Trustees hear report on the value of art courses in college

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Art Professor Byron Lindell told the Iowa Lakes Trustees about the extensive career paths his graduates have taken.
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As 2017 wraps up, the Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees met Dec. 12 and learned more about how creative students with advanced art skills are served.

Executive Dean of the Estherville campus, Lisa Stich, introduced Byron Lindell, professor of art, who addressed the value of art classes in a well-rounded education.

Classes range from general education art appreciation options to specific courses such as drawing, painting and ceramics.

Lindell shared the success stories of several of his students which range from independently selling artwork and jewelry to working in a museum and art center. In fact, one of his former students is working as an interior stylist for an airline.

Lindell reports his graduates draw a great amount of joy from their projects.

"It makes me very proud of all of them," Lindell said.

Many of Lindellís students advance to a university and receive a bachelorís degree.†

Like his students, Lindell started his education at Iowa Lakes Community College and went on to achieve a bachelor in fine arts degree and a masterís degree from Mankato State University.

Also during the meeting, Jolene Rogers, Executive Director of Community and Business Relations, shared that a donation has been given to the Oliver Anderson Jr., scholarship. The Trustees accepted the donation. In addition, the Trustees accepted a preliminary agreement for an area company that plans to expand its workforce.

The combined College and Foundation Annual Report has been delivered to every household in the five-county area with the spring edition of the Iowa Lakes Launch magazine. A change which occurred this year is that the annual report is a "report" rather than a calendar.

The Ag Investment Group which advises the college farm lab each year gathered recently to hear the results of last yearís projects as well as plans for the 2018 growing season.

And, Rogers reminded everyone of year-end giving opportunities for those who would like to increase their charitable contributions for the 2017 calendar year.

Executive Director of Facilities Management, Delaine Hiney, updated the Trustees on projects at several campuses.

In Algona, workers are hopeful for low winds so they can place the steel on the north and west sides of the addition. On Dec. 20, the campus will be closed to switch the electrical service. The contractor is hopeful that concrete work can be started in early January.

At Emmetsburg, renovations are being made to the Dining Services area. Large overhead doors are being removed, the ceiling replaced as well as upgrades to walls.

Work continues on the Fine Arts building in Estherville. Bricklayers have enclosed the load bearing masonry (back of stage) wall and continue to lay block during the cold weather. In addition, there is hope that two change orders could be made to the building which would reduce the price of the structure.

At the College Farm Lab, the Chava wind turbine is spinning more consistently as duration tests are occurring. Since the turbine has been running in "unattended mode" in October, the unit has generated around 5 megawatts of power.

Hiney also received approval from the Trustees to submit a grant request to the Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation in which the college would pay for a portion of the request to improve snow removal for citizens using the Smith Wellness Center and the Emmetsburg Public Library.

The board will gather again next year on Jan. 16.

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