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Second "Dine With Dene" Session
By Darlene Schneider, Editor
L-C was the only college or university in Idaho given an official
ranking in a recent Lumina report ranking four-year public
institutions, L-C President Dene Thomas told students at last weeks
Dine with Dene luncheon.
Keeping in mind the affordability ranking, Thomas is thinking about
raising the student fees to 11 percent instead of 12 percent, she said.
Dressed in red, Thomas met with students on Valentines Day to
discuss communication channels and challenges the college is currently
Thomas stressed that students can always voice their opinions through
different formal communication channels and also through informal ways
such as via e-mail.
Every week ,Thomas said, there is a presidents council meeting
where issues are discussed. Renee Hofeldt, coordinator of media
relations, attends the meetings in order to get the word out to the
campus and to other media.
In the fall I responded to e-mails immediately, Thomas said. This
semester Im falling a little behind.
When asked if she felt comfortable with the communication channels
Thomas answered I feel very comfortable.
Associated Student Body President Tate Smith added, The
communication channels have been outstanding. Youve (Thomas) done a
great job after coming into a situation with no money.
If there are times you want an emergency meeting, call Janice
VanHook and say there is something. If I have a full schedule there is
always evenings, Thomas said.
As for theater, Thomas said that the challenge from Dr. Sean Cassidy
to give the theater a year of grace has made her take a closer look. She
told Cassidy to go back to his department and to find a way for all
students to get credit for participating in theater.
For full-time students it wont cost them anymore but itll bring
up our credits, Thomas said. The more credits turned into the state the
more money the school is given.
If they can raise target of $40,000--then wed have the money and
retired faculty offered to teach classes and we have a noticeable
increase in enrollment. That would be evidence for a continuation,
For the honors program Thomas said that Marilyn Levin, division chair
of social sciences, asked for permission from Thomas to come up with a
proposal for a no-cost type of honors program to offer students.
Four students from Lewiston High School came and serenaded Thomas
with the song Youre too cute. The student government brought in the
singing telegram and also bought Thomas a bouquet for the celebration
of Valentines Day.
As soon as Thomas received the bouquet she began to count the flowers.
Earlier in the meeting she told students how that morning she received
six red roses from her husband. The first thing she did was count the
roses, people teased her and said that most ladies say how beautiful
or who are they from? But Thomas instead counts.
The Lumina report which ranks college and universities by
affordability taking into account student fees, housing, books, etc.) of
the four four-year public institutions in Idaho--L-C is the only
college that was even given a ranking, according to Thomas.
Keeping in mind the affordability ranking Thomas is thinking about
raising the student fees to 11 percent instead of 12 percent.