joni Ernst and Senator Chuck Grassley's staff, as well as State Senator David Johnson and State Representative Megan Hess. Also on hand were members of the Iowa Lakes Board of Trustees and Emmetsburg Mayor Myrna Heddinger.

"This is a great day to be an Iowa Lakess employee and to be part of the Emmetsburg community," Newhouse said. We're extremely proud of all our college programs and being able to show off for the first time our new Student Services addition is tremendous."?

Newhouse also gave a special welcome to retired State Senator Jack Kibbie and his wife Kay, citing Kibbie's legislative efforts that created Iowa's Community College system.

Pat Kibbie, Vice President of the Board of Trustees of Iowa Lakes introduced his fellow trustees, including Board President Jan Lund and fellow trustees Jane Nolan Goeken and Arden Kinnander, who were also on hand for the ceremonies.

"Thank you for taking the time to come to our ribbon cutting today,"?Kibbie said. "My fellow trustees and I appreciate the continued support we receive from our residents and business leaders."

Kibbie continued, "as a trustee, we want to ensure that our facilities stay in great shape, as you can tell. This student services addition is extremely modern and I think it upgrades the entire campus. It will also provide students, faculty and staff, with a more connected location."

President Newhouse offered several special "thank yous" to members of the college staff for their cooperation during the construction project, as well as giving special thanks to the architectural firm, Frevert, Ramsey Kobes and to Sande Construction, the general contractor for the project.

"I also want to sincerely thank all of our voters, and that's everybody pretty much in the room who helped make this dream come true,"?Newhouse said. "You supported our projects wholeheartedly. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Most of all, I'd like to thank our Board of Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College for their constant vision and support and to our employees for all their hard work and dedication in making this building, and the board's vision, a reality."

Iowa Lakes Professor Mark Zabawa offered the thanks of the Iowa Lakes faculty for all those who made the addition possible.

"We'd like to say thank you to the board and our administration for bringing this project to fruition, and that includes a lot of retired individuals. This project was years in the planning and a lot of people put a lot of hard work into making this happen," Zabawa said. "We'd also like to thank the voters- the fact that this bond issue passed with a super majority shows the emphasis that the community places on thethe importance of Iowa Lakes as an institution here."

Zabawa continued, "This isn't just for today's students, this is also for their children and for their grandchildren. This is just a really great addition to Iowa Lakes which will be enjoyed by students for years and years to come."

Nate Benson, a student in the Ag Transfer Program at Iowa Lakes, gave his thoughts on the new facility. "The new addition here is definitely more inviting, more friendly to students," Benson noted. "The offices here are a lot nicer than having three rooms you have to bounce between to figure out where you need to go. I can't wait to see this place up and running."

Iowa Lakes Director of Auxiliary Services Bill Lapczenski reflected on his association with Iowa Lakes, dating back to 1974 when he came to Emmetsburg as s student in the Hotel-Motel Hospitality Management program.

"College Drive was gravel and North Superior was a dirt road,"?Lapczenski recalled. "the whole institution kind of sat out in the middle of nowhere. What would make a student want to come here?"

"Now, fast-forward 40-plus years,"?Lapczenski continued. "We have students from 36 other states, two U.S territories and 12 other countries. You ask why? Its because of the people here, the employees here at Iowa Lakes that have a passion for education and that really shows."

Lapcsenki concluded, "I feel this new facility will enhance and improve the service we provide to future students moving forward into the next 50 years. Thanks to everyone who supports the vision of Iowa Lakes Community College.

Tom Brotherton closed out the program with a word of appreciation.

"On behalf of the staff and faculty, and I hope I?can speak on behalf of the students as well, we are very grateful for this opportunity and we will enjoy this and put it to great use for years to come."

 
 
 

 

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