Campus News 11-09

Tuesday, November 8, 2016


Keep Iowa Beautiful will award five $1,000 to Iowa high school seniors in 2017 in memory of Robert Byers, teacher and environmentalist. Students who plan to enroll in an Iowa college or university to study environmental science, community development, landscape architecture or architecture (historical emphasis) or community planning and sustainability are eligible to apply.

"KIB seeks to foster positive values in younger generations and reinforce them in older generations. We encourage respect for home, neighborhood, community and state," said Gerry Schnepf, KIB Executive Director. "KIB serves as a key resource for educating youth on the importance of environmental stewardship and community betterment."

In memory of Byer's dedication to young people and environmental concerns, KIB and the Byers family established the Byers Environmental Scholarship Fund in 2009.

"My dad recognized from the beginning that Keep Iowa Beautiful encourages youthful idealism and fosters service to community. This scholarship program is a great tribute to him," said Jay Byers.

For more information or to apply on-line go to Applications are due Jan. 6, 2017, with notification in March. All award recipients will be invited to a ceremony in the Governor's Office in Des Moines in April.


Michael Skinner, son of Doug and Amy Skinner of Okoboji has enrolled at Saint John's University for the 2016-17 academic year. Classes for fall semester began Monday, Aug. 29.

SJU and its academic partner, the College of Saint Benedict, are both ranked in the top 50 in the third annual Money Magazine's "Best Colleges for Your Money." SJU was ranked No. 25 and CSB ranked No. 47 and both are the top-rated schools in Minnesota. Money also assembled several additional lists that highlighted the two schools. SJU was ranked No. 3 and CSB No. 11 among the 50 best Liberal Arts Colleges in the nation. SJU was ranked No. 8 and CSB ranked No. 21 among the 50 Most Affordable Colleges in the nation.


Iowa Lakes Community College held its summer commencement ceremony in late July on the Emmetsburg campus. The keynote student speaker was Megan Wassom, a surgical technology student who received her diploma during the ceremonies. She was introduced by Dana Grafft, surgical technology assistant professor. Local students included:

Lake Park -- Dillon Baines, diploma, marine service technology; Mariah Gath, diploma, medical assistant

Milford -- Ethan Millard (cum laude) associate in applied science, surgical technology and diploma, surgical technology;

Catherine Sullivan, associate in arts

Okoboji -- Alyssa Johnson, diploma, practical nursing

Spirit Lake -- Jenna Barrett, associate in applied science, nursing; Samantha Elliott, diploma, massage therapy; Molly Good (cum laude), diploma, medical assistant; Shalonda Jackson, associate in arts; Charleen Lynch, diploma, massage therapy; Jaryn Schaefer, diploma, surgical technology

Superior -- Julie Nelson (cum laude), diploma, surgical technology

The Kibbie Outstanding Service Award recipients were also announced that evening. Three students -- Kyle Bettey, Opinney Gilo and John Kleppinger -- were officially recognized for their service to the college and community. Iowa Lakes Community College, with accreditation by the North Central Association, Iowa Department of Education and Veterans Administration, has campuses in Emmetsburg, Estherville, Algona, Spencer and Spirit Lake. Students from 35 states, one U.S. territory and 13 international countries attend Iowa Lakes. Individuals who would like to know more about Iowa Lakes may visit the college Web site at or call 1-866-IA-LAKES.

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